As in all families, there are ups and downs. Some minor bumps in the road are normal and to be expected. Every once in awhile though, something happens that really throws us for a loop. That's where we are right now. Some of us are really hurting, and we all want to let those who are hurting know that we stand with you.
The SHI Board is working hard, even today, to support both the former Huskies team and the Komets team in determining the best strategy for the days ahead. We will keep you, our member clubs, updated on the progress of the meetings going on over the next little while and what the impact on the tournament will be. Thank-you all for the outpouring of support to all involved.
The SHI Board is also very concerned about helping teams protect themselves by having proper financial structures and solid leadership in place. We have worked hard to rejuvenate our Constitution and By-Laws and our Membership Application form over the past year towards this goal. Next, we need to look at guidelines and recommendations for operations and governance.
SHI has always had the annual tournament as its primary focus, that's the whole reason SHI was born in the first place. But now, it has become clear that there is a need for so much more. We will be seeking your input as we forge ahead and we truly value your insights.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Board, our contact info is here on this site. SHI is your organization, and we, as a Board, believe that we all want the same thing: to provide amazing special hockey to our players, to provide community and opportunities for social interaction, to meet together at least once a year for a terrific tournament, and to run our individual clubs with excellence, integrity, and accountability.
To help us on this path, SHI Board Member and UK Rep, Mike Dwyer, found some excellent recommendations for financial operations from the UK Charity Commission. He has adapted them to fit our situation and we share these here as a jumping off point.
Many of you already have these practices in place, so rest assured that you are on the right track! If you are concerned that some of these recommendations do not exist within your club, feel free to print these off and take them to your next board meeting. Also, please know that if there is ever a time when you'd like to have an SHI Board member visit your club and/or board meeting, we would be happy to do whatever we can to make that happen.
Keep watching your inboxes for updates on the tournament, governance developments, and information about our Annual General Meeting.
All the best to you and your clubs! #specialhockeyrocks
Your SHI Board