Neepawa Natives to host AGM


Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

Considering the major changes that have occurred for the Neepawa Natives this off-season, the upcoming Annual General Meeting could be one of the most important ones in the MJHL team’s 30-year history.

The AGM has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Neepawa Public Library. The gathering is expected to cover several topics of significance for the junior “A” club, including the current financial outlook, the newly imposed travel fee and changes to the general manager position.  Neepawa Natives board president Ken Waddell said it’s very important for people to attend this event and share their views on the franchise.

“The team has undergone some major changes in staff, player turnover and in how we finance our operations,” said Waddell. “It is very important that people come out to the Annual General Meeting to show support and offer suggestions, as the hockey team is so important to the community. Communities sometimes lose projects and events or even a team when a little bit of input by everyone could have made all the difference and prevented a community’s loss. It is important for a community to grow at every opportunity and the team is a good example of how we can grow."

Although the official financial statement will not be released to the public until the meeting, Waddell did confirm to the Banner & Press that this year's statements show a loss.  Last year, the team made a profit of $1,295. In the eleven years of community ownership, the Neepawa Natives have posted a profit in only in only four of those years. That being said, Waddell did note that the team is actually in a much better financial situation compared to some other MJHL teams.  He added that with the approval of a refinancing plan and travel fee, the board is hopeful these changes will put the team on a road to both a winning record on the ice and a profit in each future year.

Waddell also hopes that more people will consider an even more active role with the team, and be a board member.

“The board has set up a nominating committee and are looking for a number of people to come on the board. A few board members have decided to take a break and so there is an opportunity to get involved for sure.” The nominating committee consists of Cam Tibbett, Kevin Cook and Rob James.”

The Annual General Meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 inside the back room at the Neepawa Library.