Franklin Recreation Meeting November 5, 2018



Participants: Bridget Thompson, Bridgette Favreau, Stacy Godin, Stephanie Ho, Dawn Fournier, Paula Tremblay, Peter Magnant, Yvon Dandurand, Dave Bennion, Jennifer Dewing, Joyce Hakey, Carol Richard, Donna Blouin, Molly McGinty



Bridget called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m..


Welcome and Introductions

Bridget welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending. She provided some background on why the Recreation Department chose to host this meeting and all attendees introduced themselves.



Upcoming Plans and Collaboration Opportunities/New Ideas

The following upcoming Franklin Recreation activities were discussed:

        Tree lighting - November 30

        Polar Express and Lighted parade - date TBD

        Library has books to give away.

        Winter Carnival - date TBD

        Cross country ski trail

        Duct tape derby

        Co-ed adult volleyball league

        Friday evenings, starting in January

        Paint and sip - always popular. Dates TBD

        Suggestion to paint a design on a sap bucket

        Memorial Day

        Franklin Recreation and Historical Society could work together with Alumni Association and form a Memorial Day committee if the need arises in the future.

        Summer Events - TBD. Ideas include:


        Running Club


        Camp Discover

        Triathlon - collaborate with Camperís Association to fit into their 4th of July activities


The following ideas were discussed:

        Teen Time at the Town Hall

        Ping pong, foosball, karaoke

        Playground Upgrades

        Playground at ball fields

        Two Girl Scouts and One Cub Scout wrote a grant to build a gaga ball pit at the ball fields. The pit built can accommodate up to 30 kids and debuted at the Glow Run and has been quite popular

        Playground equipment is needed, but commercial equipment with proper installation is pricey.

        The School playground also needs upgrading.

        Discussion about possibly upgrading both playgrounds at the same time.

        Discussion about fundraising and grant opportunities.

        Skating Rink


        Tennis Courts


        Pickleball is played with a net, a paddle and wiffle ball-type ball.

        Donna has been playing pickleball in St. Albans and is very interested in having the opportunity to play locally. She would be willing to help with getting a court set up in Franklin.

        Discussion about using the Town Hall to test out interest this winter.


Other organizations shared their upcoming events.

        Girl Scouts

        Talent show - February or April


        Working on upgrades to the Town Hall

        Hoping to have cement pad for Christmas tree finished as soon as the weather cooperates.


        Monday morning story time has been growing in participation

        Fall fest was very successful

        Will plan a couple events each month and two large events a year

        Molly is going to resurrect the childrenís drama program

        Looking into offering free lunch to children a couple times a week during the summer

        Historical Society

        Just held the Spirits of Franklin Play.It was very successful.

        Would like to work with Franklin Recreation create a summer events flyer to hand out at Memorial Day.


        There may be the opportunity for extension funding/grants available for summer programming. Ideas discussed include:


        Athletic Camps

        Camp Discover

        Pam Greene has offered to chair a fundraising committee for upgrading the playground

        Thanksgiving Dinner - November 16

        Holiday Concert - December 7

        Holiday Activities at School - December 21

        Ski Program will happen again this winter

        Parent Child Center (formerly Building Bright Futures)

        Playgroups will be on the second Saturday of each month, starting in December or January

        Rockiní Ron the Friendly Pirate will be doing a performance in January or February

        Backpack Theater will perform the last Saturday of June

        There is less money in the budget this year



Event Calendar

The idea of a common calendar for use by all organizations within Franklin was discussed, but no decisions were made on who would be in charge of the calendar or where it would be located.



Programming - Polar Express and Lighted Parade

This discussion was moved up in the agenda to discuss in more detail with Jen, Paula and Molly.


A date of Friday, December 14 was selected for this event. Discussion about supplies needed event details followed. Highlights include:

        All children will receive a book from the Library, as well as a bell and a candy cane

        One child from each time slot will receive a ďFirst Gift of ChristmasĒ

        Jen will select and purchase gifts

        A budget of $60 was selected for gifts

        There will be six time slots offered

        Franklin Recreation has a $200 budget for this event

        There is gold paper left over from last year

        The Girl Scouts will donate cookies

        Clear directions on where everyone should go when arriving are needed

        Elves stationed outside can help with this

        Jen will reach out to NHS and NJHS to ask for volunteer elves


        Storytellers - Jen, Nancy, Molly

        The Polar Express movie will be playing in the gym with lights dimmed

        Move book giveaway to outside to reduce congestion in school lobby

        Use intercom to announce when itís time for the next story

        Whether to charge a small fee or ask for donations

        Extra cookies could be given away to parade spectators by elves

        The lighted parade will follow the last polar express ride



Approve Meeting Minutes

Bridgetmotioned to approve the meeting minutes from October 22. Stacy seconded. The motion passed.



Treasurerís Report

        Warrants signed for:

        $56.99 for corner flags for the soccer field

        $47.94 for paint for the soccer field

        Bridgette will be submitting a receipt for $99.90 for totes to store Little League equipment

        Mail: Franklin Recreation was invited to the first annual Rising Tides Award Ceremony at St. Albans City Hall on November 16th at 5 p.m.


Stephanie motioned to approve this report.Bridget seconded. The motion passed.



Public Comment

Dawn suggested that Franklin Recreation sponsor a fundraiser for the playground funds.




Trunk or Treat: Trunk or Treat was a very successful and very cold.

        18 families/businesses decorated vehicles

        66 families attended

        146 children trick or treated

        Note for next year: change to one hour in length

Tree Lighting: The tree lighting will be on Friday, November 30. Bridget will create a flyer.



Field Updates

The dugouts still need to be painted; this will be completed when the weather and board member schedules are conducive to painting. Work on the field, including organizing the shed, taking down the flag and banners, and removing the garbage is planned for Saturday, November 10.



Bridget replied to the email from the Highgate AD.A meeting of coaches will be coordinated at some point before the next soccer season.




        Discussion about whether the 5/6 girls teams should join the Saturday league that many other local teams participate in. Decision made not to join this year.

        5/6 games will be starting in January- practices will begin soon

        3/4 games are being scheduled

        Numbers for the boys teams are low

        Discussion about how to structure the boys teams in light of the low participation

        The Hoop Shoot contest will be held in the Franklin gym on November 10 at 1:00 p.m.. Participants must be between 8 and 13 years of age, with the cutoff being April 1. The event is free to participate in and winners will advance to the next level.




To be discussed next time.



The meeting was adjourned at 10:44 p.m..


The next meeting willbe on Monday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Franklin Central School Library.