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
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
Bridget† motioned to approve the meeting minutes from October 22. Stacy seconded. The motion passed.
● 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.†
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.
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 will† be on Monday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Franklin Central School Library.