Last week the Riverdale Curling League Executive Committee met to begin preparations for the upcoming season, and discussed many topics including registration, member communications, and budgets.
After reviewing some financial details, it was decided by the committee to share those details with current and potential members ahead of opening pre-registration for the 2018-19 season. We have been advised that the Royal Canadian Curling Club is increasing our ice rental fees by 17% for next year. Ice rental fees are about 75% of our annual spending, so the executive decided that we must increase our membership fees to avoid a budget shortfall.
Full-year fees will be increasing to $345 per member, and half-year fees will increase to $190. While we were able to maintain fees at $275 for many years by cutting or eliminating costs to offset ice fee increases, now that ice fees represent a more significant portion of our total expenses, we need to increase league fees in order to maintain a balanced budget. The following graph shows the increase in ice rental fees charged by the club compared to Riverdale fee increases over the last nine seasons:
The Executive Committee is working to give you a great curling experience at the most reasonable cost. While we realize that this news comes after having increased fees last season, through our discussions with the club, we do not anticipate any significant increases in ice rental fees for the next few years, and therefore we hope to minimize future membership fee increases.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other topic, please feel free to reach out to myself or any member of the Executive Committee.
On another note, we will be opening pre-registration for returning members (full paid members from the prior season) on Monday June 19th – as a reminder, priority will be given to teams with 3 or more returning members; teams with fewer than 3 returning members will be prioritized on a pre-registration waiting list until the end of the pre-registration period. Watch for another email with additional details once the pre-registration site is open! Wishing you all a great summer, and looking forward to another great season!
Vice President Riverdale Curling League