Gate City Figure Skating Club Officers Step Down But Leave Their Mark

The Gate City Figure Skating Club would like to recognize outgoing President Jennifer Hallisey for her extraordinary services.  Jen became president of the club in 2011.  In the time since, she led the club to an impressive array of accomplishments: the first club charity event (a 2012 exhibition to benefit the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation), the formation of a Junior Activities Committee, a number of community service projects, most notably a popular holiday Drop and Shop event, and last spring’s very successful Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer event which raised $9,000 for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and $3,000 for a local family struggling with cancer.

Supported by a dedicated group of board members, Jen has worked tirelessly in conjunction with Director of Skating Lisa Langley to ensure that every show, competition, community service project and test session was successful.  That is no small task with an annual Learn to Skate competition, skate swap, holiday show, spring show, and four test sessions a year.  In recent years the club has also sponsored a number of special skater training workshops with top level coaches and trainers.  In the spring of 2017 the club hosted weekly club ice sessions for the first time ever, providing additional skating opportunities to supplement the rink’s freestyle ice sessions.  In 2016, the club launched a new website, and debuted a new logo and a new array of club clothing.  The club has been recognized several times in U.S. Figure Skating’s SKATING magazine for its activities.  In addition the club runs social events and parent education efforts throughout the year.  Jen knows most of the club skaters personally and many of the parents as well. 

Though currently taking a well-deserved break from the club president role, Jen remains on the board and will continue to be a critical part of the organization, hopefully for many years to come.  Former club Vice-President Gary Read is the new club President.

The Club would also like to recognize outgoing Treasurer and board member Judy Jones for her dedicated service over the last five years.  After joining the board (for the second time) in 2012, Judy was instrumental in sorting out the club’s financial history and IRS relationship.  She became Treasurer in 2013 and applied a new level of professionalism to the club’s financial tracking and reporting.  She was one of the driving forces in getting the 2016-2017 club on-line fall and spring stores up and running, a critical contributor to the success of the Sk8 to Elimin8 event, and a perrennial volunteer at club events, where she (and her cash box) were a familiar sight.  She kept us organized and on the straight and narrow and left some big shoes to fill!