Thursday, March 10, 2005

well...

so here's what's been going on:
1.  We have a rink.  Some minor details need to be attended to and some conversations need to happen, but for the most part it's a done deal.  The floor is fantastic, it's the best maintained wood we've seen.  There is a two-tiered public area that will hold at least five hundred people and some fund raising tables and such with no problem.  Great lighting system, great sound system, in-house pro shop and very supportive staff!   Only fifteen or twenty minutes out of Center City Philadelphia with loads of free parking on the grounds.
 2.  We have a speed skating trainer.  After a year of trying to find this fellow, it turns out that he is associated with the very same rink!  Our girls are going to be trained by the one and only Buggy Allmond, Champion Speed Skater and all around great guy.  Having someone of his talent and ability work with us is beyond anything we could wish for.  Thanks, Buggy!
3.  Mary Allmond, Buggy's wife, runs the pro shop and is going to make sure our girls are properly outfitted with everything they need and she's a regional representative for USARS!
4.  We had a meeting with someone this week who seemed quite interested in maybe being our derby coach!  He's a former Eastern Warriors’ skater out of Philadelphia, who was on one the championship teams of the seventies and was also a Rookie of the Year.  He's well known in derby circles and will be another major addition to our growing number of supporters.  We'll let you know soon how it works out!  (We'll be practicing groveling and begging, just in case that's what it takes, that's how much we like this guy!)

  
The girls have been busy getting the word out around town.  There are lots of businesses and organizations that are interested in being She Devils sponsors, as well as bands that want to do fund raising events with us, clubs that are willing to hold events for us, artists who want to do free photo sessions and illustrate our posters and handouts, we have someone who is going to build our Penalty Wheel and any other stuff we might need for our matches, it's freaking mindblowing!  The City of Philadelphia is starting to get She Devils fever, thanks to the girls!   
We had our second meeting at Drinker's Tavern last night and another eighteen girls signed up, bringing the ranks up to thirty three as of now.  Along with that we have promises of help from their friends who are willing to do whatever we need them to do to make this happen.   The girls decided what committees they want to be on so we can start ironing out some of the nasty legal and accounting stuff that needs to be taken care of, as well as writing our by-laws and team rules, setting up dues,  car pools, phone chains, the usual stuff.   
Ok, that's enough blabbing for now.  Ken and I are suffering from spinning head syndrome right now and it's great to have so many girls who want to help with the "dirty work" that is necessary to make this happen, and so many others who are ready to pitch in and make sure we don't loose it!
Thanks to you all!
Gregor

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