The Lima Police
Department / Exchange Roller Hockey Program is starting its
12th season. As with any organization or person, aging brings
about its own set of issues.
We have focused on growing the league over the years and have
established the program in the neighborhood of 250 players.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to grow our active volunteer
group into a comfortable size. As many of the original players
in the league have moved on, so have a significant number of
our volunteers. Our core group is aging with a number of volunteers
no longer having children in the league, with most of the cast
of major characters being veterans of 10 years or more. This
is long enough to see a player move up through the age groups
and into the adult volunteer group.
We need to get some new blood into the organization to allow
us to build for the future. Depending on the same people year
after year leads to burnout - and after giving years to the
organization some folks want to move on to other things now
that they don’t have family ties to the organization.
We have critical needs in the areas of concessions, equipment
maintenance and management, rink maintenance and – as
with any busy organization – grunt work. If you have a
desire to help keep this a viable program for the kids, please
come to the registration dates and sign up to help – or
send an email through the website and we will work to find a
fit for you within our organization. Coaching, officiating,
scoring, concessions, sponsorships, fund raising, facility upkeep
and the governing board don’t just happen. It takes a
huge number of volunteer hours to make the program available
at the very low price charged.
The league board wants to extend our sincere thanks to everyone
who works so hard now in the program. Without you, there would
be no program. We also want to challenge many new people to
take this opportunity to “pay it forward” through
a program that has given so much to so many kids over the years.
• “You can never really pay back. You can only pay
• "You win with people."