Dear Calgary 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association Members,
I would like to take this opportunity to address a recent decision made at the last Calgary 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association board meeting. For those of you who are not aware, a substantial portion of Calgary 5 Pin’s program funding comes via Gaming proceeds through the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC). There is a defined set of policies around how these proceeds can be used by our association, and the AGLC requires periodic reporting of how the funds are being spent. In addition to these reports, the AGLC is within their rights to audit any association or group who receives Gaming proceeds. Presently, the majority of the bowlers’ associations within our province receive AGLC Gaming proceeds to support their programming.
Recently, the Edmonton 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association was audited by the AGLC with regards to the use of their Gaming proceeds. This audit resulted in a substantial amount owing back into their Gaming account, which has to come from their General funds. Edmonton 5 Pin was given a deadline for repayment by the AGLC and, as such, Edmonton 5 Pin approached the Calgary 5 Pin board for assistance with meeting their repayment deadline.
The Calgary 5 Pin board has not taken the decision of whether to assist the Edmonton 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association lightly. I had preliminary discussions with our treasurer, Eric Christensen, regarding this matter and ultimately it was brought forward at the September 18, 2016 meeting of the Calgary 5 Pin board. After a very lengthy period of discussion and debate, the Calgary 5 Pin board passed a motion to issue the Edmonton 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association a conditional loan of $30,000 which will serve to assist them with their repayment of Gaming account proceeds.
I would like to stress that this decision does not involve Calgary 5 Pin’s Gaming proceeds and will in no way impact the programming currently offered by Calgary 5 Pin to our members. Through a history of fiscal responsibility, Calgary 5 Pin was fortunate to find itself in a position to be able to assist our fellow association in Edmonton. Both the Calgary 5 Pin and Edmonton 5 Pin boards strive to provide the best possible experiences for our members. This decision was made with the best interests of both association’s members in mind. We truly believe in this sport and the community that surrounds it, both now and into the future.
On behalf of the Calgary 5 Pin board, I want to thank you for your continued support and appreciate your understanding with respect to this difficult matter. This board aims to represent you, our members, and we are always here to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have. Please do not hesitate to approach me directly or, if you would prefer, fill out the “contact us” form located on our website: http://www.calgary5pin.ca. Through your feedback, we can continue to provide you with the best possible experience as a member of our association.
Yours in bowling,
President, Calgary 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association