Based on what Ive seen and heard, the clubs going down: ex-Rambler exec

Jody Jewers & Brad Works
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AMHERST - Those who have issues about the way the Amherst Ramblers junior A hockey team is being run are being presented with a forum to voice their concerns.
Former Ramblers executive member Wayne Corney is organizing a meeting Jan. 6 at 7 p.m., at the Lions Club. He plans to invite all members of the Ramblers organization, but the meeting is also open to the public.
"It's time to find out what's going on with the club," said Corney. "Based on what I've seen and heard, the club's going down. We know nothing and the executive won't say anything to anybody."
The Ramblers are in last place in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League's Bent Division. Amherst ranks seventh out of the 11 member teams in attendance, averaging 617 fans per night. Average attendance has dropped every year since 2005-06.
Corney says he quit the executive three years ago because he disagreed with how the team was being run, and maintains nothing has improved since.
"I'n not positive that there's any money left to pay the bills," Corney said.
Ramblers president George Baker said he would step down Oct. 1 following an Aug. 5 meeting looking for volunteers to assist in running the 42-year-old franchise, but withdrew his resignation five days after that meeting, saying he would fulfill the year-long commitment he made in June.
"If George is going to step down, we have to find someone to put in there and we can't do that at the annual general meeting," said Corney. "That's one segment of it.
"We need more people to get involved."
Baker says those critical of the club would be better off volunteering to make it more secure.
"If they had come out since the AGM to help us create something positive instead of being critical, it would be better," Baker said. "This is a group of people backstabbing everything we do. What we need is a fan base to support this hockey club no matter if we win or lose."
The president says he has no plans to vacate his post.
"I will not be moving anywhere. This board is staying in until the next annual meeting," he said. "But with all the backstabbing, it's getting hard to continue. The volunteers are getting tired of this.
"These people have no say. This meeting has nothing to do with our organization. Since the AGM, this group of people has really hurt this organization."
Baker plans to send out a letter to fans Saturday.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Lions Club, Ramblers organization, Maritime Junior A Hockey League

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Progress 2010
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    To Mr. Corney: You always have negitivity even when you were on the executive, and you think you are better than every one on the executive now...well my dear Corney ( and I use that term lightly). How much did you help out since you been off the executive? NONE!!!! And this is all about the kids playing hockey....not you, not your little meetings going on trying to put people down for what they are doing ...while you guys sit on your butts and do nothing, then you guys are the ones that complain...Well grow up and support the hockey club instead of making yourselves look stupid.
    GO RAMS GO

  • Joe
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    the word *former* executive says it all....

    he hasn't been involved for the last three years but he can state the following:

    *In not positive that theres any money left to pay the bills, Corney said*

    How do you know this Mr. Corney? Why are you doing this Mr. Corney?

  • Rocket
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    It's not rocket science...If the team just broke even last year after 2 rounds in the playoffs and and average attendance of 120 more fans than they are getting this year, it seems reasonable to conclude that they might be losing money. No matter, financial statements are supposed to be available on a monthly basis at the monthly members meetings...oh yea, that isn't being done either. Good for you Wayne to have the strength of character to make an honest effort to move this team forward. For the record, just because someone doesn't disagree with the way the team is being run doesn't make them a backstabber.

  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    As a new member of the board(since September), I must say that the fans
    are definitely not coming out, there is
    a group of disgruntled people who like
    previously stated, if they would turn a
    positive spin on the Ramblers instead
    so much negativism then maybe just
    maybe we can fill the seats on every home game. I have been involved in
    hockey over a number of years in various locations in Canada and I will
    state that, I have not seen a more
    hardworking and dedicated group of
    individuals trying to keep this team in the
    league.
    So come out fans and do not listen to all the negative comments from a few
    disgruntled individuals.
    THANK YOU

  • Walter
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Team executive, go by the bylaws of the Rambler Hockey Club, then you would not have had this negativy that you are talkingabout. When was the last meeting held. If you.want members to give yo support, then call a meeting ; produce a financial starement to the members.Also let everyone know what are the plans for the rest of season. Also i am one of the fans who have missed only about 10 games since i was one of the people who started this team; also a former Coach, Manager, Executive member and a long time supporter of this team. Best of luck to you Corey and the coaching staff in the New Year and i must mention that you have a fine collection of young men on your team and the town and fans shouldd be proud of you program, one of the best i have ever seen in AMherst.