Reedsburg hockey continues after theft from former treasurer
REEDSBURG, Wis. — Watch a hockey game at the Reedsburg Area Community Arena and you can see how resilient the players can be.
The same trait can be found in their family and friends in the crowd.
“Looking back to where we were and not even sure if we we’re going to make it that first year,” hockey mom Tracey Jones said.
Dan Lehman, the Reedsburg Youth Hockey Association’s former treasurer, has been making monthly payments to the club after he stole nearly $150,000.
“People have worked very hard in the last two years to recover. The community has kept their trust in us and helped us with our fundraisers,” president of the club, Debra Rosholt, said.
The group is making loan payments to recover what was lost. Members ramped up fundraising efforts, increased concessions during other sport seasons and their own, and have more businesses advertising at the arena.
Since eliminating the treasurer position the club continues the practice of checks and balances with a three-person financial committee.
Jones has two boys who play in the club, and she said the club is an extended family.
Looking back at the incident Jones was devastated at the loss of trust. The effort to make it right has been trying for the club, but Jones said their family has risen above it.
“You definitely move forward. You can’t look back. You can remember it and remember to make sure it doesn’t happen again, but you have to move forward,” Jones said.
Recently the city’s parks and recreation committee recommended renewing their three-year lease agreement with the club. The agreement included $8,000 annual rate, increasing $1,000 each year.
Rosholt said the agreement is very reasonable given the city pays utilities on the arena.
As of Sunday the club’s loan repayment was $34,000. Rosholt said the goal is to pay it all back within the next two years.