SRFSC Member Information
History of the Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club
The Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club (SRFSC) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and improve amateur figure skating.
To be recognized by the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA), a club must formally apply for membership. The very first clubs to be chartered by the USFSA are now more than 100 years old (all are on the East Coast). The SRFSC has a proud, sixty-five-year heritage: we applied for membership in the USFSA in 1936, and after a two-year process we were granted a USFSA Charter in 1938.
THE BREWERY YEARS!
In 1936 the hockey team moved to a college
campus rink that was located on College Road. Many of those hockey players
became part of the World Hockey Team, the equivalent of today's Olympic
Hockey Team, and toured the world representing the United States of
After becoming an official USFSA club in 1938, the SRFSC hosted its first Pacific Coast Competition around 1940/41. Raymond Alperth won the first Junior Men's event, and in later years he became a prominent ice skating judge in the Bay Area.
THE ICE ARENA IN SANTA ROSA
With the opening of the Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, the figure skating and hockey clubs had a new home. At that time, figure skating testing was conducted only for Novice, Junior, and Senior levels. For each level, skaters took essentially two tests in a single day: skaters first had to take a figure test and receive passing marks from all three judges; if they passed, they could then test their freestyle program. If they failed either of these, they had to re-take both the figure and freestyle tests at another time. It was during this period in our Club's history that SRFSC member Julie McInstry became Junior Ladies National Champion.
THE REDWOOD EMPIRE ICE ARENA
Over the years, the Club has hosted numerous competitions, including the C.C.I.A. Novice and Advanced competitions and Central Pacific Regional Championships. We have also hosted shows for the public on a regular and ongoing basis. Through the 1960s and early 1970s we featured a yearly "Swinging Spring" show, as well as a Holiday Recital in December, which consisted primarily of solo skaters.
The Club continues to produce a spring show in every even-numbered year, which never fails to pack the arena with enthusiastic audiences. Karen Kresge joined the Redwood Empire Ice Arena after leaving the Ice Follies and directed the Club's spring shows from 1976 to 1984. Lisa Navarro and Colleen Phillips have been involved with directing and choreographing the shows since 1986. Several of our coaches have appeared in and/or assisted with our shows over the years. We have been fortunate to feature many Olympic skaters in past productions.
The Club continues to grow and provide a variety of opportunities to Olympic-eligible skaters. Club ice time, special sessions, testing, exhibitions, synchronized team skating, competitions, and our bi-annual spring show are offered on a regular basis to skaters of all ages and ability levels. Members are eligible to purchase Club jackets, sweatshirts, and pins to help promote the Club spirit.
All Club members are encouraged to
participate in its administration and functions; your involvement and
input are essential to the vitality of the SRFSC. The Board of Directors
meets the third Tuesday of every month. You are invited to attend a
meeting or talk to a Board member about your ideas, concerns, or questions
at any time. With your help and support, the Santa Rosa Figure Skating
Club will continue to grow and improve throughout the new millennium.