There is good news and bad news related to gym/kitchen rental.
Bad news. Throughout the summer, the gym and kitchen have been used by numerous outside groups for events and celebrations. Unfortunately, we have encountered numerous problems with these events, including damage to chairs, tables, doors, and in one instance the alarm system. We have also received complaints about noise, un-supervised children, use of alcohol, and groups staying well past closing time (10 pm). Clean-up has also been a major problem with respect to floors, tables, kitchen, and trash removal.
These problems have outweighed the income generated. And since these groups have not affiliation with St. Charles, there is no advancement of the mission and ministry of the parish. So, we have put a temporary suspension on all new event rentals of the gym/kitchen until we develop new policies and procedures for events that involve food. We are not taking any new reservations at this time.
Note. This suspension applies to outside persons/parties. A parishioner can book the gym/kitchen for an event that you personally take full responsibility for, and that you personally will be present at throughout the event. To book a date, contact Leif at 503-281-6461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good news. For months, we have been looking for a group to rent the gym for athletic recreation. We are happy to announce that Underdog Sports Leagues has agreed to rent our gym three nights/week, September through May, for their volleyball leagues. They will have the gym 6 - 10 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday beginning Sept 11.
It’s a win/win deal for both Underdog Sports and St Charles. For us, it is almost entirely passive income that will generate just over $10,000. Compared to weekend parties in the gym, cleanup and facilities abuse will be minimal.
During the week, this leaves the gym available for meetings on most Wednesday evenings, except during Lent.