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HISTORY OF THE ICE SKATING INSTITUTE

History of the Ice Skating Institute

1959
Beginning of organization
Founder: Michael Kirby (Chairman of Ice Rink Section, Illinois Recreation Assoc.)
Speaker: Arthur Goodfellow
Secretary: Russell Perry (also President Illinois Recreation Assoc.)
1st Executive Director: Russell Perry (continued in that position for 16 years)
National office in Fort Myers, FL

1960
1st annual conference
Bylaws adopted

1961
1st newsletter published (three pages)

1963
1st ice skating trade show (20 exhibitors)
Ice Skating Hall of Fame established
Award recipients: Norval Baptie and Sonja Henie

1964
Alpha-Beta-Gamma Recreational Skater Program launched

1965
1st Builders and Suppliers directory issued

1966
Drill teams first introduced in exhibition by Robert Unger

1968
ISIA accepted as an allied member of AAU

1969
1st membership directory in booklet form
ISIA competitions introduced
Endorsement procedure established for competitions and shows

1970
Girl Scout Program developed

1971
Man and Woman of the Year awards established
Arthur Goodfellow donated antique skate displays to ISIA

1972
Arthur Goodfellow named 1st lifetime member of ISIA
Associate membership established

1973
Joint Statement of Policy issued by ISIA and USFSA

1974
"216 Suggestions for Ice Rink Promotion" published

1975
Executive Director: Thomas E. Hall
National office moved to Wilmette, IL

1976
1st issue of Recreational Ice Skating magazine published

1977
Individual membership (skater) category established
1st computer installed for national test registration

1978
1st summit conference (ISIA, USFSA, and PSGA)

1979
1st female skater passed Freestyle 10

1980
Executive Director: Thomas J. Sullivan Jr.

1981
1st annual ISIA Recreational Team Championships
1st male skater passed Freestyle 10

1982
Retail Merchant membership category established
Executive Director: Justine Townsend Smith
1st ISIA International Recreational Skating Team in Dubai, UAE

1983
1st male skater competed at Freestyle 10

1984
25th anniversary conference

1985
1st Figure 10 passed and competed
Lifetime Achievement Award established
Award recipient: Dorothy Hamill
Panorama consumer show introduced

1986
1st ISIA/AAU Winter Games (later renamed Winter Classic)
1st Train the Trainers seminar for instructors

1987
Red Wing Shoes donated to ISIA Education Foundation in memory of Mr. Riedell
1st joint event implemented between ISIA, USFSA, and PSGA
Instructors Section created

1988
1st management seminars started
NutraSweet National Ice Skating Month in October
Spokespersons: Christopher Bowman and Dorothy Hamill

1989
ISIA Education Foundation established as public charity 501(c)(3)
Evaline Card Smith skating collection donated to ISIA
1st judges workshop held in Highland Park, IL
1st regional competition event held in Los Angeles
1st international recreational competition in Hong Kong
1st Couple 10 passed and competed

1990
1st ISIA Education Foundation scholarships awarded

1991
Judges workshops held across the country
1st Management Certificate Program offered at conference
1st Referee Training Workshop held at conference

1992
1st Skating Director Certificate Program offered at conference
ISIA joined American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
ISIA received IRPA Community Service Award
1st Dance 10 passed

1993
Judges Certification Program introduced
Summer Championships renamed World Recreational Team Championships

1994
1st annual ISIA Education Foundation Skating Spectacular fundraiser

1995
Ice Skating Institute (ISI) announced as the new name
Management/Operations Seminars introduced
1st skating competition endorsed by ISI held in the Philippines

1996
1st skater to pass both ISI Freestyle 10 and Figure 10 (same year)

1997
1st ISI Precision Classic held in Woodridge, IL
Executive Director: Peter Martell
ISI website established

1998
ISI headquarters moved to Dallas
New ISI logo introduced
Benton Wilcoxon Award for Excellence in Management established
Great Skate Award established

1999
1st annual ISI Adult Championships held in Las Vegas
District Merit Award established

2000
Introduced new ISI Recreational Hockey membership
ISIAsia created to provide ISI programs and services throughout Asia

2001
Inaugural Ice Arena Institute of Management (iAIM) school
ISI National Merit Award established
Erika Amundsen Award created
Frank J. Zamboni Award established

2002
ISI International Merit Award established
ISI Special Skater Program Spokesperson: Scott Hamilton
Signed national partnership agreement with PCA

2003
Completed installation of new membership database
Launched new iAIM Online-Distance Learning Program
Added ISI Online, Updates and Forums

2004
Changed Associate to Professional membership
Added affliate class of membership
Signed affliation agreement with IAAM
Revised ISI Hockey Badge testing program

2005
Introduced the weSKATE Kit
1st annual Artistic Challenge competition

2006
Launched the weSKATE National Instructors Training Program
Launched online Judges Certification Test
Introduced the Arthur Goodfellow Award
Launched weSKATE Club

2007
Introduced the Pioneer Award
Introduced Oustanding Participation Awards
Purchased ISI headquarters building in Plano, TX

2008
Produced weSKATE Test Standards DVD
Purchased new association management software program
Changed to universal membership term for Individual and Professional members

2009
Celebrated 50th anniversary of ISI
Signed Joint Agreement with PSA for coaches
Introduced new Open Freestyle
Published new ISI Handbook
Instituted new Membership Rewards Program
Launched bi-monthly eNewsletter and Facebook page
Redesigned ISI corporate logo

2010
Celebrated 25th annual Winter Classic
Celebrated 30th annual World Team Champs
1st Synchro Showcase exhibition at Synchro Champs

2011
Introduced Erika Amundsen Adult Team Champs trophy
Introduced new Collegiate division and trophy at Adult Team Champs
Released weSKATE Class Management Software with ISI Link
Introduced background check for Professional membership
Introduced digital versions of ISI EDGE and RIS magazines

2012
1st annual Holiday Challenge held in Danbury, CT
Upgraded membership software

2013
iAIM Certification Skating Director course introduced
ISI Referee Certification Exam introduced online

2014
Introduced tablet judging system (JOT)
Introduced new ISI mascot, "Flip"

2016
Recreational Ice Skating Online magazine introduced