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Booster Club Reorganizing To Support EHS Athletics

By Staff | Jul 9, 2009

BOOSTER CLUB BOARD – The newly-reorganized Emmetsburg Athletic Booster Club board is busy making plans and arrangement for various activities, including a Fall Sports Tailgate supper on Friday, Sept. 11, prior to the football game with West Hancock. Volunteers serving on the board include, in front, from left to right, Tony Stubbs, Gail Schmeling, Beth and Lynn Schultes. In back, from left to right are Kathy Jackson, Julie Dunlap, Rhonda Kliegl and Lisa Gappa. Tammy Naig and Todd Gappa were not present for the photo. — Dan Voigt photo

With the calendar turning to July, the summer vacation is halfway gone, and thoughts are beginning to turn towards the start of the 2009-2010 school year. With the start of school comes the start of a new season of athletics and a local organization is undergoing a reorganization to better serve those athletes.

The Emmetsburg Athletic Booster Club has reorganized with a new board of directors, constitution and bylaws, and a new mission statement, all aimed at the promotion and enhancement of the athletic programs of the Emmetsburg Community School. At the same time, the group also wants to work closely with the community and its residents to help promote the athletic programs and community support for the student athletes.

Currently, the Booster Club has organized into a core group of directors that includes Lynn and Beth Schultes and Todd and Lisa Gappa as the co-chairs. Also volunteering to serve on the board are Julie Dunlap, Tammy Naig, Rhonda Kliegl, Gail Schmeling, Kathy Jackson and Tony Stubbs.

As part of the group’s efforts, the annual membership campaign is officially underway. A mailing to past members of the Booster Club has been sent out, and board members are also inviting anyone who has not been a member in the past, to join the organization.

“Your donation will be used to promote Emmetsburg sports throughout the community and surrounding area, and will also be used to financially support all athletic programs provided by our school,” noted Lynn Schultes, a member of the booster club board. “Most importantly, your donation will directly benefit our student athletes. Their high school athletic experience will be more enjoyable and memorable, propelling the already highly successful sports programs we have in Emmetsburg.”

Membership in the Emmetsburg Booster Club has been restructured into four levels. The first, or basic level of membership is the White Membership of $40 per year. This is the general membership in the Booster Club, and will include an official E’Hawk Booster window decal, and the members’ name listed in athletic programs that are distributed at events, listing that person as a booster club member.

The second level of membership is the Black Membership of $100 per year. This level of membership provides an official E’Hawk Booster window decal, and the members’ name listed in athletic programs that are distributed at events, listing that person as a booster club member, as well as one adult activity ticket for admission to all home non-tournament E’Hawk athletic events.

The Gold Membership is valued at $150 per year. Gold members receive the official E’Hawk Booster window decal, and the members’ name listed in athletic programs that are distributed at events, listing that person as a booster club member. Additionally, Gold members receive two adult activity tickets for admission to all home non-tournament E’Hawk athletic events.

The final level of membership is the E’Hawk membership. A donation of $500 or higher provides the donor with the official E’Hawk Booster window decal, and the members’ name listed in athletic programs that are distributed at events, listing that person as a booster club member. The E’Hawk member will also receive three adult activity tickets, which would be good for admission to all home non-tournament E’Hawk athletic events.

A portion of each membership will be directed to the Emmetsburg athletic budgets, with the booster club receiving the other portion of the membership. Persons who wish to join the Emmetsburg Athletic Booster Club can mail their membership to either Lisa Gappa or Beth Schultes, or can drop off their membership at the Iowa Trust and Savings Bank in Emmetsburg.

The group is going to work towards creating a line of official Booster Club wear to sell as part of its fundraising efforts. The group has already obtained some items, such as the spandex shorts required for volleyball, and will have those available during school registration days.

Membership in the Booster Club can be obtained during school registration, and the first official action of the group will be to sponsor an E’Hawk Fall Sports Tailgate supper on Friday, Sept. 11, prior to the Emmetsburg vs West Hancock football game.

The Booster Club is open to all friends and fans of the E’Hawks and the more members, the more that can be accomplished to support the E’Hawk athletic programs.