Letter to the Editor 8-17

Dear Editor,
School has started this week and that means it is time for the annual Booster Club membership drive. Even though we are going into our fourth year, the Booster Club is still unfamiliar to many people.
CHS Booster Club was organized to raise funds to support all activities and athletics of Concordia High School, USD 333. This year, we have also incorporated the junior high into our program. With a family pass, sold only through the Booster Club, families receive entry to all home high school and junior high athletic events and plays.
The CHS Booster Club strives to not only provide financial support for all activities and athletics but also to bring forth spirit, good sportsmanship, and leadership at Concordia Junior Senior High School (CJSHS) events.
Each group or organization at CJSHS desiring funding from the CHS Booster Club provides a written request for the amount desired and includes a budget detailing its needs and available resources. We have donated to every club/organization/team that has asked for our support. Donations by the Booster Club have gone towards the following: a new sound system in the CHS auditorium; new clocks, boards, and trophies for the Chess Club; materials for the Science Club; equipment needs for the band and choir; performance headsets for the Drama Club; uniforms for the dance, cheer, volleyball, football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and softball teams; golf bags for the golf team; new weight benches for the weight room; a new sprinkler system for the band/football practice field  in coordination with other donors; laminate for the CHS library; wrestling mats for the wrestling team; and throwing equipment for  the track team. We have also supported the needs of the debate/forensics team, the Student Council, the Renaissance Club, FCCLA, FBLA, and many others.
Because the Booster Club is a nonprofit organization, all money raised through membership, the Spirit Store, and our only fundraiser, the annual football tailgate, goes directly back to the students.
Concordia will host the Beloit Trojans as we open up our fall season on August 31, 2012. Before the kickoff, the Booster Club will be hosting our annual tailgate fundraiser. The meal will include hamburgers, chips, baked beans, and a drink. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time for $5 at Family Health Mart Pharmacy; Brown Enviro Control, Inc.; and Coppoc’s Sports, LLC or at the gate for $6.
We have many levels of membership starting from $15. One of the most popular perks of Booster Club membership is the Panther Card, which offers discounts to club members at many local businesses.
Our newest membership level is the Diamond level, popular with many of our business members. This membership includes four discount cards, four t-shirts, a family pass, preferred seating at home football and basketball games along with preferred parking inside Harold M. Clark stadium at all home football games. It also includes a 2x4-foot vinyl advertising banner that will be hung at the stadium for fall and spring seasons and inside the CJSHS gymnasium for the winter season.
Thank you to all persons, families, and businesses who have supported our mission in the past and will continue to support it this coming 2012-2013 school year.
If you would like to become a member of the CHS Booster Club or help out in any way, you can find membership level and application information on the USD 333 district website or you can contact one of the Booster Club officers.

Sincerely,
CHS Booster Club Board of Officers
Annie Bergmann, President
Tim Mehl, Vice-President
Lisa Canfield, Secretary
 Jason Martin, Treasurer
Cynthia Strait, Fundraising Representative
Stacey Forshee, Advertising Representative
Derrick Hittle, Representative
Martina Gieber, Representative
Quentin Breese, CHS Principal and Activities Director
Brandon Rice, Athletic Director
Bryce Wachs, CJHS Principal.

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