Churchill High School Booster Club
The Winston Churchill High School Booster Club is a 501(c) (3) volunteer organization established to promote school spirit and work to improve our sports teams and clubs. Our primary purpose is to get students, parents, staff and the community involved in our programs so we can promote safe and competitive athletics for all of Churchill High School’s athletes. Our goal is to expand our membership and volunteer force with new faces and ideas.
MCPS Booster Club Guidelines
Montgomery County Public Schools strongly recommend that club funds be used exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to organize, establish, promote and support all athletic programs equitably through clear and specific guidelines for the distribution of funds in accordance with MCPS policies and the provisions of Title IX.
Winston Churchill High School Booster Club Accomplishments
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Why Join Boosters?
The Churchill Booster Club affects the lives of every student by providing access to fields, equipment and facilities related to athletics that are out of reach of regular support by county budgets. Whether your student is an athlete, a participant in PE, or a fan, the Booster Club helps to make the experience safer, more competitive or just more fun by providing resources and support. In 2015-16, over $80,000 went to projects including new helmets for the lacrosse team, a new stadium sound system, maintenance of all the beautiful surrounding athletic fields, a practice wall for multiple sports, a tractor for baseball and softball fields, support for the fast-growing ice hockey and crew clubs, and a financial commitment for replacement dugouts.
Boosters fosters an active and spirited community by managing the school apparel store, seeking sponsors in the community, providing the concessions stand inventories, and running local Community Nights to encourage the surrounding community to experience and embrace our school. The Boosters also encourages youth leadership by sponsoring seasonal captains’ luncheons to recognize and educate athletic leaders.
New projects are always in the works, and this year is no exception. And, the usual challenges remain – How will we provide more and safer equipment? How will we staff our concessions stands and the school spirit store? Who will be there to cheer our athletes?
You have the answers to these questions. Join our team of involved and active parents in addressing these questions, then ask more of your own on how to make our athletic program safer, more challenging and more fun. We look forward to working with you.
Funds raised by booster clubs may not be used to purchase personal items for any teams or individuals, including, but not limited to, shoes, swim suits, socks, mouth guards, or any items retained by the student.
Winston Churchill High School Booster Club meetings are a great way to meet fellow WCHS Booster Club members, share ideas, and find out what’s going on with the athletic programs. All meetings are at 7:00 p.m. and in most cases are held in Room 126 at Churchill. Please join us!
Winston Churchill High School Booster Club Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does the Churchill Booster Club Do?
A: The Churchill Booster Club is an interactive, non-profit organization affiliated with Winston Churchill High School and its Athletic Department. Its membership includes parents, alumni, WCHS staff and other adults in the community who support Churchill Athletics and our student-athletes. The Booster Club sponsors numerous activities and fundraisers annually to supplement the WCHS Athletic Department budget and thereby help our Bulldog teams and programs. The Churchill Booster Club has raised approximately $100,000 annually during the last five years.
Q: How does the Churchill Booster Club interact with coaches, teams and parents?
A: The Churchill Booster Club interacts with coaches, teams and parents in a variety of ways. We hold monthly and seasonal meetings, publish e-newsletters, correspond with members via email, add posts on our Facebook page and work closely with the Churchill Athletic Department and coaches throughout the year.
Q: What is the difference between a Board Member Rep (BMR) and a Parent Team Rep (PTR)?
A: Both roles represent our Bulldog Teams, but one (the BMR) is a a mandatory position required by the Booster Club for all Churchill teams. The other, the PTR, is a parent designated by the team to help the coach manage team carpools, uniforms, team dinners, team banquets, etc., mostly during the season when the sport is played.
BMRs are expected to attend Booster Club meetings all year long, not simply when the sport is in season. These BMRs report information back to their teams/coaches on Booster news and policies. Perhaps most importantly, each BMR is a member of the Booster Club Board of Directors and is entitled to cast one vote with regard to all Booster Club matters that require Board approval.
Parents filling the role of PTR (or any WCHS parent) are welcome and encouraged to attend Booster meetings and get involved in our many activities throughout the school year. In fact, we need these volunteers (we are calling them Utility Players) so we can continue to grow and spread the Booster workload among as many people as possible. The primary difference between Utility Players and BMRs for administrative purposes is that Utility Players are not Booster Club Directors and thus are not asked to vote on certain Booster Club matters. No matter their role, the BMRS, PTRs, Utility Players and coaches all work in collaboration with the Churchill Booster Club to support their representative teams and to promote WCHS athletics and our student-athletes.
Q: Why do teams need money?
A: The Athletic Department budget at WCHS is determined by Montgomery County Public Schools and does not always cover expenses for all items needed by Churchill teams. The Churchill Booster Club raises money, promotes school spirit, establishes fundraisers, keeps Boosters and sponsors up-to-date on Bulldog news, and encourages Churchill fans to do the same. It is our job to do what we can to ensure our Bulldogs have the equipment, fields, courts and funding needed to compete at the highest levels against teams from other high schools in the Montgomery County Public School system and throughout Maryland.
Q: If a team wants to raise money, what is the procedure?
A: All teams planning a fundraiser must complete a registration form that describes the fundraiser, staffing for the event and contact information for questions about the event. It also requires teams to get signatures from the coach(es) affiliated with the team sponsoring a fundraising event and the WCHS athletic director. All fundraisers must be approved by the Churchill Booster Club and WCHS. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a team fundraiser registration form.
Q: What happens to money raised by individual teams?
A: Effective beginning in School Year 2011-2012, all funds collected during a team fundraiser must be deposited into a Booster Club account. The Churchill Booster Club will then designate the use of those funds back to the team doing the fundraising, subject to the approval of WCHS.
Q: Who is the person in charge of the funds?
A: A parent volunteer or coach can be designated the person in charge of funds on the day of a fundraiser, but it is that person’s responsibility to get all donations, checks (made out to the WCHS Booster Club) and cash to the Booster Club treasurer as quickly as possible for proper accounting of all funds raised.
Q: Who should teams contact with additional questions about fundraising?
A: Please contact us by emailing email@example.com.