Letter from the President: Major Progress on 2013-14 Booster Initiatives
To All Booster Members:
Your Booster Club has really hit the new year running with many exciting projects already completed or underway. As many of you know, a major objective for the Boosters this year is to promote the Churchill “brand” within the neighboring community so that all residents, not just CHS students and family members, adopt CHS as their high school. Among the steps already taken toward that goal is our arrangement with the school to promote CHS athletic events on the electric sign at the Tuckerman/Gainsborough intersection. The idea is to fill the sign with content about events in which the community can participate and enjoy.
In addition, we have designated the October 25 home football game with Springbrook as “Community Night.” For that game, we will invite all middle and elementary school students in the Churchill Cluster to attend the game as our guests, free of charge. We will also have “give-aways” for the kids and special discounts on CHS apparel.
What’s more, we just completed the installation of a new sound system for the stadium, a project that was initiated last school year. The system delivers terrific sound and, when coupled with the technologically advanced scoreboard the Boosters installed last season, really enhances the game experience for all of our sports played in the stadium.
Plans for team fundraisers are also well underway, as are our plans for the Booster Club’s major fund raising event, formerly known as the “Gala.” We are considering moving this event up from the end of the school year to January or early February. Stay tuned for more details (and please contact me if you would like to help with the planning).
Finally, let me close by saying that none of our work could be done without the support of our members and the Board. The generous support of our members enables us to pursue projects that otherwise would remain ideas. We now have more than 200 families registered as Booster members, and our numbers continue to grow every day.
As September draws to a close, our exciting Fall sports schedule continues, and I urge everyone to come out and support our Churchill teams, both home and on the road. And thank you very, very much for your continuing support of the Booster Club. Please encourage your friends to join us.
Booster Club President 2013-14
The Winston Churchill High School Booster Club is on the Move!
2012-2013 Booster Club Accomplishments
The WCHS Booster Club undertook many activities this year to provide support to Churchill’s sports teams. This year the Booster Club:
- Held several fundraising events, including a golf outing, a Pampered Chef event and sports physicals examinations for Churchill and middle school student-athletes.
- Raised an all-time high in fundraising dollars with our stadium banner advertising program.
- Created a new membership level that helped increase revenue in this category above last year while providing a benefits package for Churchill’s most generous supporters. These dollars raised are returned to the sports teams.
- Continues to explore partnerships with other groups to bring further financial support to Churchill athletics.
- Put its fundraising dollars to work to purchase and install the new stadium scoreboard. The project brings to Churchill video capability not available anywhere else in the county.
- Introduced new digital technology on the scoreboard to give local businesses the opportunity to advertise, generating further revenue for our sports programs.
- Partnered with MCPS to refinish the main gymnasium’s hardwood floor. The use of our funds for this purpose not only benefits student-athletes but also the entire student body and outside community groups—nearly 17 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Purchased a temporary sound system for the homecoming and is exploring permanent upgrades to the stadium sound system.
- Provided help to our state-champion ice hockey club team with its fees for ice rental.
- To help promote athletics to the school and surrounding community—a priority this year—the Booster Club provided additional funding for the sign on the corner of Tuckerman and Gainsborough.
- Approved funds for new audio/visual equipment to be used by the student-produced Daily Dose program.
- Honored sports team captains by sponsoring seasonal luncheons to foster greater communication and goodwill across our students and athletic programs.
- Promoted a culture of fundraising, incenting teams with matching contributions to undertake their own fundraising initiatives—money that they can then tap easily without athletic department scrutiny. This program helped increase team fundraising participation fundraising dollars.
- Encouraged teams to identify stadium banner advertisers in the community and were rewarded with a portion of the proceeds.