IHS Booster Club calls for members

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
New blue scoreboards hang in the Iola High gym from a donation by Sigg Motors made to the IHS Booster Club.

Working towards being a more visible entity, the Iola High Booster Club plans to be out in force throughout the 2009-2010 school year.
“We want to be more active in promoting activities, not just athletics, for Iola High School and bring the school and community closer,” said Ken Taiclet, who is acting booster club president.
“To do that we need more active members.”
The IHS Booster Club is on a membership drive as the school year begins. It hosted a “meet the teams” night a week ago with Iola High fall sports teams and an informational get-together at the high school.
There will be a booster club meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Advantage Computers, 1000 W. Miller Rd. Taiclet said the club needs to elect new officers as Mark Burris had to step down as president because of business commitments.
“I volunteered to be acting president to get the ball rolling here. Right now, it’s about bringing in members and building the club. We want to bring back the pride in our school and community.”
Along with Taiclet on the club’s board are Doug Clark, Mark Kauth, Martin Bambick, Terry Lower and Larry Toney. Taiclet said people can contact any one of these six for more information. “We’re all listed in the phone book.” Elected positions are for two-year terms.
Several past projects of the IHS booster club were a public address system for the football stadium in Riverside Park and painting the stadium, wall mats at each end of the IHS basketball court, curtain court dividers for the gym, scoreboards for the gym and scholarships.
“The new scoreboards in the gym are from a donation by Sigg Motors and when we painted the stadium that was possible because of a donor also,” Taiclet said. “We have a list of future projects.
“The more members who help with our fund raising the more we can raise and the more projects we can accomplish. There will be more funds available to all the school clubs, organizations and teams.”
The booster club raises funds to help put more money in the coffers of IHS teams, clubs and organizations beyond what the school district itself can provide.
The club has merchandise tables at home football and basketball games. It has cook-out concession trailer at all home football games. The club holds a booster club golf tournament and sponsors a MAYB tournament in the summer.
“We’re working on getting blue and gold flags to be flown on game days downtown like they used to,” Taiclet said. “The booster club is here to help our students and promote the school and our community.”
Other projects on the list are an electronic timing system for track, visitor seating at the football stadium, new concession area with restrooms at the stadium, new locker rooms at the football stadium and scholarships.