2017-2018 President - Greg Geib
On behalf of the Dads Club I am pleased to welcome our new parents, as well as our returning parents, and introduce our organization. New families to Episcopal High School soon learn that there are many ways to volunteer and participate in your child’s experience at EHS. My family is entering its fifth year at Episcopal, so I can attest to what I’m sure you already know – Episcopal has something special to offer every student. We also have something special to offer the fathers – the Dads Club. Every father of an Episcopal student is automatically a member of the Dads Club, and I would like to encourage every father to get involved.
The mission of the Dads Club is to support and promote the policies, programs, and activities of the school, while encouraging fellowship within the community. The Dads Club provides support, funding, and fellowship for EHS students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni families. The financial support and parental involvement that the Dads Club provides is an integral part of what makes our school such an outstanding experience for our students.
The Dads Club is also a way for all EHS dads to “engage” in their child’s school and lend a hand on campus through one of our many volunteer opportunities. Some of those opportunities include reading scripture at daily Chapel, helping with “Students of Service” projects, grilling/cooking at fine arts, sporting, and community events as well as manning the chains at football games.
The Dads Club is responsible for supporting the Four Pillars of EHS (Academics, Athletics, Arts, and Religion) through the funding of “out of the ordinary” items that are not funded from the School’s normal operating budget. Over the years, we have used our funds to purchase various items and support multiple events including: scoreboards, audio-visual equipment, prayer books, 3D-printer, Race for the Cure shirts, 156 volumes of Gale Poetry Literature Criticism online, weight room equipment, Cheerleader Pink Ribbon Night, Student/Parent Handbook, Freshman Knight Out, Challenger Football Game, Faculty/Staff Appreciation, acolyte robes, choir vestments, and SOS Home Repair. Of particular note, last year we exceeded the $1,500,000 mark of funding support since the inception of the Dads Club in 1994.
How do we fund these items? We raise money from dues and sales at the concession stands; however, our primary fundraiser is our annual Dads Club golf tournament. Under the co-leadership of Rory Aaronson, Michael Grant, and Brad Miller we raised more than $80,000 from our 24th annual event last April. We had over 150 participants sign up and support the event. The 2018 event will be held on April 9th at Sweetwater Country Club, and I encourage all of you to participate.
The best way to learn about the Dads Club and current happenings at EHS is to attend the regular Dads Club breakfast meetings held on five Friday mornings throughout the school year. At each of the meetings, you will receive an update on Dads Club activities, hear presentations from speakers representing one of the Four Pillars and our college counseling staff and also see students showcase their talents and accomplishments. In addition to being informative, the meetings are a great way to get to know the other dads at the School.
Please mark your calendars for the following 7:00 a.m. Friday meetings (Hildebrand Athletic Center – 3rd Floor). Whatever the event, your participation is encouraged and welcomed:
September 1, October 20, January 12, February 23, April 6
Dads, this is your invitation to become more involved in your child’s experience at EHS by becoming an active participant in the Dads Club. I encourage you to volunteer to help in the concession stand during a sporting event or come out and help grill burgers at one of the many school activities. The insights you will gain into Episcopal High School, along with the friendships you will make, will last long after your child graduates. I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Dads Club President 2017-2018
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