2016-2017 President - Rory Aaronson
On behalf of the Dads Club, I am pleased to welcome our new parents, as well as, our returning parents to EHS and introduce our organization. As a new family to Episcopal High School you will soon learn that there are many ways to volunteer and participate in your child’s experience here at EHS.My family is entering its sixth year at Episcopal, with my oldest having graduated in 2015, 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 stated mission of the Dads Club is to support and promote the policies, programs and activities of the school, while encouraging fellowship within the school community. The Dads Club provides support, volunteer opportunities, 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 a unique and tremendous 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 Chapel services, helping with “Students of Service” projects, and grilling/cooking at various fine arts, sporting and community events, just to name a few.
The Dads Club is responsible for supporting the Four Pillars of EHS (Academics, Athletics, Fine 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 everything from scoreboards and audio-visual equipment to prayer books.Of particular note, this year we exceeded the $1,400,000 mark of funding support since the inception of the Dads Club in 1994!A few of the items that we funded last school year included the Borg Field Sound System, 3D Printer to support the Academic and Art Pillars, Spectrophotometers, software and technology, Volleyball Coaching Boxes, Football/Lacrosse End Zone Filming System for the Athletic Pillar, and continue to underwrite the following projects: Field Knight t-shirts/Cookout, Race-for-the-Cure t-shirts, Diabetes Walk, Cheerleader Pink Ribbon Night, Troop for Troops,“Got Blue” spirit shirts, Alumni support, Spirit Club Fantastic Knights t-shirts,Student/Parent Handbook, Freshman Knight Out, Challenger Football Game, Faculty/Staff Appreciation, fan buses for students to attend the SPC Title game, Dads Club Sporting Clay tournament, SOS Home Repair. In total, we contributed over $85,000 during the 2015-2016 school year.
How do we fund these items? We raise money from dues and sales at the concession stands; however, our primary fundraiser is our annual Dad’s Club golf tournament each spring. Under the leadership of Brad Miller and the continued support from some great Moms, the event raised over $85,000 from our 23rd annual event last April. We had over 136 participants sign up and support the event. The 2017 event will be held on April 10th 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 the school 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 get an update on Dads Club activities, you will hear presentations from speakers representing one of the Four Pillars as well as 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 meet and get to know the other dads at the school.
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 events.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 2016-2017