Joe Bob Edwards
On behalf of the Episcopal High School Dad’s Club, I am pleased to welcome everyone back to campus for the 2021-2022 school year, and to take the opportunity to introduce our organization to new and returning families. After an incredibly difficult year of lockdowns, travel restrictions, and generally living within our small bubble, I know you all agree that we could all use a little in-person fellowship…….and the EHS Dads Club offers just the solution for dads looking to connect with one another and get further connected with the school.
First, a word about the Club itself. Every father of a student at EHS is automatically a member of the Dad’s Club. Our mission is to promote involvement in the school through three primary functions – periodic breakfast meetings at EHS for dad’s fellowship, coupled with presentations from school leaders from each of our four pillars (academics, athletics, religion, arts) and college counseling; funding of “one-off” requests from various school departments that cannot be satisfied though the school’s normal operating budget; opportunities to get involved and have fun with fellow dads at a wide range of events, from our annual golf tournament to grill / concession stand duty at EHS sporting events. In addition to our annual dues ($100 per EHS family….part of your annual tuition bill) our annual budget is funded primarily from proceeds raised from our golf tournament. We are very proud to announce that we have raised, and given to various EHS causes, in excess of $2,200,000 over the life of the Dad’s Club. Examples of past projects funded by the Dad’s Club include AV equipment, prayer books, a 3-D printer, the annual Challenger Football Game, Faculty / Staff appreciation gifts, and Choir Vestments. Additionally, the Dad’s Club participated in the EHS Lead the Way Campaign, with a pledge of $250,000 for the new construction and naming rights for the Dean John Colello Press Box, a pledge which we are satisfying over multiple years. We are very proud of these efforts and look forward to awarding additional funds in the years to come, across all four pillars of EHS.
The best way to learn more about EHS, and the Dad’s Club in particular, is to attend our breakfast meetings held on campus. Our first meeting will be August 20th, where we will gather at 7am to hear from representatives of our Athletic Pillar. Athletic Director Jason Grove, and head football coach Steve Leisz will update us all on the state of our athletic program, with a particular emphasis on fall sports as we kick off the academic year. Additional breakfast meetings are scheduled for 7am on October 22nd, January 21st, February 25th, and April 8th, where we will have similar programming highlighting current events in the religion, arts and academic pillars, as well as a presentation from Julie Rollins, head of EHS College Counseling. You do not want to miss these events, as we hear from not only school administrators but also some of our very talented members of the student body.
Finally, mark your calendars for our Fall Clay Pigeon Shoot, and our Annual Dad’s Club Golf Tournament. The Clay Pigeon Shoot is free to all EHS dads and is scheduled for October 28th at the Greater Houston Gun Club. And in case you missed the previous reference, IT IS FREE TO ATTEND….and also tons of fun, even if you are not a great shot. Our golf tournament is structured as a four-man scramble, with loads of added features to ensure even the most casual golfer has a great time. It is not free (remember, it’s our largest fundraiser of the year), but very reasonably priced particularly when you factor in the value of the fellowship and time socializing with others connected to EHS. Make plans to participate next spring and start putting together your foursome.
This school year will represent my eighth year as a dad at EHS. I’ve also have four more years to go until I myself will “graduate”. Speaking from personal experience, no matter the interest of your child……. whether he or she is an athlete, an artist, a budding religious scholar, a straight-A student, or a well-rounded young person, I can think of no better high school home for your child. The EHS experience is best enjoyed by saying “yes” to opportunities to get involved. And for EHS dads, the Dad’s Club is your home at the school. Come join us. I look forward to a fantastic school year (in person!) and all the opportunities to spend time with the EHS dads.
Joe Bob Edwards
EHS Dad’s Club President
Father of Avery ’18, Beau ’22, Brooks ‘25
21-22 Executive Committee
President: Joe Bob Edwards
Vice President: Jeff Henningsen
Secretary: Connelly McGreevy
Treasurer: Lance Odom
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