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Dads Club

2019-2020
Dads Club President

Jay Rippeto

Dear Parents:

On behalf of the Dads Club, I am pleased to welcome both our new parents and 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 at EHS. My family is entering its ninth 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 Dads Club supports and promotes the mission, policies, programs and activities of the School, while encouraging fellowship. We offer volunteer opportunities, funding, and fellowship for EHS students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.

The Dads Club is also a way to engage in the school and lend a hand on campus. Some of those opportunities include reading scripture at daily Chapel, helping with "Students of Service" projects, or grilling/cooking at various fine arts, sporting, and community events.

The Dads Club supports 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 normal operating budget. Over the years, the Dads Club has provided funds to purchase various items and support multiple events including: audio-visual equipment, prayer books, 3D-printer, Race for the Cure shirts, 156 Volumes of Gale Poetry Literature Criticism online, weight room equipment, batting cages, Student/Parent Handbook, Challenger Football Game, Faculty/Staff Appreciation, Choir Vestments, and SOS Home Repair. The Dads Club participated in the Lead the Way Campaign with a gift of $250,000 for the new construction and naming of the Dean John Colello Football Press Box. This year we exceeded the $2,000,000 mark of funding support since the inception of the Dads Club in 1994.

Revenues are generated through three sources: annual dues; sales at the concession stands; and our primary fundraiser, the annual Dads Club golf tournament. Under the co-leadership of Michael Grant and Ronnie Deyo we raised almost $100,000 from our 26th golf tournament last April, with more than 170 participants.

The best way to learn about the Dads Club is to attend the regular 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; hear presentations from speakers representing one of the Four Pillars as well as our college counseling staff; and see students showcase their talents and accomplishments. Besides being informative, the meetings are a great way to get to know other dads at EHS.

Please mark your calendars for the following 7:00 a.m. Friday mornings for breakfast in the incredible new Underwood Student Center: August 23, October 25, January 24, February 28, and April 3. Additional dates to mark include September 17, 2019, for the Annual Sporting Clays Tournament at Greater Houston Gun Club and April 6, 2020, for the golf tournament at Wildcat Golf Club.

Dads, this is your invitation to become more involved in your child's experience at EHS. I encourage you to volunteer to help in the concession stand during a sporting event or come out and help grill burgers. 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.

Sincerely,

Jay Rippeto

Maggie 14’, Caroline 17’ and Gwen 21’