Joe Bob Edwards
On behalf of the Episcopal High School Dads 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 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 Dads 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 and Arts) and college counseling; funding of “one-off” requests from various school departments that cannot be satisfied through 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, more than $2,200,000 over the life of the Dads Club. Examples of past projects funded by the Dads Club include AV equipment, prayer books, a 3-D printer, the annual Challenger Football Game, Faculty/Staff appreciation gifts, and Choir Vestments. Additionally, the Dads 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 Dads Club, in particular, is to attend our breakfast meetings held on campus. Our first meeting will be on August 20, where we will gather at 7:00 a.m. to hear from representatives of our Athletic Pillar. Athletic Director Jason Grove, and head football coach Steve Leisz will update us 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 7:00 a.m. on October 22, January 21, February 25, and April 8, where we will have similar programming highlighting current events in the Religion, Arts, and Academic pillars. There will also be 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 Dads Club Golf Tournament. The Clay Pigeon Shoot is free to all EHS dads and is scheduled for October 28 at the Greater Houston Gun Club. 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 have four more years to go until I 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 Dads 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 Dads 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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