WHO ARE THE AQUIN BOOSTERS?
The mission of the Aquin Booster Club is to provide financial, moral and spiritual support for all Aquin High School athletics programs, academic programs and school activities.
We are comprised of alumni, families and friends of Aquin who are dedicated to providing support for Aquin and its students.
HOW DOES THE BOOSTER CLUB RAISE MONEY?
The Aquin Boosters have two major fundraisers throughout the year:
The first is through the sale of advertising banners to local businesses that are displayed throughout the athletic venues at Aquin High School. If you would like to purchase a banner for your business, or know a business owner that would, click here for information and pricing. If you have any questions, call Adam Talbert at (815) 601-2250 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aquin Booster Flea Market & More
The second is the annual flea market that is held in the gym on the first Sunday of every month, October through May, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. It is one of the longest running flea markets in the area and has been held at Aquin since 1970. After all these years, admission is still only $1 to the public and dealer space rental begins at only $20 for an 11’ X 11’ area and includes three tables. This year’s dealers will have something for everyone – collectibles, antiques, coins, sports cards, canned goods and other food items.
The Boosters also raise funds by servicing the community in such events as Music on Chicago, Cruise Night and the Freeport Home Show at Highland Community College. In addition to the major fundraisers, each Crew (see organizational chart below) is responsible for conducting their own events throughout the year. The Corn Boil, Booster Grill and Booster Huddles are a few examples of the kinds of events each Crew will hold.
WHAT DO THE AQUIN BOOSTERS CONTRIBUTE TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM?
Each year, the Aquin Booster Club contributes thousands of dollars to the Aquin school system. The contributions help fund academic programs & clubs, school operations, the Athletic Department and individual sports. Because the needs of the school change on a regular basis, so do the nature of the Booster's contributions. In the 2012-13 school year alone, the Boosters contributed over $5100 to Athletics programs and over $10,000 to the school.
For the 2013-14 school year, the Boosters have already pledged to contribute $2500 for the purchase of new helmets for the entire varsity football team as well as over $5000 for the purchase of new backboards for the side baskets in the gym.
The selection process begins near the end of the school year with the President selecting the next year’s Vice-President, Treasurer and Crew Captains. The Crew Captains are then responsible for selecting a 5-man Crew before the new “Booster Year” begins on July 1st. Each 5-Man Crew member is responsible for yearly dues which help cover the cost of Booster gear and a Booster ID card which gains them admission into any home sporting event for the current school year as well as free popcorn at the concession stand.HOW IS THE BOOSTER CLUB ORGANIZED?
We have gone away from the structure that everyone in the school system is considered a Booster and is expected to help out at events. We understand that parents are involved with the school system in many different ways that suit their availability, work schedule, financial means and volunteer spirit. While every family at Aquin is expected to be a volunteer, the Booster Club may not be for everyone. The goal is for the Boosters to be comprised of people who want to be a part of it and who are committed to the various Boosters activities it executes throughout the year.
The selection process begins near the end of the school year with the President selecting the next year’s Vice-President, Treasurer and Crew Captains. The Crew Captains are then responsible for selecting a 5-person Crew before the new “Booster Year” begins on July 1st. Each 5-person Crew member is responsible for yearly dues which help cover the cost of Booster gear and a Booster ID card which gains them free admission into any home sporting event for the current school year as well as free popcorn at the concession stand.
These 6-person crews (including the Captain) are responsible for executing certain required functions throughout the year as well as earning money through their own unique fundraiser. Each Crew is in competition with the others to see who can earn the most money for the Booster Club from July 1st through May 31st of the following year.
To view the Captains and Crews selected for the 2013-2014 school year, see the organizational chart below.
CAN I STILL GET INVOLVED WITH THE BOOSTER CLUB IF I'M NOT ON A CREW?
Absolutely! The way the Boosters are organized, there are a few different ways to get involved even if you are not selected for a Crew:
Just Show Up & Help
Everyone is welcome to help out at any Booster event throughout the year. The saying “many hands make light work” holds true in most events the Boosters are a part of. This is a great way for people to help out when their busy schedule permits without having any obligation to show up the next time. Plus, you never know when you might have fun…
Become an Associate Member
Each Crew Captain has 5 to 7 Associate Members that they can call upon when one or more of his 5-Person Crew members cannot attend an event. Associate Members are also called when the event may require more hands than the 6 person Crew can provide. Associate Members are given Booster gear for their efforts and are invited to attend all Crew meetings and Booster events.
If you are interested in becoming an Associate Member, contact one of the Crew Captains - Scott Stykel, Lance Roelfs, Jeff Hiveley, or Rick Hauser.
Form Your Own Crew
All it takes is a commitment from 5 other people, $150 in crew dues and some good ideas on how to fundraise to form your own Booster Crew. If you are interested in forming your own Crew, contact Adam Talbert at (815) 601-2250 for information.