Here at Millennium Middle School, the band cannot run without the parent boosters.
Officer positions are available if you are willing to help the director with organizing various band functions first hand.
Almost all booster clubs have the following:
- President: As the chief executive of the club, (s)he organizes the fulfillment of the mission, membership issues, and enforcement of the rules
- Treasurer: Takes care of everything financial, from recording gains and losses to planning for new revenue streams
- Secretary: Point of contact for all communications and records meeting minutes for the organization
Most booster clubs grow to a larger executive group:
- Vice-President: An executive “floater” assists with the responsibilities of the President and other members as needed
- Digital Chair: Deals with the nitty-gritty of technology stuff, from websites to digital documentation of events
- Event Director: Organizes events such as fundraisers or band concerts/events.
- Membership Chair (Volunteer Coordinator): Coordinates membership drives, distributes membership benefits, maintains membership list
- Administrative Liaison (Band Director): This is usually a non-voting position and in place of a parent volunteer, this can be the school principal, band director, athletic director, or head coach
What is a Booster Club?
A booster club is an organization that is formed to support (e.g. coordinate events, raise money, etc.) an associated club, sports team, band, or organization. The clubs are generally run and organized by the parents of the students in the supported organization in middle/high schools. It is not a social club. Its main function is to develop support for the student program and raise funds to supplement shrinking public support as a result of budget cuts.
For example, fundraisers are often held to raise money for supplies, uniforms, or equipment that the students may need or for performances. The main principle of funding by a U.S. IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit is that the booster club may not discriminate in making grants to youth or college students on the basis of their family’s membership in or funding to the club, or the family’s fund-raising or time put into club activities.
A popular way for booster clubs to raise money is with raffles for some item that would be donated by a local business, clothing such as band t-shirts , or the sale of candy, baked items, and other food items to the family and friends of the band students. Membership dues are also a key fundraising element.. With the popularity of the internet and social media, many programs are turning to online crowdfunding platforms to reach out for additional support.
At the middle school level school administrators (Band Director) cannot be involved in the booster club organization except advising the group towards acheiving the bast for the band director/band and approving all activities.