NRAB Meeting Minutes 2014-15

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters

June 1, 2015 Meeting Minutes

 Finance Committee – Attendance: Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Greg Robinson, Bo Kuntz, Deb Karaffa

We discussed the following topics:

  • Swings ‘N Things fundraiser was analyzed, but not pursued;
  • Open trustee positions—NATR spot to be filled, potential candidates for Web Admin may be identified
  • JV Baseball year-end tournament winner t-shirts ordered for the team
  • Upcoming uniform expenditures were analyzed in regards to viability of making donation for scoreboards at the Baseball and Softball fields.
  • Stipend expenditures were reviewed for accuracy and to determine what was still pending for budgeting purposes.General Meeting – Attendance on file. The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.
  1. The NRAB Scholarship winners introduced themselves and each received their $1,000 check;
    1. Kristen Denk will continue pole vaulting at Ohio State University
    2. Lauren DiFrancisco – Ohio University
    3. Rachel Flis – Cleveland State University
    4. Ashlyn Kuhar – University of Cincinnati
    5. Sami Minor will continue to play softball at Baldwin Wallace University
    6. Matt Karaffa, Ohio State University
    7. Dane Morgan – will wrestle for Johns Hopkins University
    8. Thomas Mowry – Ohio State University
    9. Leo Nemetz – Ohio State University
    10. Clayton Rush – Ohio State University
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Greg Robinson reviewed income and expenditures and forecasted revenue for next year. The full treasurer’s report is on file. Please contact Greg or Ben Morgan if you‘d like to view the report.
  3. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz congratulated the scholarship recipients and reminded the athletes who will be competing at the college level that any scholarship money received must be reported to the university and coach as per NCAA rules.
    1. Baseball finished up 13-16; losing at Districts to St. Ignatius (the eventual Regional Champions).
    2. Softball finished 17-11 losing to Parma at Districts. A complaint will be filed with the OHSAA with regard to the size of the field the District game was played on. Regulation size field is 200 feet and they were playing on a 260 ft field which would have resulted in multiple home runs had they played on a regulation size field. In addition, one umpire was an assistant athletic director to a neighboring community which was a conflict of interest.
    3. Track – two athletes will move forward to the State of Ohio Track Meet on Saturday, June 6; Sam Robinson and Kristen Denk. Sam had a new personal record long jump of 23’6” and   Kristen won Districts, Regionals and set the all division, all Ohio state pole vault record with a jump of 13’5” and nearly set the national record attempting 13’9”. Best of luck Sam and Kristen.
    4. Boys Tennis – Troy Peterjohn lost to the defending state champion in Sectional quarterfinals.
    5. Spring Sports Awards will be held Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.
    6. Next year starts a new conference; the Suburban League will be comprised of Hudson, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Wadsworth, North Royalton and Brecksville.
    7. Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be restructured next year; current athletic awards will be given out at the spring sports awards while hall of fame inductees will be announced at the last home basketball game with a dinner the following night.
    8. Requesting a new score board for the varsity baseball field at a price of $15,058 and a new scoreboard for the softball field for $10,632.50. The old baseball score board will be mounted to the barn and used for the JV field. This donation request will be voted on at the August meeting.
  4. New Business:
      1. Provided update on Stipend amount that has been paid – $58,731.23. Some invoices are pending and will be paid upon receipt.
      2. Pending Trustee Positions – Bob Carozza was nominated for an open Trustee position for Night at the Races by Paul Twarog, seconded by Silvana Miduri; motion carried by majority vote. Jeff Evanko and Mike Kuhar are going to meet with John Vasil to discuss potentially filling the Web Administrator spot.
      3. Open Floor—Nothing additional
  1. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – There will be a 10 week car-raffle blitz during football season, with the winning ticket being pulled at the last home football game, October 23.
    2. Concessions – Nothing to report.
    3. Gold Cards – Gold Card blitz day will be Saturday, August 15, 2015.
    4. Letter Jackets – Letter jacket orders will be accepted year-round; spring sport letter winners can order their jackets immediately following the awards ceremony.
    5. Membership – Total membership stands at approximately 261.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – With Spring Sports Awards coming up – please submit any photos and information to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com as soon as possible.
    7. Night at the Races – netted $11,091.76
    8. Programs – Extra Fall programs will be sold at Spring Sports Awards. Picture day for the upcoming Fall sports will be August 12 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Please visit our online order site to purchase Spirit Wear, accessible through Northroyaltonathletics.com.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – Nothing new to report.
    11. Website Administrator – Please provide scores/information for games to be uploaded to the web to nraboosters@gmail.com.
  2. Next meeting will be held on Monday, August 3.
  3. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Paul Twarog, seconded by Jim Smith, meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m. Have a great summer!!

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters

May 4, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Finance Committee – Attendance: Ben Morgan, Bo Kuntz, Deb Karaffa

NRAB received a check in the amount of $490 from VNN for our website hits in 2014. Potential replacement of baseball and softball field scoreboards was brought up since the only expenditures for uniform replacements for the 2015/2016 school year are for 7th/8th grade boys basketball. The coaches for both girls basketball and boys soccer indicated their uniforms can last another year. There was also discussion about considering a car show as a potential NRAB fundraiser. The president was going to follow up with Mr. Mantle (NRAB member) for more details since he brought the idea forward.

 

General Meeting – Attendance on file. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.

  1. Greetings and Introductions – Ben Morgan.
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Greg Robinson was unable to attend the meeting. A full treasurer’s report is on file. Please contact Greg or Ben Morgan if you‘d like to view the report.
  3. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz reporting.
    1. Rachel Flis, Girls Basketball, received the Academic All-Ohio Award.
    2. Baseball is 4-4 in NOC, 10-11 overall; they recently played at Progressive field vs. St. Ignatius with a score of 4-1(L); OHSAA Sectionals will be May 13 vs. Valley Forge/Parma at home.
    3. Softball – currently 3-2 in NOC and 12-6 overall; OHSAA Sectional May 14 vs. St. Joe’s and May 15th vs. Normandy.
    4. Track – NOC Boys are 2-1-1, girls 2-2. Girls won the Triway Invitational, Lakewood Ranger Relays and placed 7th at the Berea Relays. Boys placed 2nd at Triway Invitational and 4th at Berea Relays. Kristen Denk set a new state record of 13’4.25” for pole vault at the Nordonia Knights Relays and Sam Robinson set a new personal record of 22’2” at the Strongsville meet. Sam also recently signed with Butler to participate in Track and Field.
    5. Boys Tennis is 2-1 in the NOC and 5-6 overall.
    6. Tuesday, May 26 is the Hall of Fame Induction/Senior Awards to be held at 7:00 p.m. at Carrie Cerino’s.
    7. Spring Sports Awards will be held Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.
  4. New Business
    1. We made our annual $100 donation to sponsor a hole at the Stadium Foundation Golf Outing.
    2. After-Prom/Senior Picnic – Jim Smith indicated there will be concessions products left over that will be donated.
    3. Trustee openings for the May elections. The Nominees for open Trustee positions are as follows; they were all approved and seconded by the floor to be voted upon:
    1. President—Ben Morgan
    2. Secretary-Carey Marousek
    3. Car Raffle—Sharon Evanko
    4. Concessions
    1. Diane and Jeff Mueller
    2. Ed and Laurie Pfister
    3. Andy and Meredith Bidlen
    4. Jeff and Lauri Scott
    5. Gail Nemetz
    6. Kerri Smith (one year term)
    1. Letter Jackets—Jennifer Morgan
    2. Membership-Paul Twarog
    3. Newsletter/Publicity—Carey Marousek
    4. Night at the Races—two open positions
    5. Team Sports Liaison—Dan Novak
    6. Website Administrator–open
    7. All positions were elected by a show of hands with a majority vote.
  1. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – There will be a 10 week car-raffle blitz during football season, with the winning ticket being pulled at the last home football game. Meetings will be held with NRAB President, Athletic Director and coaches to best implement this new format.
    2. Concessions – Nothing to report.
    3. Gold Cards – Kris Paulus reported Gold Card blitz day will be Saturday, August 15, 2015.
    4. Letter Jackets – Letter jacket orders will be accepted year-round; spring sport letter winners can order their jackets immediately following the awards ceremony.
    5. Membership – Total membership stands at approximately 261.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – With Spring Sports Awards coming up – please submit any photos and information to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com as soon as possible.
    7. Night at the Races – No report.
    8. Programs – Extra Fall programs will be sold at Spring Sports Awards. Picture day for the upcoming Fall sports will be August 12 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Please visit our online order site to purchase Spirit Wear, accessible through Northroyaltonathletics.com.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – Nothing new to report.
    11. Website Administrator – Please provide scores/information for games to be uploaded to the web to nraboosters@gmail.com. If there is anyone interested in becoming the new webmaster, please contact either Ben Morgan or John Vasil.
  2. Next meeting will be held on Monday, June 1; social at 3-Spot following the meeting is being considered. Questions from the floor – Can the last meeting be held at the 3-Spot in the private room?
  3. Door Prizes were given out.
  4. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Bo Kuntz, seconded by Gary Marousek, meeting adjourned at 7:49 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, June 1, 2015.

 

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters

April 13, 2015 Meeting Minutes 

Finance Committee – Attendance:  Kathy Dapsis, Bo Kuntz, Deb Karaffa

Reviewed invoices to be paid along with stipend expenditures.

General Meeting – Attendance on file.  The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Vice President, Kathy Dapsis.

  1. Greetings and Introductions – Kathy Dapsis.
  2. Review Old Business
    1. Volunteers for Uniform Committee to create guidelines and framework. Paul Twarog and Linda Miduri expressed willingness to work on this committee.  Any other volunteers please contact Ben Morgan.
    2. Elections for new Executive Board position vacancies and Trustee positions will take place in May.
  3. Treasurer’s Report – Greg Robinson was out of town on business. A full treasurer’s report is on file.  Please contact Greg or Ben Morgan if you‘d like to view the report.
  4. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz reported that spring sports are under way. Congratulations to Alison Smolinski, 1st Team All Ohio for Girls Basketball.  Thank you to all the participants at Night at the Races.  The car raffle brought in about $32,000; half of which went to the Stadium Foundation and the balance was distributed to the respective teams according to sales amounts.   Serpentini Chevrolet will again be donating a car to be raffled off – although it will be structured differently this upcoming season.  There will be a 10 week car-raffle blitz during football season, with the winning ticket being pulled at the last home football game.
  5. New Business
    1. Stipends submitted by MS Track ($500 in equipment), Cheerleading all-levels ($1,975 for 100 poms).
    2. Purchased NOC Champion T-shirts for MS Wrestling ($396 for 44 shirts).
    3. Paid $100 for two golf coaches to attend the OHSGCA Clinic at Ohio State.
    4. Trustee openings for the May elections. The Nominees for open Trustee positions to be determined at the 2015-2016 Elections on May 4, are as follows:
    5. President—Ben Morgan
    6. Secretary-open
  • Car Raffle—one open position
  1. Concessions
  2. Diane and Jeff Mueller
  3. Ed and Laurie Pfister
  4. Andy and Meredith Bidlen
  5. Jeff and Lauri Scott
  6. Gail Nemetz
  7. Kerri Smith (one year term)
  8. Letter Jackets—Jennifer Morgan
  9. Membership-Paul Twarog
  • Newsletter/Publicity—Carey Marousek
  • Night at the Races—Silvana Miduri and two open positions
  1. Team Sports Liaison—Dan Novak
  2. Website Administrator–open
  3. Scholarship Committee met and identified 5 male and 5 female athletes to award $1,000 scholarships to. These will be presented at the Local Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 14.
  1. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – $32,000 was raised, half going to the Stadium Foundation and half to the sports that sold the tickets.
    2. Concessions – Jim Smith reported the concession stand was open for 1 event so far this spring. Jim is ordering Fatigue Mats to be placed where volunteers stand.  Maintenance is ordering the mats and Jim will reimburse them.
    3. Gold Cards – Kris Paulus reported negotiations will start with the Gold Card supplier on which businesses will be included on the card.
    4. Letter Jackets – Nothing new to report.
    5. Membership – one new membership was processed. Total membership stands at approximately 261, down about 39 from last year.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – Please submit any photos and information to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com
    7. Night at the Races – Lynn Dorman thanked all the volunteers and attendees. Ticket sales were 250 vs. 303 last year.  To date, $10,589 was raised, although she’s still waiting for more money to come in.  She believes the increase in revenue was due to the $5 ticket increase.   Our cost per person was $24.90.    Betting was low and netted approximately $700 less than last year.  Chinese raffle baskets brought in approximately the same amount as last year and the signed Cavs basketball brought in approximately $460.
    8. Programs – No report.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Please visit our online order site to purchase Spirit Wear, accessible through com.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – Linda Miduri is compiling a list of team reps who will be returning next year. There are a number of team reps needed for next year, please consider volunteering your time to girls softball, football, basketball, cheer.
    11. Website Administrator – Please provide scores/information for games to be uploaded to the web to nraboosters@gmail.com.
  2. Questions from the floor – Will the Uniform Committee be a trustee position? Can we have a “social” type meeting next month in an effort to get new families interested in Boosters – say extend an invite to the parents of 6th through 8th  Is it feasible to have team reps send an e-mail blast out?
  3. Door Prizes were given out.
  4. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Jen Morgan, seconded by Carey Marousek, meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, May 4, 2015.

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters

March 2, 2015 Meeting Minutes

 Finance Committee – Attendance:  Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Greg Robinson, Deb Karaffa

Invoice for team patches was paid.  Stipend invoices for hurdles, high jump standards, jump box (track) were paid, batting tees, baseballs, pitching mats, pitching machine balls, home plate (baseball) and gymnastics bags were paid.

General Meeting – Attendance on file.  The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.

  1. Greetings and Introductions – Ben Morgan.
  2. Lexi Novak and Kaylee Napier, representing the Gymnastics Team, thanked the Boosters for their recently purchased gymnastics bags from their stipend fund. The bags arrived in time for the team’s use at Sectionals and Districts.
  3. Review Old Business
    1. Varsity Track Uniforms – A motion was made by Kathy Dapsis to purchase Varsity Track uniforms at a cost of $11,250 (90 girls, 90 boys uniforms), seconded by Greg Robinson, carried with majority vote. Due to a miscommunication with stipend expenditures and uniform quotes, Varsity Track did not secure the requisite 3 bids for new uniforms.  As a means of ensuring this does not happen in the future, a motion was by made by Jason Grimes, seconded by Jeff Paulus, to consider the creation of a uniform committee to oversee the necessity of new uniform purchases, the bid process, quality and cost.
    2. Possible fundraising idea – Interest in a committee to develop a supplemental 50/50 fundraiser with 100 tickets at $100 each that could be executed in the spring or summer. A motion was made by Bruce DiFrancisco, seconded by Gary Marousek to create a committee to execute such a fundraiser, evaluate our current fundraisers and explore future options.  This committee will be outlined and framed at the next meeting.
    3. Elections for new Executive Board position vacancies and Trustee positions will take place in May. We would like to have a list of commitments from those running for trustee positions by the April meeting.
  4. Treasurer’s Report – Greg Robinson reported that Night at the Races ticket sales and advertising deposits are coming in. We’re looking at $20-$25,000 more in invoices to be paid before this year is over.  We’re on solid financial footing heading into next year.  The full treasurer’s report is on file.
  5. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz was at the Girls Basketball Sectional Playoff Game and was unable to attend the meeting. Ben Morgan Congratulated the Wrestling sectional place winners: Jon Bonacci-5th,  Xavier Wasco-6th, Omar Khanfar-5th, Jake Mantle-5th, Jake Vogler-6th.  Special congratulations to the district qualifiers:  Jake Sawyer-4th, Dane Morgan-3rd, and sectional champion Cam Mayell.  Boys Basketball finished 5-17, Girls Basketball finished regular season at 23-1, is ranked #1 in Northeast Ohio, 11th or 12th in the State, NOC Champs and have 2 sectional wins to date.  Girls Swimming won their NOC Division Championship and advanced 11 athletes to the Districts.  Boys Swimming finished 1-5, advancing 1 swimmer to Districts.  There were no state qualifiers for either Swim Team.  Gymnastics came in 4th at Sectionals, 11th at Districts and finished 11th out of 40 at the Brecksville Rock and Roll Invitational.  IndoorTrack – Matt Karaffa and Kristen Denk both broke high school pole vault records.  Kristen had seven 1st place finishes, broke two field house records, set a new Indoor State Record, had the highest jump in the history of Ohio’s girl’s vault, and is currently ranked 4th in the nation.  Sam Robinson won 1st place for triple jump at five indoor meets, had three 1st place finishes for running long jump and set two field house records.  Both Kristen and Sam qualified to attend the Indoor National Track Meet in New York City on March 14.  National Signing Day took place with Allison Smolinski signing with Youngstown State University, Dani Giles attending Malone College, and Joey Davidson attending Youngstown State University.  Congratulations to Dane Morgan; one of 7 finalists for the ESPN Cleveland High School Scholar Athlete of the Year and being named to the All-Ohio Academic Football Team.
  6. New Business
    1. Update on NRAB Scholarship Committee – the committee has been formed, consisting of Kathy Dapsis, Brian Lebo, Linda Miduri, Jim Smith, and Paul Twarog. Kathy reported 48 applications were submitted for consideration and are under review for 5 boys and 5 girls scholarships of $1,000 each.
    2. Trustee openings for the May elections -There are a number of Trustee terms that are expiring in 2015 that to date, no one has expressed an interest in filling. Open positions include Secretary, Car Raffle, Letter Jackets,  Night at the Races (3), Team Sports Liaison, and Website Administrator.  Please recruit potential successors and contact Ben if you are interested in a position or have questions.
  7. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – Dawn Filippi reported 795 tickets were sold for $15,900; down approximately $5,000 from last year. Going forward, one trustee will be responsible for administering car raffle tickets to the middle school and one 1 for the high school.
    2. Concessions – Diane Mueller reported they are scheduling the concession stand for 12 spring events; 5 dates still need to be staffed. Question from the floor – could Key Club staff the events for their service hours?
    3. Gold Cards – Kris Paulus reported a few more cards have been sold.
    4. Letter Jackets – We currently have approximately 24 letter jackets in stock in anticipation of the winter sports awards on March 16. A number of large invoices have been submitted for payment for the jackets.
    5. Membership – two more new memberships were processed at the meeting. Total membership stands at approximately 260, down about 40 from last year.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – Carey Marousek plans to publish a newsletter following the winter sports awards. Please submit any photos and information for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com
    7. Night at the Races – Lynn Dorman reported that 7 horses still need to be sold. Ticket sales currently stand at 170; we still have 130 left to sell ($30 each).  Ticket sales and volunteering has been slow – Lynn will be sending out emails to purchase tickets and volunteer for the event.  Tricia Pozsgai will make an announcement at the Middle School Winter Sports Awards.  Tickets can be purchased from Lynn (allldorman@cox.net) or Tim Karaffa (keglndude@sbcglobal.net).  Silvana Miduri reported that basket donations are slow; she currently has only 15 people committed to donating complete baskets.  If you’re making a basket, please also include an itemized list and value of the basket.  Contact Silvana if you have any questions or would like to arrange drop-off of baskets/item donations at midurimom@sbcglobal.net.  Please, get your donations to Silvana as soon as possible.  Tim Karaffa reported the race program is ready to go to production soon.
    8. Programs – Jason Grimes reported all the Winter Programs have been sold. Due to a miscommunication with the Athletic Department, no programs were available for Senior Wrestling Night.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Please visit our online order site to purchase Spirit Wear, accessible through com.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – No Report.
    11. Website Administrator – Please provide scores/information for games to be uploaded to the web to nraboosters@gmail.com.
  8. Door Prizes were given out.
  9. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Jason Grimes, seconded by Dawn Filippi, meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, April 13 due to Spring Break.

 

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters      February 10, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Finance Committee

Attendance:  Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Greg Robinson, Deb Karaffa

Invoices paid and stipend money amounts were reviewed.  Varsity Track is due for new uniforms, Baseball team to use stipend funds toward new batting helmets and jackets. The Middle School Cross Country tent purchase to be voted on tonight.

General Meeting – Attendance on file.  The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.

  1. Greetings and Introductions – Ben Morgan.
  2. Review Old Business
    1. Middle School Cross Country team requested $500 from their stipend fund be used to purchase a 10’ x 20’ tent. A request was made to Boosters to pay the balance of $1,320 since MS CC purchases their own uniforms.  The group also recommended that the tent have North Royalton Bears printed on the tent instead of North Royalton Middle School, in case this tent could be used by the high school if necessary. In addition, “Donated by the NRAB” printed on the tent. The President will convey this information to the coach (Mr. Foldesy). A motion was made by Gary Marousek to donate $1,320 toward the purchase of the tent, seconded by Kathy Dapsis; motion carried with majority vote.
    2. Possible fundraising idea – Interest in a committee to develop a supplemental 50/50 fundraiser with 100 tickets at $100 each that could be executed in the spring or summer. Gary Marousek informed the President that he would be interested in participating in such a committee.
    3. Elections for new Executive Board position vacancies and Trustee positions will take place in May.
  3. Treasurer’s Report – Greg Robinson reported that Night at the Races advertising deposits are coming in. Middle School football uniform invoice has been paid.  Tax Return has been filed.  The full treasurer’s report is on file.
  4. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz was unable to attend the meeting because he had to work at the Boys Basketball game being held at home that evening.
  5. New Business
    1. Coach Klingbeil requested $1,080 from the stipend fund for Baseball which would be used toward the purchase of 24 new batting helmets. Estimates were secured from Easton, Rawlins, Adlers and BSN.  The balance of the stipend fund will be used to purchase 29 jackets for the varsity team at a cost of $1,700-$1,800.  The old jackets will be passed down to the Junior Varsity and Freshman teams.
    2. Coach Bazzo, Varsity Track, approached the boosters requesting stipend funds be used to purchase new high jump standards, 8 new blocks, 24 hurdles and an arch jump box totaling $4,662 out of the available $5,000 stipend. He also requested 180 new varsity boys and girls track uniforms at a cost of $11,250 ($62.50/set).  Varsity Track last had new uniforms purchased 5 years ago.  The old track uniforms are passed down to the Middle School Program.  A vote to approve this request will be held at the March meeting.
    3. A request for new bags for the Gymnastics team was forwarded for presentation to Ben Morgan. Twenty backpacks at a cost of $50 each (with embroidery and freight charges included) was requested to be purchased with stipend funds.
  6. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – 745 tickets have been sold to date. Please return unsold tickets and/or proceeds to the Middle School Main Office, the High School Main Office, or the Athletic Director’s Office as soon as possible.
    2. Concessions – Thank you to the Muellers, Bidlens, and Scotts for expressing interest in the Concessions trustee positions that will be elected in May.
    3. Gold Cards – No report.
    4. Letter Jackets – We currently have a number of letter jackets in stock in anticipation of the winter sports awards letter winners. Our cost for the jackets has risen, but we’re holding our prices for the remainder of this school year.  Order form is available on the website.
    5. Membership – No report.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – Carey Marousek plans to publish a newsletter following the winter sports awards. Please submit any photos and information for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com
    7. Night at the Races – Lynn Dorman reported that 40 horses have been sold currently. Ticket sales currently stand at 120, we still have 180 left to sell ($30 each).  Lynn will be sending out emails to purchase horse naming, tickets, and volunteering for the event.  Tickets can be purchased from Lynn (allldorman@cox.net) or Tim Karaffa (keglndude@sbcglobal.net).  Silvana Miduri reported that only a few team reps have gotten back to her with basket donations, she currently only has 7 completed baskets.  If you’re making a basket, please also include an itemized list and value of the basket.  Contact Silvana if you have any questions or would like to arrange drop-off of baskets/item donations at midurimom@sbcglobal.net.  Please, get your donations to Silvana as soon as possible.  Tim Karaffa reported numerous advertising options in the program.  A full page race-sponsor ad (your ad will be placed alongside the individual race and the DJ will announce that you/your company and your slogan is sponsoring the race) is $125.  A ½ page ad will cost $75 and $25 for a business card-size ad.   Please contact Tim at 440/623-9384 or Keglndude@sbcglobal.net to place your ads by early March.
    8. Programs – Michelle Grimes reported Winter Programs are on sale at home basketball games and the last wrestling match on 2/19.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Please visit our online order site to purchase Spirit Wear, accessible through com.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – No Report.
    11. Website Administrator – Please provide scores/information for games to be uploaded to the web to nraboosters@gmail.com.
  7. Door Prizes, (including $25 gift cards to Applebees and Olive Garden graciously donated by Kris and Jeff Paulus) were given out.
  8. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Greg Robinson, seconded by Carey Marousek, meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, March 2, 2015.

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters

         January 5, 2015 Meeting Minutes 

Finance Committee – Attendance:  Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Greg Robinson, Deb Karaffa

Invoices paid and stipend money amounts were reviewed.  Annual donation of $750 for the Middle School Wrestling Tournament was discussed and approved by Executive Board due to time sensitive circumstances associated with the donation.  Possible fundraising idea of 100 for $100; sell 100 tickets at $100 each in either a straight 50/50 raffle or have tiered pay-outs for winners. Tickets could be distributed by a committee and the drawing could be held at a NRAB meeting once all of the tickets were sold.

General Meeting – Attendance on file.  The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.

  1. Greetings and Introductions – Ben Morgan.
  2. Review Old Business
  3. Middle School Cross Country team will be making a request for a 10’ x 20’ tent.
  4. At the last meeting, a motion to award two additional $1,000 scholarships was made and carried.
  5. There are a number of Trustee terms that are expiring in June 2015, including President, Secretary, Car Raffle, Concessions (7), Letter Jackets, Membership, Night at the Races (3), Newsletter, Team Sports Liaison, and Website Administrator. Please recruit potential successors and contact Ben if you are interested in a position or have questions.  We will post the openings and job descriptions in the March and April newsletters.
  6. Treasurer’s Report – Greg Robinson reported that Concessions deposited $31,000 this year; $6,000 more than this time last year. We’re $8,000 down on membership but only $5,000 down on total operating funds.  $15,000-$20,000 for uniform purchases and $16,000 of stipend expenditures have yet to be paid out.  The full treasurer’s report is on file.
  7. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz was unable to attend due to jury duty.
  8. New Business
    1. Coach Foldesy presented three bids for a 10’ x 20’ tent for the Middle School Cross Country team. It was discussed to use MS Cross Country stipend money toward the purchase and donate the balance since Boosters does not purchase MS CC uniforms.  A question from the floor – in addition to “North Royalton Middle School” screen printed on the tent, is it possible to include the NRAB logo also – serving as a visual reminder of what booster’s money funds? At the February meeting, we will vote on whether we want to approve the donation and how to allocate such between the stipend fund and a general donation.
    2. Coach Foldesy thanked the organization for our annual donation of $750 as start-up funds for the annual Middle School Wrestling tournament. Proceeds from this tournament fund such items as Middle School wrestling uniform purchases and team t-shirt purchases.
    3. Possible fundraising idea – Instead of the Grapes, Grains and Brews fundraiser, would it be feasible to form a committee to oversee a 50/50 fundraiser with 100 tickets at $100 each? When all tickets were sold, the drawing would be held at the Boosters meeting.
    4. Open Floor – Coach Milliken and a number of boys/girls swim team members stopped by to thank the boosters for the purchase of the new warm-ups and bags. The students were wearing the jackets and bags to show the members what the items looked like.

Trustee Reports

    1. Car Raffle – 521 tickets have been sold to date. Please return unsold tickets and/or proceeds to the Middle School Main Office, the High School Main Office, the Athletic Director’s Office, or to the next Boosters meeting on February 2.
    2. Concessions – No additional report, other than that $31,000 in profits were transferred from the Concessions account to the NRAB Savings account.
    3. Gold Cards – We’re wrapping up the program; trying to hit $15,000 in sales.
    4. Letter Jackets – A number of letter jackets were sold after the Fall Sports awards. Our cost for the jackets has risen, but we’re holding our prices for the remainder of this school year.  A base price increase for the jacket will be considered for next year.  Order form is available on the website.
    5. Membership – Paul Twarog reported that membership stands at 254. We are down 4 Hall of Fame Members, resulting in a significant decrease in funds generated from membership dues.  He’s investigating the idea of instituting a corporate membership for area businesses.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – Carey Marousek plans to publish a mid-season newsletter. If you have anything to be included, please get the information to her by January 15.  Please submit any photos and information for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com
    7. Night at the Races – Lynn Dorman reported that the event will again be held at the Strongsville Rec Center. The same food and DJ as last year will be provided.  She will be sending out an e-mail blast to members for horse-naming, ticket sale information and volunteer requests.  Tim Karaffa reported he is working on the program and is selling ads for $125/full page ad and individual race sponsorship.  Your ad will be placed alongside the individual race and the DJ will announce that you/your company (and your slogan) is sponsoring the race.  A ½ page ad will cost $75 and $25 for a business card-size ad.   Please contact Tim at 440/623-9384 or Keglndude@sbcglobal.net to place your ads by early March.  Sylvana Miduri reported they had 35 baskets last year and would like to have a comparable amount this year.  Team Reps, please request financial or basket item donations from your team members.  If you’re making a basket, please also include an itemized list and value of the basket.  Contact Sylvana if you have any questions or would like to arrange drop-off of basket item donations at midurimom@sbcglobal.net .  Tickets are on sale for $30 each – please contact either Lynn Dorman at allldorman@cox.net or Tim Karaffa at Keglndude@sbcglobal.net to purchase.
    8. Programs – Michelle Grimes reported Winter Programs are printed and on sale at home basketball games. It was mentioned during the meeting that 25-30 programs should be delivered to a swim meet so the parents had an opportunity to purchase copies.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Please visit our online order site to purchase Spirit Wear, accessible through com.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – No Report.
    11. Website Administrator – Please provide scores/information for games to be uploaded to the web to nraboosters@gmail.com .
  1. Door Prizes, (including a $25 gift card to Ruby Tuesdays graciously donated by Kris and Jeff Paulus) were given out.
  2. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Paul Twarog, seconded by Brian Lebo, meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, February 2, 2015.

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters                December 1, 2014 Meeting Minutes 

 Finance Committee – Attendance:  Bo Kuntz, Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Deb Karaffa

Stipend money has yet to be used by all Middle School sports.  Middle School Cross Country has discussed possibly purchasing a tent for their meets.  Boosters would like to bring to the table awarding 10 athletic scholarships this year instead of 8.  Reviewed invoices to determine what was pending and what has been paid.

General Meeting – Attendance on file.  The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.

  1. Greetings and Introductions – Ben Morgan.
  2. Review Old Business – Bo Kuntz to contact Middle School sports to remind them to use stipend before year-end.
  3. Treasurer’s Report – Report made by Ben Morgan in Greg Robinson’s absence. Full treasurer’s report on file.  Please contact Ben Morgan if you’d like a copy.  To date, approximately $48,000 of the Stipend fund money has been spent.
  4. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz thanked the maintenance staff for cleaning the snow off the seats at the stadium for the playoff game. He also thanked Kerri and Jim Smith and all the volunteers that worked the game that night.  The Holiday Basketball Tournament will again take place this year on December 26/27.  Varsity and JV from 4 schools will compete.  Wrestling also has a holiday tournament going on over break.
  5. New Business
    1. Stipend request for a tent (Middle School Cross Country/Track) was brought up to the boosters. The coach is securing price quotes.
    2. Expanding NRAB scholarships from 8 to 10 again this year – a motion was made by Brian Lebo, seconded by Bruce DiFrancisco, majority in favor; motion carried.
    3. There are a number of Trustee terms that are expiring in 2015, including President, Secretary, Car Raffle, Concessions (7), Letter Jackets, Membership, Night at the Races (3), Newsletter, Team Sports Liaison, and Website Administrator. Please recruit potential successors and contact Ben if you are interested in a position or have questions.  We will post the openings and job descriptions in the March and April newsletters.  We may also include the job descriptions on our website.
    4. Possible fundraising idea – a 50/50 fundraiser with 200 tickets at $100 each, or 100 tickets at $100 each. The 50% in prize money could also be tiered.
    5. Open Floor – No questions or comments from the floor. Two Middle School Cheerleaders stopped by the meeting to show the Boosters their newly purchased uniforms and extend their thanks on behalf of the squad.

Trustee Reports

    1. Car Raffle – 496 tickets have been sold; $15,000 has been deposited to date. Please return unsold tickets and/or proceeds to the Middle School Main Office, the High School Main Office or the Athletic Director’s Office
    2. Concessions – We’ve had a successful season and hope to deposit $31,000 after all expenses are paid. From the two playoff games NR hosted, $11,000 was made in concession sales.  Thank you to all the Booster volunteers – if not for your hard work, a portion of that money would have had to be shared with another organization.  We’re getting quotes for a new popcorn machine for the concession stand.  Maintenance has looked at the current machine and believes the bearings are wearing out.  Due to the age of the machine, parts won’t be available.  We’re getting quotes on a new machine and plan to transfer the old machine to the visitor side concession stand and use such for however long it lasts.
    3. Gold Cards – We’re wrapping up the program – please return any outstanding cards/money. Winter team reps can follow up with their coaches and parents to see if there is potential to sell more Gold Cards.
    4. Letter Jackets – We’ve sold 25 jackets in the last two weeks as the result of the Fall Sports Awards. A new order has been placed.  Our cost for the jackets has risen, but we’re holding our prices for the remainder of this school year.  A base price increase for the jacket will be considered for next year.  Order form available on the website.
    5. Membership – Ben Morgan reported in Paul Twarog’s absence that $505 in new membership money came in November and an additional 5-6 new membership forms were given to him at the meeting.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – Carey Marousek thanked John Vasil for getting all of the old newsletters uploaded to the website. She also thanked the Team Reps who submitted photos and stories for inclusion in the latest newsletter.  Please submit any photos and information for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com
    7. Night at the Races – Save the date – March 28, 2015. Horses are now for sale – forms are available on the website or you can contact Tim Karaffa at Keglndude@sbcglobal.net.  Tickets will go on sale after the holidays.
    8. Programs – Michelle Grimes reported they have 9 remaining Fall Programs available for sale. Ads for the Winter Program are $75.  Winter programs are in production to be ready for the first home basketball games.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Please visit our online order site to purchase Spirit Wear, accessible through com.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – No Report.
    11. Website Administrator – Please provide scores/information for games to be uploaded to the web to nraboosters@gmail.com .
  1. Door Prizes J were given out.
  2. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Tim Karaffa, seconded by Gary Marousek, meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m. The next meeting will be Monday, January 5, 2015.

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November 3, 2014 Meeting Minutes  

Finance Committee – Attendance:  Bo Kuntz, Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Deb Karaffa

Upcoming expenditures on Middle School volleyball t-shirts, Girls Tennis t-shirts, girls and boys soccer patches, volleyball patches and the donation to support Issue 10 was discussed.  We also reviewed how we could change the format of Greg’s stipend expense sheet to be more viewer-friendly. The Highland v. Avon game will be held at the stadium on Friday, November 7, we’re still waiting to hear if Berea/Midpark v. Glen Oak will be held at the stadium on Saturday, November 8.

General Meeting – Attendance on file.  The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.

  1. Greetings and Introductions – Ben Morgan (President).
  2. Review Old Business – Stipend Request – To date, Varsity Football, Varsity Boys Basketball, Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Girls Soccer, Varsity Golf, Varsity Boys Soccer, Varsity Swim, Varsity Girls Softball Teams have all either spent or identified what they plan to use their stipend money toward.
  3. Treasurer’s Report – Report made by Ben Morgan in Greg Robinson’s absence.  Full treasurer’s report on file.  Please contact Ben Morgan if you’d like a copy.  Recent expenditures include $312 to wrap the Gym 1 scoreboard with the new NRAB website name.  $500 was donated toward the Issue 10 campaign.  $160 expenditure to purchase t-shirts for the 8th grade Volleyball Team’s conference championship.  $15,584 has been spent on stipends for athletic programs to date.  We have an $11,230 increase in operating funds as of 10/31, per the Treasurer’s report.
  4. Athletic Director’s Report – Report made by Ben Morgan in Bo Kuntz’s absence.  Fall sports awards for Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, and Girls Tennis will be November 18 and awards for Football, Volleyball and Cheerleading will be November 19.
    1. Fall sports had a strong finish with Girls Tennis winning the conference and Coach Kavender being named NOC coach of the year.
    2. Girls Golf finished 8-5, taking 4th at Sectionals as a team to qualify for Districts.
    3. Boys Golf finished 7-3, Jason Garnet qualified for Districts.
    4. Volleyball won the Conference and District Championships, with a record of 21-5 overall.  Coach Hubbell was named NOC coach of the year.  Katie and Allison Baird were named 2nd Team all Ohio.
    5. Girls Soccer won the District Championship.
    6. Boys Soccer won the Conference Championship.
    7. Boys Cross Country advanced 2 runners to Districts.
    8. Girls Cross Country advanced their 5 runners as a team to the State Championships.
    9. Varsity Football finished 2-8. The Freshman Football Team finished 9-1 
  1. New Business
    1. Executive Board approved a donation for Issue 10 committee, Wrap on Gym 1 Scoreboard and T-shirts for 8th grade volleyball NOC Tournament Championship.
    2. Coach Pete Ragone thanked the NRAB for the sideline jackets which were provided to the Girls Soccer Team via the Stipend. He also showed a jacket to the group.
    3. Open Floor – No questions or comments from the floor.
  2. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – Of the 894 tickets issued, 35% have been returned.  Please return raffle tickets as soon as possible so we can get them to the winter sports teams to sell.  Please return unsold tickets and/or proceeds to the Middle School Main Office, the High School Main Office or the Athletic Director’s Office
    2. Concessions – We’ve had a successful season and hope to finish strong with the upcoming Highland/Avon game on Friday.  Net cash on books as of 10/31 is $27,840.
    3. Gold Cards – Please return cards/money from Fall Sports.  To date, $15,560 realized after expenses.
    4. Letter Jackets – Jackets have been purchased in anticipation of the upcoming Fall Sports Awards to ensure turnaround for Christmas.
    5. Membership – Currently stands at 240, slightly down from this time last year.  Hopefully, with winter sports ramping up, we’ll get more new members.
    6. Newsletter/Publicity – Team Reps, please submit the names of the special award winners from the Fall Sports Awards Ceremony for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com
    7. Night at the Races – We’ll be meeting in November to get the ball rolling.  Save the date – March 28, 2015.  Horses will be for sale in December.
    8. Programs – The remaining Fall Programs will be available for sale at the Fall Sports Awards.  Ads for the Winter Program are due November 23.  Coaches can place ads for their senior athletes for free.  November 12 is picture day for Winter Sports.
    9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – $490 worth of spirit wear was sold this season along with $84 from the online order site.  $500 profit from donut sales were realized.
    10. Team Sports Liaison – We still need 7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball Team Reps.
    11. Website Administrator – No report.—Note: Our website provider (VNN) provided the number of Pageviews on our site in September (13,890), which ranks 34th out of 71 schools.  The highest school had 58,129 views and the lowest school had 130. The average amount of views for their school customers in September were 14,603.
  3. Door Prizes J were given out.
  4. A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Paul Twarog, seconded by Jim Smith, meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.  The next meeting will be Monday, December 1, 2014.          

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October 6, 2014 Meeting Minutes 

Finance Committee – Attendance:  Bo Kuntz, Ben Morgan, Greg Robinson, Deb Karaffa

Kathy Dapsis has been in contact with 5 Guys with regard to securing potential fundraiser dates for this event.  Coach Matus will be presenting his stipend expenditure plans.  Grapes, Grains and Brews fundraiser has been tabled at this time.  Year to date proceeds on the Press Box Seat ticket raffle stand at $118.

General Meeting – Attendance on file.  The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by President, Ben Morgan.

  1. Greetings and Introductions.  Sami Minor and Allison Baird from Varsity Volleyball brought one of the newly purchased volleyball uniforms to show the Boosters and extended the team’s thanks.
  2. Review Old Business – 5 Guys fundraiser will be taking place on a yet to be determined date.  This event is self-promoting and will be advertised on the website and social media.
  3. Treasurer’s Report – Greg Robinson’s full report is on file.  Points of interest – we are down approximately $8,000 from this time last year on membership dues, due to approximately 50 fewer members, along with fewer $1,000-level donors.  Gross revenue from membership at end of September, 2013 was $27,000 vs. $19,000 end of September, 2014.  However, Gold Card revenue stands at $15,300 vs. $7,000 from last year.
  4. Athletic Director’s Report –Bo Kuntz, Athletic Director, thanked the Boosters for everything they do.  He reported that Varsity Football has been struggling due in part to the large amount of injured players.   Three of the four remaining games are all against top 25 teams.   Boys Soccer is the #3 seed and Girls Soccer is the #2 seed for the upcoming District Tournament.  Volleyball is ranked #6 in the state and is the #1 seed for the District Tournament.  Girls Tennis Team is the NOC Champion for the 7th time in a row with a 5-0 record.  Girls Cross Country has an excellent shot at States and Boys Cross Country had a great season.  Girls Golf did outstanding; the whole Girls team advanced to Districts.  Boys Golf advanced Jason Garnet to Districts.  Tricia Pozsgai thanked the Boosters for the purchase of the Middle School Football uniforms.
  5. New Business
    1. Stipend Request – Tim Matus, head Boys Basketball Coach, thanked the Boosters for the newly refinished gym floor and reported the uniforms have been ordered and should arrive this month.  He also reported the stipend would be used to purchase Varsity travel suits and bags at a cost of $1,425 for the travel suits and $595 for the bags.
    2. Open Floor – Q – Have all the teams used their stipend funds?  A – No, Track and Baseball have not yet used their stipend funds and are currently looking at their equipment inventory so they can come forward with their requests. Approximately 75% of the teams have either used their Stipend or placed a request with the NRAB to use such.

Trustee Reports

  1. Car Raffle – Tickets were distributed to the Fall sports athletes; requesting high school athletes sell 2 tickets at $20/ticket and Middle School athletes sell 1 ticket.  $10 per ticket will go to Stadium Foundation and $10 to the sport.  Please return unsold tickets and/or proceeds to the Middle School Main Office, the High School Main Office or the Athletic Director’s Office.
  2. Concessions – We are 3/4th of the way through the season with 2 more home football games to play.  Proceeds are down this year compared to last.  Holy Name games draw smaller attendance numbers, although their homecoming game is the 24th and that could result in a boost in sales.  Soccer playoffs take place on the 15th and 16th.  Concessions workers are needed for the 15th. If Highland is in position to host a playoff football game, we could have the event at our stadium and gain some additional revenue.
  3. Gold Card – Cards are still available for sale at the 3-Spot and Athletic Office for $10 each.
  4. Letter Jackets – Order form available on the website – NorthRoyaltonAthletics.com .  Currently stocked and ready for orders following Fall Sports Awards on November 18/19.
  5. Membership – Currently stands at 233.  We’re down from 280 members at this time last year.  We will have another push to reach goal of 300 for winter sports, in the Middle School and with the staff.
  6. Newsletter/Publicity – It was questioned whether the newsletter was a redundant method of transmitting information.  Numerous comments from the floor indicated the newsletter was a concise way of reporting on many different sports in an efficient manner.  Please submit information/pictures to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com
  7. Night at the Races – Date for next year is set for March 28, 2015.
  8. Programs – Were unable to procure pictures/stories in time to be included in a special section for the Homecoming game.  There will be special inserts for Senior Band Night as well as Senior Football Night.   Ad forms are now available for the upcoming Winter Program – contact NRPrograms@yahoo.comfor more information. 
  9. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – 2 more home football games left.  After season is over, merchandise can still be purchased via the Bear Wear link on the NRAB website.  Krispy Kreme donuts will be available again at the last 2 home games and net us a profit of $2.50/dozen.
  10. Team Sports Liaison – No report.
  11. Website Administrator – No report.
  12. Reminders – NRAB Press Box Raffle ($1 tickets before each Home football game)
  13. Door Prizes were handed out.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Greg Robinson, seconded by Bo Kuntz, meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.  The next meeting will be Monday, November 3, 2014.

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North Royalton Athletic Boosters

September 8, 2014 Meeting Minutes 

Finance Committee – Attendance:  Bo Kuntz, Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Greg Robinson, Deb Karaffa

The Car Raffle is being structured differently this year with 2,000 tickets being issued at $20 each.  5-Guys Burgers and Fries fundraiser will take place on a yet to be determined date.

General Meeting – Attendance on file

  1. Greetings & Introductions – President, Ben Morgan, called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. and welcomed those in attendance.  Trustees and meeting attendees introduced themselves.  Lydia Sisko and Madison Panik thanked the Boosters on behalf of the Cheerleaders for the new uniforms recently purchased.
  2. Old Business
    1. Vice President, Kathy Dapsis, reported the Scholarship Committee has been formed and will consist of herself, Jim Smith, Linda Miduri, Paul Twarog, and Brian Lebo.
    2. 5-Guys Burgers & Fries fundraiser will be announced via social media.
    3. Athletic Director’s Report –
      1. Head Girls Volleyball Coach, Kristen Hubbell, reported the team is currently 8-0 and ranked 6th in the state.  She thanked the boosters for the new uniforms and volleyball nets/poles and reported playing on the newly refurbished gym floor was wonderful.
      2. Athletic Director, Bo Kuntz, reported Girls Cross Country is ranked in the top 10, they finished 5th at the Tiffin Invitational.  Boys Cross Country finished 25 of out 38.  Tennis is doing outstanding.  Girls and Boys soccer are doing well.  Varsity Football is struggling this year as the result of numerous injuries.  JV/Freshman Football are doing well.  Every single school is seeing decreased numbers of football players starting at the sophomore level.  However, 7th/8th grade football has a roster of 150 players.
      3. This past week was the Principal’s Cup week (rivalry between Brecksville and NR) with North Royalton winning the Cup.  .
      4. Presale Football Tickets for Students – if students buy their tickets for a reduced rate of $4 from the AD Office, all that money stays at North Royalton.  If they buy away game tickets at the gate, the cost is $6 and the money stays with that school system.
      5. Travis Tarnowski (2013 graduate), as a red-shirt freshman in his QB debut at Ashland University, broke the stadium passing record.  Dan France (2006 graduate) has been signed to the practice squad with the Cincinnati Bengals.
      6. Please note:  parking for middle school football games will only be allowed in the main high school parking lot (not in the teacher’s lot behind the school) due to conflicts with band practice in the lot.
      7. Treasurer’s Report – full report on file.
      8. New Business
        1. Concessions Trustee – We still need one additional Concessions Trustee.
        2. Browns Squares Fundraiser – Bob Carozza reported 160 squares have been purchased and $1,280 has been netted from this fundraiser.
        3. Stipend Request – Girls Basketball – Bo Kuntz reported that the Girls Basketball program used the stipend money to purchase new practice jerseys.   Three bids were secured and the total invoice amount came to $1,800 of the $2,000 allotted to them.
  3. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – Thank you to Serpentini Chevrolet for donating a 2015 Chevy Cruze.  The program has changed this year – High School students are being asked to sell 2 tickets at $20 each and Middle School Students are asked to sell 1 ticket.  Second prize is a 60” TV, 3rd prize is a 1 year supply of chicken sandwiches from Chick-Fil-A.
    2. Concessions – The Holy Name football game on August 29 netted the largest amount ever realized for concession sales to date for their school.  Some of the lines at the concession stand have been too long and action has been taken to try to alleviate the wait-time for future events.
    3. Gold Card – Kris Paulus reported 216 athletes took part in the Gold Card Blitz Day on August 16.  $8,000 has been realized to date.  Money is due back as soon as possible.  There will be no discounted cards sold.  Gold Cards can be purchased from the Athletic Director’s office, the Middle School, the Purple and Gold Booth at the football games as well as the 3-Spot.  A big thank you to Diane Mastronicolas for actively marketing the Gold Cards as well as advertising them on the 3-Spot’s sign.
    4. Grapes, Grains & Brews – As yet to be determined if this event will take place.  Is anyone willing to administer?
    5. Letter Jackets – Orders will now be accepted year-round.  Please visit NorthRoyaltonAthletics.com website for order form and instructions/information.
    6. Membership – Currently stands at 209 members.  We’re hoping to get 350 members this year.  Ben Morgan to send an e-mail out to school staff/administrators inviting them to join.
    7. Newsletter/Publicity – Newsletter to be issued in early October.  Please submit information to Carey at Marousek@wowway.com the last week of September.
    8. Night at the Races – Date for next year is set for March 28, 2015.
    9. Programs – 300 programs have been ordered.  Ad sales currently stand at $5,650 with more coming in.  Inserts will be included in future programs for Senior Band night and Homecoming.
    10. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – $1,400 in merchandise has been sold.  Hits on the website raised $36.  100 dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme were sold during the September 5 football game with a net profit of $250.  Ticket sales for two seats Press Box Raffle for the September 5 football game netted $53 profit.
    11. Team Sports Liaison – Reps have been having a difficult time with the Pressboxapp on the website to report scores.  Reps are still needed for Middle School Basketball, Cross Country and Wrestling.  Gary Marousek volunteered to be the team rep for 7th grade Boys Basketball.
    12. Website Administrator – Coaches are requested to submit team scores via getpressbox.com so that no one can create bogus accounts and submit inaccurate scores/information.  Contact John at nraboosters@gmail.com for assistance getting set up.  We currently have 195 Twitter followers  on @NRAthletics.
  4. A motioned to adjourn the meeting was made by Paul Twarog, seconded by Ben Morgan, meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.  The next Meeting is Monday, October 6, 2014.  

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August 4, 2014 Meeting Minutes

 Finance Committee

Attendance:  Ben Morgan, Kathy Dapsis, Greg Robinson, Bo Kuntz, Deb Karaffa

Two additional fundraising options were discussed; raffling off 2 seats at every home game on top of the Press Box and Brown’s squares.

 General Meeting – Attendance on file

Ben Morgan called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

  1. Introductions – Trustees and meeting attendees introduced themselves.

Greg Gurka, Superintendent, welcomed everyone to the 2014/15 school year and thanked the boosters for the money donated to refurbish the gym floor, and spoke of the upcoming bond issue.

  1. Old Business – Varsity volleyball, basketball, cross country, girl’s tennis, and middle school football uniforms were all ordered.  Thank you Kelly Tarnowski and Kris Paulus for taking the Gold Card Trustee positions.
  2. Athletic Director’s Report – Bo Kuntz welcomed everyone back and congratulated Coach Klingbeil on his team’s Baseball State Runner-up status.  Gym 1 floor has been refurbished and looks great.  Gym 2 floor is in consideration for similar refurbishing in the future.  The trophy case has been updated, cleaned, and holds a collage of pictures of the 2014 Baseball team.  The pillars on the sides of the case have been repainted.  There are new graphics above the doors leading into the gym.  New end zone pylons have been purchased, a mesh sign pointing up the hill toward the stadium ticket office (to aid in directing visitors) has been purchased.  New banners for Baseball regional championship & state runner up have been ordered for the gym, along with a banner that will cover the whole centerfield of the baseball field.  Volleyball got new standards and nets that are lighter weight.  Football jamboree takes place in Euclid (this was originally scheduled to be at NR) on August 22nd; freshman start at 4:30, JV and Varsity follow.  There is a fee at the door.  ESPN Boxcast will be showing high school football home games (delayed).  Subscription is on a month by month basis.  There are 50 schools already participating.  If you purchase the service, you can watch NR on the road IF the opposing team is participating in Boxcast.  Letterman passes will be available again this year for $40 and includes admission to every event, both MS and HS.  There will also be an All Athletic Pass for $40.  Thank you for all the newly purchased uniforms.
  3. Treasurer’s Report – All scholarship checks cut, full report on file.
  4. New Business
    1. There will be a brief gathering following the September 8, 2014 meeting with light refreshments.  Please bring a new attendee with you along with an appetizer or dessert to share.
    2. We still need one additional Concessions Trustee.
    3. NRAB Press Box Seat Raffle will take place prior to the home football games.  There will be a table set up directly inside the stadium selling tickets at $1 for 1 chance to win 2 seats on top of the Press Box (inside the Press Box in the event of rain) along with a boxed lunch graciously donated by the 3-Spot and a soft drink.  Winner will be called prior to kick-off.
    4. Getty Image Update – No further contact has been received with regard to the patent infringement claim by Getty Images.
    5. Fund Raising opportunities – Bob Carozza has agreed to administer the Browns Squares again this year.  The cost will be $40 for the year, your place on the board will not change, but the numbers will change from week to week.  Information is on the website.  Possible fundraising – Five Guys is offering 25% back on sales; a specific day is chosen and if you mention what group you’re buying for that day, they’ll make a donation.  MaMa Jo’s pies offers pies at a discounted price with mark-up proceeds going to NRAB.
    6. Scholarship Committee will need 3 additional members this year.
  5. Trustee Reports
    1. Car Raffle – as yet to be determined if we will be getting another car from Serpentini to raffle off.
    2. Concessions – all events are staffed for Fall.  Some price adjustments have been made.  Chick-Fil-A will provide sandwiches again this year.  We still need one more Concessions Trustee.
    3. Gold Card – Blitz day set for August 16, volunteers are still needed.  There are new additions to the card, price is still $10.  Middle school athletes can participate in sale also.
    4. Grapes, Grains & Brews – no report.
    5. Letterman Jackets – orders are accepted year round.  Some additional jackets have been purchased in anticipation of a price increase.  Forms are on the website.
    6. Membership – Membership forms will be provided to both the high school and middle school for inclusion in their packets.  Paul Twarog plans to attend individual sport meetings/MS meetings to gain support.
    7. Newsletter/Publicity – Parents, please provide pictures and information on your athletes for inclusion in the newsletter.  This is a forum to highlight our athletes beyond game scores.
    8. Night at the Races – March 28, 2015 – the same DJ has been secured.
    9. Programs – New e-mail address – NRPrograms@yahoo.com.  Deadline for ads is August 15.  Senior athletes’ baby pictures/current pictures will be offered for free.  2 volunteers are needed at each home football game to sell programs.
    10. Purple & Gold Spirit Wear – Getting merchandise ready – need volunteers to help sell at games.  There is a new virtual store available with a link accessible through the website.
    11. Team Sports Liaison – still need a team rep for middle school cross country.
    12. Website Administrator – Please provide information for inclusion in the website to nraboosters@gmail.com.
  6. Reminders
    1. Community Preview Night-August 17 (Sunday) 2:30-5:30, Band on at 7 p.m.
    2. OHSAA Night for Freshmen and Transfers- August 19 (Tuesday)
    3. Football Jamboree-August 22 (Friday)

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.  Next meeting is Monday, September 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Media Center.