Midwest Gymnastics Booster Club - Overview
What is the Midwest Gymnastics Booster Club?
We are a non-profit entity that exists separate from the gym itself. We are run entirely by parent volunteers. The booster club supports all of the girls competitive teams at Midwest Gymnastics (Xcel and JO). Our primary reason for existing is to coordinate fundraising. We also help coordinate fun team building activities for the girls, which also includes fun treats for them at various meets.
Mission: Midwest Gymnastics Booster Club (MGBC) strives to be a nonprofit organization that advocates for the competitive experience of gymnastics and eliminates barriers for youth wishing to excel in gymnastics.
MGBC does this is in the following ways:
Promote team building by organizing team activities
Foster positive relationships between gymnasts, coaches, parents, and staff
Offset gymnastics expenses related to the competitive season through the Sponsorship Program and Gina Morri Invite
General Membership: Any individual, aged eighteen (18) years of age or older, whose child registers for and participates on one (1) or more Midwest Gymnastics’ team is eligible for membership. Membership is voluntary. Each parent/legal guardian shall be allowed one (1) vote per gymnast registered with MGBC.
Additional benefits of membership include:
A. Receipt of gymnast subsidies (members in good standing)
B. Members-only announcements/communication
C. Recognition in MGBC publications
D. Other such benefits as the Board of Directors may determine from time to time
Parents/guardians of Midwest girls who are part of the competitive Junior Olympic and Xcel teams are members of the MGBC. The club is separate from Midwest Gymnastics and is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, but we work hand in hand with the gym to support our athletes.
Why should I join the Booster Club?
The real question is, why would you NOT join the Booster Club? :-) Yes, in order to become an “Eligible Member” and receive the benefits, you need to fulfill the Booster Club volunteering and sponsorship requirements, but simply opting in at least allows you to stay in the loop with emails and it costs nothing to do so! Opting in does not obligate you to anything.
How do we fundraise and how do I benefit from Booster Club fundraising?
Right now, we host a meet in February each year, the Gina Morri Invitational, and all proceeds go right back to the Booster Club to distribute to Eligible Members.
At the beginning of the season you will pay fees based on what we anticipate your gymnast’s competition fees will be for the year. Then we (and we need your help!) work hard all season long, and especially over the February weekend of the Gina Morri meet, to make that meet as profitable as we possibly can.
How does the Booster Club help with these fee expenses?
The Gina Morri profits are distributed to Eligible Members to help reimburse/offset the fees you pay that year. The fee offset gets applied to the following years’ fees. Our Gina Morri Director is already hard at work planning for next year’s meet, and we need your help.
We are also open to all additional fundraising ideas to help offset fees. If you have ideas or an interest in helping to coordinate a fundraiser or two, please let us know right away!
How do you become an Eligible Member?
You need to fulfill two aspects of Booster Club membership to become an “Eligible Member” (and earn the Gina Morri fee distribution). Both the volunteer requirements and the sponsorship requirements are now tiered based on which team/level your gymnast competes. Why? Because we do an “equal percentage” method of distributing fundraising dollars, some teams ultimate dollar amount earned is higher than others because their total fees are higher. In an effort to make things a little more fair, we’re asking more from those families who stand to earn more dollars.
1. Volunteer Requirement. To become an Eligible Member, you must volunteer to help us put on the Gina Morri meet. We do the entire meet with parent volunteers and we need everyone’s help! This year, we are going to have pre-meet planning activities that will also
count towards your volunteer requirements. Everyone will have some amount of “shifts” to work during the meet itself, so please be sure and block off that whole weekend for now.
Everyone will be required to volunteer for at least one set-up or tear-down shift. In addition to set-up/tear-down, everyone will be required to sign up for a certain number of shifts to work during the meet weekend. The number of during-meet working shifts required per family will be finalized closer to the meet and will be proportionate to the team/level dollars earned as described above (i.e., families standing to earn more actual dollars will be asked to work more shifts).
2. Sponsorship Requirement. In addition to volunteering, we ask all parents to help us get sponsors (and earn more dollars that go back to the bottom line – back to Eligible Members!). Some members secure local businesses who make donations to advertise at the
meet, some members secure restaurant donations to provide meals for the judges, and some members ask grandparents/friends/family to make donations on behalf of their gymnast to fulfill their sponsorship requirement.
How do the gym and the BC work together to enable my child to participate in meets?
The coaches and gym staff are responsible for preparing athletes to compete. Beyond this, there are financial costs associated with participating in meets, and the MGBC and Midwest Gymnastics work together to determine the competition-related expenses for the coming season. These budgets and the billing process are discussed at the MGBC membership meetings. (The cost of being part of a competitive team are beyond the monthly training tuition. There is no additional cost or membership dues to be part of the MGBC.)
How can I connect with other team parents through the MGBC?
Connecting with other parents and families who are also part of competitive teams at Midwest is a valuable way to learn more about what to expect as your child starts competing and how to support your athlete.
Teambuilding activities: Activities outside of practice and meets are important! Holiday parties, Valleyfair, after-practice parties, and pre-meet crafts are some examples of these activities. The Booster Club provides some funding. Parents plan and communicate about the get-togethers.
Fundraising: Our main fundraiser is the Sponsorship program. We choose this program over numerous "selling" fundraisers, as it provides positive results and takes much less time and energy to participate in.
Volunteer at the Gina Morri Invitational: We host a weekend-long meet for Xcel, Compulsory, & Optionals in honor of one of our gymnasts, Gina Morri. Helping to set up, tear down, flash scores, sell good-luck grams and more are great ways to meet other Midwest parents, raise funds for the Booster Club and support all of our athletes.
Meetings: Members are also welcome at all Booster Club meetings and Gina Morri meet planning meetings.
Committees: Subcommittees focus on enhancing effectiveness, team unity, fundraising and program marketing. Joining one of these groups is a great way to network with other parents and learn more about the program and meet competitions.
Board: The MGBC board consists of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and level representatives for each group of athletes (girls Compulsory, girls Xcel, girls Optionals. New team parents typically serve as level reps - another valuable way to network and support your athletes.
Contact the MGBC through our website or via email: email@example.com