What is the 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.
The Booster Club also handles the invoicing for all costs associated with your child attending meets (meet registration, coach annual/meet registrations, coach travel/attendance rates, judge fees, etc.). Whether you become a Booster Club member, or not, you will be invoiced by the Booster Club for these fees. This is separate from the monthly fees you already pay to the gym, which covers the costs of practices. The Booster Club handles competition fees only.
In order to receive emails from the Booster Club (or participate and receive any of the benefits), you have to first “opt in” as a member. Click on the Parent Portal and follow the link to “Opt-In to Booster Club” if you have not done so already. Returning parents – you have to do this every year!
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.