Colleen Smith Armstrong/staff photo Charlie Holmes and Miles Harlow at last year’s homecoming barbecue and bonfire.

Booster Club looking for volunteers

The Orcas Island Booster Club is gearing up for another year of action-packed Viking sports competition.

Board members and volunteers held an ice cream social and community meeting on Aug. 23 to discuss the upcoming season.

Kevin White, vice president of the board, says the Booster Club’s mission is to “support the middle and high school student athletes of Orcas Island School District on and off the field of play.”

It sponsors fundraisers, community events and coach training. Upcoming offerings are a barbecue in the Village Green after homecoming, midnight madness and a hoop shoot.

The club is hoping to bring in more volunteers this year to help with gate keeping, running the score board, manning concessions and refereeing.

“We can’t do this without the volunteers,” said White.

This year’s president is Beth Holmes and other board members are Sada Ashcraft, Keri Lago, Cindy Ballanger, Amber Paulsen and Blythe Simpson. Paulsen urges anyone interested in school athletics to consider being a part of the fun.

“You don’t have to be connected to a kid to be involved in the booster club,” said Paulsen.

Membership is $75 for individuals and $150 for a family, both of which include seasons’ passes and a decal. Businesses can sign up for $400. All members are also entered into door prizes. For more information and to stay up to date on Viking activities, visit the club’s Facebook page.

Orcas School Athletic Director Chris Bullock also spoke to the room of parents and students about his passion for student athletics and the value of volunteering time towards the Booster Club.

“There is no shortage of causes on this island and athletics are very near and dear to my heart,” he said. “It’s a unique opportunity to bring our community together.”