The Vinton County Athletic Boosters worked through full agendas during the group’s February and March meetings. During the February meeting, varsity football coach requested funding for a coaches’ clinic, and permission to host a “Casino Night” fundraiser for his program. The date and location of the fundraising event will be announced in the near future. Softball coach, Amy Ward will be hosting an Elvis impersonator musical fundraiser March 14 for her athletic program. High School Principal, Kevin Waddell and the booster’s organization discussed possibilities for expanded fall concessions. Jeff Thacker, Kiwanis Club of Vinton County Board of Directors member discussed the possibility of a jointly hosted Haunted Hills Halloween event between the two groups, and the Fair Board.
During the March meeting continued planning for the annual Fourth of July Celebration was conducted. The first annual Vinton County Alumni event will also be held on the same weekend. Estimates were reviewed for the fireworks display. The group expressed their gratitude to Ruth Will for her continued support of the annual display, which is held on her property. Scheduling and safety guidelines regarding the fireworks display were also discussed with McArthur Volunteer Firefighters who attended the meeting.
Athletic Director, Larry Arthur attended the meeting, and discussed routine matters related to the organization and his department. Expanded concessions offerings for fall were once again discussed, along with offering concession during the spring baseball and softball home games. Cross Country and Track Coach, Josh Kirkpatrick also attended the meeting, updating the group on his teams. The team uniform rotations and estimates were also a major focus of the meeting. Fundraising efforts continued to be an issue, after the rainy weather hampered the Fourth of July Celebration last summer. The event is one of the major sources of fund generating venues, which provides needed monies for all high school teams. Junior varsity volleyball coach, Tara Dodrill updated the group on plans to host an Ohio State University Matchpoint volleyball four day camp for Vinton County players in June. The camp will be held at Vinton County High School, at a cost of $120 per player.
The Haunted Hills Halloween event was discussed further during the March meeting of the Vinton County High School Athletic Boosters. Kiwanis Club President, Bobby Dodrill, and Charter member, Lin Dodrill updated the group on discussions held with the Vinton County Fair Board. Many hands will be needed to produce a scary wagon ride during the two-day annual event. Athletic Director, Arthur shared his thoughts on allowing student athletes to assist with the fundraiser, and support for the endeavor. A vote passed during the meeting, authorizing the high school booster to participate in the event, and share equally in the proceeds.
The current Vinton County High School Athletic Boosters funds balance is $24,622.69. This amount includes at CD at the Vinton County Bank valued at a little over $10,000. The group approved a measure allowing $5,000 of the CD to be used to pay for the annual fireworks display. Team uniforms scheduled to be purchased this year will also be deducted from the balance at hand. Vinton County 2008-09 officers include Mary Beth Guthrie, Aimee Caudill, Andee Caudill, Lisa Caudill, and Tami Collins.