The Ionia Affiliated Athletic Boosters is the umbrella organization under which all Ionia High School athletic groups are united. The goals are to promote a positive attitude toward student athletics and to support Ionia Public Schools’ athletic programs by providing needed financial assistance. To this end, supporters believe that a united booster group (IAAB) can generate more resources for the benefit of all Ionia athletes than individual sports can generate separately. And for more than 15 years, sports boosters at IHS have operated successfully under the IAAB umbrella.
The IAAB thanks everyone who works diligently to make all aspects of the Boosters successful. Key to the success are the coaches, officers, chairpersons, and parent team leaders who communicate with team parents and players on a regular basis.
The Boosters believe that the consolidated group effort actually allows us to generate more resources for the betterment of all athletic programs. By concentrating on a few "large" fund raisers the need for athletic teams to solicit funds continuously throughout the year from local businesses and other donors is eliminated. Major sources of income for IAAB will include concession revenues, 50/50 raffles, grandstand concession at the Ionia Free Fair, and "Super Booster" sponsors. All parents are asked to volunteer their help with game concessions, buying/selling 50/50 tickets, promoting fundraisers, working at the Free Fair concession, and so on.
While the umbrella booster organization exists, it is important that each sport team maintain an individual parent booster group to deal with non-fundraising issues such as senior night, parent night, volunteer workers needed for games/meets, and banquets. Anyone interested in working on a specific committee should speak with a Booster Officer listed below or the coach or team leader of their child’s sport.
Communication is important. Coaches are very involved in the Athletic Booster organization. Schedules for the fall season have been printed; map books with directions to away evens in our conference have been prepared.
The Super Boosters -- businesses, industries or individuals who contribute $300 annually in exchange for advertising, annual family passes to home games, and a Bulldog logo gift -- remain strong in number. The Super Booster program is open to anyone interested in belonging.
Membership in the IAAB is open to all adult persons eighteen (18) years of age or older who are interested in supporting athletics in the Ionia School District. Booster meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in MCC Room 304 at Ionia High School.
IAAB Officers for 2011-2012 are:
Carol Beck Blundy, president
Laura Montgomery, vice president
Diane Grummet, secretary
Susan Thomasson, treasurer