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Booster club founders speak at Chamber meeting

Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Barkley Terry, newly elected membership chairman for the Highland Booster Club spoke to the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce July 21 at Fredricks restaurant in Highland asking for the community's support of the club. Also speaking was the club's president, James Bragg. Photo/Tammy Curtis
The Spring River Chamber of Commerce met in their regular monthly meeting July 21 at Fredrick's restaurant in Highland.

Chamber president Charlotte Goodwin announced that the chamber currently has 113 members. New members for the month are Danny's Auto Body and Towing, Me and Mom's Scrapbooking, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, Mike Stockton, Clubhouse on the Green, Memories on Main Street, Barney's Headquarters, Iberia Bank of Highland and Omaha Health and Fitness.

Jack Lowe with the Highland Elks was a guest. Lowe asked for the support of the community for an upcoming event, Thunder on Thunderbird, a fireworks show with vendors and other activities to be held Saturday, Sept. 5 during Labor Day weekend. Lowe said the proceeds will benefit the Elk's scholarship fund.

Nancy Orr announced that Sharp County Fair books were out and told the group locations from which to pick them up.

Beth McEntire-Bess introduced the afternoon's guest speakers, James Bragg, president of the newly established board for the Highland Booster Club and Barkley Terry. Both made a presentation to the chamber asking for community support of the newly founded organization.

Bragg, explained to the crowd that Highland school is 45 + years old and has never had a booster club. He said this, "has been a long time coming."

Bragg explained that Highland competes with other 4-A schools in their conference who have booster clubs and said it is "awe inspiring what these folks do for their athletes." He explained that with the new gym, a revamped Highland Student Council, and a great group of cheerleaders and athletes, this was the opportune time to organize a booster club.

The club was officially organized two months ago and has been an ongoing project. Other board members besides Bragg are Theron Issacs, vice president; Johnny Carter, secretary; Michael Burris, treasurer; Jason Rhodes, Kevin King and Danny Gibson. Jeff McIntire serves as the merchandising committee chairman.

Bragg said that the organization is attempting to form a Rebel 100 club, in which area businesses or individuals can help support the booster club with a $100 donation. He explained that these initial donations will be used as "seed money" to get the foundation established. He explained that there are other levels of sponsorship including a $50 and $25 dollar amount.

Bragg presented the newly established Highland Booster Club's mission statement as, "We are here to support the athletes and coaches at Highland High School."

Barkley Terry, who serves as the Highland Booster Club's membership chairman also spoke to chamber members about the organization. Terry is a former Rebel football player and a 2001 graduate of Highland High School who is currently employed as the loan officer at Liberty Bank of Arkansas in Highland.

Terry explained the importance of having a booster club for the school and said it helps the athletic department with things they might need such as additional equipment, while also boosting the morale of the athletes. Terry said that getting the area youth into sports helps them on a positive path in life.

Terry said he has the forms for potential members to fill out and welcomes both businesses and individuals in the community to pick up their membership forms, fill them out and drop them off to either him at Liberty Bank, or to any of the other board members.

Following Bragg and Terry's presentation to the chamber, Nelson Gatewood, with the Highland VFW announced a pork dinner to be held at the post Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Gatewood said the cost for the meal will be $7.

The August meeting of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce will be held Aug. 17 at noon at Clubhouse on the Green. The guest speaker for the event will be Ozarka's new president Dr. Dawe.



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