Boosters deserve gratitude


   Madras, Culver and Jefferson County in general offers plenty of family entertainment for moderate prices. High school football and basketball tickets are generally $5 or less while tickets to special events like boxing, featuring Golden Glove caliber competitors are still quite reasonable.
   While the community members who support the varied spectator sports and other activities deserve an abundance of praise, a few complainers better start appreciating their chance to see so many good performances within a half hour or so, at risk of losing some of that entertainment. It may migrate to nearby areas but some such entertainment could disappear.
   Residents of the county's most populous city owe it to themselves to start being aware of and appreciating the efforts of the Madras High Buff Boosters Club. The group supports teen activity that provides area residents the chance to watch quality cultural and sports contests. Both spectators and participants should be grateful to the Buff Boosters for helping virtually every program at Madras.
   Group members promote and finance the full repertoire of talent Madras High students supply. Fans of all forms of art should remember there's always time for "Buffing Up."
   Even the Tri-Valley League as a whole could use some buffing up. It seems the league's finances were so strict this year that there were not adequate funds to provide for a program that recognized various senior scholar athletes from each school and presented one boy and girl as the league's best scholar athletes.
   Thankfully, though based on only a glance at a list, it appears that such Madras standouts as Lindsay Carroll, Emily Struck, Bob Prince, Nathan St. John, Jar‚ Retherford, Tosha Wilson, John Adams, and Patrick Marston, to name only a few, received awards or scholarships for added education.
   Every senior who took part in sports were taught and learned skills, like dedication, perseverance, organization and poise under pressure, which they can make prosperous far into the future.
   Besides those already noted, a list of seniors who the Buff Boosters have supported and enjoyed also included Jenae Short, Natasha Edwards, Clio Mossali, Pasha Smith and Marlana Manion, to name just some of the girls. Consider that Floyde Forman, Shane Beamish, Kerry Scott, Preston Tom, Arthur Mitchell, Davey Culpus, Ryan Kathrein, Malcolm Vollmer, Brandon Burmeister, Craig Weigand, Allen Hurley, Gerardo Mendoza, Scott Jividen, Alex Fisher, Victor Artiga, Juan Orozco, Lucas Conway and Guy Reynolds had company among the boys who graduated and it is clear the class of 2003 will owe a lot of its legacy to participating in sports.
   Information on what parents and others can do to help the Buff Boosters is available community wide via members of the group. Members want to help Madras High students in the coming school year and beyond.
   "A lot of people seem to have gotten this misconception that (Buff Boosters) is just a sports boosters group. We help groups like the band and choir too. It helps them go to championships," said Brenda Davis. She was treasurer and activity coordinator among other duties she tackled during the 2002-2003 school year.
   Outgoing Buff Boosters president Dean Boyle praised Davis as "the real force" behind the club for her many hours of being involved. Whether it was at tables selling Buff Boosters apparel, with other club members, or at boys and girls home basketball games helping with half-time hoop shoots or at other events the Boosters backed, it was nearly impossible to attend a Buff contest without seeing Davis working.
   Having the senior year of Pat Boyle (Dean and Melinda Boyle's son) plus Kacie Davis (Brenda and Steve Davis' daughter) to deal with during 2003-2004, Boyle and Davis deferred duties in the Buff Boosters to others who have stepped forward.
   The torch of president and vice president for the coming year handed to school board member Jim Manion, whose term is expiring, and his brother-in-law Duane Fuller. They agreed to accept the offices with a proviso of getting helped.
   As much as officers contribute, it proves to be the many others in the group who make the Buff Boosters tick.
   Continuing and incoming members will keep the Buff Boosters going. Members look forward to ideas to help the school's participants in extracurricular activities in any way they can. Selling a lot of different merchandise, from shirts, vests and duffles to beanie caps and other apparel augmented the Buff Boosters budget this school year. Ideas like those paint a picture of a future filled with promise. Yet, the Buff Boosters want to hear any new ideas for raising funds or providing other help, said Boyle.
   Parents of high school children involved in any activity which uses Buffs Booster funds -- and that is almost everything from art to wrestling -- owe it to themselves as well as their kids to get involved in Buff Boosters.
   While no formal plans for fund-raising during the summer were presented during the club's final formal meeting of the year, do not be surprised if the Buff Boosters find ways to keep their presence known during the summer.
   Afterall, Aug. 18 -- the legal starting date for fall sports in 2003 -- is only nine weeks from Monday.