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Pride of serving with the Dirigo Athletic Boosters
DIXFIELD -- For nearly two decades, Barbara Chow has earned a great deal of satisfaction while serving the Dirigo Athletic Boosters, with a great deal of pride.
Chow became president in 1994-95 when her own children were in grammar school. Chow considers the boosters as an extended family and being a community member who likes helping student-athletes at Dirigo.
Chow’s organizational skills are impeccable and the entire Boosters club caters to individual and/or team when needed. They have 15 active core members, with others who are on a email list. Amy Chiasson is vice president and Sam Noyes, secretary.
“A lot of these members are community members,” said Chow. “Members stay in touch even when their children graduate from high school. Plus, they will contribute their time and expertise.”
The boosters have electricians and other professionals who donate their time and supplies, along with Irving Corporation, Ellis Variety, E&E awards, NewPage and other local businesses have been very supportive with monetary or others means.
“The bylaws of the boosters is to support the athletes,” said Chow. “Past administrators and superintendents have been very supportive and town officials have been helpful also.”
The booster’s main purpose is to help with purchasing equipment and uniforms for teams. Dirigo High School Athletic Director Chris Morneau submits a priority list of what is needed for the coming year.
“We also do emergency requests,” said Chow. “In the last few years we now have a percentage for amounts of what we will cover for uniforms unless a special case.”
They donated $1,527 for football away jerseys, $1,500 for field hockey away and home jerseys, $1,260 for practice jerseys for basketball boys/girls and $682 for and coach's shirts.
The Chow House and the booth (located in high school) generates a majority of the organizations income. Numerous community members helped build the Chow House and oversaw the recent lights project.
The Chow House is open for every varsity game at Harlow Park, and JV football games, too. It requires two people to start set-up, four for a soccer or field hockey game; football takes eight to nine people, with stations.
“Each season, we try to get a least one or two parents to be a booster representative for each support,” said Chow. “Their job is to get workers scheduled for booth, take pictures for pins and call for banquet at the end of season. Some sports are harder to get reps then others especially with turnover of students when they graduate.”
Chow orders and stock the Chow House so it’s like having a little (Far East) restaurant.
“Our concessions are big fundraiser,” said Chow. “But we do an annual golf tournament at Oakdale, basket bingo at American Legion Post 100 and community calendar sales. We are in good financial shape, but we know the economy is bad and we anticipate expenses or needs every year.”