Mike and Nancy Sullivan originated the idea of an Amerk Booster Club during the 1965-66 Season. Mike met with Joe Crozier to discuss the possibility of starting a booster club and also ask for the Amerk Office’s cooperation. Mike and Joe decided it should be open to Season Ticket Holders only. Joe Crozier named the club “The Rochester Americans Executive Club”, as he wanted it to have “an elite and classy-sounding name”. The purpose of the club is to promote Hockey, support the Team and assist the Amerk office.
The club’s 1st year of operation and the 1st season for the “Meet The Players Dinner”.
The Newspaper “The Exec Edition” was started and it was the 1st Season some members attended the American Hockey League Booster Club Convention.
Charter Membership was put into place. This was the 1st year the award for “Game Winning Goals” was awarded. Our Constitution was drawn up this season and adopted at the 1st meeting of the 1969-70 season.
The club was opened up to non-season Ticket Holders and they had all the rights of the club except voting rights. This was the 1st season the club sold souvenirs and the newspaper name was changed to “Passing The Puck”. The terms of all officers was changed from 1 to 2 years.
Broomball was started and club jackets were sold. The Constitution was amended to add the office of Vice President. The club donated a plaque at the Convention which was to be kept in the AHL office. The winner was determined by a vote of the clubs in attendance. The inscription of the plaque reads: “The American Hockey League Booster Clubs Convention Award to the club which did the most to promote hockey and goodwill amongst member clubs.”
The Exec Club and the Amerk Office held a Miss Amerk Pageant in October with a dinner dance and a parade in which we entered a float. We also had a Clambake in October. Owners Joe Hudson and Joe Fox were speakers at our August meeting.
We held our 2nd Clambake in October. Amerks Gerry Sillers and Rod Graham, accompanied by John Denhamer (Director of Public Relations) attended our January Meeting.
During October, our hockey world was saddened by the loss of broadcaster, Bill Givens. A memorial fund was set up in November. A Plaque and $100.00 was given to Murray Kuntz for scoring 50 or more goals in one season. We presented the Sportsmanship Award for the 1st time. This award goes to the player that most exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, perseverance and dedication to hockey.
The Junior Executive Club was started for children and teens up to the age of 18. A Club banner was made by Ann and Virginia Paddock and Lynn Jaehn and was first displayed at the Meet the Players Dinner. A plaque and check were presented to Doug Gibson for breaking the total points record for the Amerks.
We held a skating party at Twin Rinks for the club. A float was made for the St. Anthony’s Day Parade and our banner was carried in the parade. This was the first year that we worked on the Channel 21 Auction. A gavel was presented to the club in memory of Richard J. Hugg who was a faithful member. The 1st Red Armstrong Memorial Plaque was presented to Robert Green. This plaque is presented to a person for his or her dedication and service to the development of youth hockey.
On “Joe Altobelli Day” the club presented him with a $50 savings bond. We had a picnic in Churchville and in October Mary Dibble and Nick Nucci appeared on the Eddie Meath Show to explain the purpose of the club and our activities. We held a Season Ticket Raffle, Bingo Party, Candy Sale, and Wives Tea.
We again had a float in the St. Anthony’s Day Parade. We sold a Cookbook with recipes from members and wives of Amerks players and owners. We also sold hockey ties and our candy sales was expanded to include cookies. During the summer, we helped the Amerk office sell season tickets at local malls.
The Clark Memorial Fund was started for the family of Amerk player Gordie Clark who lost seven members of his family in a fire. We held our 1st Garage and Baked Food Sale. We also sold cookbooks, ties, Amerk hats, and stationary and took out our 1st ad in the Amerk Magazine.
The Executive Club donated a gavel to the AHLBCC and also raffled off NHL and AHL rugs. We worked on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, sold Broomball T-Shirts with decals, a sports Rug Raffle and a Tupperware Party. The First Sign Night was held on March 21, 1980.
For the first time 50/50 tickets were sold at all home games. The club worked at the Skate, Stickhandle and Shoot competition and for the third year in a row our Broomball team won the Interstate Cup. The “Exec of the Year” was started this season and was won by Mary Dibble.
Several new activities started this season: food was provided for the team on nights when they had to go on the road immediately after a home game; a member number was drawn at each game and the holder of the winning number received a 20% discount on any Amerk souvenir; and we had a display case on the Exchange Street side near our table for our trophies and awards. The Executive Club was incorporated and an Early Bird Discount for membership was started. Our broomball team won it’s fourth straight interstate Cup.
This season, for the first time, we won the AHLBCC Award for the promotion of hockey and goodwill amongst booster clubs. The first annual “End of Season Awards Banquet” was held at Mapledale Party House. The Exec of the Year was Dennis DeGeorge.
The club won both of the Awards presented at the AHLBCC. One award was for the club that does the most to support its team and community. The other was for the promotion of hockey and goodwill amongst booster clubs, which we won for the second year in a row. This season the “Sign of the Night Contest” started. Fans were invited to bring signs to every home game and they were judged by members of our club’s Sign Committee. The Exec Foundation, Inc. was formed and incorporated during this season.
On opening night, the Club presented the Amerks with replacements for two championship pennants that had been misplaced. Money for the pennants was raised through a garage sale and raffles of obsolete AHL team pennants. The Spina Bifida Association presented the club with a plaque in appreciation for donations made through the Exec Foundation, Inc. At the City’s 150th birthday, the club helped with the “Rochester Sesquicentennial Hockey Extravaganza”. Youth hockey games were played at the War Memorial, a luncheon was held to honor Amerk old-timers and other VIPs. We held a Candy and Arts and Crafts Sale. Membership reached a record number of 480.
The Exec Foundation donated a Red Armstrong Memorial Banner in honor of the 100 years in hockey for the AHL (50 years) the Amerks (30 year) and the Booster Club (20 years). We had a Bowling Party with the team and a Wives Luncheon. The 1st annual Workers Party was held.
The Club won the AHL award at Convention and presented its $100 check to the newly-formed Players Pension Fund. We participated in the Festival of Trees for the 1st time. We produced a hockey-oriented tree and used several Amerk Jerseys as a tree skirt. Two of the end of the season awards were renamed. To honor Dick Fairand (Amerks Timekeeper) and Honorary Member Robbie Zabelny, the Dick Fairand Sportsmanship Award and the Robbie Zabelny Unsung Hero Award were created. The Amerks won their 5th Calder Cup.
This season we started the point system for working members and the Club’s annual promotion night at an Amerks game. We also rented a storage locker for Club Property.
The Club officially shorten our name from the Executive Club to the Exec Club. George Bergantz, Bill McKee and Dick Yagel were elected as Honorary Members for the next two seasons. We donated a decorated Christmas Tree to the Convalescent Hospital for Children. We also joined the Amerks in celebrating Joe Crozier’s 60th birthday.
Around Christmas time, the Club along with the wives and girlfriends of the players, raised money for the Adam Walsh Child Resource Center. We made and sold “Moose Balls”, Christmas Ornaments that looked like and were signed by the Amerks Moose. We also donated a decorated Christmas Tree to St. Joseph’s Villa.
We took part in a fund raiser for Special Olympics. This was our 25th Season and a Historical book was created. Also, a 25th Anniversary Cookbook with recipes from the entire Amerks organization and the Booster club was created and sold.
A Booster Club contest was held this seaon to select a Club Logo, a design by Diane Wilkinson was selected. We sold pins with our new logo.
Sponsorship Ads were sold for the newsletter. We also had a Membership Drive this season. Welcome packages were given to all members when they renewed and new members. This was also the 1st season for our Website. Dinners were served for our Firemen heros at various fire stations. We also sent CARE PACKAGES to our soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan.
This year, to bring in more members we sent Post Cards to Members that had not renewed over the last 3 years for a 50% discount and gave out coupons ($2 Off) at the games to increase our membership. This year we are having activities at our General Meetings – Pizza Party, Bowling, Pizza Tasting. We have a Suggestion Box at General Meetings and at Game Nights. Cabin Fever Party in January at North Hampton Park. We are also reinstituting the Booster Club Appreciation Giveaway. Members that participate in Club functions will be entered into a Box for Drawings at the end of the year.
Several new Board members began the year, which turned out to be very successful.We hosted several visiting booster clubs, and gave them club coupons for use atthe concession stands. Novemeber included another successful Meet the Players Dinner.The Amerks BC logged over 1,520 miles on road trips to Binghamton, Syracuse, Toronto,Wilkes-Barre and Philadelphia. Membership grew to 289 members. We again sold 50/50 andJersey tickets, bringing in the largest income in years. Our charities projectsincluded The Christmas Project, Easter Basket Project, Project Bundle Up, Al SiglWalk About, Bell Ringing For the Salvation Army, Project Linus, and collected cantabs for the Kidney Foundation. The Booster Club’s Annual Fireman’s Dinner concludedafter the July dinner. The 20th Annual Craig Charron (formerly John bednarski) GolfTournament was held in August, and the BC was a pin sponsor. The August BC meetingfeatured Amerk Sean McMorrow as the guest speaker. 17 BC members attended the annualAmerican Hockey League Booster Club Convention in Lowell, Massachusetts. Ex-BostonBruin Terry O’Reilly was the keynote speaker. BC President Jeff Savidge was votedBooster Club Member of the Year.
We again welcomed fellow booster clubs to Rochester, furnishing them with concessionscoupons. The Meet the Players Dinner was a success, in December. Road Trips broughtmembers to Cleveland and Binghamton. Scheduled trips to Manchester and Springfield werecancelled because of the unavailability of bus transportation. It was asuccessful year selling 50/50 raffle tickets. 252 members were signed up this season.Charity events included: the Christmas Family Project, Bundle Up, Bell Ringing for theSalvation Army, the Al Sigl Walk, Project Linus and collecting can tabs for the KidneyFoundation. End of the season awards were presented during the final home game, andbrief case/computer bags were given to all Amerks players, coaches and front officepersonnel. The Club Picnic was held in September. An Assistant’s Dinner was providedat the end of the year. The Christmas Dinner featured an ornament exchange. TenRochester BC members attended the AHL Booster Club Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.The Nancy Milliman Players Incentive Award was created. It awards money to ourExecutive Foundation, when Amerks perform exceptionally in games. The money goes toyouth hockey teams in the area.
Along with welcoming several AHL booster clubs to Rochester, we also stocked their buseswith snacks and soda for their trips home. The Meet the Players Dinner was another successin December. Road trips included cheering the Amerks on during a three day trip toManchester and Providence, an overnight run to Cleveland and a day trip to Binghamton.Several youth hockey teams helped sell raffle tickets at the home games, doing an excellent job. Jerseywinners were drawn every six games. 212 members were aboard as BC members this year. Ourcharity events featured helping out a Christmas family, Project Linus, and holding a EuchreTournament, which benefitted the Mary Cariola center. We sold coffee packets for Christmasand Easter and helped the Amerks by selling Shooting Stars and aided in the game daypromotion. The Club Picnic was held in September and an Assistant’s Dinner was sponsored, to thank those members. The Christmas Dinner again included an ornament exchange. We alsofilled scrapbooks with newspaper clippings for the players and coaches so they would have memories of their stay with the Amerks. Eleven people attended the Annual AHL BoosterClub Convention, this time in Baltimore.
The Booster Club recorded another successful campaign. The annual Meet the Players Dinner was held in November at the Carriage House- welcoming new players and familiar faces like Mr. Styres, Mr. and Mrs. Staats and Amerks great Jody Gage. Mr. Styres presented the team with authentic hand made Indian arrows. During the dinner, we held the usual Rookie Dance, a 50/50 raffle and raffled off a jersey and hockey stick.
The Booster Club again embarked on out of town excursions to root on the Amerks. The trip to Hershey included a snow storm but that didn’t stop us. In Binghamton we met up with the Senators Booster Club before the game. Our last trip was to Adirondack (Glens Falls). As always, visiting AHL cities proved to be a great way to meet new hockey fans.
The 50/50 Raffle turned out to be successful. Several youth hockey teams and charities pitched in to sell the tickets, doing an excellent job. We also raffled off six jerseys, in six-game intervals- one was autographed by the team.
A total of 207 Booster Club members were on board this year and some became involved by working the games, attending meetings and various events.
Throughout the season we hosted several visiting booser clubs and sent them home with a donatioon of cookies and/or snacks plus water and soda for the bus ride back.
The Club again did their part by participating in charity events. We helped out a family for Christmas- a huge success. In March we sponsored a euchre tournament, raising money for the Victor-Farmington Volunteer Ambulance. And the Club continues to collect can tabs to benefit the Kidney Foundation.
The Club was behind fundraisers, selling Enjoy the City books… and coffee packets for Christmas and Easter- very popular. We started selling candy bars at our meetings. We also continued to sell Lottery Calendars.
We continued to hold the boards for the Scoro contest during home games and help out the front office when needed.
The Nancy Milliman Player Incentive Award brough funds to the Exec Foundation. It allows for donations in Nancy’s name to aid local youth hockey teams throughout the community.
The estate of Patty Bisig donated several photos as well as an autographed jersey, raffled off by the Club. Kay Bell’s family also donated Amerks items for anyone who wanted them.
The Booster Club’s annual picnic was held at Webster Park in August and all had a great time. We also held an assistants dinner plus a Christmas dinner- combined with an ornament exchange.
In March we voted for the player awards that we bestow each year. The election of officers was conducted in April.
13 people had a good time attending the Annual Booster Clubs Convention, this year held in Binghamton.
The Club assisted the Amerks Alumni Association with several fundraisers for Craig Charron. We helped at the softball game and hockey game between Amerks alumni and NHL alumni. The Booster Club staffed a table at the Chili Farmers Market selling Charron bracelets. We also staged a spaghetti dinner complete with a chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle to support Craig in his fight with cancer.
The Rochester Americans Booster Club had a very successful year in 2010 – 2011.
We held our Annual Meet the Player Dinner in November at the Lodge on the Green. There were new players aswell as a few old but familiar faces. Mr Styres, Mr and Mrs Staats, Jody Gage as well as the Coaches also attended.We had a chance to greet and talk with them. We had our Rookie Dance as well as the Dollar dance.We raffled off a Jersey and stick as well as our 50/50 Raffle.
The Booster Club went on several road trips to cheer on our team. We went to Hershey in October for theirHome opener, where we saw them receive their Calder Cup Rings. We also had trips to Binghamton, and Albany.Our final trip was to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where their Booster Club hosted us to dinner. We had agreat time on all of our trips. This is a great way to meet new hockey fans and renew old friendships in othercities.
We had a successful year with our 50/50 Raffle. We had several Youth Hockey Teams as well as severalCharities that worked our 50/50 Raffles. They sold tickets and did an excellent job. We also raffled off 6 Jersey’sin 2010-2011. They were raffled off every 6th game. The Team Autographed one for us. I would like tothank all members who helped us sell 50/50 tickets and Jersey Tickets.
We had 202 members in 2010-2011. Some of the new members have gotten involved by working the games,attending meetings and various other events.
The Booster Club was involved in Charity Events again this year. We did a family of 9 for Christmas lastyear. This was a huge success and the Family was overwhelmed by the gifts and food. We held our annualEuchre Tournament on April 9th, which raised money for NERDS. The Club continues to collect can tabs forthe Kidney Foundation.
We did well with our fund raisers this year. We sold Enjoy the City Books. We sold Coffee packets for Christmasand Easter. These packets are very popular. We continue to sell Candy Bars at our meetings. The LotteryCalendars are still going well.
We continue to hold the boards for Scoro and help out the Front Office when needed.
The Nancy Milliman Player Incentive Award is being donated to the Exec Foundation in Nancy’s name tohelp further donations to Youth Hockey teams in the Community.
After the last game of the Season, the Booster Club handed out the Scrapbooks that we had made for eachplayer, coaches and front office. They were very appreciated by the players, coaches and front office. In March the Club voted for the Player Awards that we give each year.
We held our Annual Picnic at Webster Park in August. Everyone had a great time. We also had a assistantsdinner as well as our Christmas Dinner and ornament exchange.
We had 18 people from Rochester that attended the annual Boosters Club Convention hosted by Hershey andheld in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A great time was had by all that attended.
We again helped the Amerk Alumni over the year. We helped Raffle off 4 NHL Jerseys during the seasonwith the proceeds going to the Charron Family. We also sold Raffle tickets during the 2nd annual NHL/AHLCharron Charity Hockey game in August.
The Rochester Americans Booster Club experienced a very successful year.
Joining forces again with the Buffalo Sabres as our parent NHL team sparked a terrific beginning for Rochester’s home opener. The Sabres brought back many Amerks alumni for the first game at the Blue Cross Arena- and they were applauded as they entered via a red carpet.
The always popular Meet the Players Dinner was held in November at the Lodge on the Green. The Amerks management team was represented, joining the familiar and new faces at the event. The Rookies and Dollar Dances were highlights plus a 50/50 raffle and raffles for a jersey and stick.
The Club hit the road by bus to cheer the team on away from home. We went on a three-day excusion covering Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Binghamton and Hershey- with all three sister booster clubs hosting us in some fashion. And we also visited the Cleveland area to root the Amerks on versus Lake Erie. As always, a great time was had by all.
Several youth hocley teams made for a successful year for outr 50/50 raffles. We also raffled off six Amerks jerseys to the public.
A total of 210 members formed the Club this year.
The Club, as usual, supported charitable causes, including the support of our Christmas Family. In January, the Club stepped to the plate to help our Christmas Family get back on their feet after they lost everything in a fire. The family was overwhelmed by our generosity. Our euchre tournament in April raised money for the Wounded Warriors project. And the Club continues to solicit and collect can tabs which benefits the Kidney Foundation.
Fundraisers this year included the sale of Enjoy the City books, Booster Club shirts and jackets plus the popular Lottery Calendars and coffee packets for the Christmas and Easter seasons. At Club meetings, members were encouraged to buy candy bars.
During home games the Booster Club continues to help out between periods by holding the Scoro boards. And we remain at the ready to assist the front office when called upon for special projects assistance.
The Club once again assembled scrap books for Amerks players, coaches and staff- who were very appreciative of our efforts. They were amazed by all the articles which spotlighted their year in Rochester.
The Nancy Milliman Award continues on along with the Exec Foundation in Nancy’s name to maintain a stream of donations to local youth hockey teams in our community.
Membership voted for the annual player awards, a yearly event. The election of Club officers occurred in April.
A great time was had during our annual summer picnic. It was held in July at Webster Park. The Christmas Dinner featured an ornament exchange among members. Club Assistants were honored during a dinner as well.
In August the Booster Club received the great honor of being inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame. The award was for all of the hard work by the Club and its service to the community over the years.
The Rochester Americans Booster Club had another successful year in 2012-2013,
The season Kicked off with the team walking the Red Carpet into the Arena. It was great to see some familiar faces as well as new faces.
We held our annual Meet the Players Dinner in November at the Lodge the Green. We had some new faces and some returning players. We had a chance to greet and talk to the team, We had a Rookie Dance as well as a Dollar Dance. Everyone had a great time. We also has a 50/50 Raffle and Jersey Raffle.
We had one trip last year. We went to Adirondack and Albany. This was a two day trip. On Saturday we stopped at the Lake George Outlet Mall the game for lunch and shopping. After the game some of us went to the hotel bar to watch the Syracuse Orange game on TV. On Sunday we went on into Albany for our game. We bused home right after the game We always have great time on the bus trips. This is a great way to meet hockey fans in other cities.
We lost our coach in mid season as Ron Raiston was promoted to Buffalo. Assistant Coach Chadd Cassidy stepped in to become our coach.
We had another successful year with our 50/50 Raffle. The amount we handed out to the winners in-creased all year. We had several Youth Hockey teams as well as other charities who helped sell our tickets. They did a great job. We raffled off 10 Jersey’s last year. I would like to thank all the members who helped sell 50/50 and Jersey tickets.
We had 180 members last year Some of the new members have already got involved by working the games, attending meetings and events.
The Booster Club was involved with several charities. In October several members helped with Project Bundle Up, which is sponsored by the Salvation Army. We once again sponsored a Christmas Family. This was a huge success. We held our annual Euchre Tournament in April, which raised money for Honor Flight. The Club continues to collect pull tabs for the Kidney Foundation.
In March the Booster Club put on a dinner for the West Webster Fire Department, who had lost 2 members in the fire and shooting on Christmas Eve. The Firemen could not believe the amount of food we provided for them.
We had several fund raisers this year. We again sold Enjoy the City Books. We sold coffee packets for Christmas which is very popular. We also continue to sell candy bars at the meetings. We also sold Lottery Calenders. We sold some shirts and jackets.
We continue to hold the boards for SCORO and help the front office as needed.
We again did Scrapbooks for the players, coaches and staff. They were all appreciative of them. They were amazed with the articles on their year in Rochester.
We continue to Award the Nancy Milliman Player Incentive Award to the Exec. Foundation in Nancy’s name to help further Youth Hockey teams throughout the community
In March we voted on the Player Awards that we give out each year.
We had our Annual Christmas Dinner and Ornament exchange. We had a dinner for the Assistants in the spring. We also had our annual Picnic at Webster Park. Everyone had a great time.
In September our Booster Club hosted the 49th Annual Association of American Hockey League Booster Club Convention. We had 230 people attend. This was a huge undertaking and our Committee did a great job. We had a few minor problems with easy fixes. Rob Ray was our Guest Speaker on Saturday Night. We have had a lot of compliments on this years Convention. This is considered the kickoff to Hockey and is a great way to meet new friends.
I would like to thank all the Officers, Committee Chairman and there Assistants for all their hard work. A Big thank you to all the members worked as well as those who didn’t, for without YOU there would not be a Booster Club. We look forward to another successful year in 2013-2014.
The Rochester Americans Booster Club had another successful year in 2013-14.
The season kicked off with the team walking the Red Carpet into the arena. It was great to see some familiar faces as well as new faces.
We held our annual Meet the Players Dinner in November at the Lodge on the Green. We had some new faces and some returning players. We all had a chance to greet and talk with the Team. We had a Rookie Dance as well as a dollar dance. Everyone had a great time. We also had a 50/50 Raffle and a Jersey Raffle.
We had two trips last year. One was down and back to Utica. They have done a great job in renovating their arena and their fans are more friendly than in previous years. We also went to Binghamton, which was also a down and back. Their Booster Club provided food and soda on the bus for the trip home. We were held up a bit due to we couldn’t get by our team bus. We watched as they pack the equipment. This is a great way to meet new hockey fans as we renew old friendships. The trips are always a great time.
Chadd Cassidy was our coach again this year and did a great job.
We had another successful year with the 50/50 Raffle. The amount we handed out to the winners increased all year. We had our Youth Hockey team as well as other charities who helped sell our tickets. They did a great job. We raffled off 10 Jerseys last year. I would like to Thank all of the members who helped sell 50/50 and Jersey tickets.
We had 200 members last year. Some of the new members have already gotten involved by working the games, attending meetings, evens and scrapbooks. The Booster Club was involved with various Charities. In October several members helped Project Bundle Up, which is sponsored by the Salvation Army. We once again sponsored a Christmas family. This was a huge success. The players donated money to help get more gifts for the family. We held our Annual Euchre Tournament in April, which raised money for Neurofibromatosis. We also made a donation to Camp Good Days and Happy Times to help clean up fromt he floods this past spring. The Club continues to collect pull tabs for the Kidney Foundation.
We had several fund raisers this year. We again sold enjoy the City Books. We sold coffee packets for Christmas, which is very popular. We also continue to sell Candy Bars at the meetings. We also sold Lottery Calendars. We also sold CD’s that Bill Flynn had done a few years ago on the Amerks.
We continue to hold boards for Scoro and help the Front Office as needed.
We again did Scrapbooks for the players, coaches and staff. They were all very appreciative of them. They were amazed with the articles on their yerar in Rochester.
We continue to award the Nancy Milliman Player Incentive Award to the Exec Foundation in Nancy’s name to help further Youth Hockey teams throughout the community.
In March we voted on the Player Awards that we give out each year.
We held our annual Christmas Dinner and Ornamnet exchange. We had a dinner for the Assistants in the Spring. We also had our annual picnic at Greece Milimun Park. evryone had a great time.
In September, 18 members attended the 50th Association of American Booster Clubs Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. This was hosted by Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia Firebirds Booster Clubs. It was a great Convention, better known as the Family Reunion. This is a great way to meet new friends and renew old friendships. We consider this the kickoff to the hockey season.
I would like to Thank all the Officers, Committee Chairman’s and their assitants for all their hard work. A BIG thank you to all the members who worked as well as those that didn’t, for without YOU there would not be a Booster Club. We look forward to another successful year in 2014-2015.
The Rochester Americans Booster Club had another successful year in 2014-2015.
We held our 49th Annual Meet the Players Dinner in December at the Blue Cross Arena, with some new players and returning players. Everyone had a chance to greet and talk with the team. A good time was had by all, especially during the rookie dance.
We had one trip to Binghamton-Adirondacks last year. We stayed overnight in Binghamton, where their Booster Club had snacks waiting for us after the game at the hotel. The following day we went to Adirondacks for the last game of the season. Once the game ended, the Amerks raised their sticks in the air to thank us for coming before we bused back to Rochester. This is a great way to meet new hockey fans as well as renew old friendships. The trips are always a fun time.
We had another successful year with our 50/50 Raffle. The amount we handed out to the winners increased again this year. We had one Youth Hockey Team as well as other Charities who helped sell our tickets, all whom did a great job. We raffled off 10 Jerseys too. I would like to thank all the members who helped sell 50/50 and Jersey tickets.
We ended the season last year with 200 members. Some of the new members have gotten involved by working the games, attending meetings and events, and doing scrapbooks. The Booster Club was involved with various Charities. In October several members helped with Project Bundle Up, which is sponsored by the Salvation Army. We once again sponsored a Christmas Family. It was a huge success. The Players donated money for the family and went with us when we delivered the gifts and food. We held our annual Euchre Tournament in April, which raised money for Traumatic Brain Injury Services of Catholic Charities Community Services. In February we held Bowl-A-Rama with the Players, Coaches. Team and Front Office Staff and their Families. Everyone had a great time. We raffled off 11 baskets. The money we made from the baskets went to Missing and Exploited Children. The Players donated their prize money to the Boys and Girls Club. Booster Club members continue to collect pull tabs from cans for the Kidney Foundation.
Several fundraisers were held last year. We again sold Enjoy the City Books, as well as Lottery Calendars and CD’s that Bill Flynn had done on the Amerks a few years ago. We sold coffee packets for Christmas, which are very popular. We continue to sell candy bars at the meetings.
We continue to hold Scoro Boards and help the Front Office as needed.
Chad Cassidy was our coach last season and did a good job with that he had to work with. We again did Scrapbooks for the Players, Coaches, and Staff. They were very appreciative of them and had fun flipping through at the luncheon. They were amazed with the articles of their year in Rochester.
We continue to award the Nancy Milliman Player Incentive Award to the Exec Foundation in Nancy’s name to help promote Youth Hockey throughout the Community. In March we vote on the Player Awards that we give out each year.
We had our annual Christmas Dinner meeting and also a diner for the Assistants in the Spring. Our annual Picnic was held at Greece Canal Park with 30 people having a great time.
In September, 14 members attended the 51st Annual Association of American Hockey League Booster Clubs Convention in Albany. This was hosted by the Albany Devils and the Utica Devils Booster Clubs. It was a wonderful Convention, better known as the Family Reunion. This is a great way to meet new friends and renew old friendships. This is considered the kickoff to Hockey Season.
I would like to thank all the Officers, Committee Chairmen and their Assistants for all their hard work. A BIG THANK YOU to all the members who worked as well as those who didn’t, for without YOU there would not be a Booster Club. We look forward to another successful year in 2015-2016.
|In 1968, Charter Membership was opened to people who had been members since the beginning of the Club. Twenty people took advantage of this opportunity.Single Charter Memberships were $25 and Husband and Wife Memberships were $40.
Joe Crozier was made an Honorary Charter Member at this time.
Message From Joe:
CAROL LEROY CAREY
DOROTHY LA ROCQUE
MARY ANN DOUGLAS
MASAKO Mac FARLAND
|At the Dec 13, 2007 Meet the Players Dinner, the Booster Club introduced the New “Lifetime Member” Membership Category.
Members with 40 years or more of continuous membership will be known as Lifetime Members.
Our Lifetime Members: