Next Planning Meeting

ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WELCOME

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

LOCATION:  TBA

 RSVP preferred to Julie at president@jacketbackers.org so we can save you a seat!

UPCOMING MEETING DATES:

W 12/17/14

T 1/13/15

W 2/18/15

W 3/18/15

W 4/15/15

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Stop by the Jacket Backers Table at Every Home Game!

It is usually located behind section 116, near the escalator from the McConnell Street Entrance, but may be relocated on a game-by-game basis at the Jackets' request.  Feel free to stop by at any game with your questions, comments or just to see what is going on with the Jacket Backers.

Community Power Play

$120 Raised To Date This Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation, thanks to Cam Atkinson's season opener #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

THIS SEASON the Jacket Backers are again teaming up with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to present our 2nd ANNUAL COMMUNITY POWER PLAY!!   For each Power Play Goal scored by the Blue Jackets, the Jacket Backers will make a donation to the Blue Jackets Foundation – and we’d love it if you’d join us and match!  Use the donation button below to show your support and Celebrate Life and Hockey!

NEW FOR 2014 – 2015 SEASON!!  We’re increasing our donations!!  For the first PP Goal scored in each game, we will donate $20 to the Foundation, for the second PP Goal we will donate $40 more, for the third PP Goal we will donate $60 more and so on. If a PP goal turns out to be our game winner, we will add another $100 to the Foundation.  Help us celebrate the joy of scoring more power play goals!


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Responsibilities of each individual Officer/Committee Chair - Revised 5/30/2014

President

  • Spokesman for Club
  • Conduct Club meetings
  • Primary liaison to Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Primary CBJ Social Community Leader
  • Debit Card access and signor for the Huntington Account
  • Manage two Nationwide passes to get into the Arena on game days
  • Primary signor on corporate documents
  • Member of all Committees

 Vice President

  • Collect and prepare meeting agenda
  • Assist President in running meetings
  • Preside over meetings in President's absence
  • Member of all committees
  • Other duties as assigned (i.e. Travel Checklist, NHL Booster Club Directory, Officer Responsibility List)
  • Liaison to other booster clubs
  • Read and report back to Club on activities/pertinent items in other club's newsletters
  • Archive/librarian for all communications from other booster clubs and NHLBCC; share information with other officers
  • Contact other booster clubs to coordinate meet and greet activities during road trip travel
  • Contact other booster clubs with convenient weekend schedule games to offer hospitality if club members should choose to attend games here in Columbus

 Secretary

  • Produce Minutes of the Officer's meetings for Club records
  • Provide historical information from previous meetings to the Officers when requested
  • Maintain a copy of Club By-Laws and update as appropriate
  • Forward updated copy of By-Laws along with meeting notes to each officer following meetings
  • Post publicly consumable meeting summaries on Club website

 Assistant Secretary

  • Duties of Secretary in their absence
  • Review all meeting notes from Secretary for accuracy
  • Assist in maintaining a copy of Club By-Laws and update as appropriate

 Treasurer

  • Maintain bookkeeping - currently in Quickbooks Pro 2013
  • Balance checkbook
  • Maintain PayPal Account
  • Receive & track payments for Membership, Trips, Raffles, etc.
  • Prepare and file Annual Not-for-Profit IRS Report
  • Report expenditures and cash balance to Officers and Members
  • Debit Card access and signor for the Huntington Account
  • Currently keeps principal key to the PO Box and checks box regularly (due to proximity)
  • Share maintenance with Membership Chair of membership database and mailing list
    • Coordinate to make sure that both Membership Chair and Treasurer have complete membership and mailing lists

 Assistant Treasurer

  • Back up key to the PO Box
  • Perform ongoing review of bank balances and record keeping of the Treasurer
  • Debit Card Access and signor for the Huntington Account
  • Has access to PayPal Account
  • Assist Treasurer in any way needed

 Technical

  • Maintain a content rich website that is easy for multiple officers/committee heads to post information and update content
  • Look for ways that technology can be used to communicate with our members and help manage the Club as simply as possible
  • Oversee Domain renewals
  • Assist with e-mail blasts
  • Assist with maintenance of membership database and mailing list

 Community Service

  • Identify opportunities to assist community charities
  • Deliver donations to charities
  • Assist with liaison to CBJ Foundation
  • Coordinate publication of thank you letters, etc. on website

 Travel

  • Identify possible travel opportunities and present them to Officers
  • Coordinate purchase of tickets at away venues
  • Identify possible hotels, and in some circumstances, arrange group rates
  • Identify possible vendors for bus travel and obtain quotes for Officers' consideration
  • Coordination of bus trips/trip leaders
  • Prepare flyers for travel/away game opportunities

 Membership

  • Work closely with Arena Table Coordinator as needed
  • Share maintenance with Treasurer of membership database and mailing list
    • Coordinate to make sure that both Membership Chair and Treasurer have complete membership and mailing lists
  • Coordinate the creation of and distribution of membership cards
  • Share communication between officers and members

 Arena Table Coordinator

  • Manage staffing of club table in Arena
    • Coordinate set up of membership table before the doors open at Nationwide Arena prior to doors open to general public
    • Responsible for the display on the club table
    • Coordinate the tear down of club table when game is over
    • Ensure that membership table is staffed in accordance with Jacket Backers and Nationwide Arena policies
  • Manage two Nationwide passes to get into the Arena on game days
  • Collect membership forms and monies and forward information to the Treasurer and Membership Chair
  • Collect names and money for tickets and trips and forward information and monies to the Treasurer and Travel Chair

 Activities

  • Organize and manage social events (i.e. game watching parties)
  • Develop new and enjoyable events
  • Keep notes of events (include number attended, general reaction of event, any information to make it easier to hold such an event)
  • Maintain detailed records of any financial matters regarding events
  • Have membership material available at events
  • Collect feedback to share as appropriate

 Communications/Social Media

  • Collect information from Officers and assist with publication on website and in e-mail blasts
  • Monitor and direct social media presence
  • Primary liaison to Blue Jackets public relations/media area and backup CBJ Social Community Leader
    • Potential for interviews with CBJ players and management/staff
    • Responsible for conducting themselves in a professional manner similar to other reporters, especially around players/staff
    • Follow press guidelines as provided by CBJ, if applicable
  • Assist with collection of Jacket Backers appearances in media and preserve when possible on website
  • Work closely with Marketing/Promotions Chair to coordinate public presence

 Marketing/Promotions

  • Create and disburse/publish press releases
  • Primary liaison to Blue Jackets public relations area
  • Work closely with Communications/Social Media Chair to coordinate public presence
  • Solicit advertisers and donations for Club promotion
  • Solicit merchants to offer discounts to Club members
  • Solicit merchants for giveaways for bus trips and game watching parties

 Creative Director

  • Create and maintain club brand identity and logos
  • Design promotional signs and banners for club
  • Work on design and ideas for Club logo merchandise
  • Assist other Chairs as needed with artwork such as Travel flyers and forms

 Merchandising/Playoffs

  • Work with vendors as primary contact for merchandise preparation
  • Sell and promote merchandise
  • Assist Travel Chair with merchandise associated with road trips
  • Coordinate special projects such as playoffs tee shirts/merchandise and playoffs ticket sales

 Regional Chapter Coordinator

  • Primary liaison to Jacket Backers Regional Chapters as formed
  • Help relay communication between regionals and JB Officers/Commitee Chairs
  • Assist Regional Chapter heads as needed
  • Answer inquiries from those interested in forming regional chapters of the Jacket Backers

 Officer at Large

  • Assist Officers as needed