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ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WELCOME

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

LOCATION:  OLD WORTHINGTON LIBRARY (820 High Street, Worthington, OH, 43085)

(In Meeting Room)

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

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2013-14 Membership as of 7/15/14

709 (255 New and 454Renewals)

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$1,700 Raised This Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation!

The Blue Jackets' 62 Power Play Goals mean $1,400 donated by the Jacket Backers plus an additional $300 of generous donations collected for the CBJ Foundation.  Thank you for your support!

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Wednesday
Apr092014

2014 Playoffs JB Tee Shirts Now Available!

PLAYOFFS 2014!! JB Tee Shirt - Click to enlarge.

 

Show your Jacket Backers pride by sporting one of our brand-spanking new 2014 PLAYOFFS! JB Jacket Backers tee shirts! Shirts should be available by 4/11/14! 

Hot off the screenpress, these limited-edition tee shirts can be yours for just $15 each or $20 delivered by USPS priority mail.

We'll have them in hand at our PLAYOFFS game watching events for as long as they last!  So don't miss out - get yours while you can and show everyone how proud you are to have backed your favorite team all the way to the PLAYOFFS!!

Reserve yours now by ordering below.  Orders will be filled in the order paid.  Sizes and quantities are limited - If we run out of your size, we will contact you for a second choice or a full refund.

Select Picked Up or Shipped and your size then Click "Buy Now"
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Sunday
Feb232014

Jacket Backers Meeting Summary – Bob Evans, 3140 Olentangy River Road, February 20, 2014

President
1. Committee members needed to help off-load duties of committee chairs.
2. All pucks and pins have been sent to new members to date.

Secretary :   Placing Buffalo Bus trip pictures in “Photo Galleries” on JacketBackers.org

Treasurer
1. 100-105 tickets for 2013 New Year's Eve party at Studio35.
2. Nashville- have second bus, a few tickets and hotels slots left, if we can sell those, we'll break even.
3. Community Power play $1060 to Foundation. Of that total $790 is from Jacket Backers account, $270 from Jacket Backer members and other donors.

Activities
1. Whitehall, Game Watching Party – Columbus Blue Jackets February 27th, Thursday.
2. OSU – Michigan hockey game at the Arena. March 2nd. 1 PM
3. New Member Skate date on March 12th, time not yet available.

Communication:    Get any information for blast to Michelle Communications@JacketBackers.org

Community Service
1. Krum Park community garden: Chris has wooden frame, Jacket Backers will purchase flowers or plants  this spring.
2. Targeting April for next Jacket Backers adopted highway clean up.

Marketing
1. Frame Escape will offer members shadow boxes for a 15% discount. In addition would donate 5% back to Jacket Backers. Http://www.FrameEscape.com.  R-Bar discount, 10% on regular priced food.  Homage discount will be listed on Website.
2. Design for 2014-2015 membership cards will be available Monday, February 24th.

Membership
1. Requesting help with membership. Adam volunteered to help coordinate schedule of membership table tolunteer list. Chris will help deliver the 2nd bag to volunteers. Sara will help with entering new member's data and mailing pucks and pins.
2. We currently have 585 members.

Technical:     Tom will update website with discounts as emailed to him.

Travel
1. March 8th Nashville bus trip: 6 tickets left, 2 hotel rooms, and plenty of room on bus if someone already has tickets and hotel.  Location to meet Nashville Bus and itinerary will be emailed out about a week before trip. {update: sent: Thu 2/27/2014 5:05 PM} 
3. Florida-Tampa: 26 tickets sold for one game and 28 going to the other. Hotels information sent out. One set of tickets was sold to an unknown member. Holding a set of tickets for this member. If ANY member did not receive hotel information, they need to contact travel chair (travel@jacketbackers.org) immediately.
Final deadline for tickets to Florida: Sunday March 9th.

Officer-At-Large:     Jack Johnson and Boll pucks signed at Celebrity bartending event.

Next meeting April 2nd.  Informal gathering to watch March 20th game together.

Saturday
Feb012014

Nashville Invasion Date: Saturday 3/8/14 - A Great Place to Visit, Glad we moved EAST!  

Update 2/4/14 - If you want to join us on the trip please sign up below or contact Chris at travel@jacketbackers.org to make other arrangements by Thursday 2/6/14.  We currently have 91 signed up for the trip and have room for 20 more on the two buses.  We need to have our ticket and hotel room count finalized on Friday.

A year without a bus trip to Nashville is kind of like a lockout (but we don't want to talk about that).  When the schedule was released - there it was - a Saturday in March - nothing on the schedule for Friday or Sunday - Nashville, Away 3/8/14.  Well that could only mean one thing, a Jacket Backers Bus Trip!

We have a block of 120 tickets reserved in Club Sections 223 & 224.  We have our rooms booked at the Best Western Downtown - Convention Center.  We have 2 busses reserved.  So let's hit the road.

The Best Western is only .4 miles away from Bridgestone Arena and all the pleasures of Broadway (Tootsies, Jack's BBQ, The Stage, Printers Alley...).  So we won't have to cross the bridge or deal with re-construction this year.

The cost of the trip is $230 per person based on double hotel occupancy (see additional pricing options below).  The trip includes:

  • Club Level Game Ticket
  • Deluxe Motor Coach travel to and from Nashville aboard the Funbus
  • Overnight accommodations at the Best Western, Downtown Convention Center
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast at the hotel
  • Movies and Entertainment on bus
  • Light Snacks Courtesy of the Jacket Backers
  • Raffle and Prize Give Aways

We will leave Columbus early Saturday morning.  The bus will make a couple of stops so we can stretch and grab some lunch.  We should arrive in Nashville by mid-afternoon.  There will be plenty of time to check in and enjoy the sites and entertainment of Nashville before and after the 7:00 game.

Reserve your seats now, as this popular trip can fill up fast.  You will not want to get closed out.  Pricing options are as follows; $150 per person deposit holds your seat or pay in full $310 per person for private room, $230 per person for double occupancy, $210 per person for triple occupancy and $200 per person for quadruple occupancy.  We also have a limited number of tickets only (no bus, no room) available for $74.  Prices are for members: non-members add $25 per person.  Or just join the club already!!

Please note, all bus passengers must be at least 21 years old. 

Nashville Trip Options 3/8/14

Friday
Jan242014

Exclusive Members Only Ice Skating Event - Monday, January 27, 2014 (POSTPONED)

Our Ice Skating event has been postponed ... Once we have a new confirmed date, we will notify everyone!!!

 
Members, family members and guests (within reason) are invited to join in this free event.  We will be sharing the ice at Nationwide this evening with arena volunteers.  Free skate rental will be provided.  Skaters of all abilities welcome.  Enjoy figure skating or try your hand at making a few shots on goal!
 
Please RSVP to Jessica at activities@jacketbackers.org and let her know how many adults and children will be attending, or if you have any other questions on the event.

Event time TBA but will most likely be from 6 - 9 pm.
 
Additional information will be provided, as we receive it, including where to park and enter!
 
Hope to see you there!
Saturday
Jan042014

ON SATURDAY NIGHT January 4, 2014 - We're having our VERY OWN GAME WATCHING PARTY AT KING AVENUE 5!

Join us TONIGHT at King Avenue 5, 945 King Avenue, Columbus, 43212 as our Columbus Blue Jackets kick the Blues.  We'll be in the side room up front and they're throwing in a few appetizers to share to get us started.  Pregame is at 7:30 and puck drops at 8 pm - join us early and save your seat!  The Serious Sports Fans‘ destination, King Avenue Five is the best Sports Lounge in the Grandview & Arlington area. Their extensive menu features a great array of American fare made to order using only the freshest ingredients. The friendly staff will make your dining experience fast, fun & unforgettable. A great wine list, an offering of over 50 beers and all your favorite call drinks add up to something for everyone’s taste.  We'll have door prize giveaways and raffles to make the evening complete!

Tuesday
Dec242013

Exciting December for Blue Jacket Fans (blog entry from our JB Secretary Sara!)

Wow!  What a week and a half.  This season was seeming like a repeat of last year with the condensed schedule.  However, I didn't realize it really was until Jarmo Kekalainen said so during the Hockey & Heels event Saturday, December 14th.  He said it was due to the Olympics in February.  I attended the event with several other ladies I've met through Jacket Backers, twitter, and game watching parties.  I remember my 'date' was planning to leave early, but the game was so exciting she stayed through to the end including a quick overtime.  There was no game on Sunday so I finally finished my recap of the Ottawa Jacket Backers trip <==Click to see all the fun we had.  Monday there was another Blue Jacket home game.  Wednesday, I attended the Jacket Backers Holiday Gathering at Yogi's-Tuttle.  The fun included a CBJ/Hockey theme gift exchange where I stole an RJ Umberger signed stick from another member, a 'door prize' drawing, and our first ever rock paper scissors tournament.  Don't knock it until you try it!  It was a blast.  Susan won the newest Homage Jacket Backers T-Shirt <== click to take a look.  It's long sleeve too.  Thursday was the away game party at BWW in Marion.  I won a bottle of hot sauce and got teased the rest of the evening about what I was going to put it on.  I don't eat wings.  Saturday we drove to Findlay to pick up my mother.  She and I participated in the Tunnel of Pride, where season ticket holders line up on each side of the walkway to cheer on our players just before they went out onto the ice.  CBJ lost a 2-0 lead but ended with with a 6-3 victory against the Flyers, can't beat that!  Then last night we carried mom wheelchair and all down to my basement bar to watch another exciting Blue Jacket win over the Carolina Hurricanes.  We'll miss the Friday game watching party in Powell <== click for details.  However, we'll be back for the home game on Sunday night.  Also I plan to see you all at Studio 35 for the best New Years Eve Party ever, Jackets Style!  Get your tickets now!

Saturday
Dec142013

Jacket Backers Holiday Gathering

Jacket Backers holiday gathering is at Yogi's Bar and Grill - Tuttle, off Frantz Road (5857 Karric Square Dr.) 6:30 PM, Wednesday, December 18, 2013.

RSVP up until the time of the party at secretary@jacketbackers.org.

However, any food orders to secretary@jacketbackers.org by Monday night will have a 20% discount. Check out http://yogisdublin.com/menu/

There will be an optional CBJ/Hockey-Related White Elephant Gift Exchange - Bring a gift - receive a gift!

Hope to see you there!  Don't forget to get your tickets for our New Year's Eve bash on the Big Screen while you're at the party!

 

(Please note there is more than one Yogis location - don't head to the wrong one!)

 

Saturday
Nov302013

Go Large [Screen] to Celebrate Hockey New Year! Come See the CBJ Take on the Avs at Studio 35

See the New Year in with all of your best Hockey Friends - The Jacket Backers!

Spending New Year's Eve without our favorite things - Blue Jackets Hockey and a bunch of crazy fans - just didn't seem right, so we have made arrangements to WATCH HOCKEY ON THE BIG SCREEN and have a New Years' Celebration at Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse (3055 Indianola Ave., 43202).

Come see the CBJ battle the Avs at our MOVIE THEATER GAME WATCHING PREMIERE on the GLORIOUSLY BIG SCREEN in full DIGITAL TECHNICOLOR (or something like that).  Then stick around to celebrate the New Year!  Stay even later and enjoy a MOVIE (Anchorman 2) with all your auld and new acquaintances!

  • Doors open at 7:00 pm
  • Pre-Game starts at 7:30 pm
  • The Puck Drops at 8:00 pm
  • Enjoy snacks including food catered from City BBQ
  • 2 Drink Coupons for your favorite beverages featuring 40 taps
  • Champagne Toast at Midnight
  • Door Prizes and Raffles including autographed CBJ merchandise 
  • Anchorman 2 starts at 12:30 am in the NEW YEAR, 2014!
  • All of this for only $30 per person! 

Studio 35 features a viewing auditorium as well as a drafthouse with 40 beers on tap.  A wide variety of craft, local, and traditional selections are available, along with a full service cash bar. (2 drinks are included with your admission).  Additional monitors are available to watch the game from the drafthouse pub area!  

The Jacket Backers will be providing a selection of light appetizers and food including City BBQ (not exactly a full meal but a nice tasty snack).  

Purchase your tickets now to reserve your spot.  This is going to be a New Year's Eve Celebration you don't want to miss!  We're opening this event to the public shooting for a sellout, but we want to pack it full of JB members and guests so don't delay!

Studio 35 is Columbus' oldest independent movie theater, located in the heart of Clintonville and features new movies, classic cinema, special events like this one, and lots of independent charm. 

Tickets can be purchased online with the "Buy Now" button below.  Be sure to include your mailing address so that we can mail you your tickets.  Tickets can also be picked up at a home CBJ game or at the box office the night of the event.

Thursday
Nov212013

November 20, 2013 Jacket Backers Meeting Summary

  Location: Bob Evans, 3140 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, Ohio

  1. President - Julie - Jacket Backer Scarves from HOMAGE for $20, inquire at any Jacket Backers meeting or game watching party.

  2. Treasurer – Brian M - Jacket Backers' commitment to Columbus Blue Jacket Foundation for the Community Power Play (CPP) goals so far this year is $464 ($290 from Jacket Backers account and $174 in member donations).

  3. Activities - Jessica –New Year's Eve Watch PartyStudio 35, tickets are $30 per person. Ticket includes two (2) drink coupons, champagne toast, and City Barbeque appetizers as well as movie after midnight. Doors open at 7pm, CBJ game against Colorado Avalanche starts at 8pm, after the game televised New Year’s Eve celebrations, and at 12:30 am to start year off “Anchorman 2”.  250 tickets available to sell, theatre holds close to 200 and lounge has room for 100. Next CBJ/JB Game Watching Party is Monday, November 25th at Polaris BWW.  Other activities in the works including next JB Holiday Meeting with optional gift exchange on December 18th.

  4. Communications / Social Media – Michelle– A lot of hits on Twitter about JB Ottawa Trip. People took pictures of Jacket Backers on TV and tweeted them. Get info to Michelle for email blasts.  Two upcoming CBJ Social Suite ticket giveaway contests.

  5. Community Service - Keith – Dec 7th, Ryan Salmons Blood Drive at Memorial Baptist Church, all donors are entered in a prize drawing. Prizes include tickets to a game, catered suite, and prizes from Jacket Backers. Need volunteers to work both registration table and Jacket Backers table 10:15am-12:15pm and 12:15-2:15pm. Open Shelter is taking donations for hygiene items, children books, etc. May collect at next game watching party. Open Shelter is also looking for help December 13th -16th to pack gift baskets.  Thanks to all that helped with picking up trash on the Jacket Backers Adopted Highway. Next highway cleanup not until March

  6. Membership - Brian H - 537 current members: 109 new, 428 renewed, 6 of the new are Junior members. Need Table volunteers on November 27th, as well at least one table volunteer for each of the games in December.

  7. Travel - Chris – Buffalo: Bus is full, 3 ticket only still available.  Waiting list for bus.  Chris needs to know T-shirts sizes from several people and any money still due by Dec 14th. Nashville – some room still available on bus, however people need to get their reservations in. Florida: 15 confirmed - 15 tickets still available for each location, do not need to attend both games.  Planning for hotel/shared transportation between game cities soon.  Ottawa: 16 people made the trip, email: secretary@jacketbackers.org with pictures and/or comments to be added to website recap of trip.

  8. Next meeting is set for December 18th, Wednesday. JB Holiday Social Meeting rather than formal planning meeting, with CBJ/Hockey related white elephant gift exchange. Need suggestions for location.

Sunday
Nov102013

RJ Umberger's Game Winning Power Play Goal Earns the Foundation an Extra $50

Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty ImagesBelieving that winning is so much fun - the Jacket Backers will kick in a extra $50 for the Blue Jackets Foundation for each game winning power play goal!

Saturday Night's Community Power Play got started in the first period with Brandon Dubinsky's power play goal ($10) assisted by Mark Letestu and Fedor Tyutin.

RJ Umberger kept the party going with a power play goal to start the third period ($20) - assisted by James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen - the goal turned out to be the game winner ($50).Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

The win over the Islanders provided the best night so far of the season for the Community Power Play as the Jacket Backers will donate $80 to the Blue Jackets Foundation for those goals.  Along with an additional $168 collected, our total contribution to the Foundation so far will be $348.

Celebrate Life, Celebrate Hockey, Celebrate the Community Power Play and help the Jacket Backers give a little back to our community!