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JACKET BACKERS PLANNING SESSION

ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WELCOME

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 6:30pm

LOCATION: Tim Hortons, 2754 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

RSVP preferred to Julie at president@jacketbackers.org 

so we can save you a seat!

 

UPCOMING MEETING DATES: 

February 18, 2016

 

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2015-16 Membership as of 02/7/2016

606 (142 New and 464 Renewals)

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718 Members 2014 - 15 Season

758 Members 2013 - 14 Season

539 Members 2012 - 13 Season

549 Members 2011 - 12 Season

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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.

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Community Power Play

$885 Raised in the 2015-2016 Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

 The Jacket Backers will again team up with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to present our 3rd 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.

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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Tuesday
Jul222014

Announcing our Red, White & BOOM! Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our lucky prize winners who stopped by to enter our prize giveaways on Nationwide Plaza at this year's Red, White & BOOM! on July 3rd!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  Red, White and Blue Yuengling Golf Bag and Jacket Backers Membership Prize Pack (1 year joint membership, JB puck and JB pin) - Art J.

OTHER PRIZE WINNERS:

2013 - 2014 Team Signed CBJ License Plate - Sara H.

Dalton Prout Signed Hat - Noelle L.

James Wisniewski Signed Photo - Morgan L.

Jack Johnson Signed Puck - Danny W.

Cam Atkinson Signed Hockey Beats Down Puck - Libby E.

All prize winners have been notified - thank you to the Three Legged-Mare and everyone who helped make our day at BOOM! a success!

 

Thursday
Jun262014

Volunteers needed for Red White & BOOM Beverage Stands on Nationwide Plaza

The Three-Legged Mare is once again a sponsor of this year's Red, White & BOOM! on July 3rd and they have invited the Jacket Backers to man some of their beverage stands to help us spread the word about our club and raise tips for a fundraiser!  We are looking for volunteers of all ages, you don't have to be 21 or over!!!

They will be running all of the beverage stands on Nationwide Plaza and the street will be blocked off and a stage nearby. Click here for a map and stage schedules. We will be allowed to help promote the club as well as sell memberships, etc. We are looking for as many volunteers as possible. It sounds like a great time and great way to meet a lot of new faces.

We'll need people from around 2 pm - midnight and you would be helping in shifts, minimum of 3 hours, but feel free to stay as long as you would like.

Everyone who volunteers for at least 3 hours will receive a $25.00 gift card to the Three-Legged Mare; we will also have a limited number of wristbands to share giving us access to the sponsors' hospitality tent (which includes foods & drink)!

The Three-Legged Mare or Jacket Backers may provide free tee shirts. Please respond ASAP if you can help out to Jessica at activities@jacketbackers.org and let her know what hours you would be available to help! The more help we can get, the more funds we can raise!

Sunday
Jun222014

Announcing our new slated officers for 2014 - 2015!

Thank You to all of you who participated in our Offseason Planning Meeting and Officer Elections!  Please welcome our slated officers for the upcoming 2014 - 2015 season:

President - Julie Maurer

Vice President - Jason Harrison

Secretary - Carrie Rasmussen

Assistant Secretary - Anna Matney

Treasurer - Brian Maurer

Assistant Treasurer - Amber Rodriguez

Technical - Sara Hale

Community Service - Keith Risley

Travel - Chris Hapanowicz

Membership - David Baker

Arena Table Coordinator - Adam Wallace

Activities - Jessica Jones

Communications/Social Media - Michelle Harklau

Marketing/Promotions - Bethany Beaman

Creative Director - Andrew Kranek

Merchandising/Playoffs - Patrick Erlenbach

Regional Chapter Coordinator - Jennifer Earley

Officer at Large - Janice Burns

 

Wednesday
Jun182014

JB now accepting Committee Volunteers and Officer Nominations!

Join us at our next planning meeting, our Offseason Get Together and Officer Elections to be held on Wednesday, June 18th, 6:30 pm at Winking Lizard Tavern - Crosswoods.  (See left sidebar for more info on location - we are in a private meeting room so YES, if there is a Game 7, we can watch together, game starts at 8 pm!)

We've recovered from last season's end and are ready to take care of offseason planning!  We miss you all... it would be great if you'd come and talk hockey and join us as we begin to plan for our next successful season.

We are currently accepting volunteers for our committees - Community Service, Travel, Membership/Arena Table Assistance, Activities, and Communications/Promotions.  What are you good at?  What would you like to try?  Let us know!  See you at the meeting or send a message to Julie at president@jacketbackers.org and let us know how you'd like to help.

We've changed our officer responsibilities a bit and added a few new ones - if you are interested in being an officer, nominations are currently open - send your nominations to nominations@jacketbackers.org  (You can head here for info on officer responsibilities and here for info on our elections process.) Nominations we've received to date are listed below - check back as we will continue to update this page until the day prior to elections.  We will also accept additional nominations on the evening of elections.  Thank you and good luck to those running!

NOMINATIONS RECEIVED AS OF JUNE 10 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

President - Julie Maurer

Vice President - Jason Harrison

Secretary - none yet received

Assistant Secretary - none yet received

Treasurer - Brian Maurer

Assistant Treasurer - Amber Rodriguez

Technical - Sara Hale

Community Service - Keith Risley

Travel - Chris Hapanowicz

Membership - David Baker

Arena Table Coordinator - Adam Wallace

Activities - Jessica Jones

Communications/Social Media - Michelle Harklau

Marketing/Promotions - Bethany Beaman

Creative Director - Andrew Kranek

Merchandising/Playoffs - none yet received

Regional Chapter Coordinator - Jennifer Earley

Officer at Large - Janice Burns

Thursday
Jun122014

Jacket Backers Summer Blood Drive - Saturday, June 14th!

The Jacket Backers are sponsoring a Blood Drive at Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, June 14th!

Join us at 2435 Eakin Road, Columbus, OH 43204 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Gymnasium!

Click here to make an appointment or call 1-800 RED CROSS to select your preferred donation time.  Walk-in donors are also welcome.  Donors are especially needed for the 10:30 - 11:30 am time slots. 

The American Red Cross and the Jacket Backers Thank You in advance for giving the gift of life this summer.  Help up to three central Ohio families while qualifying to win CBJ memorabilia provided by the Jacket Backers.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community.  Nationwide, someone needs a pint of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

If you'd like to volunteer for the registration table, please contact Keith at community_service@jacketbackers.org .  If you are planning on attending and would like to bring a snack to share at the refreshments table, you are welcome to do so.

**SAVE THE DATE...  Mark your calendar now for the 6th annual #3 Ryan Salmons Day of Giving/Blood Drive scheduled for December 13th (not the 6th as originally advertised).  More details forthcoming later this year.  For more information, contact drive coordinator Chris Tucker at (614) 309-6686.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Friday
Jun062014

Adopt-A-Highway Pickup on June 7th

Do you think you'd look good in a fluorescent yellow vest?  Ever wonder what the oddest thing you'd find along the side of the road might be?  Have you just always wanted to use one of those picker-upper things?

We've decided last-minute to pick up trash TOMORROW MORNING,  Saturday, June 7th, 9 am - wrapping up sometime before noon.  We may head out to grab a bite to eat afterwards.  If you'd like to help with our adopted highway, please contact Julie at president@jacketbackers.org and we'll send you the meet-up address and answer any other questions you may have.

Our Section of Highway is on I-71 between North Broadway and Hudson St.  Come help us keep Columbus beautiful!

Thursday
Apr242014

Round 1 - Game 6 Tickets Now Available

SOLD OUT!!! - ****We Have Playoff Tickets Available - SOLD OUT****!!!


Round 1 - Home Game 3

Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm
 
Section 208 - Rows M & N
 
$62.00 Each  - DO NOT ORDER ANY MORE - SOLD OUT COMPLETELY.  SORRY.
 
Please read Details below carefully.
 
The Jacket Backers have purchased a block of 40 tickets for each of the home playoff games in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  We are offering these tickets as a service to our members that are not season ticket holders or who have not been able to obtain tickets through other pre-sale methods.  We ask that you respect this and do not purchase these tickets for resale or if you have other ticket opportunities.
   
Ticket sales will be limited to a total of 2 tickets per paid member.
 
Purchasers' current paid member status will be verified.  If not a current paid member, you will be given an opportunity to bring your membership current.  If your membership is not made current, your purchase will be refunded and the tickets will be made available to the next purchaser.  If you know your membership is not current, you can renew now online.
 
The tickets will be sold on a first come - first served basis via the Paypal Button Below.  Please select the appropriate tickets you wish to purchase and click on the "Buy Now" Button.
  
Your tickets will be delivered electronically in pdf format to the email address specified and you will need to print them yourself.
 
We will fulfill as many of your requests as possible, but we expect demand to be high and we may sell out.  If we have received your request or payment and tickets are no longer available, we will notify you ASAP and refund your money in full.
*************DO NOT BUY TICKETS - WE ARE SOLD OUT COMPLETELY.  WE WILL BE REFUNDING MONEY TO THOSE OF YOU WHO WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE.*************

Thank you and ENJOY THE GAME!!  GO JACKETS!!
 

 

Friday
Apr112014

JB 2014 Group Playoffs Tickets Available Now! - **SOLD OUT!!**

We Have Playoff Tickets Available


Round 1 - Home Game 1 SOLD OUT
Home Game 2 SOLD OUT
Dates and Times TBA
 
Section 208 - Rows M & N
 
$62.00 Each 
 
Please read Details below carefully.
 
The Jacket Backers have purchased a block of 40 tickets for each of the home playoff games in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  We are offering these tickets as a service to our members that are not season ticket holders or who have not been able to obtain tickets through other pre-sale methods.  We ask that you respect this and do not purchase these tickets for resale or if you have other ticket opportunities.
   
Ticket sales will be limited to a total of 2 tickets per paid member. *****WE ARE SOLD OUT OF ALL TICKETS!! - DO NOT PURCHASE ANY MORE GAME TICKETS - ALL THOSE WHO HAVE TICKETS TO HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED!!  ****A member may split their 2 available tickets between games or use them both on either Home Game 1 or 2.  (If/when a Home Game 3 is announced, tickets will be made available to that game.)  
 
Purchasers' current paid member status will be verified.  If not a current paid member, you will be given an opportunity to bring your membership current.  If your membership is not made current, your purchase will be refunded and the tickets will be made available to the next purchaser.  If you know your membership is not current, you can renew now online.
 
The tickets will be sold on a first come - first served basis via the Paypal Button Below.  Please select the appropriate tickets you wish to purchase and click on the "Buy Now" Button.
  
Your tickets will be delivered electronically in pdf format to the email address specified and you will need to print them yourself.
 
We will fulfill as many of your requests as possible, but we expect demand to be high and we may sell out.  If we have received your request or payment and tickets are no longer available, we will notify you ASAP and refund your money in full.  AND REMEMBER - TICKETS ARE CURRENTLY COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Thank you and ENJOY THE GAME!!  GO JACKETS!!
 

Select Your Game and Click "Buy Now"

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"
Sizes
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.

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