BRATTLEBORO — Barack Obama and Tamara Baldauf have been president for the same amount of time, with one being associated with Democratic blue and the other being all about the purple and white.
This is Baldauf's seventh year as the head of the Brattleboro Union High School Athletics Boosters Club, which is a group of 10 members that meets once a month. They run concession stands, hold 50/50 raffles, sell advertisements for game programs and put on fundraisers to raise money for BUHS athletics.
"Our objectives are to raise and distribute money to help support BUHS athletic programs; to promote athletic programs, to increase community awareness and to encourage attendance and involvement; and to encourage students through financial assistance to participate in athletic camps, leadership programs and continuing education," stated Baldauf.
The BUHS Boosters Club is responsible for the new softball dugouts at Sawyer Field, team transportation to playoff games, and state championship jackets. They also provide uniforms, baseball/softball bats, football gloves, senior letter jackets, scholarships, and ice time for hockey teams.
"We reach out to parents to ensure that Senior Night happens and that each team holds a banquet. We go into town and beyond to sell ads for the programs," said Baldauf, whose crew also maintains The Den at BUHS and sells Colonels apparel during games.
As President Obama's term comes to an end, Baldauf and other BUHS Boosters Club members will also be saying goodbye in the near future — when their children graduate from high school. The group is looking for replacements, to make sure that Brattleboro athletes continue to receive the supplies and support that are necessary.
"New volunteers are desperately needed," Baldauf told the Reformer. "They do not need to volunteer a lot of hours or attend meetings."
Newcomers would be asked to help with the sports program, take action photos, work the concession stands, assist with Senior Nights and end-of-season banquets, maintain the club's website, recruit new parents, and distribute sports camp applications.