But while the leaders at the top of the club change frequently, there are a few dedicated members in Mexia that have helped hold things together over the years.
Bobby Forrest, the current treasurer, attended Mexia High School from 1965-1969, and played for coach Bob McQueen during his days as a Blackcat. Almost a decade after graduating, Forrest returned and joined the booster club in 1977.
Forrest served as president from 1980-1981, and has been the acting treasurer since 1982. His son played on the 1989 state championship team, and Forrest has continued to be actively involved since.
“I’ve held on because parents don’t get involved like they used to,” Forrest said. “With life the way it is, some people will move on after their kids graduate. There are some of us who get to be the glue from one year to the next to make sure everything transitions well.”
For the Forrest family, involvement in the booster club began when Bobby’s dad was an active member during the 1960’s. Dating all the way back to those days, the club has been in charge of the concession stand on Thursday nights during football season, which serves as one of the biggest fundraisers of the year.
In addition to the concession stand, the club also raises money in a variety of ways including parents’ night pictures for every sport, football posters, and t-shirt sales.
“We start the year with a big ice-cream social that the booster club sponsors for the band, volleyball team and football team,” Forrest said. “That’s right at the end of two-a-days, and we follow that up with a big membership drive.”
The booster club also helps to organize some of the more minor details of the athletic season, especially on the football field, to help make things easier on the coaching staff. In addition to ensuring there is an announcer, clock operator and 25-second clock operator ready to go on Friday nights, Forrest and other members of the booster club help out by volunteering to do the down box and chains on the sideline.
“We kind of try to take some of the mundane, trivial things away from the head coach and AD,” Forrest said. “He knows it will all be taken care of.”
While Forrest and the booster club take care of the smaller things, they also play a significant role in helping things run smoothly for both the students and coaches at Mexia. At the end of the day, Forrest said that it is all about the kids.
“Our main goal is to do something to help support the kids and the athletic program from the seventh grade to the twelveth grade, boys and girls,” Forrest said. “We’re there to support the program, and to help subsidize the school so the kids have a better athletic program.
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