The Lester Prairie Booster Club has been promoting participation in sports and fine arts since 1994.
The group has donated nearly $70,000 to Lester Prairie athletics and art programs.
The booster club raises money through membership fees, support from businesses and community members, and a variety of fundraising events.
It has donated money toward equipment for Lester Prairie’s sports teams, and new lockers for the locker rooms.
The group promotes fitness by sponsoring a strength and conditioning program for all athletes, and a supervisor for summer open gym.
The Booster Club has sponsored speakers for events and provided T-shirts for the National Honor Society, and has provided atlases for geography bee participants and dictionaries for spelling bee participants.
Cultural events sponsored by the club include field trips to parks, museums, and plays.
The club also donated a scanner and digital camera to the Lester Prairie yearbook staff.
Among the group’s more visible contributions are the stage mats and padded Bulldog chairs that are used for school events.
Not all of the contributions of the booster club are visible, but the club is always working to support and encourage sports and art within the community.
The group also helps other organizations by helping to support things such as the fifth grade DARE program, the community education youth football program, and the community education baseball clinic, and basketball and volleyball camps.
The group has worked to encourage participation in events and school spirit with a message board to promote school events, a school song banner, and state and conference banners in the gym.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the group’s mission. The club was established in 1994, and currently has more than 90 memberships.
Dues are $20 per family, and $35 per business.
The group meets monthly during the school year.
Anyone who would like more information or to join the booster club may contact Chris Rolf at (320) 395-2144 or Kelli Machemehl at (320) 395-2844, or the Lester Prairie High School.
Current officers include: chairman, Chris Rolf, vice-chairman, Rollie Radtke; secretary, Kelli Machemehl; treasurer, Kim Radtke; membership board member, Barb Keggler, apparel board member, Jill Fiecke.
The main fundraiser is the Chuck Rolf memorial golf tournament each September. The group also raises funds by running the concession stand at certain sporting events and selling Bulldog apparel.