The IceMen Maniacs Booster Club is dedicated to enriching the fun atmosphere at IceMen home games and assisting the IceMen players and staff with various off-ice needs, including household goods for player apartments and healthy snacks for the locker room and team bus. We also help promote IceMen hockey in the community and online via IceMenManiacs.com, the Maniac Message Board, and our official Facebook and Twitter pages.
Fund-Raising (Cowbells, etc.)
The club's main source of revenue is the sale of our signature "IceMen cowbells," which are available at every IceMen home game. Our traditional small cowbells are just $5, and we now offer larger cowbells for $7 as well. (You can always find the Booster Club table in the main concourse, just above the front entrance and lobby at the Ford Center.) We sold well over 5000 cowbells during the team's first seven seasons, and continue to sell dozens at each home game to this day. In addition to cowbells, we occasionally have other items available for sale (including authentic IceMen locker room nameplates and custom Maniac t-shirts that are only available through the booster club), so it never hurts to check in at our table to see what cool stuff we've got!
Members are encouraged (though not required) to occasionally volunteer at the Booster Club table at IceMen home games. We generally try to staff the table with at least two members for most games, although experienced members will sometimes "fly solo" on slow nights (typically weekday games). Table workers are tasked with selling cowbells and other items we have for sale, along with promoting the Booster Club itself by engaging fans who visit the table and sharing information about the club as interactions dictate. Volunteers should arrive at the IceMen office about 2 hours prior to game time, which is 45 minutes before the Ford Center doors open. The table is "open for business" from the time the doors open until just before the start of the first period, as well as during both intermissions. The table is NOT open during the game itself, so you will not miss much of the action. (We do ask that you leave your seat to return to the table with about 2-3 minutes left in the 1st and 2nd periods, in order to be ready when each intermission begins.) The table volunteer schedule is primarily coordinated in our Members-Only Facebook group, although you can also express interest in volunteering by visiting the table at any home game or by e-mailing Club Vice President Dixie Halber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(One of the questions we're asked most often is why we don't also raise funds via raffles and 50/50 - a.k.a. "half-pot" - drawings. While we would love to generate additional revenue through these methods, the simple fact is that we can't. The booster club is legally registered and classified as a non-profit organization, in the non-charity category. Indiana gaming regulations do not allow non-charity groups to hold raffles and 50/50 style drawings, and we always want to conduct our business legally and within the rules set forth by the state.)
Board of Directors
The Booster Club's Board of Directors is as follows...
For the 2015-16 Season, as determined by a full-membership vote on September 19, 2015:
President: Anita Ice (email@example.com)
Vice President: Dixie Halber (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer: Steve Halber (email@example.com)
Secretary: Jennifer Brinkman (Jbrinkman68@aol.com)
Member-At-Large: Michelle Shuler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bylaws, Code of Conduct, Reports, etc.
The club's Official Bylaws and Member Code of Conduct are available online in PDF form. (Click the links to download them - free Acrobat Reader required.) Archived meeting minutes and financial reports are also available upon request. Please direct inquiries to Club President Anita Ice at email@example.com.
Meetings & Club Discussion
While major club-related decisions are typically made at official meetings, members also take part in plenty of informal planning and brainstorming online. Most informal club planning and discussions take place in our Members-Only Facebook group, which is separate from our public Facebook page. (The former is for internal club matters, while the latter is for promoting the club and team to the masses.)
2015-16 CLUB MEETINGS:
Sat. Sept. 19 at 2 PM (2015-16 Election & Planning) [Meeting Recap]
Sat. Nov. 21 at 2 PM (In-Season Meeting #1) [Meeting Recap]
Sat. Dec. 19 at 4 PM (In-Season Meeting #2) [Meeting Recap]
Sat. Feb. 6 at 4 PM (In-Season Meeting #3) [POSTPONED]
The Booster Club organizes and/or promotes a variety of events, including pre-game tailgating parties, cookouts, viewing parties, group trips to road games, and exclusive members-only parties with IceMen staff and players. We also promote fan gatherings during the off-season, giving fans opportunities to get together at Evansville Otters baseball games, Ellis Park, Swonder Ice Arena, Demolition City Roller Derby bouts, miniature golf courses, bowling centers, and more!
2015-16 CLUB EVENTS:
Fri. Dec. 11: Post-Game Team/Staff Dinner (Approximately 10 PM at the Ford Center)
Sat. Dec. 26: Post-Game Delivery of Christmas Gifts for the Players
More To Come!
The IceMen Maniacs Booster Club is open to any and all IceMen fans, although only adult members (age 18 and up) are permitted to vote at Booster Club meetings and in Board of Directors elections.
Annual dues are just $5 for an Individual or $10 for a Family. Individual members must be age 18 or older, and each Family membership must include at least one adult age 18 or older. (A single Family membership can include up to 2 adults, plus unmarried children up to age 23 and any other legal dependents who reside at the same mailing address.) Other booster clubs charge as much as $20 to $50 per person, but we want to keep membership affordable so more Maniacs can get in on the fun!
Please note that our "membership year" ends each June 30. Renewal for the following hockey season begins July 1.
We are currently accepting new member registration for the 2015-16 season.
TO JOIN THE BOOSTER CLUB:
Step #1: Read our Official Bylaws [PDF] so you're familiar with the way the club works.
Step #2: Print our Code of Conduct [PDF] and have all adults (18+) read and sign it.
Step #3: Print our Registration Form [PDF] and fill out the requested info for all members.
Step #4: Mail us your completed Registration Form and Code of Conduct, along with appropriate payment for annual dues. (Make checks payable to the IceMen Maniacs Booster Club.) Our mailing address is P.O. Box 4631, Evansville, IN, 47724. During the season, you can also simply bring your completed forms and payment to the Booster Club table at any IceMen home game. (Dropping your materials off at a home game is generally the fastest way to have your membership processed and activated, as our P.O. Box is not checked on a daily basis.)
Once you're in, we'll add you to our e-mail list. We encourage all members to also join our Members-Only Facebook group, which is where a lot of informal day-to-day club business discussion takes place. Participation in the Facebook group will help you stay abreast of Booster Club volunteer opportunities, meetings and events.
Thanks for your interest and support, and LET'S GO ICEMEN!!!
Existing members of the IceMen Maniacs Booster Club must renew their membership each season. Annual dues are just $5 for an Individual or $10 for a Family.
Our "membership year" ends each June 30. Renewal for the following hockey season begins July 1.
We are currently accepting membership renewals for the 2015-16 season.
If any of the information provided on your original Registration Form has changed (such as eligible family members or contact information), please e-mail your updates to Club President Anita Ice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To renew your membership, you can send cash or check (payable to the IceMen Maniacs Booster Club) to P.O. Box 4631, Evansville, IN, 47724. You can also submit your payment in person at any IceMen home game and most Booster Club events.
Another payment option we're now happy to offer - for membership renewals ONLY - is PayPal. You don't even need a PayPal account to use your credit card and pay your membership dues online, quickly and securely! Just select the type of membership renewal from the dropdown list below, click "Add to Cart," and follow the instructions!
We thank you for your continued support, and LET'S GO ICEMEN!!!
NEW MEMBERS: Please be advised that online payment is ONLY available for membership renewals. If you are registering to join the Booster Club for the first time, you MUST fill out all of the required forms and pay by cash or check using the instructions in the "How to Join" section. We appreciate your cooperation!