In the same way the school’s football team races through a smoke-filled inflatable helmet to begin a game, the Big Blue Booster Club got off to a running start.
Inaugural members appointed a president and board of directors at the first meeting of the football booster club July 2 at the Port Allen High School Cafeteria.
Kenneth Kent will serve as president for the club, which makes its return after a 16-year absence.
Additional board members include vice president Torris Jones Sr., secretary Kelli Hebert and treasurer Rachelle Brady.
Turnout was strong for the first meeting, head football coach Guy Blanchard said.
“It’s rolling,” he said. “We’re excited about it.”
Aside from the appointment of officers, board members got the ball rolling on a membership drive.
They also penciled out ideas for fundraising and other ways to promote the program.
“They’re already doing some of the things a booster club does,” Blanchard said. “We have a lot of ideas, but nothing is set yet.
“The first thing to do was to organize it,” he said. “Now, we want to get some great ideas and get people talking.”
The club hopes its first annual Hall of Fame this year will draw some local conversation.
Members moved close toward the launch of the honor group during the first meeting.
“The last piece of the puzzle is the selection committee,” Blanchard said. “They already have the four entries and they need four more.”
Members want to bill one game the “Hall of Fame Game”, in which the school would induct the inaugural members.
A banquet one night prior to the game would honor the inductees.
The club would introduce the members during halftime ceremonies at the game the following evening.
The first meeting drew plenty of enthusiasm, but plenty of work remains.
“It’s all a work in progress,” Blanchard said.
Work is already underway to seek a 501(c) 3, which allows a federal non-profit charter.
“We’re excited about it,” Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard said. “
The PAHS non-profit corporation “The Big Blue Bunch” started in 1977, but the group dissolved in 1997 when officials did not update 501(c) 3.
“That’s why we’re in the process of reapplying,” Blanchard said. “We’re staring from the ground up.”
The football program receives no operating revenue from the school.
The program generates its funding admission to games, as well as game guides sold at the gate.
The group will hold its second meeting July 29.