Bill Warren has been elected as president of the Carlisle Bison Booster Club. Warren replaced John Hillman, who was president for six years and vice president for four years.
Warren has been a member of the booster club for two years. He is a 1983 graduate of Hazen High School. Warren and his wife Kym have three children; Brodie, Josh and Kylie. While his oldest children have graduated, Warren said his youngest daughter Kylie is in the eighth grade at Carlisle High School. She is member of the junior high cheerleading squad and is a member of the Junior Lady Bison basketball team.
The Carlisle Bison Booster Club is an organization designed to assist the athletic programs in the Carlisle School District. The Booster Club is comprised of parents and community members who desire to improve and assist the athletic program. Annual fundraisers held by the booster club include the Bison Booster Bash for the football team, Bison Madness for the basketball teams and a gumbo dinner. The booster club also sells Bison T-shirts, decals, yard signs and other items during the football games to raise funds. The club table is set up on the south side of the football field. Warren said orders for merchandise may also be placed this year at the Big Teeze hair salon, located at 115 N. Court St.
Some of club projects include painting the bison in front of the field house, sponsoring the athletic banquet and providing meals to the senior high football players before games. Warren said the club is also working to do more for the cheerleaders and dance team this year as funds become available.
"All the money we bring in from donations and sponsorships goes back to the students and the school," Warren said.
The club also offers four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors each year. These scholarships are given to two boys and two girls. The scholarship recipients are selected by vote of a blind committee, according to Warren. He said students submit a written essay and may apply through the High School Councilor.
As president, Warren said his goal for the upcoming year is to improve upon what the club has done in the past and to work on communicating more with the community.
"We are just trying to improve on what we’ve been doing," Warren said. "We can always work to improve. We are trying harder to get the work out and communicate better."
Warren said communication with the community is key to a successful booster club.
"We can’t do it without the help, support and participation of the parents in the community," Warren said. "Without them, we can’t do it."
The Bison Booster club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the BancorpSouth conference room. Membership dues are $40.
To follow the booster club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carlislebison.boosterclub