Congratulations to John Pierson and Markham McHenry for winning the 1st Annual OLPH ‘Bags’ Tournament in a gritty come from behind Cinderella story victory!
Down 20–3 in the semifinals they clawed their way out of an insurmountable hole to make it into the championship round where they would face the undefeated duo of Paul Andrews and newcomer Jim Roper. Paul and Jim cruised through the winners bracket and were the odds on favorite to clinch the victory.
Needing to win two games in this double elimination tourney John and Markham pulled of the impossible and now will be the first to have their names etched on the Champions Cup for all eternity.
We also wanted to thank everybody for coming out!
We had about 25 dads come out and it was a great time.
Dad’s Club Updates
Great to see new dads out! Think we had 5 new dads at the meetup last night.
Gave a bit of an overview of the OLPH Dads Club. As far as what it is, it is #1 a social organization. With some of us not being as involved as the ladies, this gives us a way to come together and be involved in the school.
OLPH Dads Club Mission:
- To stay informed with our children’s school, life and activities;
- To build Catholic community by having fun and socializing with other OLPH Dad’s;
- To aide OLPH in various projects based on the need and the direction of the pastor and principal.
In the past we have done some larger and smaller projects for the school. An example of a larger project was getting money allocated to put in the gym floor. And then as far as smaller projects, we are called by the school from time to time to help with events or tasks.
As far as what we hope to see from dads this year, we would ask for 3 things:
- Sign up
- Pay your dues – $50
- Make an effort to go to the big events
We would also love to see you help drive participation in the Dads Club. We have a lot of dads in the school. We need more of them in the dads club. As you meet dads, encourage them to join. This is one way we can help fulfill the stewardship responsibilities Father Greg talks about and it’s fun!
This year, we are actually looking to use our dues to fund our Dads Club events. In the past, they have gone to the school. We are looking to build the participation this year and one way we will look to encourage involvement is by having fun events this year.
We will do the OLPH Dads Club Poker Tournament again as our main fundraiser.
We also have ideas on other fundraising events we are looking int:
- Pancake breakfasts (Rich Griffin)
- Family driving range night (Brian Mazza)
- Golf outings to the Phoenician (Bart)
- Lenten fish fry
We will look to take on 1 small project a year where we will purchase something for the school from our small fundraisers. We will talk to Fr. Greg/Mrs. Lauro to see what need might be a good fit.
And we would like to at least start 1 long term project. A possibility might be redoing the athletic fields. If we could start raising funds or find some benefactors, we could work on resurfacing the fields. Based on some of the research, expectations range from $32 to 100K. We wouldn’t look to do rye or anything as it’s too costly. We’ve also explored having the Diamondbacks and Cardinals sponsor our field but we don’t fit their typical profile. They mostly fund public schools and look to fund dedicated fields. Ours is of course multi-purpose.
We formed an executive board this year. Ken Kazmierczak is the President, John Pierson Vice President, Paul Andrews Chief Philanthropic Officer, Chris Lee CTO and Marc Roberts CFO. Start thinking about what role you want to fill next year!
Tailgater 10/17 at OLPH!
We will be having a tailgater on 10/17 for the Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks game. It’ll start around 6 pm and be on school grounds. We will look to project the game on a wall outside, have a bunch of chairs, tables and couches.
We are currently still working on food for the tailgater. If anybody has a connection to a caterer or a restaurant, we’d love to get someone to donate or provide at cost. If you have any connections there, let us know!
The main way we are communicating is our email newsletter. This year, we look to be more regular with the notifications. We’ll look to send out about 3 emails prior to each event. If you’re not getting the emails, you can sign up on the website (http://olphdads.com).
As far as the website, we’re using it to display updates for dads that cannot make different events. We have also looked at a directory and have some functionality for that implemented. If you are interested, you can go there & submit your information. We are currently displaying name, company, email. We are open to expanding this though if people are interested. We can do a variety of things from display additional information, lock it down to make it private, etc.
We are looking at a way to facilitate more ad hoc events and communication. There is a LinkedIn Group – OLPH Dads Club Group with about 10 dads now. And people have also mentioned a Facebook group. Based on the blank looks from last night, don’t think anybody is really using Facebook. If anybody has any ideas, we’d love to hear them.
For now, it looks like email is best for our group so get hold of us if you’d like to spread the word about an event or initiative that you’d like to involve OLPH Dads.