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Danecdotes: PAC seeks new members

The Patriot Activities Club has been present at Pequot Lakes events - and on the school district's list of donations - for more than a decade. Formerly known as the Patriot Athletics Club, PAC now looks to provide funds for all school activities ...

Jill Voges and other members of the Patriot Activities Club can often be found selling concessions at Pequot Lakes sporting events. Proceeds from the concessions are then donated to various school activities.
Jill Voges and other members of the Patriot Activities Club can often be found selling concessions at Pequot Lakes sporting events. Proceeds from the concessions are then donated to various school activities. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

The Patriot Activities Club has been present at Pequot Lakes events - and on the school district's list of donations - for more than a decade.

Formerly known as the Patriot Athletics Club, PAC now looks to provide funds for all school activities - from football and basketball to band, drama and robotics. They also provide funds for traveling basketball and volleyball teams. They also will occasionally host some youth tournaments, with volunteers keeping score, taking tickets and sometimes refereeing certain events.

Funds are often raised for the purpose of purchasing new equipment and uniforms, as well as covering transportation costs.

With 12 to 15 people attending most of its monthly meetings, the club is looking to attract new eager and active members, particularly among parents of young Patriot athletes.

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"We are trying to market ourselves more toward the younger, middle-school and elementary-school parents so there isn't as much turnover," club president Jill Voges said.

The club's main purpose is to provide needed funds for activities and student clubs at Pequot Lakes Schools. Funds are raised primarily through the concession stands at varsity sporting events.

"That is the main place where we need volunteers," Voges said.

However, PAC also raises funds through other means - including an organized "Pheasant Frenzy" hunt, selling bleacher seats and, beginning this school year, tickets for a holiday raffle - but Voges encourages individuals interested in helping to volunteer to man the concessions for a game.

"Typically, it is fun," Voges said. "A lot of people seem hesitant - I understand people are busy - but the people who do help tend to say this is kind of fun. It is a social thing. We get to see a lot of people ... Getting people to sign up the first time is the hard thing. Usually, once they have done it, it's not too bad."

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In addition to the social interactions, Voges also said the positive feelings of volunteerism easily justify the time commitment.

"I like to volunteer, whether it is here or somewhere else," Voges said. "I like the feeling of accomplishment and giving back, and I like the fact that all of the money go toward things that are needed here at the school."

The Patriot Activities Club meets on every second Monday of the month in Mrs. Harsha's classroom, located next to the Community Education office in the Patriot Athletic Center. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

"The best thing you can do is come to a meeting," Voges said. "Anybody can show up. The meetings are completely open to anyone who wants to show up ... If anybody is interested in making this a better place for their kids, this is a good way to do it."

The club expects to begin selling raffle tickets in October, with prizes to be drawn in December.

Questions may be sent to patriotactivitiesclub@gmail.com

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Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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