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Bobby Woolwine – President
My name is Bobby Woolwine and I was elected to another two-year term in July 2019. I have been fortunate enough to be president of this awesome organization since its inception. I have to admit it took a little prodding to convince me to be involved with this booster club when we were in the organizing phase. But thanks to a couple of longtime friends whose opinions I respected they convinced me to help with this process. Little did I realize how much my life would be enriched through this club. We are currently entering our fourth year of existence and I have rekindled many old friendships of hockey fans but have also met so many more, great people, we interact with year-round. What started out as a lot of work to get us organized has turned into a fabulous experience I am so thankful to be a part of.

We just finished hosting the 31st annual ECHL/SPHL jamboree at Hotel Roanoke and our members did an awesome job planning, coordinating, and supporting this event. We received many compliments of a job well done. We had over 100 in attendance and everyone thoroughly enjoyed this jamboree.

As we enter year four the club has once again picked an awesome group of members to serve on our board of directors. The work ethic that has been instilled into this club is unmatched in any volunteer organization with around 80% to 90% participation of its membership. We still have our returning officers Brittany Leftwich, Crystal Melton, and Barb Woolwine, but have added Jim Hoover as 1st vice president and Margie Sharpe as member at large. I have full confidence that these two will be a great addition to our BOD and help to sustain us as the best booster club in minor league sports.

If you are not a booster club member, I urge you to join this awesome group of people, every year you are not involved with this great group of people is a year you can never get back. GO DAWGS!


Jim Hoover – 1st Vice President
Hi, I’m Jim, and I’m in my first year as the 1st Vice President of the Booster Club. I’m a native of Roanoke, a 1972 graduate of Patrick Henry High School, and went back to school to earn a business management degree in 2009. I’m a veteran of the US Navy where I met my wife Valarie (also a Navy vet) of 40 years. I have four daughters, Lorie, Ginny, Sammi, and Jamie, who are all big hockey fans. I’ve been passionate about hockey since my playing days as a goalie in the 70s and 80s and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Crystal Melton – 2nd Vice President
Hi everyone, I’m Crystal Melton and currently serving as your 2nd Vice President of the Rail Yard Dawgs Booster Club. I have been a lifelong resident of the Roanoke/Salem area, following hockey since I was a little girl.

I taught in public education for 15 years upon graduating from Ferrum College. I am currently a stay at home mom of 4 amazing kiddos; Emileigh (16), Matthew (12), Bralen (5) and Chase (2); living in the Glenvar area with my high school sweetheart and husband Brad. I am an avid WAHOO fan and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Our family is a booster family. We each get something special and unique out of helping the players and staff and working to make hockey succeed in the Star City. Everyone has something to offer and we have made lifelong friends who we consider to be family. The booster club is for everyone who loves our Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey Team; young or old, single or married, family of 1 or family of 21. We want you!

In my spare time I enjoy… What spare time?? Emileigh is a Varsity Cheerleader and enjoys playing softball. Matthew is a year-round baller playing football, basketball, and baseball. Bralen starts Kindergarten in the fall and can’t wait to lace up his skates and learn to play hockey. (His favorite DAWGS player is Max Guyon). And Chase is 2! He is a ball of fire and keeps us on our toes but can’t wait to follow in his siblings footsteps with a glove, ball, or stick. Our life is coordinated chaos and I love being on the ball field or in the ice rink. We love to travel and look forward to cheering on our Rail Yard Dawgs at home or on the road! GO DAWGS!

 


Brittany L. – Secretary
Hi, I’m Brittany. I’m a lifelong resident of Roanoke and work in the healthcare field. I am the secretary for the booster club. As secretary, I am the one who communicates with all members by email. I am in my third year of being the secretary but have been involved with the Dawgs Booster Club since the very first meeting. I’m a huge hockey fan, which all started with the Roanoke Express. I have really enjoyed being involved in the club as it has the benefits of getting to support the Dawgs and making friends with others who share a similar passion. I’m looking forward to our fourth season! Go Dawgs! Please contact me if you have any questions or interested in joining our club: Brittany.dawgsbc@outlook.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Barb Woolwine – Treasurer
I am starting my third year as Treasurer of the Booster Club. I can’t believe I’ve been in the Roanoke area for almost 7 years and Bobby and I recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. We have enjoyed being involved in the Booster Club and watching the Dawgs. I have met a lot of people through the Booster Club that have become great friends. I look forward to the Dawgs third season and I am excited about planning the 2019 Jamboree we will be hosting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Margie Sharpe – Member At Large
My name is Margaret “Margie” Sharpe. I am a General Electric transplant from Schenectady, NY and have lived in Southwest Roanoke County most of my life. I have enjoyed coming to hockey games for the last three years. I am the Office Manager for a local accounting firm. Having the busiest time of my work life and hockey season happen at the same time of year give my life a real balance. Becoming a Booster Club member last year has allowed me to make so many new friends and reconnect with old friends. It was a pleasure to be a part of the planning of the 2019 Jamboree this summer. As a member at large on the board, I hope to be a more contributing factor of the club. The Booster Club has become a second family for me. In this family, we take care of our own and all of our players that make us a very large family. It is so very nice that we make sure the players feel at home here in Roanoke and that they want to return to play here if they don’t get the opportunity to get “called up” to a higher league.