WAXAHACHIE — In late June, less than 12 weeks ahead of the 2017 football season, Shirley Wiese, G.R. Mendoza and the Waxahachie Quarterback Club unveiled a new-look, one-stop information center for Ellis County's Indian fans.
Waxahachieqbc.com features informational and clickable tabs for club membership, events, fundraisers and team schedules, as well as an online payment system for nutritional meal fees and other football-based, in-season costs. Wiser, the site's creator and the booster club's volunteer coordinator, said though the QBC was successful before, a dedicated site for fans to buy Indians' gear and find information wasn't available.
She hopes the site will help Waxahachie High School football fans stay in the loop during the next season.
"The first site was unfinished after the original designer went AWOL, so we decided to merge them into a new more efficient product for new families, players and those who want to volunteer and be members,'" Wiese said. "When I started to volunteer, I was like 'I have nowhere to tell people to go look for stuff. Now, if someone wants to volunteer, they can go online and see everything we do."
She said it took hundreds of painstaking hours with the help of her son-in-law Mendoza, to construct the site. Both Mendoza and Wiese are fluent in Graphic design. They also used those talents as former Daily Light employees when the newspaper housed a graphics design section.
"It was a lot of hard work and long hours. I built the pages while G.R. did the more intricate stuff — like the clock in the right-hand corner of the screen," she continued. "It's not only for the people that live and breathe Waxahachie football, either. I couldn't find anything about the club on the website that was up and it still had filler font. I had girls [in high school] in the band and didn't have much to do with Quarterback Club and it may sound silly but I found myself asking, 'Is it only for quarterbacks or football players?' That was the word 'booster' wasn't in the name. So now parents can come in at the beginning of the program — seventh or eighth grade — and find out what's going on and not have to spend year after year trying to figure it out by their kid's junior or senior seasons. We wanted to give people everything they needed to be able to volunteer right from the start."
"My thoughts were if people want to know what they can join, is there a spot where they can do that? There's a lot of things that go on behind the scenes and the QBC needs volunteers to do it."
The QBC's website upgrade provides a link for home-game ticket purchases, too. There are also discussions on the proverbial table about bringing the Spirit Store online to make purchases easier for out of town fans, families eager to get into the "Indian spirit" or fans that don't know where the store is or would rather make their purchases online.
"It's kind of funny people don't know where it is," Wiese said. "They think it's inside the high school when it's right outside of the main gate."
She said the majority of the wares, provided by Linda Redding, are custom-made apparel not found in the aisles of H-E-B or Walmart. Redding creates new designs yearly, so every one of her T-shirts, sweaters or scarves are a limited edition.
The store, located at 1000 Indian Drive in Waxahachie, is open Tuesday and Thursday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. from May until the end of the football season and open during special events. They can also be contacted through its Facebook site. All profits from the store, which is volunteer run, support the Waxahachie football program and boys and girls track teams.
Wiese said the new-look website may help eager-to-volunteer residents of Waxahachie become a part of Indian history with the ease of a single mouse click.
Marcus S. Marion, @MarcusMarionWNI