About Fun Saturday

Mission

Fun Saturday’s mission is to help volunteer fire departments to develop best practices for acquiring contributions. We provide assistance with grant writing, fundraising and finding new sources of contributions.

There is no cost for the volunteer fire departments to use FunSaturday services.

FunSaturday is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation.

We’re not here for a job. It’s neighbors helping neighbors. Large departments don’t know the people or whose house is burning. If we didn’t do it, who would?
— Chief Jeremy Karr, Preston Texas Fire & EMS

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Board & Members

Ella Havard Fitzbag, Founder and President

Ella comes from a family of volunteers. She served as a Big Sister, fund development board chair for Reading & Radio, fundraiser organizer for volunteer fire departments and delivers Meals on Wheels. She retired as an executive from the technology industry in Austin and moved to rural Texas where she helps small businesses, is a community good-works leader, grows organic produce and founded FunSaturday, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. She and her husband Dean have four children and nine grandchildren. “When I retired, I looked around to see what I could do that helps everyone. The answer was volunteer firefighters.”

Joshua Clouse, Vice President and Secretary

Josh followed his father’s footsteps to serve as a volunteer fire chief. He trained his volunteer fire department to help improve the department’s Insurance Services Offices (ISO) ratings that are designed to mitigate the loss of lives and property in rural areas and small towns. As firefighter and paramedic for Plano Fire-Rescue, he assumed the leadership role for implementing the Community Paramedic Program that resulted in improving the health of patients who live alone with chronic illnesses and reduced 911 medical calls by 69%. Josh experienced the dedication of volunteer firefighting through his father. He, his wife and three children live in a rural north Texas town.

Mike Rogers, Vice President

Mike was asked to join the board because of his ethical standards, common sense business practices and family values. He is an entrepreneur and started multiple companies that create jobs all over the United States in the communications, civil and structural engineering, and air transport industries. Mike’s affinity with volunteer fire departments is that they serve areas that he serves. He and his wife live in rural Texas close to their children and many grandchildren.

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Liability Statement

IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ BEFORE SIGNING
I, the undersigned, understand that the described activities above and here-in called “Red River Valley Motorcycle Ride” refers to the actual event and ride benefiting volunteer fire departments, and those individuals and groups organizing, sponsoring, volunteering, or otherwise connected with the production of these events.
The RIDE involves motorcycle activities which can be a HAZARDOUS activity. There are many dangers and risks associated with motorcycles including, but not limited to, injury or death resulting from collision with pedestrians, vehicles, other fixed or moving objects; dangers arising from surface hazards such as potholes or poor road conditions; equipment failure, inadequate safety equipment, conditions stemming from weather, the negligence of myself or others, and trauma or injury arising from the stresses caused by physical exertion.
I understand that the RIDE activity is conducted over public roads upon which the hazards of traveling are to be expected. I acknowledge that the RIDE has no responsibility for the condition or maintenance of the roads or facilities upon which the RIDE activity will be conducted. I agree to accept responsibility for the condition of my motorcycle and I take full responsibility to wear or not wear a DOT approved helmet during the RIDE and do so in accordance with current law. I have adequate liability insurance for myself and my passenger as required by current motor vehicle operation laws.
I agree, as a consideration of, and in consideration for, being allowed to participate in the RIDE activity, to freely and expressly assume all risks of injury or death to me, or property loss or damage, including injury, death, loss or damage attributable to the negligence of the RIDE and the spouses, promoters or affiliated organizations, and their respective agents, directors, officers, volunteers and employees (the Released Parties).
Me, my executors, or my heirs on my behalf, I agree to pay the Released Parties costs and attorneys fees if they successfully defend such action, lawsuit or litigation.
If I am injured or become ill, I give permission for transportation to any medical facility and/or hospital and I consent to and authorize the provision of emergency first aid or medical treatment. I agree to be solely responsible for any costs related to such first aid or treatment.
I further agree to allow all photographs, video and/or digital images reproduced in association with the RIDE activity to be used in any way by the RIDE, and release all claim to rights in and to those images, without restriction.
I am aware that that this is a release of liability and a contract between myself and the RIDE. I am signing it freely and of my own accord and I recognize and agree that it is binding upon myself, my heirs, and my assigns, and in the event that I am signing it on behalf of and minors, I have full legal authority to do so, and I realize the binding effect of this contract on them, as well as myself. In this Release, the use of I, me, and my shall be deemed to include my spouse and any minor on whose behalf I am signing it. Should a court of competent jurisdiction declare any word, sentence, clause, paragraph or part of this agreement unenforceable, the remaining parts shall remain in full force and effect. A copy of this Release can be used as if it were an original.
I also agree to release and forever discharge the Released Parties from any and all responsibility or liability for all injuries or damages that result, either directly or otherwise, from my participation in or attendance at the RIDE activity. I agree not to make a claim against or sue the Released Parties for injuries or damages relating to the RIDE activity. I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties for all expenses incurred due to my participation in the RIDE activity, including medical and legal or other expenses. As liquidated damages, I hereby agree that if any of the Released Parties are forced to defend any action, lawsuit or litigation by
I, THE UNDERSIGNED HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS ASSUMPTION OF RISK, RELEASE OF LIABILITY, COVENANT NOT TO SUE, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (Release). I FULLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ITS CONTENTS. Further, I represent that all information on this registration form is true and accurate and assume full liability for any errors or omissions. By electronic transmission, you agree to be held to all of this agreement by both you and/or your passenger.

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