Hi everyone,

Believe it or not, the 2008 season will be the 13th year of Bills football at The Harp. While a lot has changed since the summer of 1996, our Bills Backers club has, for the most part, remained the same. This year, though, we will be changing things up a little.

Some of you may be aware that Alison moved back to Buffalo earlier this year, and she truly will be missed. She can't be replaced, but we've added two new members to our Executive Commitee, Chris Salemi and Matt Irvine. Neither of these guys are strangers, since they've been fixtures in the lower bar for a number of years now, but stop by and say hello -- and thanks! -- to Chris and Matt. Of course, Jeff and George will be returning for another year, too. Don't be too disappointed, ok?

The Executive Committee's primary role on game days is to serve as a liason between you (the fans) and the management of the Harp. If you have comments, concerns or questions during a game day, you should seek out Jeff, George, Chris or Matt. Please do not approach Harp staff yourself -- chances are, one of us can handle your issue, or we will work on your behalf to resolve the situation. By keeping things streamlined we can all enjoy a better gameday experience.

We are also making a few changes to the administration of the club. Since we founded the club in 1991, we've been asking for $10 annual dues from our members. With everything done on email these days, the extra membership information has lost its importance (and it's not a trivial task to maintain the list, either). In short, we're eliminating the annual membership dues; going forward, we'll only be maintaining the email list. We encourage everyone to sign up for the email list on our website, http://www.bostonbillsbackers.com.

One way we will replace the annual dues in our budget is with an occasional 50-50 "squares" game. We'll have more details as Opening Day gets closer, but it's sure to be an exciting addition to the gameday experience.

Enjoy the rest of the preseason and we'll see you on September 7th!