Quarterly Membership Newsletter
Volume 1, Number 1
Table of Contents
01. About Us
02. Member Highlights
04. How do I?
Deborah Harmond – Membership Director
ATL CAST members RISE UP! I’d like to introduce our new quarterly membership newsletter. The goal of this publication is to provide you with member highlights, member business highlights, member volunteer goals, how it’s done and much more. It is our hope that it will be interesting, informative and timely. Some items will be recurring, others will be as appropriate. In November 2017, Falcon Focus Group members met with the Falcons to talk about increasing fan experiences. One group bonded and agreed that we needed a recognized Falcons Fan Group and ATL CAST was born.
Did You Know?
“Surge Sursus” is Latin for “Rise Up”
ATL CAST is an Official Supporters Group of the Atlanta Falcons made up of die-hard Atlanta Falcons Fans who support our team – win or lose. We strive to create chaos and disruption for the opposing teams, making The Benz the most intimidating and feared field of play in the NFL. Our Supporter Group is an “all volunteer” non-profit organization. We started with 25 founding members who were so committed that they pledged seed money to get the organization off the ground. To date we have 1597 members on our roll, 842 of whom are active for the 2019-2020 season. We have an annual membership fee due April 1, of each year. Yes, we grew rapidly with the help of the Atlanta Falcons with whom we enjoy a relationship.
“I enjoy attending the divisional games against the sAints the most. The rivalry is real, and the games are always high energy filled with a lot of trash talking.”
I have literally been a Falcons’ fan all my life. Born and raised in Atlanta, the Falcons are the only NFL team I have ever known and repped. As a teenager, I worked at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium as an usherette, so I was able to see the Falcons home games. My dad is my inspiration for being a football fan. He played in high school in New Jersey and received a football scholarship to Morris Brown College here in Atlanta. He went on to coach football on the high school level at several schools in the Atlanta Public School system. Because of that, I was always around football players and coaches. He also refereed games on the collegiate level. He explained to me the fundamentals of football at an early age and we would often watch Falcons’ games together. One of our favorite pastimes was watching the Falcons together after church. I am a season ticket holder
ATL Cast Leadership
WILLIAM (BILL) INGRAM
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
EXEC BOARD MEMBER
EXEC BOARD MEMBER
EXEC BOARD MEMBER
COLLEGE CAST DIRECTOR
I am a season ticket holder. I will say that experience of watching the Falcons play in London at embley is one of my favorite football memories. The final game score notwithstanding, I really enjoyed that experience supporting the Falcons abroad. There were so many Falcons’ fans that made the trip, and it was exciting to see red and black everywhere and yelling “Rise Up” at any Falcons’ fan that was within eyesight. I do attend away games, Carolina, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Miami, and New Orleans. I usually plan for at least one road trip a year. If things work out where I can attend more, then I will work it into my schedule. This year, I will head to San Francisco in December as my main trip. I enjoy attending the divisional games against the sAints the most. The rivalry is real, and the games are always high energy filled with a lot of trash talking. One of my favorite memories of an away game was in Detroit two seasons ago and we won due to a 10-second runoff. Detroit had been threatening to score at the very end for the win. Happy for us it didn’t turn out that way! My motivation for giving the Falcons the time and support that I do is multi-fold. First, I love the game. I love repping the city of Atlanta. More esoterically, it is a way to keep me connected to my father who passed away several years ago. The love of football is something he shared with me, so I often think of him while I am cheering on the Falcons. I have met some really great people who also love the Falcons. It creates an instant connection and shared experience. Lastly, I would like to add that Falcons’ fans often get a bad rep for being fair weather. That is not the case of the Falcons’ fans in my circle and the fans hat I know in ATL CAST. We support our team no matter what and do what we can to upport the team we love.
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
IN-GAME ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR
S. Vice President
We are proud to say Thank You and Rise Up to all of our
CAST Veterans and Active Duty Service Members.
Click the link below to see who they are.
Wishing all our CAST Members celebrating birthdays this quarter a very happy birthday. Please click the link below to be taken to a list of members with birthdays this quarter.
Did You Know?
When you order gameday tickets from CAST, those tickets will be digital and will be sent via email to be downloaded through Ticketmaster or your Falcons account.
Did you know that you can be a Cast member even though you don’t live in the Atlanta area? CAST members who support our Falcons from afar are known as CAST-Aways. These are supporters who can’t get to the games each and every week because of their location. However, they still receive the benefits and perks, such as Cast swag, ticket opportunities, and everything else CAST members receive. We have CAST members all over the world who show support each and every week whether in the stadium or in establishments around the country. If you have out of town friends and/or family that pull for the Falcons each week, send them our website information on how to become an active CAST member today so they can enjoy the perks each of us receive. Our goal is to have Cast-Away groups in bars, homes and restaurants across the country cheering our Falcons on! Together we can make this goal a reality!!!!! RISE UP!!!!
Did You Know?
A “CAST” is a group of Falcons working collectively to attack its prey.
Remember if you sign-up for the game-day experiences, once you receive your notification you must confirm you will attend by replying all to the email.
How Do I?
Access my member profile to make changes: Log onto ATLCAST.org and click on “view profile”. You will see your membership details and contact information. To update your profile, click the “edit profile” button. The Email subscriptions page allows you to adjust your email preferences and the Member photo albums tab allows you to create photo albums within your member profile and upload images to them. Click “create album” or “add album” if you already have one.
Register for an event: To sign up for an event, log in the site and click on events. Choose the event you want to sign up for. Remember, if there is a cost, please have your payment information handy because if you do not pay at the time a spot will not be held for you. To view your current or past event registrations click on the My event registrations tab. If your event allows cancellations, it can be done by clicking the registration from the list and then clicking cancel registration.
Volunteer for events: We use an offshoot system for our members to sign up to volunteer
for events. This system allows us to better track members’ volunteer hours. If you are
interested in volunteering, go to signup.com and create your log in so when an opportunity
arises, you’ll only need to click the link provided and signup. Thanking you in advance.
Make a donation: Everyone you see working at CAST events are volunteering their time. But we are also a non-profit that supports our communities through volunteerism and donations. Through the end of January 2020, we will be supporting Atlanta Community Food Bank through donations and volunteer hours. To make a donation, log in the website and click on the donation tab or community tab and follow the instructions. If you are going to volunteer, let us know your volunteer hours and tell them you’re volunteering with ATL CAST. Try getting a group of people to go with you!