The Dickinson State University Rodeo Council will be hosting a membership drive on Friday, March 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the DSU Heritage Foundation at 230 8th Ave. W. in Dickinson.

"We are looking to add some more members to our rodeo council," Alicia Erickson, DSU Director of Alumni Relations, said. "We are hoping to get some more volunteers involved with it to help with our fundraising efforts."

Members of the Rodeo Council will host the social so those interested in helping the DSU Rodeo Team will have an opportunity to discuss what serving on the council entails and have their questions answered.

The council raises money to support the DSU Rodeo Team, integrate students into the community and provide educational opportunities. One of the most prominent events hosted by the council is Cowboys and Candlelight, the largest fundraiser for the rodeo team. Held annually in the fall, the fundraiser typically raises more than $20,000.

Besides Cowboys and Candlelight, they have purchased team western shirts and the mandatory college rodeo vests that the athletes wear at each college rodeo.

Being a part of the rodeo council is strictly voluntary and there is no membership fee.

The council currently has around 10 members and meet the third Thursday of every month. Rodeo coach Eudell Larsen and DSU Agriculture Studies chair Chip Poland attend most meetings.

"There are also sometimes rodeo athletes there to share if they need help with either rodeo practice, a rodeo coming up or promoting things like kids days on the farm," Erickson said.

Erickson said one of the greatest benefits of serving on the council is "showing eighteen to twenty-two year olds what it means to be a volunteer and to give back to the community."

If you would like to become a member and cannot attend the social, you can send an email to dsurodeocouncil@gmail.com or call (701) 483-2557.