BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER MEMPHIS
April 26, 2011
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis (BGCGM) has been an organization that's helped the families in this community for many years by providing a special & safe place for children to learn, grow & gain exposure to the world around them. As a board member for many years, not only do I help raise the funds to carry out the mission, I parcipate and communicate directly with club members and staff to gain perspective on how the club is going. I choose to give of my time and talents to be a part of an organization that truly is involved in children's lives, tries to enhance the character of every child and provide a safe, clean place for them to come to. This organization has always been about putting the best staff with the best programs in the clubs which produces the best children possible who come from disadvantage situatons. And when you put this organization in front of a community that can see the benefits, you can get people and board members like me who truly see how this organization should be supported. We need to keep asking people to give a little time and a lot of money to this effort. The founders of the Boys Club are getting old or have past on but their community spirit and sense of purpose needs to be rekindled in others today so that this organization continues to provide safe places to for children.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing the smiles and activites occuring every time I visit the club and thinking..."What would all these people and childfren be doing if this club was not here?"...I am glad to know me and my fellow board members had a little help in keeping this organization active in the community.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
provide more training for other areas other than vocational trades. Training in sales (Insurance, banking, etc), TV/Radio industry, teaching are areas where early exposure encourages those type of careers. I would also consider a Life coach/big brother arrangements for those older children leaving the program but still need support. The paradigm has changed and people need help with this shift in thinking.
Board Member & I have served as a judge for several events and has served as a club board officer which includes chairman of a local club board.