In lieu of making resolutions for the start of 2021, many people instead chose to select a single word that would keep their attention, something that would motivate and inspire them when things started to look a little bleak. Entering my fifth year on the board, evaluating where our organization fits in the overall landscape of Boone County, I encourage everyone to think about one word when you think about the Boys and Girls Club: community.
At the close of 2020, BGC Boone featured over 2,400 memberships, tracked donations from over 500 households, and continued to provide daily meals to those who needed us the most. We all faced our own personal challenges, but I was inspired by the work our staff performed on a daily basis throughout the year to make sure our children still had a place to laugh, learn, and play safely. We were not unlike other organizations that struggled to navigate 2020’s choppy waters; while our food program soared to all-time highs as we did our part to serve the community, our overall membership numbers predictably dropped. Through it all, our wonderful staff remained focused, committed, and dedicated to your children and our organization’s mission – to enable all area youth, especially those that need us the most, to develop the skills, fitness, and character they need to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. As one example, did you know we have been hosting students as they perform remote learning? We have a team monitoring and encouraging focused participation and completion of all e-learning responsibilities while safely occupying our various facilities throughout Boone County. When it came to the added burdens placed on families via remote education, our organization answered the call and provided a solution for many. If you know anyone in Boone County still struggling to adapt to remote education due to the challenge of work schedules or environmental distractions, please encourage them to consider our services.
How were we able to persevere through 2020 when others were forced to cease operations? Though our community of support. We are proud to do our part for Boone County, but we never lose sight of the fact that we wouldn’t be able to do so without your support. You attend our events, you donate to our cause, and you trust us with your children. For all of that, and on behalf of the entire board and staff, we thank you. Our presence in the community is the epitome of partnership and it inspires us.
You will likely see more outreach and education in 2021 from our organization than ever before. If the past year taught organizations (regardless of location) anything, it’s the power of purpose and focusing on your mission and core values. Personally, I see a growth opportunity for Boys & Girls Clubs in every community. Our children are craving social interaction, and as parents, we are focused on finding places where they can do that safely while being surrounded by positive influences. Here in Boone County, we want to meet those objectives for your family. Following strict COVID-19 related protocol, our staff are ready to serve, mentor, and lead.
Let’s remind each other why Boone County is our community of choice.
Board President, Boys & Girls Club of Boone County