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Spring 2009 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Celebrates Major Milestone Inside Board Chair Perspective Anniversaries Annual Meeting SMART Girls Today Battle of the Brokerages County to County Youth of the Year Yesterday Club Connection The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida is to Since 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of legacy and making a positive impact in the lives Central Florida (BGCCF) has been renowned as of many more youth in the Central Florida area. inspire and enable all young a leading nonprofit organization and safe-haven people, especially those from for youth in the local community—an accom- Everyone at BGCCF is deeply grateful for how disadvantaged circumstances, plishment only achieved through years of hard far we have come as a movement and we look to realize their full potential work from devoted staff & volunteers, generous forward to the many more joys, successes and ex- as productive, responsible and supporters and tireless board members. periences that await us and our Club members in years to come. Thank you to each and every per- caring citizens. This year, in commemoration of our 65th son who has given of their time, resources, guid- Anniversary, BGCCF will recognize and cel- ance and heart to BGCCF. We could not be The ebrate these special people and work toward Positive Place For Kids for over 65 years without www.bgccf.org inspiring others to join us in building a stronger friends like you! Board Chair Perspective There are moments in one’s life that can truly be described as “life- altering.” One of those special moments is when my family and I joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) seven years ago in their efforts to enhance lives and provide hope and opportunity to disadvantaged youth in our community. Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to visit a Club or spend one-on-one time with a young member understands that you leave knowing your life is just as impacted, if not more, than the lives of the members served at each Club. You walk away inspired and positively changed because you gave of your time and of yourself. Another life-changing moment took place earlier this year; I am both proud and humbled to assume the important responsibilities of BGCCF Board Chair for 2009—a privilege I take very seriously. This nonprofit organization has played a crucial role in my personal and professional life, and because of that I am determined to take on whatever challenge or obstacle that may come my way in order to help better the lives of our members. Every day we are reminded of the negative effects of the economic downturn. As leaders, we cannot allow this poor economic climate affect the work we do for youth in our local community. Instead, we must double our efforts to ensure success and optimal results for what we believe in—I believe in BGCCF. BGCCF has grown to be one of the most respected nonprofits in the country, serving more than 13,000 youth who have been touched by the dedication, compassion and love that can be found at all 31 Clubs in the Central Florida area. The opportunity to serve this organization and its members is a great honor and I will give my all and work hard to ensure that our Clubs continue to thrive and grow. It is up to all of us to help create hope and a lasting impact in those who need it most; I have faith that those goals are attainable and more in reach every day. Sincerely, Gary Kaltbaum Board Chair 2009 Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Board Member Anniversaries A Time to Shine Annual Meeting 2009 Celebrating 30 Years This past February, BGCCF honored the suc- from 2008 Board Chair Mike Hatcher to this Bob Calcutt cesses and accomplishments of the past year, as year’s Chair Gary Kaltbaum. Awards were also 20 Years well as recognized board members, volunteers announced for: Board Member of the Year, Robert David McKinney and staff for their role in helping to impact our Utsey; Volunteer of the Year, Josh D’Amato; Jack Swope organization and for making a significant differ- Branch Board of the Year to Brevard County and ence in the lives of our over 13,000 members. Rookie of the Year, George Lehning. 10 Years Steve Appel At an intimate dinner at the Grand Bohemian In addition, our distinguished Partnership Awards Mike Hatcher Hotel, emceed by Club Members, Shawntae Key were presented to Bank of America, Tupperware and Ahkeem Hollimon, Annual Meeting guests Brands Corporation and Walt Disney World 5 Years were spotlighted for their outstanding service and Resort for their above and beyond attitude and Julie Anderson Robert Ansley commitment to BGCCF. tremendous contributions to our organization. Jim Atchison Jeff Bush Highlights of the evening included the installa- BGCCF congratulates our volunteers and board Eric Carlson tion of our 2009 Board Members and officers by members for their continued service and dedica- Elizabeth Dvorak Bob Calcutt, a 30-year BGCCF Board Member, tion, and commends our staff for their tireless Cherie Greer followed by the ceremonial passing of the gavel work and compassion. Gary Kaltbaum Dr. Rebecca Moroose Dr. Jeraldine Perkins Deborah Rios-Barnes Jeff Sweeney Staff Anniversaries 10 Years Karen Atkinson Martha Avalo Tasha Robinson Banks Kimberly Caldwell 2008 Board Chair, Mike Hatcher, presents the Betty Cromartie Board Member of the Year Award to Robert Utsey. Members of the Brevard County Dinah Diaz Branch accept the Branch Board Daisy Haddock of the Year Award from BGCCF president, Gary Cain. Santricoa Nelson J. Mack Reid Dolores Terrell 5 Years Tracy Anthony Betty Bolden Margery Fils-Aime William Fitch Patricia Green Britt Henderson Members of the Winter Park Branch led guests in the pledge of allegiance with Tommie Lynum BGCCF’s Darlese Pender at their side. Bart McFadden Lillian Morales The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Josh D’Amato by BGCCF’s Anna Dieuveuil. Earlier this year, proud family members watched on as their “SMART Girls” took the stage at Tupperware Brands Corporation’s headquar- ters in Orlando to accept their meaningful and well-deserved SMART Girls program certificate of completion. Initiated by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, SMART Girls is a com- ponent of the national organization’s SMART (Skills Mastery & Resistance Training) Moves family of programs and is generously spon- sored by Tupperware Brands Corporation. Thanks to the backing and encouragement of Tupperware Brands Corporation, teen girls from our Osceola Branch were offered a men- Thank you to all of our friends at Tupperware Brands Corporation torship and self-esteem building opportunity unlike any other. Paired for believing in our SMART Girls. with Tupperware associates and sales force members, our SMART Girls took part in a ten-week Toastmasters International Youth Leadership program. The goal was to help them develop public speaking and lead- Tupperware Brands Corporation ership skills, as well as better prepare them to meet the demands and Believes in challenges of today’s world. A special thanks to Tupperware Brands Corporation and to SMART Girls coordinator, Raquel Berberena, for their tremendous contribu- tions to our Osceola Branch and to BGCCF as a whole. The 7th Annual Battle of the Brokerages Softball Tournament was hugely successful, garnering nearly $16,000 for our diverse youth development programs and year-round operational needs. Congratulations to winning team, Banc of The co-ed tournament held at the City of America Investments Services, Inc. Altamonte Springs’ Merrill Park, kicked-off with a first pitch by Altamonte Springs Mayor, Pat Bates, Many kudos to the day’s ultimate winning team, and brought together teams of players from a vari- Banc of America Investments Services, Inc., for Our volunteer co-chairs, Steve Schelling & ety of National financial institutions, such as: Banc taking home the coveted championship trophy Steve Fricke, get the job done. of America Investment Services, Merrill Lynch, and to Raymond James & Associates for the title Morgan Stanley, Raymond James & Associates, of top fundraising team with $3,180. BGCCF SunTrust Investments, UBS, Wachovia Securities, also acknowledges all of the pre-game support- and a team of independent investors. ers for their contributions, office drives and in- kind donations. Thanks to the combined efforts Spearheading the event from local brokerages of each financial institution and their teams, 32 were volunteer co-chairs Steve Fricke and Steve Club members will have the chance to participate Schelling. Their time and leadership efforts are in our all-important 2009 Summer Programs. Bat Boy & Bat Girl for a day! greatly appreciated and ensured that our event Thank you to all of our participating teams for was a homerun victory for everyone involved. your continued belief in our mission. County to County Updates Brevard County Orange County Harris Corporation, an inter- BGCCF offers competitive national communications and and well-structured youth information technology com- development programs at pany, has to date donated over each of our 31 Club loca- $7,000 to help underwrite the Triple Play program at our Brevard tions. What many may not County Boys & Girls Clubs. know is that 13 of these Club sites are in middle schools across Orange County. Triple Play, a game plan for the mind, body & soul, is a dynamic well- ness program that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and The partnership began over a decade ago thanks in part to the Orange forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle—a view- County Citizens’ Commission for Children and the Orange County point that Harris Corporation also takes stock in. public school system, who both continue to support our services and programs today, including the After School Zone. Cindy Kane, director of Corporate Relations and Global Inclusion for Harris Corporation, has been a long-time supporter of our The After School Zone not only provides concentrated academic tu- Brevard County Clubs and is forever helping to bring in more funds toring, professional adult role models and a focus on our core program and awareness to our cause. areas, but also harvests positive results from the youth who take part. 90% of participating members have improved their overall grade point Thank you to Cindy and to Harris Corporation for your ongoing dedi- average with 48% reaching a 3.0 or higher. Our middle school Clubs cation to helping improve the lives of our young members in need. serve over 6,800 members and continue to flourish with each passing year. Robinswood middle school was even accredited by the National Afterschool Association—a distinguished recognition BGCCF is proud to highlight. Osceola County Seminole County This winter, Keystone Club Our friends at Staples members from the Osceola demonstrate that giving and Taft Branches organized back to youth programs in and led a myriad of fundrais- the local community is “easy” and a way of doing good business. ers with the hopes of raising enough funds to pay their The time and effort Staples has invested in BGCCF, and in our East way to the National Keystone Altamonte Branch in particular, are more than what meets the eye. Club conference in Atlanta, Staples has donated much-needed school & offices supplies, computer Georgia. Fortunately, their hard work paid off. accessories, book bags, board games and much more. But what makes them stand apart is the personal care and attention they give to our Keystone Club, a leadership development group for members ages 14 Club members. to 18, is strongly present in many of our Clubs. “Keystoners” elect of- ficers, choose their own activities, as well as plan and implement com- Recently, our East Altamonte members had the good fortune to tour munity service projects—great experience for what lies ahead in life. the Staples offices and warehouse, as well as meet & greet with store employees and managers. They were welcomed with such warmth and In early April, after endless hours of planning and fundraising, six compassion that you would believe celebrities had entered the build- members from each Branch had the opportunity to attend the con- ing. The constant concern for the well-being of our Clubs and mem- ference. Each member returned with a new-found drive to improve bers is at the forefront for Staples and that is why we appreciate them their leadership role within their respective Club and in their neigh- as a corporate partner and most importantly as a community friend. borhood community. Introducing our Youth of the Year Local Youth of the Year Finalists Back: Jacklyn Fry, Tiesha Williams, Christopher Pembleton, Roderick Hollingsworth & Chardinal Bain. Roderick Hollingsworth Front: Chris Persaud, Kelvon Davis, Shawntae Key, Tonjanika Smith & Thierry Attis. BGCCF is pleased to introduce Roderick skills. It was a tight and challenging competition, community involvement and even through his Hollingsworth, a Taft Branch member for over but ultimately, Roderick came out on top. work at the Club as a mentor to younger members nine years, with the coveted title of Boys & Girls and as Keystone Club president. Roderick is set to Clubs Youth of the Year for the state of Florida. In April, BGCCF hosted the state Youth of the graduate high school this May with a 3.7 grade Year competition in Orlando where Roderick point average and intends to follow a career path in The Youth of the Year process began locally with represented the Central Florida Boys & Girls hospitality when he enters college in the fall. the best of the best being selected from ten local Clubs and faced even more rigid competition. Clubs to compete for the title of BGCCF 2009 When stacked up with finalists from across the The next step on Roderick’s path is to compete at Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of state of Florida, Roderick once again shined and the regional level in June with the hopes of moving the Year. Through a panel of judges, all selected claimed the state moniker. on to the national Youth of the Year competition for their professional leadership roles in the com- later in 2009. A college scholarship and even the munity, each of the ten finalists were considered Roderick has encountered many hurdles in his chance to visit the White House in Washington, based on their one-on-one interview, grades, writ- young life, but has always persisted through chal- D.C. are the ultimate incentives for earning the ten essay and overall personality and presentation lenging times in order to reach his many goals. In national title. BGCCF is proud of Roderick’s recent years, Roderick has demonstrated Youth major accomplishments and wishes him well in of the Year qualities through consistent hard competition and in life. Follow Roderick’s story Club Connection work and immense dedication to his education, at www.bgccf.org. Learn more about BGCCF at one of our on-site Club Connection Tours and make a difference in the life of a child. For more information, visit www.bgccf.org or call 407.841.6855. s Clubs of Central Girl Flo s& rid oy NON-PROFIT B a ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 1695 ORLANDO FLORIDA Thank You to All of our Sponsors & Auction Donors P.O. Box 2987 Presenting Sponsor Orlando, FL 32802 407.841.6855 www.bgccf.org Diamond Sponsors Darden Restaurants • Progress Energy Publix Super Markets Charities • Turner Construction United Trophy Manufacturing / The Art and Phyllis Grindle Foundation, Inc. VanderWeide Family Foundation Event & Media Sponsors To learn more about Celebrate The Children 2009, please visit www.bgccf.org or call 407.841.6855.
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