Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
Celebrates Major Milestone
Board Chair Perspective
SMART Girls Today
Battle of the Brokerages
County to County
Youth of the Year Yesterday
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-
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.
Board Chair 2009
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
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
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.
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
were spotlighted for their outstanding service and Resort for their above and beyond attitude and
Robert Ansley commitment to BGCCF. tremendous contributions to our organization.
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.
Dr. Rebecca Moroose
Dr. Jeraldine Perkins
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.
J. Mack Reid
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.
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.
Year Local Youth of the Year Finalists
Back: Jacklyn Fry, Tiesha Williams, Christopher Pembleton,
Roderick Hollingsworth & Chardinal Bain.
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
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
PERMIT NO. 1695
Thank You to All of our Sponsors & Auction Donors
P.O. Box 2987
Presenting Sponsor Orlando, FL 32802
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.