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“It’s all about the kids” for YLC

By Jeff Conner, Young Leaders Committee Chair

Young Leaders Committee “It’s all about the kids” is a mantra frequently heard around the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows (BGCTM). If you have seen the effort the Board of Directors and BGCTM staff put into making the Club run the way it does, you know there is a lot of truth to that statement. Individually and collectively, they make it their mission to make the Truckee Meadows a stronger community by providing a safe place where every child in our community has an opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, and excel. But, a recent change around the BGCTM has added a significant, new element to how the Club is helping build a stronger Truckee Meadows.

About five years ago, the Board of Directors and BGCTM staff recognized a need to encourage more young professionals in our community to become engaged in philanthropy. So, the BGCTM partnered with the Young Professionals Network to create what is now called the Young Leaders Committee (YLC). For a lack of better terminology, the YLC is a junior board of directors for the BGCTM and has quickly become a training ground that exposes young professionals to the world of philanthropy.

The members of the YLC are extremely thankful to the Board of Directors and the BGCTM staff for their willingness to take us in and give us our own opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, and excel. And, we can only hope that the contributions the YLC makes to the BGCTM’s mission of making the Truckee Meadows a stronger community are comparable to the valuable experience the members of the YLC are gaining by serving as members of the BGCTM family.

Thankful for your continued support . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm  

Fall is upon us and the leaves are beginning to turn. This always evokes thoughts and feelings about friends and family and all we have to be thankful for at the Boys & Girls Club. This past year we have been able to accomplish some amazing things. We had hoped to see 300 kids a day at the new Pennington Facility, and there were days this past summer we saw between 500-600 kids. With the addition of the new property, we are well on our way to serving over 13,000 youth, which is up considerably over last year’s total of more than 12,000.

AwardsBanquet_1200x1200_PostImageWhile the opening of the William N. Pennington Facility created a great deal of excitement at the beginning of the year, we still have so much to accomplish before 2014 closes. My favorite event of the year, the Annual Awards Banquet, is just around the corner. This year’s Male and Female Youth of the Year are as incredible as any we have had in the past. The kids are poised to tell their stories about the obstacles they have overcome in their lives and how the Club and our community have helped put them on a path to success. We will also be honoring this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner, which annually goes to the organization’s top volunteer. This year’s recipient is Nick Rossi. Nick is part of a multigenerational Nevada family, runs the successful LP Insurance Services business, and supports many great causes in Northern Nevada, including the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. He joins a very prestigious list of those who have won this award in the past.

While people support the Boys & Girls Club year-round, the beginning of December also marks the beginning of our Holiday Help program. If you want your support to go directly to kids and families, then Holiday Help is the program for you. We are currently looking for individuals that want to be matched with families in need over the holidays. Last year, we were able to help hundreds of kids and families, and this year we hope to help even more. If you want to adopt a family at Christmas, call Kathleen Vanderziel at (775) 360-2450. Your support again is greatly appreciated.

If you want to make an impact in person, once again we are partnering with Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill to offer our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility on Wednesday, November 26. If you want to volunteer your time to help serve more than 1,500 meals to those in the community that are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, then call Anne Studebaker, Volunteer Coordinator, at (775) 360-2449. Call soon, as there are limited volunteer spots available.

And finally, we are also running our annual It Just Takes One campaign. Currently, Board members are in the community asking individuals to give generously to this year’s campaign. Our goals are lofty, but there are still many more kids that we can serve. So as you reflect and give thanks for the things in your life, perhaps you can make a little room to help a child in need at the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. You will be glad that you did!


Volunteers needed for Boys & Girls Nite Out

PrintThe National Boys & Girls Club Week is coming! During National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 24 – 28, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will join thousands of other Clubs across the nation to show how ‘Great Futures’ begin at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Boys & Girls Nite Out, Wednesday, March 26, is an opportunity for volunteers to come into the Club and spend some quality time with Club members. Volunteers and members are matched and join in on a fun-filled evening with carnival games, snacks, activities, and awesome circus acts from Circus Circus Reno.

This is a great opportunity for corporate and community groups looking for a fun way to give back to the community. Volunteering can be an enjoyable way to engage coworkers and employees in team building as well as bonding outside of the workplace. If you, or anyone you know would like to be a part of this fun evening, please contact Anne Studebaker, Volunteer Coordinator at (775) 360-2449 or email.

For more information visit Boys & Girls Club Week.

Boys & Girls Club and Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill invite community to FREE Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

10th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving continues Wednesday, Nov. 27, 4-7 p.m. at Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill are excited to embark on the 10th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Club’s Donald W. Reynolds Facility on East Ninth Street in Reno. All members of the community are invited to enjoy the feast and festivities this Thanksgiving Eve including free flu shots to those who qualify, administered by CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association) of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

“Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends, old and new alike and through the Community Dinner we are able to help bring people together with a great meal, who otherwise might not have that opportunity,”” said Jody Clark, Chief of Operations at Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill. “This marks our 10th year of providing this free meal and this tradition is very important to everyone at Bully’s and we are proud to serve our community.”

Together, the Boys & Girls Club and Bully’s anticipate serving nearly 1,500 members of the community Nov. 27, bringing the total number of people served in the event’s history to almost 10,000. During that annual event, the community is invited to feast over hot turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and all the other fixings while enjoying the merriment of family and friends in a location famous for the helping hands that reach more than 11,000 children in the Club’s 20 northern Nevada locations each year.

For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows or any of its holiday-related programs including Holiday Help, Adopt-a-Family program or other donation opportunities, call 775-331-KIDS (5437).

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