Boys & Girls Clubs honors volunteers
By MELISSA SULLIVAN
Eagle Staff Writer
Eagle photo/Butch Ireland
Adam West (left), 9, and Collin McClure, 11, both of Bryan, say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the 2005 Annual meeting of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Brazos Valley on Thursday night at Briarcrest Country Club.
Growing up in the Bryan-College Station area, Ashley Marshall didn’t think to acknowledge the volunteers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Brazos Valley who helped her become the young woman she is today.
Marshall, now a senior psychology major at Texas A&M University and a volunteer herself, said she has come to realize the impact those volunteers had on her life. She sees it today when the children get excited as she walks into a room.
“I didn’t know how my life impacted them,” she said. “You can be a leader even when you did not know you are a leader.”
Marshall shared her experience with more than 150 club members, their families and community leaders at the organization’s annual meeting Thursday night at Briarcrest Country Club. She and four other former members of the Boys & Girls Clubs told how the organization affected their lives.
Alesia Anderson said she joined at age 12. Today, Anderson works with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston, but she said she always will cherish the life lessons she learned in the Brazos Valley.
“The club gave me self-confidence and taught me self-sacrifice to others,” she said. As a teen, she added, the club allowed her to meet Colin Powell and Michael Jordan.
Boys & Girls Clubs board chairman Al Scott said the organization will continue to promote the development of young people by giving them a safe place to go every day to learn new skills and avoid the dangers youths face.
“Young people cannot dream to be successful unless they are shown how,” he said in his chairman’s report.
The organization also handed out five awards to board and community members who have made an impact.
• Belle Bramhall was recognized as Rookie Board Member of the Year.
• Kathy Joyce was named Board Member of the Year.
• Lori Eike was given the Woman & Youth Award for showing special concern for the needs of youths in the community.
• Dr. Tommy Davis, who serves as the club’s flag football coach, was presented the Man & Youth Award.
• The Donald A. Adam Family Foundation was recipient of the C.A.R.E. (Commitment, Attitude, Respect, Everyday) Award.
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