Clint Joiner earns prestigious award for commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs
By: Glenda H. Caudle Special Features Editor
By GLENDA H. CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
That is Clint Joiner’s policy when it comes to providing services for children and youth who are members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee-Union City.
That attitude, along with his commitment of time, energy, resources and talent, earned him the nomination and the honor of receiving the national organization’s Silver Medallion.
The presentation certificate that accompanied the medallion reads, “For Outstanding and Extraordinary Service to Youth Through the Boys & Girls Club Movement.”
Joiner served on the founding board for the local organization and has been an officer and member of the executive committee since 2004. He has also been a member of the Board of Development Committee; the Finance, Audit and Investment Committee; the Property Management Committee; the Resource Development Com-mittee; and the Technology Committee.
Boys & Girls Clubs of North-west Tennessee chief professional officer Ron Green notes that Joiner has also planned and chaired the organization’s annual meeting and has served on the One Campaign Committee. In addition, he has raised more than half a million dollars for the local club and has secured $5,000 in in-kind services to benefit the 900-plus members.
Joiner is Area Council liaison and has been a member of the State Alliance Board for two years, earning attention at the state and national level for the local growing club.
He has been the driving force, Green says, behind the club’s million-dollar renovation project that aims to convert the vacant former Central Elementary School to a top-notch facility with expanded space and services for children and youth in the area.
Joiner, who is a graduate of Union City High School and Vanderbilt University in Nashville and who is chief operating officer of Jiffy Steamer near Union City, is also involved in several other organizations and clubs. These also have as their focus the welfare of children and youth.
Among these are Habitat for Humanity (the Christian-based home-building organization that provides affordable, good-quality housing in partnership with families in need), Promethean Project (the local effort to provide scholarships for children in top-quality preschool programs and to develop high standards of character education and learning readiness programs in those schools); the Latimer Foundation board (involved in several funding efforts that impact the lives of students in local schools); and Union City Rotary Club (responsible for providing more than $300,000 each year in college scholarships for local students).
Joiner was also recognized with the Boys & Girls Club’s Champion for Children Award in 2005 and 2006.nity through his ‘first class’ policy,” Green says. “He believes if we are to do anything as an organization, it needs to be first class. He has been the driving force behind the development of a newsletter and an organization Web site. Everywhere he goes, he is talking Boys & Girls Clubs and the great things taking place in Union City and Obion County. He paid for our club choir to travel to Quincy, Fla., to perform at the Down on the Farm Festival. He also attended the event with the choir.
“Clint understands that Boys & Girls’ success is not only based on the club staff and its program, but on parental involvement as well. Through his work with Habitat for Humanity, he has held workshops at the club to help club parents understand the Habitat process. He directs his efforts to help club parents have a better quality of life by providing them with quality and affordable housing. When this is accomplished, the quality of life of club members improves as well,” the CPO adds.
“Clint has his focus on young people from birth to graduation,” Green says.
Published in The Messenger 12.13.07
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