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Boys & Girls Club honorees
Boys & Girls Club honorees | Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee
HONORED FOR THEIR WORK — Four local residents were honored for their support for Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee at the board of directors’ annual meeting recently. Chief Professional Officer Ron Green and the local club’s Youth of the Year, Que Macklin, presented the awards to (from left) incoming president Clay Woods, who was named the “Champion for Children” for his efforts in raising the most money for the club in 2008; Linda Simrell, the club’s “Volunteer of the Year”; Betty Carlton, who received the “Service to Youth Award”; and Brad Thompson, who was recognized with the “Past President’s Award.” Woods was lauded for his work with the recent raffle effort and the Celebrity Waiter fund raiser. He has also devoted many hours to helping find a way to finance the renovation of the former Central Elementary School property for club use. Mrs. Simrell received an original painting completed by London Green, daughter of the CPO, for her work with the club’s Christmas Fourth Child project and her focus on young women in the club and for the donations made by her and her husband, Bill Simrell, toward matching bathing suits for club members and attire for the club’s choir. Green praised all the honorees and said the club would “be lost” without volunteer Betty Carlton, who works in the office and was responsible for keeping the recent raffle records straight. Ms. Carlton also provides “treats” for the board of directors meeting each month and does many other kind acts for club personnel and club members. Thompson is completing his year of service as the board’s president and was praised for his work during a time of great transition and growth of the club, which has more than 1,183 members and welcomes about 200 children and teens on a daily basis. Published in The Messenger 12.12.08

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