Executive Director Emily Ketring has done a phenomenal job advancing the mission in Taylor County, growing the organization to serve more kids and teens. For example, average daily attendance has grown 12 percent over the last two years. And teen membership is on track this year to increase 25 percent over 2014. The new facility, which recently underwent extensive renovations, offers a shining example of what’s possible in a small community when everyone comes together for the sole purpose of developing and supporting youth.
The Formula for Impact is the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Taylor County, with a clear focus on Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles. This was illustrated with crystal clear articulation by a Club alum who graduated from high school and is now training to be a law enforcement officer.
Gail Dickert, who helped found the Club, delivered a powerful inspirational message of how the organization has transformed and saved thousands of lives. Gail is a true community treasure, giving of herself and her resources to ensure kids have an equal playing field. In addition, Board Chair Denny Knight spoke to the importance the Club plays in the community and the significant role that public partnerships play in the organization’s success.
It was amazing to see the success and progress of a small town Boys & Girls Club and what is possible when everyone comes together, focusing on youth and the future of our nation. Thank you, Emily, for your inspiring leadership in Taylor County.