The one-to-one match offers the possibility of generating $338,500 or more for non-profit organizations throughout Wayne County. The program is designed to help organizations develop new donors and encourage increased giving from regular contributors. Those wishing to give to the Challenge Match Program can learn if their gift will qualify by contacting Justin Burkhardt at Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, by calling 765-962-6922 or e-mailing email@example.com
The Challenge Match program runs Nov. 12-25. Qualifying contributions to the participating organizations during that period will trigger matching dollars from the foundation, within certain limits. For more information about the Challenge Match program visit the Wayne County Foundation's website.
Long-Time Board Member and Community Volunteer Dies at Age 91
It is with a very heartfelt sorrow that we share the news that long-time Board member, community philanthropist, friend to the community and Boys & Girls Clubs movement family, Dr. James Daggy has passed away at age 91.
In 1962 Dr. Daggy was first introduced to the Boys Club when a young man from Gary, Indiana named Jim Rendell became his patient. Jim was a Boys Club member and they were having their first campaign to raise some funds for a Boys Club building. He asked Daggy to donate. He did, and that donation turned into an offer to serve on their board of directors. Now, 50 years later, Daggy was the longest running board member in the Clubs history.
Dr. Daggy became a member of the board on January 1, 1963. He is a past president of the Club’s board of directors. During the five decades of service to the organization and community youth, he has served in many capacities. He was selected as Board Member of the Year, was awarded the Man and Boy Award and the Bronze Keystone Award. He served on every board committee including the Long-Range Planning, Personnel, Special Events, Camp, Program, Awards, Golf Outings and Finance committees.
He is known by staff and board members throughout the 13 state Midwest Region of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For many years Dr. Daggy served as the board liaison to the Indiana Area Council of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He chaired the statewide council of Boys & Girls Clubs in 1975 and 1976 and was recognized in 1997 as the Midwest Region Board Member of the Year. In 2005 he was awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Area Council Liaison Award at their national conference in San Diego California.
Every day, he lived for the the long-time mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs, "To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”
His leadership in philanthropy and community involvement certainly does not begin and end with the local Boys & Girls Club. He has served as chairman of the United Way of Whitewater Valley’s Annual Campaign in 1996 as well as being a committee chair numerous times. He volunteered on the planned giving committee of the Earlham College alumni group. He helped in raising funds for statewide college scholarship programs for Indiana Boys and Girls. He has been active in many other organizations with his volunteer commitment and philanthropic donations over the years. These include long-time board and committee member at Area 9 Council on Aging and Past President of the Richmond Rose Garden, Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, Cardinal Greenway Committee since their inception and the list goes on. The Wayne County Foundation recognized Dr. Daggy in 2008 with the Ruth J. Wickemeyer Award for Community Service. That same year, he won the Art Vivian Distinguished Community Leader Award from the Richmond Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.
He did it all quietly and with a sense of purpose and bettering for the community that he lived in. His personal financial contributions are well into the hundreds of thousands including his contribution to the Club’s Capital Campaign in which he received naming rights to the main gym.
Dr. Daggy was president of the board of directors in 1970 when the organization undertook a successful capital campaign for a building addition. Thirty-two years later he was an honorary chairman of the "Campaign for Kids”, the largest single capital campaign for a community based non-profit in Wayne County to date. This successful campaign helped raise more than $3.6 million for the new Richard E. Jeffers Boys & Girls Clubs that currently serves over 2500 members annually.
He also served on the major gifts/individuals committee of the same campaign. On top of that he has cultivated and recruited countless new donors to the annual sustaining membership drive for operating funds of the Boys and Girls Clubs existing four units and for Camp Guy, the Club’s 160 acre camp south of Connersville, IN. Dr. Daggys’ ability to attract others to give of their time, talent and treasures was invaluable. He personally took time to meet thousands of Wayne County youth, give them guidance and skills, and demonstrate that people genuinely care about our kids.
Dr. Daggy was extremely active as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Clubs up until the last few years of his life when his health did not allow him to come to the Club. Some of his greatest contributions were in the development of programs that have "life-changing impact” on youth. For example, he participated in the Scholarship and Youth of the Year panels, which selected recipients on an annual basis and with programs such as Speaker’s Bureau. One of Daggy’s favorite volunteer activities was coaching a ping-pong team at the Central and Jeffers Unit. He prided himself on teaching youth the skill it took to play the game while maintaining having fun. He and his wife A.J. also spent many hours preparing and participating in the Clubs annual Christmas Shop where he would shop with youth, box or wrap presents. They both also volunteered to judge the annual Halloween contest and even taught ballroom dance lessons to youth.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2007. Dr. Daggy was presented with the "Golden Service Award” for the Board Member of the First Fifty Years at the BGCWC Annual Dinner. His contributions over the past fifty years have been unsurpassed. His support of the Club, the Club’s mission and the Boys & Girls Club Movement is overwhelming and will be missed by all.
Please keep the entire Daggy family in your prayers including his wife of 64 years A.J. and their three children, Patty & (Howard) Lamson, Carol & (Ned) Pennock and current Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Bruce & (Marie) Daggy. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Stegall, Berhide, Orr.
2013 Smart Futures Dinner to Honor Mike Lopresti with Guest Speaker IU Basketball Coach Tom Crean and Special MC Del Harris
The Smart Futures Dinner and Auction celebrates exceptional individuals who have made wise choices that have lead to smart futures. They continue to inspire others by being positive role models and leaders in their communities.
When: Thursday, October 10th at 6:00 PM
Where: Tom Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds
Tickets:$75 each or $550 for table of 8
VIP reception tickets: $500 each includes dinner ticket, autographed IU basketball, photo with Coach Crean
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will hold their Annual Smart Futures Dinner & Auction on Thursday, October 10th and have an extraordinary program that will honor Mike Lopresti. The guest speaker for the event will be Indiana University Head Basketball Coach Tom Crean and special Master of Ceremonies will be Del Harris, former Earlham College Basketball Coach and current Texas Legends Basketball Coach.
The 2013 Smart Futures Dinner and Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. with asocial hour at the Tom Raper Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road in Richmond, IN followed by dinner, a brief live auction featuring Roger Richert as auctioneer, and the program will end with an awards presentation. Click here for more information.
Summer Fun Programs Going Strong
The Clubs have been busy during the summer with record attendance at Camp Guy and new Thinking Like a Scientist Program and BGC Play 12. Campers have been working on their arrow badges by learning about tree identification, archery, fishing, teamwork, knot tying, fire starting and camp fire cooking. A new archery game is the newest addition to camp with campers "playing tag” with the new foam arrows and safety equipment.
The Thinking Like a Scientist Program has focused on STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities that improve language arts, science, math and career exploration. Members have been studying plants, creating science fair projects, career projects, and going on bi-weekly field trips to places like Cope Environmental Center and visiting Camp Guy. Friday Fun Classes went hiking, learned how to dance the salsa, participated in a readers theatre and created new art.
The BGC Play 12 Program has had themed weeks with fun-filled activities each week. Week one was "Welcome to the Club” and introduced all the youth to the Clubs program areas including the computer lab, art room, gymnasium, library and games room. Week two was "Take me out to the Ball Game. The Richmond River Rats visited the Club and signed autographs and played a game of dodge ball with the youth. Toyota of Richmond sponsored the activities and gave free tickets to youth and their families to attend the evening game. This is week three and our theme is "Under the Sea” and features indoor and outdoor water activities.
Space is still available for the Summer Fun Programs at the Club. Click Here or call 765-962-6922 for more information.
21st Century Community Learning Center Creates a New Computer Lab at the Jeffers Unit
The Jeffers Unit has a new state of the art 20 station computer lab thanks to the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Youth are excited about the new computers and flat screen monitors and say they are "super-fast!”. The computer lab supports the educational needs of members and teaches youth about the parts of the computer and how to navigate programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Youth also have the opportunity to use editing software to create music, movies, pictures, newsletters and artwork. Youth on the Lego Robotics team build and program robots and then compete with other organizations at competitions across the state. The youth also learn the ins and outs of internet safety and have the opportunity to play games and work on projects. The Education Department also uses the computers for their reading software, math testing and homework. Thank you to the Indiana Department of Education and the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for investing in our technology future!
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OKI Conference in Richmond!
ALL of the Clubs will be closed on Wednesday, May 8th! BGC Wayne County will be hosting the OKI Conference this year. It's a great opportunity for our staff to get some valuable training and exchange ideas with staff from Clubs in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana areas. Regular hours the rest of the week!
Amy Cox Named State Youth of the Year
Congratulations to 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Youth of the Year Amy Cox who was chosen as the State of Indiana Youth of The Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Amy has been coming to the Club since she was six years old. For the past 10 years, the Club has helped shaped Amy into the fine young lady she is today. At an early age, Amy suffered abuse from her father during a summer visit. Upon returning home, Amy acted out negatively toward her family, at school and at the Club, where she spent so many hours. After receiving the professional help she needed to work through her anger issues, Amy saw how the Club was always there for her and wanted to give back. She was active in Keystone Club and volunteering in the community. Amy became a Jr. Staff member is currently a sophomore at Richmond High School. She is on the honor roll and plans to attend college and pursue a career in the medical field. She will compete at the upcoming Regional Youth of the year competition for additional scholarship money and hopes of becoming the first Richmond Regional Finalists. Thank you to the Richmond JCPenney store for making Amy look professional at the competition and supplying her with her business attire.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Summer Fun Programs
2013 Summer Fun Program registration is now available! The programs run from June 3 - August 2nd and have great NEW programs to choose from.
BGC Play-12 is designed as an alternative to conventional daycare. Parents can feel confident that their child is in a safe, fun environment where they will receive nutritious meals, have exciting activities and participate in enriching programs. Jeffers Unit only from 6:00AM - 6:00PM cost is $35 per week or check out the program flyer for additional discounts.
Camp Guy is our privately owned campground located on 168 beautiful acres on the Whitewater River near Connersville; offer both day camp and residential camping experiences. Day Camp is June 3 - July 26 9:00AM 4:00PM with an overnight on Thursday, Cost is $35 per week or check out the program flyer for additional discounts. Residential Camp for ages 8 and over only runs July 29- August 2 and cost $80 for the week. Enrollment in the Camp Guy Program is limited so sign up early!
Thinking Like a Scientist is for members in Kindergarten through 8th grade and will focus on improving language arts, science, math and career exploration. There will be small group activities and high yield learning activities. Meets at the Central Unit and has two sessions that meet 9:00AM -12:30PM Monday thru Friday.
Drop In is like having the Club open all year round. Members can participate in traditional Club activities incluindg the gamesroom, gym, computer lab, arts and crafts, and more at no cost with a current Club membership. Jeffers Unit only from Noon -4:00PM Monday thru Friday.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County Professionals Awarded Highest Honors
Executive Director Bruce Daggy, has been awarded the highest regional honor from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Daggy was presented with the prestigious Heart & Soul Award at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2012 Midwest Leadership Conference. According to BGCA, the recipient of this award has by thought, word and deed exemplified excellence among Boys & Girls Club professionals, demonstrated remarkable initiative, imagination and responsibility and provided devoted and extended service on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Midwest region. Daggy has been in the Boys & Girls Club movement for 31 years, twenty of which have been as the Executive Director for the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. He has served on numerous community and youth organization boards and served as president of the Indiana Youth Services Association, president of the Richmond Kiwanis Club and president of the Step Ahead Child Care Council. Bruce is known in the community not only for his outstanding leadership but by his genuine caring for youth. On any given day of the week, youth stop by Bruce’s office to say hello and keep him updated on how they are doing in school. He truly cares about the kids and shaping them into fine young people. Daggy currently mentors Club Members and meets with them at least once a week. Throughout Bruce’s career he has been open to mentoring others and encouraging staff to further their careers. Under his leadership, two staff members have become executive directors for Boys & Girls Clubs. In 2010, BGC Wayne County received the Merit Award for Program Excellence in Overall Programs for Clubs for budgets over $500,000. That same year, Daggy was also named the Professional of the Year by the Indiana Board Leadership Area Council. In 2011, Daggy was awarded the Horizon Award by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for his work with the Clubs across the Midwest region. Bruce continues to lead the Club to new heights, serving more than 2500 youth at four locations across Wayne County. He is truly deserving of such a high honor. Congratulations, Bruce!
Larry Stone has been awarded the Tom Burt Pacesetter’s Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This award is presented to any non-executive staff who has supervisory responsibilities and who by words and deeds motivates, guides and supports the professional and personal development of other professionals in the Boys & Girls Club movement. Stone has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County for nearly 17 years. He is currently the Director of Operations but has also been an Education Director, Unit Director and Sr. Unit Director for our organization over his long career. He has completed BGCA’s Advanced Leadership Program and attended various national, regional and state conferences and trainings. Larry has served as coordinator for the Indiana State Youth of the Year Competition many times and on the National Keystone Steering Committee. He has facilitated staff trainings on program development and teen programming to our own program staff as well as other club staff around the region at the OKI (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) Summit and at the Indiana State All-Staff Training. During his tenure with the Club, Larry has impacted the lives of hundreds of the youth in our community through the programs that he has personally been involved with or has ensured the program quality by the staff he has overseen. He is well known in the community for the work he does with youth and is well respected and acknowledged as an expert in the field of youth development and program planning and implementation. It is not uncommon for Boys & Girls Club youth to refer to Larry as Papa Stone, Uncle Larry, Dad Stone and most of all, "the man who saved my life”. Under his guidance, Larry mentors youth and provides opportunities for them to participate in life changing programs. Congratulations, Larry, on receiving such a high honor from your peers!
2012 Smart Futures Dinner will honor Lisa Shepherd Stidham with guest speaker UK Coach John Calipari and MC Del Harris
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County will hold their Annual Smart Futures Dinner & Auction on Thursday, September 20th and have an extraordinary program that will honor former Miss Indiana Basketball Lisa Shepherd Stidham. The guest speaker for the event will be 2012 University of Kentucky National Champion Basketball Team Coach John Calipari and special Master of Ceremonies will be Del Harris, former Earlham College Basketball Coach and current Texas Legends Basketball Coach. Click here for more information.
Fall Programs Start August 14th
Summer is over and the Club is ready for Fall Programs to start on Tuesday August 14th. Renew your annual membership for only $15, sign up for transportation services and enroll now in the new Afternoons ROCK cohorts! Click here to download a membership form.
JM Hutton Golf Outing Raises over $30,000 for Clubs
The 2012 JM Hutton Golf Classic raised over $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. Thiry-two teams of golfers participated in the annual event. Thank you to the Title Sponsor JM Hutton & Co. and to our Major and Corporate Sponsors. Click here for more information.
Will You Walk a Mile in Their Shoes?
2012 Annual Campaign Kicks Off With Parade
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County kicked-off its Annual Campaign by "Walking a mile in their shoes”. Nearly 100 youth, staff and community leaders participated in the celebration by walking in a parade from the Jeffers Unit to the Central Unit. The Annual Campaign supports the Clubs operating expenses. Click here for more information on the Annual Campaign. Thank you to Mayor Sally Hutton and the Richmond Police Department for their support!
Thank you to our Leadership Sponsors for 2013