A special place built by special people
There is a special place on a quiet street in Kings Beach.
It is a place imagined, built and maintained by a visionary, supportive community. It’s a place filled with laughing children and a creative, bold staff. It is a place where children learn, grow and develop lifelong friendships.
It is the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.
Recently, the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe honored its donors, founding members and community supporters at a breakfast event. The morning was hosted by Kelly Atchley, board president; Ken Vogt, vice president; Isabelle Rodriguez, executive director; the staff and children of the club.
It was a morning of inspiration for me. As I said, this is a special place built by special people.
Founded in 1998, the original club was started by visionary community leaders Dave Ferrari, Annamaria Shannon and Joe Bourdeau. This threesome were recognized with medallions bearing their image and the silent thank you of all the children who have and will benefit from their hard work and vision.
Chuck Bluth, who granted the club the financial security to build, was also honored with a medallion and a flag flown over the countries capital and presented by Congressman Jim Gibbons. The leadership of these kinds of donors encouraged the giving of others and today numerous names of individuals, families and local businesses make the list of Boys and Girls Club supporters.
The list of donors is long and can not be entirely included here, these donors were in attendance and recognized at the breakfast: Tom Bredt, Chuck Bluth, Dave Ferrari, Wayne Prim, Carol Buck, Jacquie Black, Blake Riva, Teri Randall, Colleen Munson-Kelly, North Lake Tahoe Kiwanis, Robert Ferrari, Roger Peterson, Teresa Ferrari, Jim Walsh, Tim Silva, Julie Motamedi-Rollofson, Boyd Family Foundation, Northstar At Tahoe, Ken Yagura and family, Steve Rogers of the North Tahoe Public Utility District, Steve Teshara of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Gayle Blair, Tahoe City Rotary Foundation, Tahoe League for Charity, John Britto for the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, Bank of the West, Tahoe City Public Utility District and East West Partners.
The event allowed the guests to hear from club members and club members’ families and conveyed the importance of the club to them and the community it serves. The club truly helps craft individuals, personalities and our futures.
I was impressed by the statistics too. This club provides for more than 250 children daily. Seventy-five percent of them have been members for three years or longer.
It is a place that draws you in. Inside the walls of the Boys and Girls Club you find opportunity. Opportunity to play, learn, grow and be a kid. You might choose to play pool, sports, games or to build computers, to learn crafts, science and art. The choices are endless.
The connection to school and learning is obvious. Homework is taken seriously here. What is learned inside the walls is taken and used outside ” in school, the community and life. What a powerful thing.
Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe on the wonderful work you do, the facility and environment you offer our youth and the obvious pride with which you do it.
Thank you founders and donors for the support you gave and give to ensure our youth and our communities such an incredible resource.
Jody Poe is the publisher of the Sierra Sun and Tahoe World. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.