Message from Mike Wurm, Executive Director –
We are so excited to start the New Year. This year, in particular, is a special one because 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Of course, when the Club was first chartered in November 1976, it was known as the Truckee Meadows Boys Club. Over the years, the breadth and scope of the Club has expanded exponentially. While it was visionary for our founding group to realize the need in our community and start the organization 40 years ago, I am not sure anyone could have envisioned the kind of growth the organization has experienced since that time. From a warehouse on Terminal Way to an organization that works from 20 sites reaching from Cold Springs to Fernley, annually serving nearly 14,000 school-aged youth and seeing over 2,000 daily.
Over our history, we have been blessed to have exceptional leadership at the board level. While conventional wisdom has many boards in the profit and nonprofit world setting term limits for board members, we have not done that. Many of our board members have been involved with the Club for well over 20 years, and they continue to come back every year with a renewed passion to serve the kids in our community. People like Vicky Loose, who has been involved in the Club since the very first day, continue to be actively involved in fundraising and governance. We are very fortunate to have men and women who have given so much of their time and resources over the years to benefit the kids in our community.
We are also fortunate to have attracted a highly qualified and motivated staff. Those in key programming leadership roles are staying with the organization longer and longer, which provides consistent services to kids. Our staff is constantly looking for ways to reach more kids, expand opportunities and provide new experiences. We would not be successful today if not for their dedication to the Club and commitment to our members.
Finally, and equally importantly, we are so fortunate to have a community that works so hard to provide the resources and support needed to meet the ever-growing demand for youth services in northern Nevada. Without the support of local foundations, businesses and individuals, we would not be able to reach the number of kids with the programs and activities and in the variety of facilities and neighborhoods we do today.
Help comes in so many different forms, but I cannot talk about our wonderful supporter base without mentioning our signature fundraiser, which is right around the corner. Our team is working diligently to put on the 36th annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction on Saturday, February 27. This year’s event promises to be another successful one for this key fundraiser that brings in nearly 15 percent of our annual operating budget.
In closing, thank you for being part of giving generations of kids a chance at a better life. If you have a few moments, please take a little time to read through the Winter Edition of our quarterly newsletter. You will see firsthand how your support is shaping lives.