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Carter Boys and Girls Club receives state award

John Thompson • Updated Oct 12, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Monday was a great evening for the members of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County. On that evening, the young members of the club approached the directors, carrying a large plaque that was inscribed "The 2017 High Performance Board Team Award."

The plaque signifies that the Carter County board was singled out from the boards of directors of every other Boys and Girls Club in Tennessee for the recognition by the Tennessee Area Council of Boys and Girls Clubs.

Ginny Wright, executive director of the local club said, “The board couldn’t be more deserving of this award. They are working tirelessly throughout the year to ensure every kid in Carter County has access to a quality program and that we as an organization are here for years to come.”

Wright's comments were echoed by Chet Nichols, director of organizational development. Nichols serves as a liaison between the clubs in Tennessee and Virginia and the national Boys and Girls Club.

Nichols said to the board on the phone after the award was announced: “The absolute guiding star of any nonprofit is the board of directors, and I don’t think there’s a more committed group of adults. What you all have done for the club and what you have done for the kids has transformed this organization.”

The Elizabethton board was selected as the high performance board for Tennessee because of its outstanding performance in four areas: marketing, resource development, outreach and planning.

In outreach, it was noted the club's attendance has tripled under the board's leadership. The board was also highlighted for meeting the needs of its club members, including developing a food program that was critical in meeting the nutritional needs of some of the children.

In resource development, it was noted the club's annual golf tournament continues to be productive, but the most remarkable accomplishment was in its recently initiated Steak 'n' Burger program.

During the club's first Steak 'n' Burger in 2016 the event raised $38,000, which was described as "an unheard of number for an event in Carter County." The 2017 Steak 'n' Burger provided an unprecedented $67,000.

As the winner for Tennessee, the board will now represent the state against other state winners in regional competition.

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