Boys, Girls Club Holds Awards Dinner

From left are Jeff Kroon, Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club executive director; Rex McCray, past board president and lifetime member honoree; Mark Nelson, Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown 2018 Exceptional Service to Youth Award recipient; and Doug Nelson, Boys and Girls Club board president.

The Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown held its annual dinner and awards program recently, recognizing board members and officers for their dedication and service to youth.

Doug Nelson, club president, expressed appreciation to the entire board for their dedicated committee work, fundraising and special projects during 2018 and challenged them to continue into 2019 with expansion in services to youth and families most in need as well as to be creative in resource development efforts.

Amy Rohler, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County executive director, offered appreciation on behalf of the entire community for the commitment of the Boys & Girls Club’s board and staff to advance the impact of academic success and workforce readiness skills in youth of all ages.

Mark R. Nelson was recognized with the 2018 Exceptional Service to Youth Award, the local club’s highest honor presented to a board member each year. Doug Nelson noted that Mark Nelson is entering his 10th year of service with the organization, has chaired the club’s Personnel and Policy Committee, is active in fund raising and recruiting volunteers for special projects such as the club’s annual Santa Shoppe, a free event for youth members and families.

Serving as club officers in 2019 are Douglas Nelson, president, Rhonda Johnson, vice president, Gary Loll, treasurer, Edith Bensink, assistant treasurer, and Kristine Brombacher, secretary.

Eric Maloney, operations manager with Weber Knapp, was inducted recently as a new board member. Others continuing board service in 2019 are Ronald Basile, Ken Brown, Richard Farrell, Todd Hnatyszyn, Mark Nelson, JoAnne Ottoson and Julie Possai.

Recognition and appreciation of dedicated service to club governance, fund raising and community advocacy by retiring board members included Lori McGowan with six years of service, Christine Melice with nine years of service and Susan Stancombe with 10 years of service.

Special recognition was presented to Rex McCray, naming him an honorary lifetime member of the club’s Board of Directors. Retiring after 12 years of service to the organization,McCray served two terms as president, held numerous other positions as an officer and committee chair, significantly advanced the success of the club’s resource development efforts, and recruited and mentored a number of additional key board volunteers.