Several Boys & Girls Club board volunteers received honors from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Tennessee Area Council at its annual membership meeting in Kingsport, Tennessee on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Board member awards for outstanding service were presented as well as six new members were enshrined into the Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievements. The awards were presented during the Tennessee Area Council Awards and Tennessee Hall of Fame dinner at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. The Tennessee Area Council is made up of over 90 Club sites from across the state serving approximately 40,000 children each year.
“Club volunteers and staff members attended workshops, training sessions and other activities during the week,” stated Chet Nichols, Director of Organizational Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The the goal of the event was to inspire attendees and provide tools to serve our kids and our communities with greater impact across the state” added Nichols. Taking top honors for the Tennessee board member awards was Dr. David Ratliff, board volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, honored as the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Board Member of the Year for his work at the local Club and across the state. Tony Melson, board volunteer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kingsport, was honored as the Beverly Burton Tennessee New Board Member of the Year Award. This award is for board members serving their Club with less than three years on their board. Food City received the Tennessee C.A.R.E. (Children Are the Reason for Excellence) Award for their work with several Boys & Girls Clubs and especially the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley and their annual Tim Irwin Bass Classic. This award spotlights efforts by groups and individuals that serve Boys & Girls Clubs. The Boys & Girls Club of Maury County was named the High Performance Board Team of the year for their work in their community and growth of their organization. Several members of their organization were on hand to accept the award. In speaking of all the Tennessee award winners, Nichols, stated that “these individuals and groups are great examples of engaged, compassionate and hardworking people that not only care about the youth of their community, but do things to make a difference for these kids. Due to their efforts, many great futures will start in Tennessee.”
The Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame inducted six new members in their 2016 class that included Darrell “Pappy” Crowe (Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County and the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County), Bobby Greene (Boys & Girls Club of the Ocoee Region” Cleveland”), Judge Tim Irwin (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley), Sam LaPorte (Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County), Jackie Leach (Boys & Girls Club of Morristown) and Linda Ogle (Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains). Tony Melson, Tennessee Area Council Chairman, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and Miles Burdine, president of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and a former Boys & Girls Club kid was the keynote speaker prior to the event.
“The Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame honors those rare individuals whose high achievements have made a mark in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee has been blessed with many great club kids, volunteers, board member, staff and friends of the Boys & Girls Club movement and the Hall of Fame recognizes the best of the best. These six individuals honored have shaped and inspired local Clubs from across Tennessee and proved to be outstanding in doing so. These individuals have achieved the distinction of being true champions for children and have provided innumerable accomplishments and lasting memories.” stated Scott Bullington, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County, and chairman for the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame inductees individual biographies can be found under the Hall of Fame tab and under Class of 2016, or click on their individual pictures to be directed to their page.