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The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County has been recognized for its efforts locally, regionally and nationally.

                                    Boys & Girls Club Earns Several Awards At State Event

The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County were awarded several honors at this year’s Tennessee All-Staff Training held in Knoxville, Tennessee at West Park Baptist Church. The Club was awarded the Sports, Fitness & Recreation Program Award for their role in hosting the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Olympics. Cyerra Davis and Markeyla Helton received awards for Outstanding Part-Time Youth Development Professionals for Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee.

“We are tremendously honored for our Club and staff to receive this recognition for the hard work they put into our Boys & Girls Club for the community,” stated Rebecca Tipton, Board President. “We have a very professional, dedicated and caring staff, and it shows in the pride in which our Club is run each and every day,” Tipton added.
The Club received the Sports, Fitness & Recreation Program award for their role in coordinating and implementing the 2nd Annual Boys & Girls Club Olympics held at East Tennessee State University. The Olympics competition focuses on getting kids active while bolstering their self-esteem. Participants learned how to test their level of physical fitness and gauge their own improvement as they participated in the event. Above all, the competition allowed the kids to take pride in themselves and their abilities as they learned that physical activity is a fun and integral part of a healthy lifestyle.  Close to 400 Club members from across the region participated in field-day type activities such as a basketball skills competition, baseball throw, football throw, broad jump, shuttle run, 50-yard dash and other fitness competitions.

Davis and Helton were recognized as Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee’s Outstanding Part-Time Youth Development Professionals from nominations of the 85 Boys & Girls Club units throughout the state.

Davis has been with the Boys & Girls Club for two years and serves as a Youth Development Professional for the organization. She is a graduate of South Greene High School. She is a key staff member who serves the Club’s program needs and works closely with Club members ensuring they excel. She is a pillar of excellence with her years of committed service to the Boys & Girls Club and its members.

Helton also serves as a Youth Development Professional and has been with the Club for two years. She is a graduate of South Greene High School. Markeyla is a vital asset in being a caring role-model for our many Club members. She also offers immense support during the Club’s many special events held throughout the year. Through her various roles, she illustrates the kind of staff member that makes the Boys & Girls Club an effective organization.

“We are very proud of these two individuals and what they bring to the programs and activities at our Boys & Girls Club. They are outstanding individuals who are great role models for the youth we serve,” stated Scott Bullington, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club.
 

Local Boys & Girls Club Receives Three Boys & Girls Club's of America National Marketing and Communication Awards

Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County received three Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) National Marketing & Communications (MAC) Awards during BGCA’s National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 11th - 13th, 2016. The prestigious awards recognize Boys & Girls Clubs that have demonstrated significant achievements in the field of marketing and communications. The MAC Awards celebrate excellence in six different categories: Advertising, BGCA Initiatives and Special Events, Comprehensive Marketing Strategy, Digital Marketing, PR Strategy, Publications and State Alliance/Area Council Marketing.

The BGCA national event hosted almost 2,500 Club professionals and board members from across the United States and abroad. Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County received a National Gold Award in Digital Marketing, a National Gold Award in State Alliance/Area Council Marketing and a National Silver Award in Boys & Girls Clubs of America Initiatives & Special Events categories.

“We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated staff and volunteer base who works hard to provide a top notch organization that excels in programs, special events and the marketing of these events” stated Rebecca Tipton, Board President for the local Club. “Scott Bullington and Whitney Thomas have done an excellent job on our marketing plan to help the Club continue to expand and grow,” Tipton added.

BGCA’s MAC Awards are divided into two budget levels, Level I: less than $1,000,000 or Level II: more than $1,000,000. Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County was placed in the less than $1,000,000 budget level, placing them against organizations with larger marketing budgets.

“It is quite impressive for an organization with an annual budget of $600,000 to win awards of this magnitude while competing against organizations with a much larger budget, especially when all local marketing efforts are done in-house,” said Josh Swatzell, Marketing Chairman and Boys & Girls Club Board Member.

The Boys & Girls Club’s Gold Award for Digital Marketing was awarded for their dual strategic approach toward social media and rebranding their current website. Visit their website at www.ggcbgc.org, as well as find links to their social media sites on the website. The Boys & Girls Club focused on creating a friendly site that would be easier for users to navigate. Their social media focused on sharing the high quality programs and activities that members engage in on a daily basis to the community.

Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County competed against all other Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation and abroad for the Gold Award for State Alliance/Area Council Marketing. This category recognized the exceptional marketing efforts the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County provides to their state alliance/area council. The local Boys & Girls Club is contracted out to provide this marketing service for Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee through the Tennessee Alliance.

In the category of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Initiatives & Special Events, the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County was acknowledged for their outstanding success in their three special events: Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Auction, Boys & Girls Club Champions Dinner and the Bob Kesling Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Classic. The award also recognized the local and regional marketing of these events through social media, print, television, and radio.

The Boys & Girls Club thanks several individuals that helped with their overall marketing plan during the year including Nata Jackson, Josh Swatzell and Lisa Webb.  The Boys & Girls Club also expressed great appreciation to members of The Greeneville Sun, The Greeneville Neighbor, Radio Greeneville (AM 1340 WGRV, FM 103.1 WIKQ, AM 1450WSMG) and other local radio and television news for running Boys & Girls Club’s PSA’s, releases and articles throughout the year. “We could not achieve our success without the efforts of our many great volunteers and the fantastic assistance from our local media outlets,” added Scott Bullington, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County.

Boys & Girls Club Staff Named Outstanding Youth Development Professionals for Tennessee

The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County took several honors at this year’s Tennessee All-Staff Training held in Knoxville, Tennessee at West Park Baptist Church. Sherronda Faw and Whitney Thomas received awards for Outstanding Part-Time Youth Development Professionals for Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee.

“We are tremendously honored for our staff to receive this recognition for the hard work they put into our Boys & Girls Club for the community,” stated Rebecca Tipton, Board President. “We have a very professional, dedicated and caring staff, and it shows in the pride in which our Club is run each and every day,” Tipton added.

Faw and Thomas were recognized as Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee’s Outstanding Part-Time Youth Development Professionals from nominations of the 85 Boys & Girls Club units throughout the state.

Faw has been with the Boys & Girls Club for eight years and serves as both the Front Desk Coordinator and youth development professional for the organization. Faw is a graduate of Greeneville High School. She is a key staff member who serves the Club’s program needs and works closely with its special events. She is a pillar of excellence with her years of committed service to the Boys & Girls Club and its members.

Thomas serves as the Boys & Girls Club’s Marketing and Grants Coordinator where she handles all aspects of the Club’s online marketing, as well as offers auxiliary support in managing the Club’s grants. She has been a valuable asset to the Club for the past year and a half taking on additional responsibilities including resource development, special events and Club programming. Thomas is also very active in the community serving on several boards including the Greene County Partnership’s Sports Council, Greene County Interagency Council, Keep Greene Beautiful and Leadership Greene County. Through her various roles, she illustrates the kind of staff that makes the Boys & Girls Club a successful organization.

“We are very proud of these two individuals and what they bring to the programs and activities at our Boys & Girls Club. They are outstanding individuals who are great role models for the youth we serve,” stated Scott Bullington, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club. 

Tennessee Award for Program Excellence for Health & Life Skills Program

The Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County received the Tennessee Award for Program Excellence for their Health & Life Skills program, “Healthy Choices Equals a Healthier You”. The club was presented with the Honor Award for Program Excellence by Chet Nichols, Director of Organizational Development for Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

“We are honored to receive this type of recognition on the state level,” Executive Director Scott Bullington said, “We are proud to offer the youth of Greeneville & Greene County many opportunities to participate in programs focused on improving their health and developing their life skills.”

Throughout the year Club members participate in a variety of field trips, programs and activities that are geared toward making healthy and smart choices. The Boys & Girls Club partners with the UT Extension-Master Gardeners, the Greene County Health Department, East Tennessee State University Nursing and Dental Hygiene students, Change is Possible Domestic Violence Shelter, the Greeneville Police Department, the Greeneville Fire Department and many other wonderful local organizations.
Goals of the “Healthy Choices Equals a Healthier You” program include promoting physical activity and education, educating youth on nutritional choices, and promoting access to programs that focus on youth well-being and the development of positive behaviors.

To spread the Club’s theme “Healthy Choices Equals a Healthier You” to the community, the Boys & Girls Club helped host the 2015 Youth Summit, an event to promote physical activity, encourage students to make smart food choices and live a lifestyle free of drugs and tobacco. This program was brought to almost 800 eighth grade students from surrounding middle schools by the Boys & Girls Club at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Participants listened to a program by Patrick Reynolds, the grandson of the tobacco company founder, R.J. Reynolds, and speaks to others about the dangers of tobacco use and the positive choice to life a lifestyle free of drugs and tobacco. Members and organizations from the community were included in the Youth Summit. Leanna Lawson, a local Zumba instructor, shared with the kids her journey of physical fitness and encouraged them to participate in a facility-wide, 800 person Zumba class! Local band, Step Cousins, and a local high-school juggler provided entertainment before and after the event.

“Due to the alarmingly increasing rate of childhood obesity, it is vital for us to offer our youth programs and activities that help them live a healthy lifestyle,” said Programs, Marketing and Grants Coordinator Whitney Thomas.


Boys & Girls Club wins two MAC Awards at BGCA National Conference in 2015

The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County received two Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Marketing & Communications Awards recognizing their clubs brand-building programs at a ceremony held during Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Conference in Chicago, Illinois May 13th through the 15th, 2015.  The event hosted almost 2,500 club professionals and board members from across the United States and abroad. The Club received a National Silver Award in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Initiatives & Special Events for the marketing and programming of National Boys & Girls Club Week and activities. In addition, the Club received a National Bronze Award in the Social Media category.

“We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated staff and volunteer base that works hard to provide a top notch organization that excels in programs, special events and the marketing of these events” stated Rebecca Tipton, Board President for the local Club.  “Scott Bullington and Whitney Thomas have done an excellent job on our marketing plan to help the Club continue to expand and grow,” Tipton added.

This year BGCA divided the normal three-prong budget levels into just two levels, Level I: less than $1,000,000 or Level II: more than $1,000,000. The Club was placed in the less than $1,000,000 budget level, placing them against organizations with large marketing budgets.

“It is quite impressive for an organization with an annual budget of $600,000 to win awards of this magnitude while competition against organizations with a much larger budget, especially when all marketing efforts are done In-House,” said Josh Swatzell, Marketing Chairman and Club Board Member.

The Club’s Silver Award for Boys & Girls Clubs of America Initiatives & Special Events was won for their dual strategic approach in their marketing and programming efforts during National Boys & Girls Club Week. The Club integrated the BGCA’s theme “Open the Door: Take the Tour” throughout its weekly activities which included: “Open the Door to the Arts,” “Open the Door to Healthy Lifestyles,” and “Open the Door: Take the Tour.”

The Club’s Bronze Award in Social Media was won for their informative and interactive social media sites. The Club uses Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to connect with their audience on a daily basis. All social media accounts keep the community up to date on programs, activities and events. In addition to social media sites, The Club also sends out several web blasts throughout the year for a detailed look into what the organization does.

Bullington stated that he wanted to thank several individuals that helped with the club’s overall marketing plan during the year including Nata Jackson, Josh Swatzell, Chelsey Carter and Lisa Webb.  He also expressed great appreciation to members of The Greeneville Sun, The Greeneville Neighbor, Radio Greeneville and WJHL 11 Connects for running the club PSA releases and articles throughout the year.  “We could not achieve our Club success without the efforts of many great volunteers and the fantastic assistance from our local media outlets,” added Bullington.


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