GPAC Awards!

At the end of July our organization attended the Great Plains Area Council (GPAC) conference which encompasses Boys & Girls Clubs from SD, ND, and MN. Not only does this conference give us the opportunity to learn new things and collaborate with others, we also celebrate achievements.

Our Board Member Julie Feurstenau received an Outstanding Board Volunteer Award for South Dakota. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Board Member who selflessly gives back as an advocate for our organizational mission. Julie has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. Julie has served numerous roles on Board committees. Whether Julie is recruiting volunteers for a project, soliciting businesses for a donation, or leading a committee, her enthusiasm overflows and is truly contagious!

Julie is also an engaged parent, as she has a daughter currently enrolled in our Kidscope after-school program. She always ensures that our programs and staff members have the day-to-day tools and supplies to execute our programs. Her generosity shines as she recently donated a play kitchen set to the pre-school, board games, furniture and a TV for our new 5th and 6th grade room that was introduced this summer. Julie will be a Board Member who continues to contribute to building great futures in our community.

Our Club received the Outstanding Marketing & Communications Award for our work on the Open Doors Capital Campaign.  Right from the start, we had three positive aspects for this campaign. First, we set the stage by having a great story to tell about the need for renovations and additional space. The second involved the volunteers who gave their time to the campaign. Their enthusiasm and support were vital to our success. And the final one is that community embraced this project and we were fortunate to have some significant contributions to get us started off very positively.

Overall, our capital campaign had 213 donors, with 56 new donors to the organization. The Capital Campaign was a big success for our organization in many ways. Not only did we surpass the goal, we engaged many community members, created new lasting relationships, and continue to use many of the new policies and procedures set for the campaign.

Finally, Jodi Driscoll, was inducted into the inaugural class of GPAC Hall of Fame! The Hall of Fame recognized individuals from each state who have made a difference not only for their Clubs in their community, but have influenced our Boys & Girls Club Movement. As a long-standing Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, Jodi has been involved in it all. Jodi has brought volunteer leadership within the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown to a new level through her time, talents, and personal contributions. Jodi has proved herself to be an influential pillar within the Boys & Girls Club Movement serving locally, on the Great Plains Area Council, and on the Boys & Girls Club of America’s National Area Council Committee, where she worked to implement programs to expand the goals of the Movement nationwide.

This past year, Jodi served as the Chair of our Open Doors-Capital Campaign fundraising project. She was instrumental in the success of the project. The fundraising goal was exceeded, much to do with Jodi’s work ethic and drive. Jodi is an inspiring individual who not only helped solicit donations large and small, but recruited volunteers to help with key decision making and gift solicitations. The Hall of Fame also recognized Jeff Amy, who was an Executive Director with the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown in our very early years and now Jeff works with the National Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Chicago, IL.