Boys & Girls Club earns award

Courtesy Photo Pictured are Boys and Girls Club of Alpena board members, from left to right, Greg Sundin, Melissa Lappan, Kevin Skiba, Jennifer Calery, Beverly Bodem, Joel Jett and John Keller. Board members not pictured are Kevin Brown, Bill Morford, Robin LaLonde, Ted Johnson and Thomas LaCross.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s National Headquarters based in Atlanta, Ga., honored the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena for achieving the League of EAGLES Award.

This award is a key element of the national organization’s Great Futures 2025 Strategic Plan. The award recognizes local affiliate organizations for achieving 85 percent or more of the Board Governance Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which defines the strength of the organization’s board of directors.

Recipients of League of Eagles Awards achieve a set of standards which provides an outcome-based assessment of the board’s responsibilities and impact on the organization.

This awards program measures six key elements of a “strong board of directors,” which include 85 percent or more individual board members achieving the following standards, whose acronym spells out the word “EAGLES”:

Engagement: Engaged and attend board meetings.

Ask: Ask others face-to-face for funding.

Give: Give back by making a personal financial gift.

Lead: Lead the organization to achieving strategic initiatives.

Evaluate: Evaluate their individual board performance based on a personal plan.

Serve: Serving actively on committees or task forces of the organization.

Reaching this milestone is a significant accomplishment, of which only 15 percent or fewer of the 1,200 member organizations nationwide met in 2017.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a 160-year-old national youth development organization.

The award is a testimony of the dedication and commitment of the Alpena organization’s board and executive leadership to serving the youth of Alpena community at the highest level.

The Boys and Girls Club of Alpena received the EAGLES award during the Midwest Leadership Conference held in Indianapolis, Ind. on Oct. 6.

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