Boys &?Girls Club Holds Annual Awards Dinner

The Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of Jamestown recently held its annual dinner and awards program at the Harbor Grill restaurant in Celoron, recognizing board members and officers for their dedication and service to youth.

Sally Myers, board president, expressed her appreciation for the commitment of time and effort contributed by the entire board, and in particular the officers completing terms of service in 2012. 2012 officers included Mrs. Myers, president; Rex McCray, vice president; Christine Melice, secretary; Charles Nazzaro, treasurer; and Edith Bensink, assistant treasurer.

Tory Irgang, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County executive director, addressed the group and expressed appreciation for the dedication of the board and staff in serving the needs of the community’s youth and providing quality programming in a safe and supportive environment.

Ronald Basile received the Exceptional Service to Youth Award, the local club’s highest honor presented to a board member each year.

“Ron works quietly in the background making a significant contribution of time and expertise to facility improvements, building system maintenance and implementation of critically important cost-saving measures,” Myers said.

Lori McGowan was introduced as a new board member for 2013 and was recognized for record-setting participation in club fundraising as a new member. Mrs. McGowan is employed with Jamestown Pediatrics and has 30 years of experience working with youth.

Myers passed the gavel of leadership to Rex McCray, newly elected board president, with words of appreciation for his support during her term as president, and for his high level commitment to the club’s mission. Joining McCray as officers for 2013-14 are Douglas Nelson, vice president; Christine Melice, secretary; Edith Bensink, treasurer; and Gary Loll, assistant treasurer.

McCray then presented Myers with an engraved gavel and sounding block in recognition of her two terms of service as president. McCray said Myers first joined the club board in 1990 and had previously been active with the club’s Parents Advisory council, for a total of nearly 25 years of service.

Myers’ leadership was credited with greatly increasing board member participation, maintaining a highly professional image for the organization and advancing the club’s mission through successful fundraising.