John Olson Named National Area Council President of the Year
The Boys & Girls Club of Siouxland is incredibly humbled and proud that our own John Olson, a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland, has been awarded the 2017 Area Council President of the Year for the entire nation by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
This national distinction is no small accomplishment. Out of the more than 25,000 Boys & Girls Club board members across the nation, a small percentage are elected to represent their local organizations on Area Councils. In 2015, the Clubs in Iowa and Nebraska nominated and selected Olson to be their Area Council President. He had served in this capacity for less than two years when he was notified of the prestigious recognition.
“It’s more than an honor,” said Olson, who has been serving on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland Board of Directors since 2011. “I know how hard every board member works and how much energy each Area Council President invests in their local Clubs and the organization as a whole. I’m both humbled and grateful.”
Since the start of his involvement, Olson has spearheaded over $2 million in projects for the Club including the Playscape, the movie theater, the kitchen remodel, and more. “John is more than an advocate; he’s a volunteering workhorse,” said Eldon Benson, Chief Professional Officer of BGCS. “He volunteers approximately 500 hours a year doing things from raking wood chips on our playground to DJ-ing our special events. He even served as Interim Executive Director for eight months.”
“It’s fair to say I do it all for the kids,” adds Olson. “But I also feel the Boys & Girls Clubs are an important part of our local community and communities around the country. These kids are our future. It’s not a question of if we should help, but how much we can.”
John Olson was presented the award at the Boys & Girls Club National Conference in Dallas, Texas on May 11, 2017.
We’re so proud of our Club members graduating High School this year! A special shout out to Marquise Bolden, Desiree Dean, James King, Robinson Nguyen, Kyrese Peck-McDaniel, and Deionta Williams. Each of these members have future plans to attend college. We’re so proud of them and wish them the best as they move upward and onward.
Field Fitness Day
On May 19th, the Club members took part in our National Fitness Competition held by the BGCA National with the initiative to get kids and teens to commit to be fit. The members competed in individual events including sit ups, push-ups, shuttle run, jump rope, hula hoop and team events including tug ‘o war and an obstacle course. First, Second, and Third places were awarded ribbons. It was exciting to see the members get competitive about staying fit!
4th Annual Heroes Game: Air Force vs. Army Guard
A big thanks to the 185th Air National Guard and the 113th CAV Army National Guard for participating and donating their time in our 4th Annual Heroes Game. Congratulations to the 185th for taking home the win!
Thank You, Buffalo Wild Wings!
Our corporate wide Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day Fundraiser was held Wednesday, April 19th and we are so pleased to share locally Buffalo Wild Wings raised over $1,400 for the Club! Buffalo Wild Wings supports providing better opportunities to play sports, learn teamwork and participate in active fun for our members.
BGCS Gym Remodeling Update
We’re pleased to see continuous progress on our gym remodel! When complete, our improved gym will include new ceiling tiles, safer and more energy-efficient lighting, and clean tiles. We can’t wait for our members to play in a safe, clean, and fun environment!
The Club is currently closed and will reopen on June 5th when summer programs start.
View our summer schedule: http://bgcsiouxland.org/boys-girls-clubs-siouxland-summer-2017-calendar/