Posted: Aug 8, 2012 7:14 PM by KATC
Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana hosted the 2012 Louisiana Area Council Convention Thursday, August 2-Friday, August 3rd. This was a learning experience for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana's board members, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs board members from across Louisiana. They learned different ways that they can achieve their goals and make Boys & Girls Clubs even better. They learned the 9 components of board building and the importance of each.
A few Lafayette Board members were awarded at this event. Chris Martin, Chief Executive Officer says, "It's great to have so much support here in the Acadiana area. We are exceptionally proud of our board. They work so hard to make sure we can continue our Club operations year after year." The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana's board was awarded the High Performance Board Team Award. Patrick Patout with Gulf Coast Bank was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award. Bobby Hulett with Chevron was awarded the Service Award.
Area Councils are an important and powerful force in the Boys & Girls Club Movement. They provide the chief medium for securing and maintaining the interest and active participation of Board Volunteers in national and regional Boys & Girls Club affairs. Area Councils are frequently the channels through which ideas, suggestions and proposals flow to the National Council. Conversely, Area Councils are often called upon to implement the programs and initiatives needed to expand the philosophy and aims of Clubs nationwide. Provision for establishment of Area Councils was adopted by the National Council in 1944. Since that time, they have been organized in nearly every state where Boys & Girls Clubs are located. Currently, there are 55 Area Councils, representing Board Volunteers from some 3,954 Boys & Girls Clubs. The National Board of Governors of Boys & Girls Clubs of America officially establishes an Area Council, designating the area in which it will function and the Clubs in that area eligible for membership. Member Clubs are represented at Area Council activities by Board Volunteers and their Chief Professional Officers. Each Boys & Girls Club organization should appoint a Board Volunteer as an Area Council Liaison whose responsibility is to keep his/her Club aware of and involved in Area Council activities.