Transformation Diary

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The Transformation Diary: Tales of Transition

The following was submitted by a local organization. This story and those to come, chronicles organization’s and leaders in their developmental journey. The stories capture board member trails, stakeholder successes and thrill of renewal will help other organizations who are in the middle of change and transition. Transition is always a source of renewal.


A Success Story of Ongoing Transformation and Commitment to the Youth who need us most from Boys & Girls Club of Zapata County, Texas.

Your Transformation Stories

Author: L J “Jay” Templeton Date: 9/8/2014
On June 13, 1978, as a young Branch Director, I completed a capital campaign for a new Branch in the King County (Seattle) system, and opened the new Federal Way Boys & Girls Club.  Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn cut the ribbon.  The first person through the door was a 10 year old, blonde little boy.  That boy became an everyday Club member, a Torch and Keystone member, a Youth of the Month and Youth of the Year, participating in nearly every program.  He ran the score clock in the gym, became a part time staff member, a camp counselor and eventually Program Director and Branch Director.  He moved to Whatcom County (WA) as one of my Unit Directors (Ferndale), and then to Lewis Clark Valley (ID) as Assistant Executive Director and CPO.  He is now our newest BGCA Director of Development Services (DOD) for Idaho, Utah and Nevada.  His name is Jon Evans, and I could not be more proud of him.  He has a wonderful family (I was in his wedding) and will be a great asset to the Pacific Region.

Now it’s your turn. Storytelling is an effective tool used to convey mission-based messages. Storytelling is important because stories are central to our personal and professional development processes for understanding, remembering and communicating. Stories make it easy to learn, helps build character, entertain us and so on. Your story is what defines you and your commitment to serving youth and the values that you build from in your board’s decision making.  [Your Transformation Story]

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