BGCA CEO & President, Jim Clark with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside CEO, Jodi Diamond and BGCO Board Members
Oceanside, California (April 5, 2023) – The President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jim Clark, visited Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside on Tuesday this week for an official visit and tour of the Club.
CEO, Jim Clark was on a West Coast Tour, visiting all Boys & Girls Clubs along the western coast to show appreciation and support for the ongoing efforts that the clubs are doing for the youth we serve. Clark directs a 115-year-old network of 4,700 Boys & Girls Clubs that serve 4.6 million young people annually in all 50 states and on U.S. military installations worldwide.
Clark made a stop at Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside mid-day and met with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside CEO, Jodi Diamond; Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside Board members: Gigi Gleason, Pablo Holguin, Robbie Hass, and Tori Fishinger; Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito CEO, MarinekeVandervort, and staff from Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside to tour the facility, learn about new partnerships, and congratulate the team for outstanding efforts in supporting our members in Oceanside.
“What an honor to have Jim Clark visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside,” said Jodi Diamond, “I am so proud to share the work that our board and staff team do to make deep and lasting impacts with our Oceanside youth, R.O.A.D’s members, and our community.”
The Oceanside visit included a tour of the newly renovated gymnasium, that was impacted by an unexpected flood in 2022. The tour also included their state-of-the-art culinary arts teaching kitchen, which during the pandemic, provided 55,000 home-made and nutritious meals free for any child under the age of 18. Jim was greeted with a video presented by their R.O.A.D’s (Real Options for Adults with Disabilities) Program, welcoming Clark in A.S.L. (American Sign Language). A delicious catered lunch was prepared by their culinary staff and youth members.
In turn, Board Members and staff had an opportunity to hear about how the national office is supporting local clubs and the Oceanside Club directly. The visit ended with a presentation showcasing the successes and opportunities presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside and Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.
Clark praised the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside board and staff for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of children in our communities. “Thank you for what you are doing to help support in what’s happening here,” Clark stated, “You all are doing great things.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is appreciative of the ongoing relationship with the National Office and collaboration from other local clubs to support our members.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) is a youth development organization that is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and enriching environment for youth to spend time during non-school hours. We are open every day during non-school hours when youth need us the most. For over 70 years, The Club has worked with Oceanside youth, primarily from low-income families, to engage them in academic enrichment programs and activities.
To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, click here.