Executive Director (12-31-16)
2016 a Year of Progress
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga completed a dynamic year of progress in 2016, with exciting plans for the future.
“2016 has certainly been the most fulfilling and interesting year since I arrived in 2012,” noted Executive Director Jay Templeton.
The Clubs have two major projects taking place.
First, the “Great Futures Campaign: Building a Positive Place for Kids” is now in the Top Off phase of the Campaign. The original $9.5 million goal has been surpassed, and the organization hopes to achieve $11 million in 2017. The funds will design, build, operate and endow a new Calistoga Boys & Girls Club--currently under construction-- replacing the school-based Club housed at Calistoga Elementary School (CES).
The Calistoga Club has been operating at CES since 2001, beginning with 50 children in the program. Membership today stands at 487 kids.
“The response for the campaign has been tremendous,” noted Templeton, with $10.31 million raised and pledged at year-end 2016. Early leadership gifts came from the Napa Valley Vintners, the Trinchero family, Dario Sattui, the E. Richard Jones Family Foundation and the Delong-Sweet Family Foundation. “People clearly understand the case statement of needing a place of our own, rather than continuing to share space as a welcomed guest in the school. We have simply outgrown the school’s capacity.”
The fundraising campaign continues through September 2017. The final phase of fundraising is the Top Off Campaign, launching in January 2017, to reach the stretch goal of $11 million. “We want to make sure that we have all of our requirements funded,” commented Templeton.
The new Calistoga Club is under construction at 1401 North Oak Street, on 1.09 acres of City land between the Community Pool and the Napa County Fairgrounds. The site is currently a beehive of activity, under the leadership of Ledcor Construction, Gould Evans Architects and Pound Management.
The project’s timeline calls for construction to be completed in late August 2017, with inspections and occupancy permits to follow. A fall opening for kids is planned. Until that time, the Calistoga Club will continue operating out of CES.
A second Club project is the City of Calistoga’s restoration of the Monhoff Center at 1501 Grant Street. Prior to being damaged by a Pacific storm in 2014, the Monhoff Center housed the City’s parks and recreation offices (currently relocated to the Fairgrounds) and the Boys & Girls Club’s Calistoga Teen Center. The Teen Center has been operating in a modular annex behind the Monhoff Center since the summer of 2014.
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga
Demolition of the Monhoff’s Center’s roof took place in November 2016 and the building has been redesigned to better serve the Teen Center and community uses, including both racquetball courts. Completion is scheduled for late May 2017. The Teen Center will utilize both floors in the restored facility.
Meanwhile, average daily attendance at the three Club sites continues to increase, with the St. Helena Club seeing as many as 275+ kids per day. The Calistoga Club is seeing as many as 170 kids per day, and the Teen Center’s summer was the busiest in its 12 year history.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) “Gateway to Impact Award,” recognizing outstanding development of daily attendance and program quality. The award was presented at the BGCA Pacific-West Regional Conference in October 2016 by National BGCA President Jim Clark.
“Our programs are clearly resonating,” remarked Templeton. “Kids vote with their feet, and they come to the Club each day because they develop trusting relationships with staff. They also get the friends, fun and freedom they seek and enjoy. Our staff does a tremendous job in providing a safe and supervised place. We provide important programs-- including academics, sports, social recreation, the arts, technology and nutrition. We stress a moral compass, healthy lifestyles, good citizenship and academic achievement. We maintain a relevancy that both attracts and retains children and teens.”
Devoted Board leadership is another key element in the Clubs’ success. Officers for 2016-2017 were recently re-confirmed. Josh Clark leads the 19-member Board of Directors as President, Sean Maher serves as Vice President and Pam Ingalls as Secretary/Treasurer. Kathleen Herdell, Bob Torres and Chris Birdwell fill out the Executive Committee. Rachel Davies chairs the Operations Committee and Kelly Foster chairs the Strategic Development Committee. Bob Torres and Marianna Hawkins co-chair the Resource Development Committee, and Thomas Brown chairs the Building Committee. Additionally, Christy Abreu chairs the 18-member Emeritus (honorary and advisory) Board.
On the resource development front, “The BIG Night” annual fundraiser in August 2016 was the most successful event in its four year history. The coming weeks and months will see the Club’s annual holiday and valentines mailers, the ongoing annual giving campaign and the fourth “Calistoga Annual Breakfast for Kids” on April 7, 2017. The firm of Jones & Perry recently completed the annual audit of the Club’s $1.429 million operating budget, investments and capital campaign accounts. The organization received high marks and a clean audit.
“As Boys & Girls Clubs have emphasized for more than 150 years, our Clubs are community supported. Just 6% of our revenues come from fees. Our Board is committed to being affordable and accessible for all kids and families- especially those who need us most,” says Templeton.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga is in a good position right now,” noted Templeton. “We serve small communities, but we are delivering the mission to record numbers of kids,” which includes a total registered membership at all sites of 1,554. There have been an additional 1,528 non-members who also attended at least one Club event or program during the year and are counted as “other youth served.” Altogether, the Club’s “total youth served” figure is 3,082 unique children and teens in 2016, a record count in the organization’s 28 year history.
Perhaps “Andre,” a St. Helena member best summed up the Club’s success: “I like the Club. I get help with homework, do art, play dodge ball and have a snack after school. I’m even learning how to cook with vegetables from the Club’s garden. I was here all summer and made friends from different places. I think those are good things.”
Templeton simply points to the organization’s slogan: “Great Futures Start HERE.” That says it all.