2017 March


Tupperware CEO visits Boys & Girls Club (Photo Gallery)
by Shamira McCray
March 29, 2017

Morning News

Boston College students help Boys & Girls Clubs in the Pee Dee
by Katrina Moses
March 11, 2017

Morning News

Three Lake City pioneers honored at Boys & Girls Club fundraiser
By Shamira McCray
March 4, 2017

News Journal
March 1, 2017


Florence–At its annual meeting on February 21, 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area presented three board members with the National Service to Youth Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This award recognizes board members for long and devoted service to boys and girls, with five or more years of service in the Boys & Girls Club Movement.

Lyles Cooper Lyles, of Pee Dee Land Trust, received recognition for five years of service. Kenneth Barnes, of Rep. Jim Clyburn’s office, received his award for 15 years of service. Each received a certificate and a Boys & Girls Club service pin.

Billy Heutess,
Medallion Award

A third award was a special “Medallion Award,” presented to Billy Heustess of the Citizens Bank. Vetted at the national level, this award is reserved for board members who have rendered unusually devoted service to boys and girls through their Club. Heustess was recognized for his work in several key areas. He was a strong and knowledgeable treasurer for several years, including during the recent recession. When the 2008 economic downturn caused a loss of 40% of the organization’s budget, he led the Finance Committee and the corporate board in restructuring the budget, meeting all obligations, and making the smallest impact possible on the programs and services provided to youth. He remained in the treasurer’s role until the organization had come through the recession without major disruptions, and was ready to move forward again. Heustess has also raised significant dollars from the community, and represents the Boys & Girls Club well to the Kiwanis Club, advocating on the organization’s behalf for available funding, and inviting staff to speak to the group about the Boys & Girls Club mission and programs.

L to R: Waring, Eaddy, Smith, Jones, White

In addition to the National Service to Youth Awards, the annual meeting included installation of five new board members: Solomon Eaddy, Jr. (Peoples Funeral Home), Michelle Jones (Speech & Language Pathologist), Chipper Smith (Smith Funeral Home), Larry Waring (Duke Energy), and Damon White (Assurant).

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area provides daily programs and services to more than 3,000 young people each year. Clubs are open every weekday after school and throughout the summer, providing programs that help youth achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information about local Clubs, call 843-662-1142 or visit bgcpda.org.


BGCPDA ~ PO Box 93 ~ Florence, SC 29503 ~ 843-662-1142