Letters to the Editor

Club pledges openness, commitment to mission

Thank you for acknowledging in your recent editorial the positive impact the Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort has on our children and community.

More than a hundred years ago, Frederick Douglass said, "It is easier to build strong children, than repair broken men." That is our mission -- to build strong children. As the editorial stated, the clubs do this through academics, the arts, civic involvement and character development. The clubs offer a place where children are introduced to the many ways they can express their talents and feelings and thus, discover their own success story.

The board of directors of the Beaufort Area Clubs and its parent organization, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, fully agree with the editorial that the organization's finances need to be transparent to the public. Through the past three years, the boards did their due diligence to prevent a deficit through merging the Beaufort Teen Center with the Boundary Street Club, placing the Teen Center building on the market, dismantling the corporate office, and outsourcing the organization's public relations and accounting needs.

Our driving objective through the past years has been to keep our doors open as the demand for our services increased and donations decreased. No one knew the final impact of the recession as we navigated our way through it. Although every decision might not have been perfect, each was made keeping our mission at the forefront. We look forward to our community joining us to assure our children are strong as we help shape our community and future.

Chris Protz, executive director

Boys & Girls Clubs

of the Lowcountry