ALBANY — From the volunteers on the board of directors to the volunteers cooking and serving dinner in the back of the house, the good will of generations helping children stood out.
Randy Skalla, CEO of SASCO Chemical Group Inc., accepted the National Award of Merit at the 2012 Annual Stakeholders Meeting of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.
The stakeholders meeting and dinner at the community group’s Jane Willson Unit, 1012 Holloway Ave., brought about 60 representatives from organizations that support the club’s work with children.
In recognition of his company’s contributions to the club, the national organization gave Skalla the award in recognition of his commitment, generosity and support.
In presenting the award, Ronnie Jenkins, the club’s regional service director, said, “The national award of merit represents a sustaining commitment that makes a difference.”
Skalla brought his daughter, Rebekah Davis, also a club board member, and his granddaughter Leecy, much too young to join the board but enthusiastic, to share the award.
Most recently through the company, the club had its technology center painted, carpeted and set up with 22 new computer stations, including new desks and chairs.
Awards were also given in appreciation of many other groups and their member who support the work of the club. Among those receiving certificates were P.E.A.C.E. Civic Club, Covenant Presbyterian Church and American Legion Post 512.
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul applauded the work of award recipients and the clubs he has always supported.
“If more kids were part of the Boys & Girls Clubs,” Sproul said, “our jails would be empty.”
Volunteers cooking and serving the dinner from the parents club knew the value the Boys & Girls Club brings to their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
“I’ve been working with the club for 30 years,” Alice Jones said as she brought a tray to the kitchen. “My boys and my grandson enjoy coming here. It gives them something good to do with their time instead of hanging out on the street.”