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Roswell, Ruidoso Boys & Girls Clubs to form partnership

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A group of teenage boys shoot hoops at the Roswell Boys & Girls Club. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

The Roswell Boys & Girls Club, which since 1965 has helped thousands of kids in Roswell, will now get some help of its own.

A group of teenage boys shoot hoops at the Roswell Boys & Girls Club. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

A partner/joint management agreement has been formed between the Boys & Girls Club of Roswell and the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso. The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca has agreed to provide management for the Roswell club, with the intent to officially merge operations this fall.

Further, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has committed to support the partnership with $75,000 in funding during 2017 to help build capacity within the organization, with additional funds pledged during 2018 and 2019. The funding has a 1-to-1 match requiring $75,000 to be raised within the community.

The Roswell/Ruidoso partnership is expected to increase program quality and the number of members served by both organizations while providing more efficient and cost effective management, reducing overhead and enabling more resources to be expended at the club site level, according to a press release from the national office. Funds raised in their respective communities will be designated for local clubs.

Tim Coughlin, executive director of the Ruidoso club, will now oversee both the Ruidoso and Roswell clubs.

In a press release, Tim Coughlin said, “This partnership is very exciting for both organizations because it will allow us to more effectively accomplish our shared mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Coughlin said by working together, more can accomplish by streamlining many of the processes for more efficiency and effectiveness.

Coughlin, who serves on the Ruisdoso village council, is the 2015 recipient of the Professional Associations Executive of the Year award for the eight states comprising the Southwest Region of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He has served as the executive cirector of the Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca since opening its doors in March of 2012.

In the short run, the Roswell club is in desperate need of funding, around $15,000, to keep its doors open through the end of September, according to Sherry Mumford, executive director of the Chaves County United Way.

Coughlin has requested permission from the United Way to solicit a handful of donors who have been generous with the club in the past. He realizes this is the blackout period, in which United Way agencies cannot do their own fundraising as it would compete with the fundraising efforts of the United Way. The black-out period is from Aug. 15 to Nov. 15.

“We don’t want to enforce the black out when it’s make-it-or-break-it for them,” said Adriann Ragsdale, who serves on the board of the local United Way.

The Roswell Boys & Girls Club is located at 201 S. Garden Ave., and the facilities are owned by the city.

The current lease started in 2013 and ends Nov. 30 this year. Previously, the city leased the building to the club for $1 annually in exchange for the club’s services to the community, according to information provided by a city spokesperson. Recently, the rent was adjusted to $5,220 annually pending a quarterly report from the club describing services to the community which could reduce the amount owed.

Under the lease agreement, the club is responsible for building and grounds maintenance and repairs, as well as general housekeeping and security of the facility and club participants. The cost of major structural improvements are to be shared 50/50 by the city and club. There have been no recent large-scale improvements to the facility that would fall into this category.

The city is working closely with the club to help redevelop the club’s programming, grow its membership, ensure safety and full functionality of the facility and improve general operations of the club.

Representatives from both the Roswell and Ruidoso organizations, along with key members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, have been meeting to explore a partnership that will provide expanded services to their respective communities. After a thorough analysis, Boys & Girls Club of Roswell and and Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Blanca have agreed to work toward a formal strategic partnership.

Founded in 1860, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is nonprofit organization that serves 4 million members, ages 6-18, through its after-school and enrichment programs. With 4,300 clubs across the nation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides innovative programming that prepare their members for success by giving them the confidence to pursue their dreams and equipping them with the tools to do so.

For more information, visit bgca.org.

Community News editor Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.