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New Vice President of Development steps up for Grand Rapids' youth

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New Vice President of Resource Development, Michelle Lewis.

New Vice President of Resource Development, Michelle Lewis.

This past February, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth experienced some shifts within their Board of Directors that will hopefully help to jump start 2010. After two years of dedicated service to the organization, Michelle Lewis, Supervisor of Training for Chicago Diversified Foods, has taken on the role of Vice President of Resource Development for Boys & Girls Clubs.

Lewis will serve as VP of Resource Development for two years with the possibility of continuing her term after that time is up. The position is very important for Boys & Girls Clubs during this time of economic turbulence. It requires a candidate that is strong and driven to succeed.

“I feel very honored to be considered and accepted into this new position,” said Lewis. “It is a key position in assuring the resources are there for a secure future for the Clubs, especially in these tough economic times. The kids need us now more than ever, and I will do my very best to make a difference every way possible.”

Lewis’ contributions have already made a dramatic impact on the success of the organization. She recently headed up the Dinner Committee for the 1st Annual Steak & Burger Dinner, which took place in October 2009. The event raised over $62,000 and brought community partners in direct contact with the Club members they help to support.

In addition, her efforts range from organizing events to supporting the Clubs through her affiliation with the Taco Bells of West Michigan. Lewis has been around since the opening of the Clubs as well as played a part in the Day for Kids celebrations held each year.

Currently, Lewis is serving as Chair for the Camp O’Malley Beach Ball, a fundraising event to take place at Peter Secchia’s summer lake house on July 13. Her efforts to make a difference in the community are endless.

“Any position where I can make a difference is important,” said Lewis. “The kids depend on us to work on their behalf to assure they have a place to go after school that is trustworthy and in their best interest. I feel the Clubs serve as this and so much more.”

With the recent loss of their beloved Board Member Steve Duffy and other changes within their Board, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth sees Michelle Lewis as an exciting change of pace. They can only benefit with Lewis in such a valuable position.

Article written by Sara Schneider.

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