|11/6/2017 4:00:00 AM|
Club honors 3
at Farewell Tour
|Scott Noel (left) earned Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Dr. David Fink received the Founders Award (accepted by his widow, Sandy Fink), and Bill Taylor earned the Great Futures Award on Friday during the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Alumni & Friends Farewell Tour, which invited the community to tour the Club and share memories one last time.|
|The Times photos by Betsy Reason |
Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville alumni and former employees gather Friday during the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Alumni & Friends Farewell Tour, which invited the community to tour the Club and share memories one last time.
Noblesville's Bill Taylor grew up a farm boy, graduated from college, worked in the grain-handling industry and then started his own technology company.
Along the way, as an adult, he got involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, joining the Club's board 18 years ago.
"Be involved and give back to the community" is one of the six principles of the Taylored Systems owner and president.
Since then, the small business owner of 35 years has served as the Club's board president and has been a key leader on two of the Club's building committees for capital campaigns, for the Community Center and the new Club building, which is expected to open in January just two blocks east of the current club at 1448 Conner St.
"When I understood what the Boys & Girls Club was about, and knowing that those kids need this structure, need this place to be after school that's safe, it just pulls at my heartstrings," Taylor, 66, said, "It's such a great organization. I don't know what some of these kids and some of the parents would do without this club."
Taylor on Friday was awarded the Club's Great Futures Award for his dedication to the Club, its mission and the youth of our community. He was honored for his exceptional and sustained leadership and his significant contribution of time and talent to the Club.
Taylor, who annually volunteers with a fundraiser pancake breakfast during the Club's winter basketball season in partnership with his Noblesville Kiwanis Club, said he was pleasantly surprised with the award, because being involved with the Club is just what he does.
Also, on Friday, Scott Noel earned the Club's Outstanding Young Alumni Award, given to alumni who are under the age of 50 and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community through philanthropic activity.
It's his fourth year on the Club's board of directors, for which he is currently vice president and sits on several Club committees. He has coached several teams in the Club's basketball league and has volunteered as a mentor. He was one of four finalists in the youth mentoring category of The College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards program while mentoring a 17-year-old Club kid who had been death an unfortunate set of circumstances.
In second grade, Noel joined the Club, where he loved to play basketball, and then, baseball, although he said, "It's so much more than athletics."
As an adult, he volunteers to serve meals to the Club kids and likes to listen to them talk about the Club. A sales manager for Sagamore Ready Mix by day, he likes "the happiness that you hear when they're at the Club."
A third honoree was Dr. David Fink, for which the Founders Award was accepting in his behalf by his widow, Sandy Fink, to whom he was married for 57 years.
"He enjoyed working with children, especially all of the kids in his community. He always has," she said of her husband, who coached youth baseball for 10 years and served on the Boys Club board for 12 years. He was a dentist from 1966 to 2014, serving the Hamilton County Jail for 40 of those nearly 50 years.
Dr. Fink, who died on May 31, 2017, was honored as a pioneer member who made exceptional contributions to the Club while inspiring and influencing alumni and members. He embodies the Club's core values of good character and citizenship, academic success, and healthy lifestyles. He served on the Club's board, as president from 1983-84, in addition to a second term in
1994. While on the board, Dr. Fink witnessed the addition of the Club's west wing, which is the Teen Center and the Richard H. Crosser Gymnasium.
Sandy Fink, a member of the Club's ladies auxiliary, described her husband as "a very humble person, a quiet leader," who "never really talked about what he did here," she said. "He just thought he should give back to the community....He just did it."
The three award winners -- presented by Kim Hirschfeld, the Club's board president -- were honored Friday at the Club's Alumni & Friends Farewell Tour, during which attendees were invited to tour the Club, thumb through old scrapbooks and photos, share memories and play games at the Club, one last time. When the Club closes its doors for Noblesville Schools' holiday break in December, the Club will reopen at its new location under construction just two blocks east, adjacent the Club's current Community Center.
The move will be bittersweet for Abigail Rinehart, the Club's unit director, who teared up as she presented her alumni farewell speech about the club, where she was once a member and Girl of the Year, and where her own children are now involved in the Club.
She said, "Although we say goodbye to 1448 Conner St., our family, the Club, will carry the memories on into our new home. As we move into the next chapter of our story, we are eager, hopeful and confident that our family will grow bigger. We would like to say 'thank you' to all that have made this dream a reality. Buildings are made of brick and mortar, but a Club, a Boys & Girls Club, is brought to life through the heart, soul and magic of its members and staff."
Rinehart said, "I am forever grateful for 1448 Conner St., for the Club, for the lessons it taught me, for the safety it provided me, for the amazing individuals it put in my path, and for watching over my children."
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