Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 5 years of making a difference at Glitz at the Ritz 

  • 02 May, 2016

Glitz at the Ritz on Lake Oconee was a huge success!

On April 16, the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club (PNC) held their 4th annual “Glitz at the Ritz” fund raising event. This year, the Club celebrated the theme “Five Years of Making a Difference”. PNC opened in June 2011 and that was just the beginning of creating “Great Futures” for hundreds of Greene County Youth over the years. Ritz dining décor followed a Lake theme as this year the event offered Adirondack deck chairs hand painted by local artists and displayed at Traditions New and Old, in Greensboro and Fishtales Boutique, Bank South, and Parkside Main 8 Theatre at Lake Oconee. Morgan County High School students made the chairs. More than 200 local residents and PNC supporters celebrated and enjoyed a silent auction and an evening of dancing to the sounds of the Eddie Byrd band.

The evening highlight was an insightful and inspiring speech by longtime Boys & Girls Club advocate and former newswoman, Monica Kaufman Pearson.   Highlights of Monica’s presentation included youth statistics, research-based programs and practices used locally at PNC and in Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation that help develop character, responsibility, conflict resolution, perseverance, and self-worth and decision-making skills among our youth. Monica emphasized “the academic support and nurturing environment clubs provide keep many young people off the streets and in school in pursuit of a high school diploma and a better future.”

Dr. Mardel Kolls, PNC Board President, presented the Greene Lantern Award to Novelis, Inc. Greensboro for their continued commitment to Community Service and volunteer activities and youth projects for Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club youth. Accepting the award was Charity Burnette, Director of Human Resources for Novelis.

 Dr. Kolls also presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (Points of Light) this year. This is an award from the Office of the President of the United States to recognize volunteers for their service to others. The First Tee Program was awarded the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award for providing golf instruction, character development, goal setting and sportsmanship. Teams of volunteers (12-17) meet with children weekly donating over 1000 hours during afterschool and summer programs at the Club. Other recipients of this prestigious Presidential Award included: Joe Collier, PNC Trustee and longtime volunteer and supporter of PNC, donated over 240 hours (bronze level); Dave Thielen and Doc Davis each donated over 500 hours providing educational technology support as needed since the PNC opened in 2011. Each qualified for Gold status awards from the Presidential Points of Light program. Millicent Zamirowski, a current PNC Board member, logged over 300 hours of volunteer service (Silver level) by serving on the PNC Resource Development and Fundraising Event committees.

Dr. Kolls thanked all volunteers saying, “Last year, over 200 volunteers representing individuals, churches and local business and organizations, helped us make our program special by offering their time, treasures, and talents. We are grateful for their service and wish to honor their support.” Bob Mackey, Senior Club Director for PNC issued a challenge from the Chipman Union Foundation that offered to match every dollar donated up to $5,000 creating a $10,000 challenge goal. By the end of the evening, the challenge goal was exceeded.

Debbie Burns, PNC Events Chair, acknowledged the hard work of her committee and thanked everyone involved in making Glitz at the Ritz on Lake Oconee a success. She then offered a champagne toast to “Five Years of Making a Difference” at PNC.

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The Pete Nance Boys & Girls would like to recognize Mr. Ian Jackson as our 2016 Staff Member of the Year. For the past 5 years, he has served as Education Coordinator and Program Coordinator for the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Club of North Central GA, where he later was promoted to his position of Administrator of Programs. Mr. Ian Jackson has been awarded several program awards and has been responsible for the Smart Girls “WIN” retreat, which was selected as one of the two organizations to represent the state of Georgia. He has been instrumental in the growth of the program on both the local and regional level.

Ian Cosby Jackson is a native of Greensboro, Georgia who has always been recognized as a leader academically as well as in sports and extracurricular activities. He has been known for being involved and engaged in the uplifting of himself and others.

Upon graduation from Taliaferro County High School, Mr. Jackson attended Morehouse College where he founded “The Talented Tenth Program,” a nonprofit organization based on W. E. B. Dubois’ essay that mentors and challenges Atlanta’s inner city youth to become change agents their communities need.

Since he became a part of the Boys and Girls Club Movement, Ian has been recognized on both the local and state levels. He is a leader in Greene County and a participant of Leadership Greene, a personal growth program designed to motivate, develop and enhance the quality of leadership skills.


The Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club (PNC) is pleased to welcome Brad Parr to the club as their new Education Coordinator. Parr grew up in Woodstock, Georgia playing and participating in a variety of sports. He attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA where he obtained his bachelors degree in Community Health. While attending Georgia College, he participated in intramural softball, worked as an umpire for RecSports, and led a small group study for New City Church Milledgeville where he met his wife, Sara. 

Shortly after graduating from Georgia College, Parr decided to continue his education and is currently enrolled in an online Masters Degree program in Recreation and Sport Administration. The Western Kentucky University program will equip Parr with administrative skills he can apply at the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club.  Continuing his education gives him the opportunity to put into practice the advice he has given his students throughout the past few years while working in elementary and high schools and that is, “education matters”. 

Parr will graduate with his Masters Degree at the end of May 2018.  In addition to continuing his education, Parr has also worked in Baldwin County as a Site Coordinator for Communities In Schools and a Paraprofessional at Midway Elementary.

As Education Coordinator, Parr is responsible for implementation of strategic Boys & Girls Club program direction and scheduling to support the clubs educational mission. His role is primarily designed to help facilitate communications between key school district personnel and partner agencies. Parr communicates with club staff, members, school officials, teachers and partner agencies to insure deliverance and understanding of programs that will be provided to support greater academic success.

Parr says he can now relate better to club high school students and assist them in applying for federal aid as he has personally been through the process. He is seeking opportunities to show PNC kids and Club Teens the various career paths they can pursue upon graduation, and feels his current status as a student will allow him to share his own experiences with the kids. Parr said, “my hope is that our PNC kids and teens will be encouraged to challenge themselves and take the next step in the academic world. No matter where they are in their journey.”

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Parr join The Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club staff,” said Sr. Club Director, Bob Mackey. “In the short time he has been at The Club, Mr. Parr is already working great with the students, parents, and teachers. He’s settling into his role nicely and we are pleased with his enthusiasm for the program and the kids. We believe Mr. Parr is a wonderful addition and asset to PNC.”

Parr enjoys spending time with family, golfing, studying scripture, and listening to music during his spare time. “I am eager for this next chapter of life with the Pete Nance Boys and Girls Club, and I am excited to see how I can make a difference in the Greensboro community,” said Parr.

For more information about PNC programs and events, such as Moonlight and Motown, please visit . To learn the many ways you too can support and partner with PNC, please contact Norm Agran at or 908-279-5000 (donations) or Jim Liebeck at or 706-999-1669 (volunteer). You can also follow the club on Facebook at .


Friday, October 21, The Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club (PNC) brings the 3rd Annual Moonlight & Motown to The Harbor Club Stables at Lake Oconee. The annual benefit will be an exciting evening of Motown favorites for all who attend. The event supports PNC in their mission of making a difference in the lives of Greene County children.

Moonlight & Motown will begin with dinner at 6:30pm followed by dancing at 7:30pm, while The Sensational Sounds of Motown, once again bring some of Motown’s greatest hits to the stage. The Sensational Sounds of Motown, a Athens-based group, is considered by  to be “the best sounding class R&B and soul band in the Southeast.” In their 20 years of touring experience, the band has played with iconic R&B artists: Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Barry White and The Drifters. Avid fans rave that the group puts on a great show from start to finish.”

A captivating silent auction and a “Pick Your Prize” raffle will add to the ambiance of the evening. Raffle participants will try their luck in winning a Green Egg Grill Package, Yeti Tailgate Package, or a Custom Made Propane Gas Fire Pit by Chuck Anthony. Tickets and ticket packages to this event start at just $80 per person and raffle tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100. Tickets and raffle tickets may be purchased online at . Tickets and information is also available by contacting Moonlight & Motown Event Chair, Debbie Burns at 404-626-4595 or by email at

For more information about Moonlight and Motown and PNC, please visit . To learn the many ways you too can support and partner with PNC, please contact Norm Agran at (donors) or Jim Liebeck at (volunteers). You can also follow the club on Facebook at .


Members of the golfing community at Reynolds Lake Oconee honored the passing of their friend and golf member Steve Scovic by creating a scholarship fund in his name. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Greene County High School graduate who will go on to college and be involved in athletics. The first recipient of the Steve Scovic Scholarship is Johnathan Evans, who will attend LaGrange College this fall, pursuing a degree in Sports Administration and playing for the football team. Jonathan is an excellent student and athlete who has attended the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club (PNC) and has worked there as a counselor. Leading by example and encouraging PNC kids to do the right thing, even when no one is watching, Jonathan has been an inspiration to them sharing that they too can pursue their dreams.

In naming the Steve Scovic Scholarship and honoring him, the Reynolds Golf community loses a good friend. Steve was a long time resident of Reynolds Lake Oconee who graduated from the University of Dayton in 1966 and was a UD Flyer through and through. He pitched for the UD baseball team, played on the Flyers 1962 basketball team and was a Flyers basketball fan for the rest of his life. He was an educator and a true sports fanatic. Steve leaves a legacy of educating and improving the lives of countless children in the public and charter school systems of the greater Dayton area. His educational career included serving as President of Alliance Community Schools in Dayton, Ohio and serving as Superintendent of Kettering, Fairborn, and Bethel City Schools. He received multiple awards throughout his career recognizing his hard work and dedication to educating children.

The golf community at Reynolds Lake Oconee hopes this scholarship gift continues to touch and improve the lives of Green County students.


Thursday, July 7, 2016, Captain Monford of the Greensboro Police Department made a visit to the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club (PNC) Teen Center to bring awareness and enlighten members of life changing events happening in our country and even in their own community and how their choices can have consequences. Captain Monford told the teens. “do not take your education lightly.” He continued, “find ten positive thing you like to do and let them work for you.” 

Captain Monford brought two guest speakers with him who shared their life stories; Mr. Garrett Brown and Mr. Frederick Nesbitt, who both served 13 years in prison. These men are productive citizens in society now. Mr. Brown and Mr. Nesbitt shared with the teens that their life choices landed them in prison. Not only did their decisions affect them, but they also affected their families as well.  They shared with the teens that when they went to prison their children were babies and when they were released their children were well into their teenage years about to graduate from high school. Both Mr. Brown and Mr. Nesbitt had to restore the relationships with their children as well as other family members. They each encouraged the teens to get their education and make better choices than they made because life is hard enough without making bad choices. The teens were overwhelmed with their powerful testimonies and the teens agreed this was not the life they wanted to live.
For the first time ever, on July 18th, the American Red Cross partnered with the Pete Nance Boys and Girls club to bring a blood drive to Greene county. This unique blood drive was organized in an effort to give the pre/teen club members an opportunity to run the entire blood drive themselves, from marketing to operations.

Our youth worked diligently with Teen Director, Eula Davis, and Board Member, Kara Latz, to first develop a list of prospects. Once established, they focus ed on recruiting donors, coordinating appointments, and providing superior support and customer service on the day of the drive. Not only did donors walk away feeling that it was an excellent experience, many asked to post flyers to alert others for any subsequent Pete Nance blood drives!

As many are aware, the blood supply in GA is critically low during the summer months when schools are not in session. Despite the many local drives in recent weeks, we still reached our goal, and yielded 32 pints! This is an accomplishment for any blood drive, but the fact that we were so successful during our first drive, makes us overjoyed. Under the guidance of our stellar director, Bob Mackey, the PNC kids are eager for the next opportunity to give back to the community. We would also like to thank everyone who came out to donate blood.

We would like to thank the   The Lake Country Board of Realtors   for their recent contribution to the   Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club . We couldn't "Make A Difference" without the support of our community partners! The monies were raised from fundraising efforts of the Lake Country Board of Realtors past two events. The National Association of Realtors, which represents over 1 million real estate professionals across the country, and the Boys and Girls Club of America have joined fo rces this year so America’s kids can continue to have a brighter future. The partnership was formed to encourage all realtors to support their local Boys and Girls Club.

The Lake Country Board of Realtors represents over 300 licensed realtors and affiliates in Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Morgan and Putnam counties.“ Realtors are big part of the fabric of our community. The LCBOR Board is proud to support this NAR initiative and help our local children,” Riezl Baker, LCBOR President.

PNC Thanks you!!!  

Pictured above:
Board of Directors and Officers for the Lake Country Board of Realtors: (Left to Right) Larry Bowers- Board Member, Jeanne Dufort-Past President, Rhonda Williams- Board Member, Riezl Baker- President, Micki Tanner- Vice President, Nicole Richards-Association Executive


The Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club, located in Greensboro, Ga has an immediate opening for the position of Education Coordinator. The Education Coordinator is responsible for implementation of strategic Boys & Girls Club program direction and scheduling to support our educational mission. 

The Education Coordinator's role is primarily designed to help facilitate communications between key school district personnel and partner agencies. The Education Coordinator will be required to communicate with club staff, members, school officials, teachers and partner agencies to insure deliverance and understanding of programs that will be provided to support greater academic success.


1. Preferred four year degree in education or 60 credit hours related field from an accredited university.

2. Two-years work experience in the education environment.

3. Strong communication skills, both verbal & written.

4. Strong time management and multi-project management skills.

5. Strong customer-service oriented philosophy.

6. Ability to quickly learn and apply principles of various Boys & Girls Clubs of America ducation Programs such as Project Learn, Think Thru Math, & Power Hour.

7. Thorough knowledge of the developmental learning stages of children.

8. Experience in providing educational programs for youth.

9. Experience in development and execution of I.E.P.’s.

10. Ability to effectively manage a classroom.

11. Strong computer skills, i.e., Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.

12. Must have some experience with Boys & Girls Club or a youth development program.

Interested candidates should email their resumes to Bob Mackey at .


Each year, on the second Thursday of May, associates from Keller Williams celebrate Mo Anderson's birthday by spending the day away from their businesses while serving worthy organizations and causes in their communities. Mo Anderson is the heart and truly beloved leader of Keller Williams Realty. Her personal integrity and unending drive are touchstones that have made Keller Williams Realty one of the most successful franchises in real estate history. Because of her constant commitment to that culture, RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate, is Keller Williams Realty's annual day of service.

Associates from Keller Williams Lake Oconee spent time at Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club (PNC) in Greensboro during the May 12th Red Day giving the Club halls a facelift with a fresh coat of paint throughout the entire club.

Sandy Gilman, Chair of the Culture Committee of KW Lake Oconee, had this to share about her team’s day at PNC, “I am so glad we were able to commit our time to helping your (PNC) wonderful organization! God Bless you all for what you do for the students and our community. Your dedication truly makes a difference in their lives.”

Other Keller Williams Lake Oconee volunteers who assisted with the day are as follows: Zach Rolfes (Mercer student), Steve Martin (Keller Williams Team Leader), Steve Hepler (Realtor), Alan Kent (Realtor), Charles Hendrix (Realtor), Sally Littleton (Realtor), Jim Littleton (Realtor), Gerry Toney (Keller Williams Lake Oconee broker/owner) and Chasen Crawford (lender at Homeside Mortgage).

To learn the many ways you too can support and partner with PNC, please contact Bob Mackey at 706-920-1400 or at . You can also follow the club on Facebook at or visit them

Singer/Songwriter, Tony Terry will perform LIVE in concert this Saturday night, May 28 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Greene County High School Theatre. Tony Terry & Friends, benefiting the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club (PNC), will not only raise funds and awareness for PNC, but will also be an evening of incredible live performances from Tony Terry and other talented artists.

Tony Terry, an R&B/new jack swing singer from Washington, DC, first began his career as a backup singer for the R&B/pop group Sweet Sensation and hip-hop group, The Boogie Boys. In 1987, he signed a record deal with Epic/CBS Records and debuted his first single, "She's Fly", later the same year. The single peaked at number 10 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart.

His style transcends age groups and his multi-selling hits, “She’s Fly,” “Lovey, Dovey,” “Forever Yours,” “Everlasting Love,” “Head Over Heels,” “When A Man Cries" and the now classic – “With You" to name a few, continue to sell, and have become timeless classics. In recent years he has performed live with Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Gladys Knight, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and is currently touring with Roberta Flack. Tony has released four albums, Forever Yours, Tony Terry, The Heart of a Man, and My Best.

Also joining Tony Terry on stage, is recording artist - Jarvis Wingfield, Xavier Lewis - also know as “The Antidote to R & B,” Comedian - Chris Bolden, and Singer/Songwriter - Renee Snead.

Tickets for Tony Terry & Friends are $20 for General Seating or $35 for VIP Seating and may be purchased online or at the door. This concert is for ages 21 & up and doors open at 7:00pm. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit the EVENTS page at .

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