Annual Report 2021
"Back together again"
President's Message What a year 2021 has been! At its start, many of us were unsure of what to expect, and while the first half of the year was a little unsteady, the last half, well, it finished with a bang! With the start of our summer program, the Ralph Wilson Youth Club saw an immediate increase in membership registrations, and the sounds of children laughing and playing filled the halls from the front doors to the back gymnasium court. It was a joyous sound! Summer field trip spaces filled up at record speeds and daily activities were enjoyed by all in and around the Club! The fall season gave way to the 25th Annual Dr. Ralph Wilson, Jr. Wildflower Charity Golf Classic. Due to the incredible hard work of many RWYC Board Members and Staff, the golf tournament was a huge success, netting over $65,000 for the youth club. To date, our Club Champions have pledged over $90,000.00. As a result of your overwhelming generosity, we continue to be able to provide a safe space for children in our community to gather and do so with very affordable registration fees. We cannot say this enough, but Ralph Wilson Youth Club would not be possible without your contributions. Thank you! Lacy Adams Board President
RWYC Welcomes New Leadership Ralph Wilson Youth Club welcomes new leadership on the executive board and a pair of new members to the full board of directors. Lacy Adams served our community faithfully during her term from January 2020 – December 2021. Former club executive director Charlie Kimmey assumes the lead as the club’s new president. Having served the youth club for 15 years as executive director, Mr. Kimmey brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and community connections that promise to keep the club moving in the right direction. Dr. Robin Battershell is the youth club’s new vice president. Dr. Battershell’s extensive experience with organizational structure and planning will be a tremendous asset to the executive board. In addition, Dr. Battershell will lead the effort to continue the completion of the Strategic Plan that the board adopted in late 2020. Doug Streater will continue to serve the youth club as treasurer. Mr. Streater’s thorough understanding of the principals of finance are priceless. Mr. Streater has overseen several financial incentives in the past two years that have increased financial accountability. Mr. Streater also continues to play a key role in the completion of the financial aspect of the Strategic Plan. Steve Brischke will start his second term on the board by serving on the executive board. As a licensed attorney, Mr. Brischke will prove his value as the club continues to update policies and procedures. His legal expertise will also assist in negotiating agreements as the youth club continues to explore partnerships with various agencies. As the father of two kids that attend the youth club, Mr. Brischke has a unique perspective on the club as he has two youth advisors.
Executive Board Charlie Kimmey President Dr. Robin Battershell Vice President Doug Streater Treasurer Steve Brischke Secretary Lacy Adams Past President Sharon Wilson Honorary Chairperson
Ralph Wilson Youth Club Boy & Girl of the Year Ralph Wilson Youth Club awards a Boy and Girl of the Month monthly over the duration of the year to club members who exemplify qualities of leadership, kindness, selflessness, and are courteous to others. The award is voted on by the staff of RWYC and is presented monthly. Winners of the monthly award are eligible to win the annual Boy and Girl of the Year Award. The youth club is proud to announce the winners of the prestigious annual award.
2021 Boy of the Year The 2021 Boy of the Year is Hayden Whiteker. Hayden Whiteker is a 4th grade student at Jefferson Elementary. Hayden is known for his athletic prowess at the youth club. He can often be found in the gymnasium participating in football or basketball. Hayden is characterized as a ‘high energy’ member that always uses this energy in a positive manner. His energy translates into quick responses when asked by staff to assist or make a change. Hayden’s ‘will do’ attitude propelled him to being named Boy of the Year. Hayden is the son of Jacob and Kellyn Whiteker.
2021 Girl of the Year The 2021 Girl of the Year is Madison Lockett. Madison Lockett is a 2nd grade student at Scott Elementary. Madison can best be summarized in three words, great role model. Other traits attributed to Madison are respectful, polite, engaging, and active. Madison expressed a love for everything about RWYC in her response to what she likes best about the youth club. But in listing her favorite areas she spotlighted the game room, movie room, arts and crafts room and the kitchen. Madison has tremendous relationships with the entire staff. She emphasizes how super nice the staff is at the youth club. Madison is the daughter of David and Linnea Lockett.
RWYC welcomes new Club Coordinator Although the title is new, the person with the title isn’t. Part-time employee Cole Jones has accepted the position of club coordinator with Ralph Wilson Youth Club. Cole has worked in a part time capacity at the youth club for 7 years. A recent graduate of Texas A&M Central Texas, Cole had original plans to enter the education field. However, his passion for the youth club led him to explore career options with TEAM RWYC. After much deliberation, Cole made the decision to utilize his education and passion for helping youth through a career at the youth club. Cole is certified to teach grades K-6. This skill set will be valuable as the youth club continues to offer programming based on supporting the academic needs of our members. In his capacity as club coordinator, some of Cole’s responsibilities will include the following: • Oversight of part time staff that work within the youth club. • Planning and implementing school term programming, summer field trips, and all special programming. • Addressing discipline issues associated with member behavior. • Oversight of professional service contracts for club maintenance. • Data analytics associated with memberships, concession sales, and purchases. • Manage aspects of the annual budget. • Draft and finalize an annual operating calendar for registration and operation days. The youth club has restructured staffing levels in the previous year. Although the staffing levels have been reduced, through restructuring and reallocation of duties, the youth club is operating at a more efficient level and exceeding expectations.
Meet Cole Jones Name: Cole Jones Birthplace: Temple, Texas Education: Academy H.S., Texas A&M Central Texas – 2021 Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood RWYC Tenure: 7 years Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, sports and being outside Family: Wife Makenzee What makes RWYC special to Cole? “It’s the place in Temple, Texas that can change lives. It’s the place that our community needs in order to give some of these kids a chance to be successful. I’ve had the privilege of being around RWYC my entire life. I’ve seen, firsthand, the difference good people can make in the lives of others. The relationships and the memories I’ve made here are second to none.”
Name: Avery Magana Birthplace: Temple, Texas Education: Temple H.S., University of Mary Hardin Baylor – Sports Management – 2022 RWYC Tenure: 3 years Hobbies: Art, outdoor activities, spending time with family What makes RWYC special to Avery? “What makes RWYC a special place to me is the way it brings all the kids together to create new friendships, and is a place that can help the kids learn and grow.”
2021 Fall Staff The heart & soul of RWYC
Golfing for Good! The 25th Annual Dr. Ralph Wilson, Jr. Wildflower Charity Golf Classic was a tremendous success. The annual event serves as one of two major fundraisers conducted by the Board of Directors. This year’s event featured 31 teams and 125 players competing against one another to support our community’s youth. Thanks in part to the event being underwritten by Sharon and Janice Wilson, 100% of the contributions go to support the operations of Ralph Wilson Youth Club. Under the leadership of the event’s chairman Tom Stringfellow, this year’s event exceeded budget projections for net profit. The 2021 Dr. Ralph Wilson, Jr. Wildflower Charity Golf Classic raised over $65,000 for the youth club. Participants in the event were treated to lunch prior to tee time, and dinner following 18 holes of golf. Those in attendance had the opportunity to win a 75 inch television, handgun, corn hole sets, Kamado Joe Smoker, guided fishing tour, and laptop. Every player also received a Dr. Ralph Wilson, Jr. Wildflower Charity Golf Classic pullover. Event organizers are able to put on a first class golf event without compromising the proceeds that go to the youth club thanks to the generosity of the Wilson family and their underwriting.
+$65,000 raised for the kids of RWYC!
Athletics Review The athletics program experienced yet another year marked by growth. At the core of all the growth is the girl's volleyball program. Since its inception in 2019, the program has grown by 64%. The youth club offers two seasons of girls volleyball, fall and spring. The rate of growth in the leagues is indicative of how Ralph Wilson Youth Club identified a need within the community and is successfully addressing the need. The program is open to girls ages 7 – 12. It is the hope of the staff at the youth club that the added opportunity for our girls to play at an early age and enhance their skills prior to 7th grade will result in increased success for our middle school and high school teams in future years. The basketball program continues to be the largest in the region. With an average of 90 teams in the program on an annual basis, the league brings together youth from all the surrounding communities to compete. The league allows boys and girls ages 5 – 12 the opportunity to learn the game of basketball. The basketball program can accommodate the number of youth that seek to play in the program in large part due to partnerships with Temple Independent School District, Temple College, and the City of Temple. These entities provide additional gym space which allows the youth club to accept all youth into the program without limitations.
CMB Jr. Golf Open to make a Spring Debut
The Craig Michael Bukosky Junior Golf Open will make a spring debut in 2022. The event was traditionally conducted during the summer. However, in 2020 the event relocated to the fall in the midst of the pandemic. Although the event experienced great success in this time slot, the decision was made by event organizers to explore a total reset for the event and located the 26th edition of the CMB Jr. Golf Open to the spring. The CMB Jr. Golf Open is a tremendous event for youth golfers. It enables them access to the area’s premier golf course, Wildflower Country Club. This access is at the remarkable rate of $20. Golfers are treated to 9-18 holes of golf dependent upon age. They receive event t-shirts, golf balls, and free lunch. The prize package for winners is one that is rarely seen in a youth event anywhere. The CMB Jr. Golf Open is for youth ages 7 to 18.
NEW DATE! March 27, 2022
Register soon @ rwycsports.org
Craig Bukosky Sportsmanship Award
Each year Ralph Wilson Youth Club selects a male and female athlete from the youth basketball league as recipients of the Craig Bukosky Sportsmanship Award. While these players athletic accomplishments are not unworthy of recognition, their sportsmanship and team-first attitude are why they were chosen to receive this year's award. Congratulations to Reese Rosenbaum and Saniya Maxwell, the 2021 recipients of the Craig Bukosky Sportsmanship Award.
2021 Fall Volleyball League Champions 10-U
YC W R 8-U
PO T R
Your dollars at work As a club champion, your support of the youth club represents a big part of the reason that 40% of the club’s income is in the form of donations and grants. Your dollars make it possible for the youth club to minimize increases in the costs associated with attending the youth club. Our valued Club Champions have shown a commitment to our youth that weathers all situations. We believe this is because you the Club Champion realize the importance of ALL youth having access to impactful and affordable services during after school hours and during the important summer months when many youth find mischief due to a lack of structure. Your dollars send youth on field trips, allow us to procure the latest equipment for their use and provide them with staffing ratios that ensure their safety while in our presence. For three consecutive years, the contributions made to the Club Champions program have surpassed the projected budget amount. Your club staff respects your contributions. As a result, the staff has worked tirelessly to maximize your dollars by putting measures in place that leverage each dollar to the fullest. Our Club Champions can be confident in knowing that their trust and commitment is valued by Ralph Wilson Youth Club.
Membership Recap The year 2021 proved to be a crescendo. The year started with the number of youths in attendance being below the traditional attendance numbers and below what staff projected in the 2021 operating budget. The number continued to gradually increase throughout the spring term of the academic year. However, summer 2021 proved to be a boom for the youth club. Youth returned to the youth club in droves. June, July, and August saw the number of youths in attendance at the youth club surpass the budgeted projections. Summer field trips booked at a record rate thanks to an online platform that eliminated the previous wait and see process that was required to register for trips. Attendance for the fall academic term has continued a positive attendance trend from the spring school term. Buses are once again approaching capacity and membership numbers are returning to normal. Memberships for the fall term are close to what was projected for the club budget. The continued positive trend in memberships is worth noting. The youth club exists to serve our community. The importance of having our youths in a positive environment that fosters a caring and structured environment is of utmost importance to the Greater Temple community. A big part of the youth club’s positive trend in attendance can be attributed to the willingness of the organization to put the customer at the forefront of concerns when making operational adjustments over the course of the previous 18 months.
Wildcat Mentors Return to RWYC Temple ISD was able to fully resume the Wildcat Mentors program in 2021. The program was altered in 2020 due to the pandemic. A return to normalcy meant the program was able to have its traditional kick off event at Ralph Wilson Youth Club. The 2021 event was characterized by many in attendance as the best kick off event in the program’s history. The Ralph Wilson Youth Club Cook Team cooked and served hamburgers to all the mentors, mentees, teachers, counselors, and youth club staff in attendance. Those in attendance were treated to a midmorning excursion in the youth club that allowed mentors and mentees to make one another’s acquaintance, play games, and enjoy a famous RWYC burger and all the fixins for lunch. Mentors and mentees were also briefed on the expectations of the program and the importance of being committed to the youth of our community. The Wildcat Mentor program is impacting the lives of 113 mentees throughout TISD by partnering them with a caring adult to meet with them monthly to help foster their educational and social growth.
Gym Floor Project The gymnasium floor underwent a complete renovation over the Thanksgiving Holiday. With the growth in our athletic programs (volleyball, basketball), the need for additional practice capacity had become an issue. Thus, the gymnasium has been modified to enable 5 volleyball teams to practice simultaneously. Previously, only three teams could practice at one time. With the facility being six years in age, the need was also present to completely strip the floor, sand it, repaint the lines, and seal it with a coat of clear finish. The youth club took this opportunity to spruce up the overall design. When our youth return for the Winter 2022 Youth Basketball season, they will see a court that is completely redesigned to include an improved color scheme, logos, and an extra coat of clear finish. Youth will have a significantly improved playing experience on the new courts.
New Gym Floor! A SWEET Cause
+$11,000 raised for the kids of RWYC!
Kim Johnson and her cinnamon roll team held their annual fundraiser to benefit the Ralph Wilson Youth Club during the first week of December! Sharing her home to make and bake fresh pans of delicious cinnamon rolls each year in December, Kim has helped raise thousands of dollars for the kids of the Ralph Wilson Youth Club. Our Board of Directors and staff appreciate the generous time and effort of all those involved to help support our kids!