WHY I BECAME INVOLVED WITH BGCL…

LOU NASTI – PAST BOARD CHAIR

My name is Lou Nasti. I have been involved with the club prior to it becoming the B&G Club. My last position was with the YMCA of Fitchburg as the Director of Finance. The Y was instrumental in helping the Chester Mossman Teen Center become the B&G Club. So, I’ve been around for a long time. I have had the good fortune of seeing the club grow into the entity it is today AND watching YOU become a knowledgeable and compassionate director. I have watched you “navigate” the club through some very rough times and through it all the town of Lunenburg has a superb, safe haven for the many boys & girls that come through our doors. Upon my retirement, I was asked by you to join the club’s board. Without any hesitancy, I said yes. Shortly thereafter I became treasurer & then I had the honor of serving as president. The board’s members were great to work with because we all shared the same goal—the well-being of the children. Your passion & desire to assure every child was made to feel “they belonged” was and is a compelling force that drove the club to the status we enjoyed prior to the —-pandemic. I am confident post-pandemic fears aside, the club will once again return to the “glory days” where the walls will be bursting at the seams with children.I left Lunenburg in August, 2017 to retire to my dream home in York Beach. I have stayed involved with the club through you and my desire to know the youth of Lunenburg can have a place they can call their own.I am confident once the pandemic is contained and a vaccine becomes available, the club will return to “full strength”. Your leadership, a strong board, and the great people of Lunenburg will make this happen.

I joined the BOD because it was a place my 5 kids all counted down the days to attend in 6th grade and beyond. As a large family, we choose the club as a place to give our time by helping with car washes, band concerts, bake sales building and helping with Shreaks and Kreaks, the game show. The next natural step was for me to help by being on the board. I try to rally parent to give a little time before or during an event.

HEATHER SANGER-INFERRERA – BOARD MEMBER – CLUB PARENT

I joined the BOD because it was a place my 5 kids all counted down the days to attend in 6th grade and beyond. As a large family, we choose the club as a place to give our time by helping with car washes, band concerts, bake sales building and helping with Shreaks and Kreaks, the game show. The next natural step was for me to help by being on the board. I try to rally parent to give a little time before or during an event.

JIM LAVECK – PAST BOARD MEMBER + CLUB PARENT

“As a newly single parent, I found the club to be a great place for my kids to participate and hang out with other kids while I was working, frankly. When you raised the alarm that the doors might close, I felt compelled to step up and see what I could do to help keep the doors open. I only wish I’d had a place like this where I grew up. I saw the club as a great opportunity for the youth to get engaged in their town. And when I started working with you and the other board members, I felt I was contributing where I was needed and where I could help. YOU, Michelle, made me believe in the mission like crazy. And then you brought Brent on board, and suddenly there were new programs and projects and a renewed energy to the club. I loved seeing the new programs and the expansion into summer programming. My kids had a ball! And as I continued working with you and the Board, it became about the focus on the kids. I stuck around because it was fun (mostly) and you are all good people.”

MARCY FOREMAN- FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIR, PAST BOARD CHAIR + CLUB PARENT

“When I got involved with “The Club” way back in 2007 it was because my 12 year old son had joined “The Teen Center”. I would never have imagined that all these years later, and that 12 year old now turning 25, that I would still be involved. It did not take me long to realize how much the kids enjoyed having this safe place where they could go and have fun, as well as have great role models to look up to. As the numbers began to grow from 20 kids each day to now more than 100, so did the budget and early on I found myself joining the Fundraising Committee and eventually the Board of Directors to help ensure that other kids could have the same wonderful experiences my son and his friends did. The consistent increase in the number of kids coming daily to “The Club” has shown how important it is to the kids, the families and community of Lunenburg as a whole. I am proud to have the privilege to be a part of the growth of “The Club” and look forward to it’s continued growth for the future.”