LaGRANGE — For four years it was almost hard to distinguish Bart McFadden from the 80 or more kids playing, walking or studying within the four walls of the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia.
The executive director could often be found shooting hoops with the boys inside the gym, outside on the playground, helping students create and build their own “city” inside a classroom or just hanging out in a hallway and encouraging a child that was having a rough day.
McFadden was always knee deep in the trenches, so to speak, and that was exactly how he preferred it.
“It is one of the things I appreciated. My office was in the clubhouse and the door was always open,” he explained. “I’d usually have four and five kids that would stop and hang out. It really grounds you in the work and puts a face on the purpose in what we (the Boys and Girls Club) were doing. I learned something new about a child each day. Whether it was a talent they had … or a new challenge they faced.”
But on Friday, McFadden said goodbye to the students and staff he came to know and care for so well.
The executive director left his position at the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia and headed for Knoxville, Tennessee.
Starting Monday, McFadden will begin his new job as president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. Read the full story here…