Mike Haskeyfirstname.lastname@example.orgJim Wink, chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of The Chattahoochee Valley, center, is surrounded by a group of boys and girls at the Boys & Girls Club on 29th Street in Columbus.
says the great thing about his
job is that no matter how rough a day he
has at the office, there is a special place he
can go to get his
spirits lifted, and that place is a branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley.
"Getting those hugs from the children will do it," Wink said.
said, and seeing the progress the children are making toward becoming productive citizens.
It is those things, not awards, that have kept Wink
with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1979.
Being honored for one's work, however, is nice and on Thursday Wink was presented one of the organization's top awards.
At a board of directors meeting held at the Country Club of Columbus
was given the Robert M. Sykes Award for Professional Excellence, the organization's highest award given for the Southeast Region, which is comprised of nine states.
The award honors a person's long-term excellence in board and organizational development, consistency of professional service, contribution to the development of others and impact on the communities in which they serve.
It was just last year that Wink
won the organization's Professional of the Year Award.
He is the first club executive to win these honors back to back.
Wink, who has been CEO here for 14 years, said getting the Sykes award is special because he has worked under and learned from others who previously received the award.
As a CEO, he has gotten a thrill from seeing many assistants move on to become Boys & Girls Club CEOs.
said the local organization serves about 3,000 children, ages 6-18, with about 800 using the five branches on any given day.
Ferguson said that it is obvious the agency has grown in a big way under Wink