McDONOUGH — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, an opening date for the McDonough-Henry Boys & Girls Club has yet to be determined. Nevertheless, the organization is moving ahead with next steps for the club and has named its inaugural advisory board.

Henry County District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons, who was a driving force in bringing the club to Henry County, has been named board chair. Other board members are Connie Baptiste, Henry County Solicitor General Pam Bettis, attorney Andrea Boyd, State Court Judge David Brown, President/CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia Phillip Bryant, Kyana Cannon, Dr. Earlene Crump, Dr. Gloria Dodson, Henry County District Attorney Investigator and Pretrial Diversion coordinator Latisha Flint, Wayne Jeffries, Samantha Jones, April Madden, State Court Judge Pandora Palmer, Erica Antoinette-Slaton, Cletonya Stidom and Eldridge Walker.

Clemmons said the mission of the McDonough-Henry Boys & Girls Club “is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”

The board is holding bi-monthly meetings and most recently met on Oct. 27 to discuss moving forward. The board is seeking corporate sponsors and partnerships with local volunteer organizations.

Last November, the Henry County Board of Education approved a lease with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia to provide a facility for the club. The lease provides the Boys & Girls Clubs a portion of the former Henry County Middle School.

The club will have access to the gymnasium, locker rooms, lobby, three classrooms, restrooms and softball and football fields. Additionally, the district will provide all utilities and custodial services.

The five-year lease began Jan. 1 with rent being $1 per year.

The Boys & Girls Club offers a variety of programs including Project Learn, Keystone Club, S.M.A.R.T Moves, Play Ball and Arts Education.

For more information on the McDonough-Henry Boys & Girls Club, contact Michele Weaver at mweaver@co.henry.ga.us.

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