As we remember our Club Hero, Lt. John Reynolds

Our beloved community leader, Board member, and friend Lt. John Reynolds passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021. John will be greatly missed by so many as anyone who had the privilege of knowing him and knew just how special a human being he was. His love of others and passion for helping the community and our youth were unmatched. We ask you to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as we all grapple with this devastating loss. For those who didn't know him well, we share with you just a short note of what he meant to us and the impact he had on the Club and his community.

Lt. John Reynolds was a dedicated advocate for building a better community for our young people and their families. He spent a tremendous amount of his free time working hand in hand with BGCGG Club staff and committee members. Safety was always a priority. Throughout his term with the Club, he visited just about every Club site (65 sites), talked with staff about safety, gave them tips, and provided advice and guidance on serious and confidential issues.

He helped us grow as an organization by taking the lead role in Board Development. John recruited, interviewed, and invited 18 new Associate Council Members and four Advisory Council members to our Board. As President, he charted a new course of action for the Club to build a true Culture of Philanthropy. John also played an integral role in developing new corporate partnerships by being the face of the Club at meetings, tours, and citywide events. As Board President, John was our representative with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He participated in focus groups, attended leadership conferences, served on committees, and presented to Board Presidents from other Clubs in the country. These opportunities gave John the tools to help build an optimal Club experience for our members and staff. John's true gift was as a listener! He made it a point to engage our team regularly and spent time explaining to staff the Board's role. He developed a Board of Directors 101 training for staff, which he presented during our all-staff training sessions. This was an important project for him because he wanted employees to understand what the Board's responsibilities were to the Club and how they support the day to day programming and services to keep the organization moving in the right direction.

John made it his mission to engage with staff, Club members and families, and our community daily. He continued both personally and professionally to find new ways to bring people together. Because he understood the importance of volunteering, he always went out of his way to personally thank BGCGG volunteers. John Reynolds truly embraced his role as a Club advocate and volunteer, and he inspired others to do the same.

John Reynolds understood that there was a lot of work to be done in the community. As a Kiwanis member, John volunteered for the Graffiti Off program, served hot chocolate at the Tree Lighting, delivered trees to Acacia Senior Center, collected and packaged food for Thanksgiving meals for HOPE, and served funnel cake at the Strawberry Festival. During his Presidency, he introduced a STEM program that allowed Kiwanis members to work directly with Lampson Elementary students. He was also very involved in the quarterly Kiwanis Poker tournaments that raised money for local charities in Garden Grove.

John Reynolds will always be a Club Hero! John was generous with his time, talent, and support. He lived our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.

Leadership Roles:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove – Board of Directors 2009-2021
Executive Board Vice President 2013-2016
Board Chair 2016- 2018
Kiwanis of Greater Garden Grove – Member 2013-2021. Vice President 2015, President 2016

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We Are In This Together

This past year has no doubt been challenging for all of us, especially for those families who were already struggling. The pandemic has heightened the critical situations for families already living paycheck to paycheck. Those in the greatest need were hit the hardest and left overwhelmed by job loss, hunger, and the impact of kids missing months of school. Without Clubs, a generation of young, hopeful lives could be left behind. Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove has been a valuable partner in helping kids succeed for over 64 years. But this year, succeeding means even more: it means surviving.

Thanks to the support and guidance of so many, Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove adapted their services to help in new ways. But as COVID-19 carries on across the country, so does the need for food, childcare, basic supplies, and the educational support kids require to build better futures. It’s our responsibility to do all we can to serve our children and families. Kids’ futures are riding on how we handle this critical moment. That’s why Clubs urgently need your continued support today. Without you, we won’t have the means to keep up the services vulnerable kids, families, and communities depend on.

Support from friends like you will help Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove provide critical services such as:
• Full-day and half-day programming to keep kids active and engaged
• Food distribution to families
• Virtual mentoring and tutoring to keep children and teens on the right path
• Remote learning so students can avoid dangerous learning gaps and falling behind
• Counseling services through FYOP and TRC
• Staffing to help teach, so Clubs can be overflow classrooms as schools reopen
• Distribution of essential items to childcare providers in Orange County
• Wellness Calls and social services
• Vision care

This extra support can’t continue without immediate extra resources. We CAN do this — but not without you. Our Clubs need additional staff and supplies to put these programs into action. For many kids, Club staff are an extra “layer of protection” and the only trusted adults they can talk to. Without seeing children and teens in person, our mentors and tutors can’t look out for signs of trouble. Thanks to you, our Clubs are there to nourish young lives with more than food and academics. Our caring teams continue to call Club kids weekly during this crisis, and online meetups of Club kids keep them in touch with friends.

Your support helps Clubs act as a safety net for children — not just for their futures, but also for their present. Right now, it’s critical that we work together to make sure children and communities come out of this time stronger than ever. Clubs can’t do it without you. Kid by kid, you help build better futures.

Your gift today is absolutely necessary to answer the call for help. Please support great futures now.