Board Member Spotlight

Board Member Spotlight

We are very thankful for the 30 plus Board Members who lead the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids! 

This month we are spotlighting Jack Gonder, our new Board President! Jack joined the Board in 2015 and this year has stepped up to lead the Club’s Board of Directors through June, 2019. 
Jack was raised in Cedar Rapids; and after graduating from high school, he moved away for college and eventually to Chicago where he lived for many years. Three years ago he moved back to Cedar Rapids and is now employed at Honkamp Krueger as a Manager of Business Transition. He enjoys being back in Cedar Rapids because of the sense of community, the quality/integrity of the people and the overall quality of life are great. Jack spends most of his free time with his partner, Patti and together they enjoy spending time with family and friends and their two new puppies, Luke and Millie.

Jack joined the Board of Directors because he feels that serving low socioeconomic children is a critical function in our community and a measure of our society. When asked what impact he has seen the Club make in Cedar Rapids, he explained that it is difficult to measure outcomes because of things that didn’t happen or things that you don’t want to happen with a child (dropping out of school, pregnancy, truancy, etc.). “But we do know there is a strong demand for our Club services as there are waiting lists at our locations, so a safe, nurturing environment for kids is in demand.”

The biggest impact Jack has personally experienced at the Club is seeing that spark in a child’s eyes when he visits one of the clubs or interacts with Club members. A public school teacher in Chicago once told him, “If a child loses that twinkle in their eye or enthusiasm for life, they rarely get it back later. To know that we are part of [the] equation in helping these kids maintain that enthusiasm is great. So when I’m around the kids and they have that fun loving spirit, it makes my day.”

Thanks, Jack, for your dedication to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids! We are looking forward to all that the Club will accomplish over the next two years with your leadership!
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