Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services. Volunteers want to help; they don’t have to. If you look up the word “volunteer” in the dictionary – the example would be Bob Schrader. Bob has been an active volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport since 1993. That’s 17 years of time and energy. Bob served as President of the Club’s board of directors for the 1997-1998 year. He is very active in the Tennessee Area Council, the Tennessee Alliance, the New Boys & Girls Club Community Based Organization and has represented the Kingsport and Tennessee organizations at various state, regional, and national conferences. To honor his time and efforts, Bob received the Tennessee Area Council’s Board Member of the Year award for 2000 -2001.
Mr. Schrader’s service on the Board of Directors has proved a guiding force behind such successes in Kingsport as the Development of a Teen Center, the opening of Satellite Units in Kingsport Public Housing, the club’s yearly successful Auctions, Galas and Car Raffles, and the construction of a new 40,000 square foot facility in 2008 through his efforts on the club’s Capital Campaign. Bob was also instrumental in the creation of a woodworking shop at the Boys & Girls Club and has had a hand in teaching Boys & Girls Club members the art of woodturning.
Bob’s volunteerism doesn’t stop at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport level. His passion for working for the youth of Tennessee has taken him to volunteer his services with the Tennessee Area Council and the Tennessee Alliance for several years. Bob served as the first President of the Tennessee Alliance and was a key player in the development of the Tennessee Alliance over the years. Mr. Schrader has traveled throughout the state and region promoting the Tennessee Alliance in order to secure funding for Boys & Girls Clubs statewide. Bob was the recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Man and Youth award in 1998 for his volunteer service to the movement and state wide works.
At Bob’s direction, the Tennessee Alliance designed and distributed a directory containing a listing of all Boys & Girls Clubs across the state to the Governor, as well Tennessee legislatures on the services the Boys & Girls Club movement provides to Tennessee children, their families, and the surrounding communities in which they are located. Bob has also been a strong advocate not only for his local organization but for all Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs at various functions over the years.
Through his leadership and direction, the Tennessee Alliance lobbied for and has received over $1,000,000 to fund the SMART Moves program at clubs across the state serving thousands of children each year. Bob also helped secure a 501(c) 3 exemption for the development of a non-profit organization that will secure funds from private companies and foundations throughout the State of Tennessee to help children in Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs and is serving as President of this community based organization.
Bob and his wife, Judy, have supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee faithfully over the years. So, in a word, Bob is volunteerism at its highest level. Bob Schrader exemplifies the qualities of a leader of the Boys & Girls Club movement. He not only believes in the movement but is a strong voice at local, regional, and state forums for club members everywhere.