Judge Robert (Bob) L. Moon Jr. was involved with the Chattanooga Club for over 30 years. He grew up in the Club as a child as a member. He worked at the Club as a staff member. During his adult years, he served the club by being a member of the Board of Directors and an advocate.
Judge Moon was a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga for 15 years, 1989-2003. While on the board, he served on the Program Committee, the Budget Committee, College Scholarship Committee and was a member of a Unit Advisory Board. Being the first college scholarship recipient of the Club himself, he felt a responsibility to give back to the Club. Judge Moon was a true advocate for young people, especially those at risk and/or in distressed and low economic circumstances.
Bob was the first college scholarship recipient from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga. He received financial assistance for college and law school. He encouraged all young people to get a good education. Later in life while serving on the scholarship committee, he took the time to not only share his own story with the participants but really listened to them. There were many times he would personally fund a participant’s books for a semester as he truly believed in their cause.
Judge Moon originated an event at the Club called “Tie Day”. He started it after a young man showed up in court with no tie and told him he didn’t even know how to tie one. The judge got ties donated and had community leaders teach young men hot to tie a tie. This not only helped Club members, it brought awareness to the Club and allowed for a mentorship program to begin. Judge Bob Moon was a true champion for young people, especially those who came from difficult and disadvantaged circumstances.
Judge Moon stated, in a 2006 media interview, how a scholarship from the Club secured by Executive Director Ron Osborne changed his life, “.as my grandmother said…’If Ron Osborne hadn’t done that...he’d have been in court alright…just on the other side of the bench.’” Michael Cranford had known Bob Moon since he was a Club member. They worked at camp together and been friends throughout the years. Cranford states, “He had a special relationship with young people and especially young people who came from difficult and disadvantaged circumstances. He championed a lot of things that would help them. Judge Moon believed in second chances.”