Eyes on Arlington: Girls, Inc. of Tarrant County honored at national conference

07/07/2014 12:00 AM

07/05/2014 9:35 PM

At the spring national conference in Washington, D.C., Girls Inc. received the 2014 Outstanding Affiliate award at the annual meeting where member organizations from across the country were in attendance.

Jennifer Limas, president and CEO of Tarrant County’s Girls Inc., said there is an extensive list of criteria required to win the award. She said the agency “met and exceeded all considerations, some of which include growth in the number of girls served with impact, increase in revenues raised, increase in total service hours to girls, and tracking and reporting meaningful outcomes from services.”

“With the cooperation of local school districts, Girls Inc. had provided opportunities for girls to learn and develop self-esteem, leadership, and a quest for knowledge. Their young lives are forever changed,” said board Chairwoman Barbara Williams in a statement.

Girls Inc. of Tarrant County was founded in 1976 as the Arlington Girls Club by community leaders who saw the need for comprehensive services for girls. The club has grown from serving eight girls in a borrowed facility to serving 10,899 girls in 2013 throughout Tarrant County through two offices, in Fort Worth and Arlington, as well as many school-based programs.

Development Director Amy Rasor said, “This [award], in conjunction last year’s award from the Arlington chamber for being the 2013 Outstanding Nonprofit, demonstrates the agency’s achievements over the past year.”

In other recent Girls Inc. news, 58 college-bound young women were recently presented with backpacks filled with supplies as part of the United Way’s 2014 Day of Action project.

“Boxes of notebooks, pens, binders and other school supplies were contributed along with flash drives, restaurant gift cards, towels, laundry baskets and other items. Even some wish list items such as a laptop and printers were contributed by generous donors, along with hundreds of dollars that United Way used to purchase additional school supplies,” said a United Way representative.

Members of the United Way Young Leaders Society organized the Day of Action on June 21. Many wrote notes of encouragement to the young women from Girls Inc. who are headed for college, many of whom are the first in their families to do so.

To learn more, visit www.girlsinctarrant.org or call Rasor at 817-468-0306.

Woman’s club officers installed

Far, far from a solemn formal ceremony, the recent installation of officers for the Arlington Woman’s Club was conducted by mermaids, no less, that anointed the new officers as “ambassadors to the sea.”

Dressed in iridescent mermaid green, the officiators were members Vicki King, Cissy Conley, Charlene Mahan and Juanice Young. In a clever metaphor for leadership and diplomacy, they presented each of the incoming officers with a crown, a mermaid tail and a bundle of long flowing hair to equip them to become “ambassadors to the sea.”

President Becky Lucas will serve a second term with assistance from incoming officers who include Judy Duke, Carolyn Jolly, Elouise Perry, Laura Lace, Doris Short and Pauline Hornsten.

Special guests at the event were seven of the club’s past presidents, including Marjoray Wilemon, who served as president from 1967 to 1969. Receiving the Cooper Award was member Nancy York in recognition for extraordinary service to both the club and community.

Other honorees were Cindy and Steve Ehrlich, Dianne and Ned Patrick and Alicia and Thad Smotherman, who received the President’s Award given to nonmembers for exceptional support and generous contributions to Arlington Woman’s Club.

Philanthropy chairwoman Beth Anderson announced that through various fundraising efforts, the club scholarship fund would grow by nearly $4,000 to enable the organization to continue funding scholarships for high school seniors. And in a special presentation, she presented a check for nearly $12,000 for the Reading is Fundamental program that serves more than 30 elementary schools in Arlington.

“It takes $11,000 yearly to supply books to Arlington’s Title I elementary schools,” said Linda Pempsell, a representative from Reading is Fundamental, as she gratefully accepted the check for the charity.

To learn more about the Arlington Woman’s Club, contact the office at 817-277-7666.

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