Boys & Girls Clubs honor Valley woman
Brenda Robertson has served on the Carson Valley Boys & Girls Club advisory council, attending every single Boys & Girls Clubs of America national convention, each of the 22 years she has served the youth of Carson Valley.
This year at the national conference in Dallas, she was presented the Jeremiah Millbanks National Gold Medallion Award for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Pacific Region for “extraordinary service and influence to The Boys & Girls Club Movement on a national scope resulting in measurable growth and impact on the lives of America’s children, especially those youth who need us most.”
Andie Wilson, president of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, the parent organization of the Carson Valley Clubhouse, said the award is given for time spent with and impact to youth in each of the BGCA’s six regions.
“Brenda epitomizes what the Boys & Girls Club is all about,” Wilson said. “Her passion is unlimited, and for 20 years she has been driving dollars and attention to the Carson Valley Clubhouse. The award is not about how much money is given, it’s to honor her time and commitment to the children of Douglas County.”
Robertson said her dream is to see Carson Valley build and support its own facility, where Club programs and initiatives inhabit their own space. She said a community effort is necessary to support the growing number of Douglas County children supported by the Club, currently housed at Pau Wa Lu Middle School under special arrangement with the Douglas County School District.
“We’ve been at Pau Wa Lu for over 10 years, and we currently serve more than 340 kids,” Robertson said. “We’ve outgrown the space we’re in. Our goal is to give Carson Valley kids a safe and fun place of their own in which to do homework, learn life skills and grow into citizens who contribute to the next generations of Carson Valley kids.”
Robertson said the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada is gearing up for a brand-new Carson Valley fundraising event featuring Northern Nevada celebrity chef Clint Jolly, Food Network’s 2016 “Chopped: Restaurant Impossible” champion, later this year to enlist community support for a Carson Valley Club.
Robertson and her husband, Raymond Robertson, own Ramac Industries, an auto parts supplier located in Minden serving independent auto repair shops across the country. The couple has donated generously over the years to support operating costs at the Pau Wa Lu site.
“The rate on return for our investment in the Club over the years is the smile on her face,” Raymond Robertson said. “She lights up like the Fourth of July when she walks into that Club.”
For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada, visit bgcwn.org.