Board Perspective -Bart Larmouth
Current Board Member
Happy November everyone! The year is flying by and soon this article series will end as part of the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club’s (BCBGC) 20th birthday celebration. Before that ends though, I have a few great articles still to share including one today from a current Board member of the BCBGC, Bart Larmouth.
I am sure a lot of you know Bart and his wife Kate. Bart is the International Sales Manager at Ross Reels and Kate is a Customer Service Representative at DMEA/Elevate Internet. They have a little girl, Tierney, who they welcomed to their family a little over a year ago (whom he stated he would definitely send to the BCBGC one day, joking he may even get her on the list now). Now Bart is not a Colorado native, hailing from the Finger Lakes region of New York. Growing up Bart was not a Club kid as there was not a Boys & Girls Club in his area. However, his mother was active in their area’s local children’s center that he attended when he was growing up, so he saw the impact an entity similar to a Club can have on the youth within a community.
Bart has been part of the BCBGC Board for over two years. When asked what drew him to serve on the Club Board, he noted it sounds somewhat trite (while chuckling) but he wanted to do something that gave back to the community but particularly to the youth of our community. He likes how you can see the long term tangible impacts the Club has on members who participate over time and the structure it provides them to help their future development. His favorite program is the STEM program, and he remarked how much the kids seem to enjoy it. He did note a few things he would like to see change in the future for the BCBGC, one major one being no more waitlist (because at present there is a two-year waiting list to get into the Montrose Unit of Club) and to see more outdoor programs especially since we live in such a perfect area for these types of activities. However, he does know these can be expensive and that requires additional funding and sponsorships so it is definitely something to work toward in the future. If he had one piece of advice for the Club kids of the future he mentioned the importance of being mindful of your actions and experiences now as they will play a large role in your future; it is important to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves to you.
Thank you Bart for letting me interview you! I appreciate your insight on the BCBGC. On a last parting note, the BCBGC is doing a donor drive starting from November 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. Anyone who becomes a monthly donor, for any monthly amount, during that time will be entered into a drawing to win two VIP tickets to the Montrose Wine & Food Festival (valued at $200). The winner will be chosen and announced on March 1, 2020 (existing monthly donors will be automatically entered to win). As an added bonus, any amount you donate to the BCBGC will be eligible to get 50% back of that donation on your Colorado state income tax as part of the child care tax credit. You can sign up to become a monthly donor today at https://bcbgc2.ddock.gives/. For more information on the Montrose Wine & Food Festival, please visit www.montrosewinefestival.com.
Bud Taylor is the Executive Director for the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club (BCBGC) and had been for the past three years. Prior to that, he was a BCBGC kid, junior staff member, and board director. Feel free to contact Bud Taylor by e-mail at email@example.com or visit the Club’s website for more information, www.bcbgc.org.