Snazzing things up is the plan
“I grew up in the clubs,” said new Blaine Boys and Girls club director Greg Tillotson. “I know how much value they have for kids.”
Tillotson made his official start at the club March 1, replacing Randy Kirk who left the position in December. After retiring from a 20-year career in broadcasting, Tillotson has spent the last two years with Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County first working as a program assistant and athletic director at the Ferndale unit, and then taking over as technology director for all the boys and girls clubs in the county. “When I left broadcasting it was just one of those things I stumbled upon – a chance to come back,” he said.
Tillotson said he has no plans to change the club’s successful programs, “just embellish what we do,” and his plans for embellishing include everything from high-speed internet to new carpets. “Snazz things up,” he said.
As technology director he recently oversaw $25,000 in new computer hardware and software and Tillotson wants to see it get used. “We’re going to work closer with the high school and get those kids in there,“ he said.
The Career Launch program is specifically aimed at high school students, Tillotson said, using the computers to search for career opportunities, set goals and take the steps to attain them. He said the computers are also tools to unleash a child’s creativity, with everything from cartooning to multimedia programs. “If a kid came in and asked ‘what can I do’ I can show them,” he said.
Tillotson said one of his priorities is to hire very qualified staff and develop their role as mentors for Blaine kids. “I remember the staff in the clubs from when I was a kid. I still remember their names,” he said.
Tillotson said he also will focus on enhancing the community awareness of the value of the club.
“We need to market ourselves better to the community,” he said. “Look at all the things these kids are doing here. There’s a return on this investment. These programs really touch kids lives.”