Edmund Bednarowski, Jr. (Class of 2013) Ed Bednarowski served as a long-time member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Ed was well-known in the Manchester community and was a principal at Central Paper Products. He was proud of being part of the initial team that had the vision to expand and rebuild the Union Street Clubhouse. Ed was a natural leader and served as president of the organization in 1993 and 1994. In addition to his work with the Boys & Girls Club, Ed was involved in numerous organizations including the NH Lodging & Restaurant Association, the International Center and the United Way.
Donald Beleski (Class of 2013) Don Beleski has created a legacy as a local athlete, coach and Boys Club staff member. Don was a member of the Manchester Boys Club as a youngster and was named the 1956 Athlete of the Year. He served as the Club's athletic director for eight years before a long career at Cummings Printing. Don was a coach of track, football, baseball and basketball. The highlight of his coaching career was being crowned Babe Ruth World Series Champions in 1976.
Thomas Bullock (Class of 2015) Tom Bullock, an ice hockey player and coach, has been a generous, long-time supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Tom is president of Amoskeag Beverages. He and his business partner, "Bo" Dickson (also a 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee), built their company into one of the largest beverage distributors in the U.S. Tom's kindness and philanthropy is evident throughout the greater Manchester community.
Lili B. Chartier (Class of 2011) Ms. Chartier served as the Manchester Boys Club's librarian from 1961 to 1977. She had a strong interest in young people and saw the need to give many boys at the Club better direction when it came to proper behavior, manners and the need to be a good student. When asked of their memories of Ms. Chartier, members would say that she always dressed nicely, she was fair, loved to read, and "our hands were always clean."
John Clayton (Class of 2012) John Clayton attended the Manchester Boys Club during his grade school years.His favorite activities included ping pong, bumper pool and basketball, but it was the library that became his sanctuary.During his youth, John was an accomplished student and basketball and football player.John worked for The Union Leader for over 20 years and is well-known for his “In The City” feature column.John is the author of seven books about Manchester and New Hampshire; and he has won numerous awards, including an Emmy in 1995 for his work on New Hampshire Crossroads.
Kevin Clougherty (Class of 2012) Kevin Clougherty grew up in the gym at the Manchester Boys Club.His life was influenced by many Boys Club staffers, including Norm Penner, Earl Felch, Whitey Bazookas and Don Beleski.Kevin is a graduate of MerrimackCollege.For nearly 20 years, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Manchester.Currently, Kevin is the Commissioner for the NH Department of Revenue.Kevin served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club and is a current member of the Board of Trustees.
Robert "Bo" Dickson (Class of 2015) Bo Dickson is an alumnus of the Manchester Boys Club and began his athletic career as a member of the Club's basketball programs. A graduate of Central High School and the University of New Hampshire, Bo Dickson was a standout athlete in baseball, basketball and football and is a member of the UNH Athletic Hall of Fame. Bo helped build Amoskeag Beverages into a premier beverage distribution company before his untimely death in 1997. Bo was a strong advocate and supporter of the Club and began a long history of support that now spans three generations of leaders at Amoskeag Beverages.
Gerald Dionne (Class of 2010) Gerry Dionne founded the Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps on January 17, 1960.This unique program began 50 years ago and Gerry was recognized for sharing his passion for music with hundreds of individuals who marched in the corps and who have cheered the corps on in parades and competitions.
Maxwell E. Duckoff (Class of 2009) Max Duckoff served as Board President from 1941 to 1959 and as Chairman of the Board from 1960 to 1964. He was instrumental in leading a capital campaign effort in 1957 to build our Union Street Clubhouse.
Dr. George S. Foster (Class of 2009) Dr. Foster served as Board President from 1924 to1931 and donated 22 acres of land in Bedford that we all know as Camp Foster today.
David P. Goodwin (Class of 2009) Dave Goodwin served as Board Treasurer from 1948 to 1959, and was a member of the Board of Trustees. David Goodwin was well known in the Manchester community for serving as a Trustee of the Cogswell Benevolent Trust which has supported many community organizations and activities, including the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester.
Ronald Houle (Class of 2011) Ron Houle is an alumnus of the Manchester Boys Club. Ron spent much of his time in the Club's craft shop, helping Dick Jarvis with the firing of ceramics, and he was named "Boy of the Year" in 1970. Ron was also a member of the Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps. The discipline and skills he perfected as a bugler served him well, graduating from West Point in 1976 and beginning a career in the military that spanned more than 24 years.
Richard W. Jarvis (Class of 2011) Dick is a long-time staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. He has dedicated his life to working with children. Dick began his involvement with the Manchester Boys Club as a volunteer for the Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps, and served as the business manager for many years. Dick assumed the role of arts & crafts director in 1967 - a position he held for 34 years! Dick continues in a part-time role at the Club arriving every morning for the before school program and driving a bus each afternoon. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Heritage Society. An additional passion is his volunteer work with the First Congregational Church in Manchester.
George "Butch" Joseph (Class of 2013) Butch Joseph was a member of the Manchester Boys Club and graduated from Central High School in 1952. Butch was drawn to athletics as a youngster and his Boys Club claim to fame was receiving the first ever Most Valuable Player Award in 1947. Butch served in the U.S. Navy and made a career out of teaching and advocating for youth athletics in Manchester and Nashua.
Mark "Laboe" Letendre (Class of 2011) Mark Letendre is an alumnus of the Manchester Boys Club. Mark's accolades at the Club were numerous and included the Library Award, Craftsman of the Year and "Boy of the Year" in 1974. Mark developed an interest in sports medicine as a young man - he began as an athletic trainer at Central High School, moved on the AA and AAA minor league baseball teams and has worked with the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants. Mark currently serves as Director of Umpire Medical Services for Major League Baseball. Mark continues to make great contributions to the Boys & Girls Club Movement, serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Arizona.
William E. Marvin (Class of 2012) Bill Marvin is a graduate of ColbyCollege.He operated the Manchester Manpower office for more than 25 years. He is a long-time, generous supporter of the Manchester Boys Club and the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, as well as many other non-profit agencies throughout Manchester.He was honored as the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1996.Bill has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees.
W. Stephen McMahon (Class of 2015) Steve McMahon's long-time support began in 1985 when he joined the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. In 2015, Steve was also recognized for 30 years of continuous board service. Steve is one of the Club's strongest advocates and was instrumental in the success of the Building Better Lives Capital Campaign to renovate and expand the Union Street Clubhouse.
John Mercier (Class of 2014) John Mercier was a member of the Manchester Boys Club and graduated from Central High School in 1981 and later Bentley College. John's passion as a Club member was basketball and the craft shop. John is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester and works for Primary Bank. He and his wife Dianne are long-time supporters of the Club, and their two children - Robert and Sarah - are alumni as well.
Marc Mercier (Class of 2014)
Marc Mercier was a member of the Mancheter Boys Club and graduated from Central High School in 1980 and the University of New Hampshire. Marc is the Vice President of Operations at Maritime Program Group. Marc and his brother, John, were captains and player coaches for the City Wide Basketball League. Marc and his family, Dineen and Holly DePaolo, are also long-time supporters of the Club. Holly was a Club member and Camp Foster counselor.
Robert Molloy (Class of 2010) Bob Molloy is an alumnus of the Manchester Boys Club.Bob began his career as a technical director for WKBR radio and began his business – Molloy Sound and Video – in 1975.Bob has had a part in thousands of political and special events throughout New Hampshire and calls his work a passion and labor of love.
Norman H. Penner, Sr. (Class of 2009) Norm Penner led our organization as Executive Director from 1958 to 1988. He has always embraced the mission of the organization with the first priority being the care and concern for those kids most in need. Norm continues to support the Club as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Stylianos "Stanley" Spirou (Class of 2015) Stan Spirou arrived in Manchester from Porti, Greece in 1960 at the age of 9. Basketball became the common language that opened doors for him on the playgrounds and in school. He spent all of his free time at the Manchester Boys Club playing on the little league team and in basketball leagues. Stan's professional career includes teaching, coaching and mentoring students at Memorial and Central High Schools and he has served as the head basketball coach at Southern New Hampshire University (formerly NH College) since 1985.
Ezekiel A. Straw (Class of 2014) Ezekiel A. "Zeke" Straw was honored posthumously for his community service and support of the Manchester Boys Club. Zeke was a native of Manchester and was a graduate of Webster School, St. Paul's School and Dartmouth College. Zeke was a prominent figure in the banking industry before cancer claimed his life at the young age of 47 years. Zeke Straw served as the Boys Club's capital campaign chair in 1955 and was the third generation of Straws to serve as board president (1959-1964).
James H. Truncellito (Class of 2010) Jim Truncellito is an alumnus of the Manchester Boys Club and was a member of the 5th & 6th grade championship basketball team that played during halftime of a Celtics game at BostonGarden.Jim, like his father, is a graduate of DartmouthCollege and is a principal of Truncellito Insurance Services.Jim served as a board volunteer for 10 years, and remains actively involved with the organization as a member of the Board of Trustees, and served on the leadership group of the Building Better Lives Capital/Endowment Campaign that built the renovated Union Street Clubhouse.
Raymond F. Truncellito (Class of 2010) Ray Truncellito served on the Board of Directors of the Manchester Boys Club. Ray continues to be involved with the organization as a member of the Board of Trustees. Ray Truncellito is a graduate of DartmouthCollege, worked in the insurance industry and played an integral role in the formation of the Boys & Girls Club Formal Ball, which was a highlight of the holiday season for more than 40 years.Ray was honored by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year in 1989.
Nicholas J. Vailas (Class of 2009) Nick Vailas is an alumnus of the Manchester Boys Club. He is a husband, father, coach, entrepreneur, outdoorsman and advocate for those in need. Nick is the founder and CEO of Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford. Nick willingly took the chairmanship of the Building Better Lives Capital/Endowment Campaign to renovate and expand our Union Street Clubhouse, raising over $7 million dollars.