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January 7,2018

Presidents Update

Steve Wurm







Dear Fellow Professional,

It’s an honor to serve as your TPA President for the next two years and work with a passionate group of leaders who are committed to professional growth in our movement.  For those who don’t know me, I have been involved with the Boys & Girls Club movement for the past 30 years; became a member of TPA 20 years ago, and served on the board for over 10 years.  Like most of you, I struggled at first to find the value in TPA until I became involved with my local chapter. It was then that I realized the true value of being a part of an association is what I put into it and the connections I have made with the professionals who have the same affection that I have.  Since then I have truly benefited as a professional from several things that TPA offers along with the ability to share the same dedication for making the Boys & Girls Club profession even better.  

I want to thank Mary Ann Mahon-Huels for her leadership the past two years in guiding the board in developing a strategic plan to prepare TPA for the future.  The past two years we have seen a 50% growth in overall membership and continued to strengthen our partnership with BGCA in providing training and mentoring to our professionals.  Our vision statement:  As the premier Youth Development Association we promote and provide a pathway for sustained individual and professional growth ensuring successful leaders for the future.

Recently we surveyed you asking for your input on the benefits and values of being a TPA member.  I want to thank everyone who responded back and shared valuable input on TPA.  The board will review and discuss the survey results to help determine what benefits make our membership more valuable to help us determine our future direction. 

This past year our country experienced several natural disasters that impacted thousands of families, including hundreds of Boys & Girls Clubs professionals. It was an incredible feeling to watch Boys & Girls Club leaders from all over come together in support of Clubs and families that were in need.  This year, the TPA board will begin discussing the potential opportunity to develop a Relief/Hardship Fund in support of our Professionals in times of need.  The seed of this effort came from concerned professionals in our movement, and I believe through the strength of our association, we can help those in need of additional assistance during situations like this. 

I am proud to be part of this association and the purpose it stands for and will encourage other professionals to join and work together is serving our mission. 


Steve Wurm

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