In honor of his steadfast support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Daniel P. Lochridge recently was inducted into the organization’s Georgia Hall of Fame.
“Serving more than 26 years as a founding board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Daniel Lochridge has served in every leadership capacity within the organization, including chairman, Resource Development chair, Capital Campaign chair, Executive Committee, Area Council liaison, and [he] currently serves as chairman of the Financial Advisory Committee,” said Gordon L. Gilley, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County. “He has been awarded the National Medallion and is a member of the two-time winning Georgia High Performance Board Team of the Year.
“... Daniel has served more than half his life as a volunteer leader in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County. His commitment and outspoken support of the organization manifests through thousands of youth served over the past 26 years. As the current Financial Advisory chairman, he is leading efforts in increasing the organization’s endowment, planned giving and expanded services with additional units, outreach centers and a permanent facility for Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County’s Adairsville Unit.”
Calling the recognition humbling, Lochridge remains committed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County’s efforts.
“It was obviously quite an honor and very humbling at the same time, because, I guess, the reason you work for Boys & Girls Clubs is you’re trying to give back,” Lochridge said. “... All you’ve got to do is go out there and play with the kids, and you’re locked into enjoying the movement. It’s just good to know that you’re helping change lives for kids who might not have a chance otherwise.”
On Oct. 15, Lochridge became the second inductee from Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County. Brad Hughes, another founding member of the local nonprofit, joined the Georgia Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame in 2013.
“He’s been fantastic for us,” said Gilley, who nominated Lochridge for the Hall of Fame. “One thing that stuck out when I introduced him the other night was that he served more than half his life on the Boys & Girls Clubs board. ... [The Hall of Fame] was started several years ago with ... the intent of honoring those who have given the most and mean the most to the movement in the state.
“... [Daniel] is one of our founding board members. It laid at his feet and a few others to start the entire organization and here we are 26 years later serving tens of thousands of young people and their families in Cartersville and Bartow County.”
Opened in May 1990 at the Goodyear Clubhouse in the Atco community, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County now features two locations — 642 Henderson Drive in Cartersville and 127 King St. in Adairsville — and serves about 230 children a day with its after-school program. During the school year and the summer, the units offer youth ages 6 to 18 educational and cultural opportunities, and activities like basketball, and arts and crafts.
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, call 770-382-5500.