2013 Board President MessageOct 4, 2014 -
I’m Dennis Slattery and I’m a proud, long serving Board Member, and this year’s President. I want bring you up to date on recent activities and reacquaint you with important members of the Boys Republic family, as well as long standing BR traditions.
Trades and Job Skills:
A Boys Republic tradition has always been to prepare students in a trade. Currently, students can learn printing, masonry, food services, landscaping, welding and cabinetry. Because of the generosity of the Boone Family Foundation and many others, a recent initiative is the Max L. Scott Teaching Bakery. In a learning environment outfitted with commercial-quality appliances, students will learn the fundamentals of the baking trade. The food they prepare will be served at Boys Republic and sold on a limited basis to stores and restaurants.
Fully Accredited High School:
Experience has shown us that our students’ long-term prospects for success as responsible, contributing citizens are greatly enhanced if, when they leave Boys Republic, they are functioning academically at age/grade level (please see “Our Outcomes”, page 5). Through a long standing collaboration with the Chino Hills School District, Boys Republic has a fully accredited, 4-year high school, currently under the leadership of Carl Hampton, principal.
Steve McQueen Car Show:
Since 2008, and growing every year, the Steve McQueen Car Show is gaining local and national attention. The show was attended by 4,000 spectators. Thanks to the many volunteers led by Ron Harris, Chad McQueen and Peter Dunkel, this year’s show netted $200,327 for the agency’s programs.
Committees of the Board:
Boys Republic is blessed with a collaborative hard-working Board. The Board sets policy, provides direction, and works hard not to micromanage. The recently revamped BR website is the product of the Development Committee.
Staff and Senior Staff:
After 45 years, Max Scott tossed the mantle of leadership to Chris Burns, and the transition has been seamless. Agency-wide, the average tenure of service at Boys Republic is 12 years. Of 148 direct care staff, 73 have been with us for ten years or longer. Our staff attrition rate has been between 13-15% annually over the past nine years. In contrast, similar agencies in California have an attrition rate of 75-80%.
Finances remain strong, and the endowment has benefitted from the recent strong equity markets. The community responds to our Development efforts, and our Development Department works hard to insure that our development costs per dollar raised are well below national averages.
Rejecting a mental health approach, Boys Republic relies on peer influence and the power of the group. Daily sessions within each cottage are the venue where real change occurs. I’m proud to serve and be a part of Boys Republic.