May 20, 2019 – The Boys & Girls Club of Decatur has announced that Executive Director Bruce Jeffery has accepted a position with the Greater YMCA of Louisville, Kentucky. Bruce will serve as founding Executive Director of the new $28 million dollar Republic Bank Foundation YMCA facility. His last day with the organization will be June 28, 2019.
Jeffery became Executive Director in 2012 after the retirement of long time Executive Director Walter E. Smith.
In 2017, with a grant of $710,000 from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, he led efforts to construct a new Teen Center which currently sits behind the Club.
“Leading the Club has never been about me, but more about serving the youth and providing hope, opportunity, and expectations.” “Over the years, I have learned so much about helping others, and have always known deep down that we are making a difference in a child’s life.” I have worked with a host of individuals and organizations who all understand the importance of helping youth by providing quality opportunities that can lead to lifelong success. I have also worked with a number of staff over the years who have pushed me to build and grow a better organization.
As I embark on this new journey, I cannot forget the individuals and mentors who helped me develop into a better leader. Decatur holds a special place in my heart, as I spent my early days as a Millikin student, and now working in the community that I love and care for so dearly.
There will always be more work to do, more kids to serve, and many more families to help. “Do all you can, for all you can, for as long as you can” has been my life’s motto. I look forward to serving a much needed population in Louisville with this new project with the Greater Louisville YMCA.