Cape Charles Rotary Partners with Boys and Girls Club

Cape Charles Rotary Club members join with Boys and Girls Club participants.

Cape Charles Rotary Club members join with Boys and Girls Club participants.

April 13, 2015

Cape Charles Rotary sponsored a Career Day at Occohannock Elementary School March 28 to provide area teens with a jumpstart on successful careers. The event was part of a new partnership between the Rotary Club of Cape Charles and the Eastern Shore Boys and Girls Club.

A team of Cape Charles Rotarians facilitated five Career Day workshops for almost 50 Boys and Girls Clubs teenagers from the Eastern Shore and across the Hampton Roads area. In round-robin fashion, the young adults attended workshops structured to begin preparing them for college and workplace realities: Resume-Writing, College-Bound, Interviewing Skills, Dress for Success and Workplace Etiquette.

The partnership with the Boys and Girls Club is an important new initiative of the Cape Charles Rotary Club, which supports the community through a variety of additional grants and service projects. Monika Bridgforth, Cape Charles Rotary President-Elect and Career Day project coordinator explains, “The Rotarians were eager to share lessons learned from our own careers. From practical tips about how to dress for an interview to more thought-provoking discussions about the value of a college education, the students had a comprehensive introduction to career planning. And we are already refining for next year!”


The Career Day followed a grant of $4,000 to the Eastern Shore Boys and Girls Club Unit by the Rotary Club to purchase new computers. According to Kathy Custis, Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Boys and Girls Club, “We are so grateful that this will be an on-going relationship with the Cape Charles Rotary Club. When you combine current technology with the personal sharing of Rotarians’ experience and knowledge, this will make a lasting difference in our teens’ careers, and their lives.”

The Cape Charles Rotary Club, founded in 1924, is a member of Rotary International District 7600 and is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Boys and Girls Clubs is a national organization and was founded in 1906. Its declared mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Eastern Shore Boys and Girls Club meets at Occohannock Elementary School in Exmore.



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