Boys and Girls Club director Hank Hill celebrated his last day in Gordon County Friday, Oct. 21. He has accepted a new position at the Oneida Boys and Girls Club in Tennessee as the chief professional officer.
Hill will be in charge of the entire organization, finances and will serve on the board of directors.
Aside from his work at the BGC, Hill has served on the Family Connection’s Board of Directors for four years and two years as the organization’s president. Hill has also partnered with FC’s Community Resources Leadership Team, the Teen Health Task Force, the Teen Leadership Initiative, the United Way and with the Gordon County One Caring Community System of Care Advisory Board.
The community came together last Thursday to celebrate Hill’s devotion to Calhoun and to wish him the best of luck on his new endeavors.
“I’m happy for Hank; he deserves this opportunity,” said Board of Directors Member Shane Watson. “He will be dearly missed and our community will miss him.”
Vickie Spence, executive director of United Way, worked with Hill through UW and is appreciative of what he has given the community.
“He has the ability to bring lots of folks together who are working to make our community a better place,” said Spence. “He does not seek recognition from this community, but he deserves it for the difference he has made in the lives of so many young people.”
It was apparent at the sendoff event that Hill’s devotion to the community has made him beloved in the eyes of many.
Not only did Hill’s colleagues come by to thank him, but so did the people whose lives he touched. Glenda Wynn’s four grandchildren: Emily (14) Noah (9), Nick (9) and Shannon (8), all go to the BGC and are grateful for Hill’s service.
“He is a wonderful person and we will miss him,” said Wynn. “They go there and are secure and comfortable. They have this feeling of being cared about when they are there.”
Hill said he looks forward to his new position in Tennessee and is ready to impact another community.
“I’m ready to get plugged into the community and transform the organization and fulfill our mission,” he said.
When Hill first moved to Gordon County from Jasper, Ala., he and his wife, Amanda, and their two children, son Hunter (9) and daughter Harley (6), didn’t know anyone, but that started to change as the Hills grew accustomed to the county, and vice versa.
“The people here really supported us,” said Hill. “We are leaving here with friends and lots of memories.”
While it’s a bittersweet moment for Gordon County and for Hill, he wants the staff that he has worked with to remember to serve its people.
“Gordon County opened its arms wide and all I ask is that you continue to help the community,” said Hill.