SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- The head of Boys & Girls Clubs of America will headline an annual meeting of club members from a five-state area that kicked off Wednesday in South Sioux City.
The Marriott Hotel in South Sioux City is hosting the Greater Midwest Area Council's annual meeting, which continues Thursday.
The council consists of clubs from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, which includes the Boys & Girls Club of Siouxland.
Jim Clark joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America as president and CEO in January 2012. He leads a network of 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs that serve nearly 4 million young people annually in all 50 states, in large cities and small towns, in public housing and on Native lands, and on U.S. military installations across the globe. More than 50,000 professional staff members operate the Clubs, supported by some 285,000 board and program volunteers.
Under Clark's leadership, the clubs are increasing impact on the young people they serve by focusing on three priority outcome areas – Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles, according to the organization's website. Clark also has guided the organization through the launch of a new strategic direction, the Great Futures Impact Plan.
The 1 1/2-day conference in South Sioux City will culminate with a dinner Thursday night where four new members will be inducted into a regional Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame.