8/23/2014 2:01:00 PM Editorial: Tight-lipped Boys & Girls Club did not win any friends this year
The news this past week of the dissolution of the Cottonwood-based Boys & Girls Club of Northern Arizona was disheartening, but it hardly comes as a surprise.
The hand-writing had been on the wall since the beginning of the year.
No doubt, the community is sorry to lose the service provided by the Boys & Girls Club.
But at the same time, the leadership of the Boys & Girls Club did not win any friends this year with its absolute lack of communication about the status of the organization.
Rumors ran rampant about the organization's demise, but getting anyone from the Boys & Girls Club to either confirm or deny those rumors was a classic case in futility.
In January, the Club announced it would "take a step back and reorganize our policies and procedures" and over the "next six months, operating in a limited capacity, to focus on the issues that need to be addressed. We are working hard to strengthen our current partnerships and create new ones as the financial needs of the club are constantly changing."
Since then, the organization basically adopted a policy of non-communication.
Our efforts to obtain updates on the status of the organization were an absolute dead-end street. Phone calls were never returned. Email queries went unanswered.
In June, when the Cottonwood City Council discussed removing the fence around the Old Town Activity Park, City Manager Doug Bartosh said getting information on how that would impact the Boys and Girls Club was unknown because the organization's leadership would not return telephone calls.
Likewise, the plug had to be pulled on this summer's Sedona Taste event - designed to be a major fund-raiser for the Boys and Girls Club - after officials at Jackpot Ranch gave up on trying to get anyone from the club to return a phone call.
During this period of fund-raising and reorganization, it would certainly be interesting to know how much money was donated to the Boys and Girls Club.
The community rumor mill is running rampant with speculation as to what happened to those donations.
Such is the fate of an organization whose leaders refuse to communicate with their community.