New Boys and Girls Club: A 'dream come true'

A dream by a small group of residents 55 years ago became a reality yesterday when a spacious 26,000 square foot facility opened for the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County.
   Don Tetrick, the only member of the original boys club board of directors still living, said "Young people are the most important asset in our community. The new boys and girls club facility demonstrates someone cared."
   Tetrick spoke at the ribbon-cutting/open house at the new club facility, 104 Hudson Drive, Elizabethton, formerly occupied by East Tennessee Undergarment Co.
   John Lee, president and CEO of the Knoxville Boys and Girls Club, presented Sam LaPorte, club president, the National Boys and Girls Club of America Service Medallion, the highest award bestowed on a citizen, for exemplary performance.
   The Elizabethton Boys Club was founded in 1946 by Tetrick, Gordon Welch, Mrs. Clay Rose, Ernest Cardwell, Tom Dugger, John Parker, M.A. Fitzsimmons Sr., S.F. Dobbins, Jack Fuller, Charles Jett, the Rev. William Taggart, Kirk Lumsden, Ernest Buckles, Luke Brumit and Mrs. Louise Wolff.