Semester Update from a Club Alum

January 10, 2013 02:20 PM
Alfredo volunteered to teach lessons about the economy to young students.
Each fall, staff at each of our Clubs bittersweetly say farewell to hundreds of graduating BGCC members as they begin a new chapter in their journey. They enroll in college or vocational schools or sometimes begin working full-time jobs all with the hope of fulfilling the mission "to reach their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens." Oftentimes, they write us to let us know how they are doing.  Sometimes they return to the Club to volunteer or give-back.  Those are the moments we savor.  We hope that by sharing some of these letters and their experiences, you will see what a tremendous impact the Clubs and staff make on every young person's life.
Recently, we received a letter from Gen. Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club alum Alfredo Gonzalez.  Alfredo is enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago and will earn his degree in business management this spring.
The fall semester of 2012 was a magnificent semester. I was completely dedicated to my classes and even though I have not received my final grades, I feel very confident that I will earn an "A" in every class. I calculated my mid-term grades and I had "A's" in all of them with high percentages. 

As in most recent years, I was the lead banker at the Chicago Poker Open benefitting General Wood Club. I provided training to the Ice-girls from the Chicago Blackhawks (that was fun!). I also helped during Gen. Wood's haunted house event and at its dinner give-away in December.

I was also involved in Tau Sigma, the honor society for transfer students and recently received a $1,500 scholarship through the program!  We did some community service at Children of Peace School. Using Junior Achievement material, we conducted five lessons on how the economy works and how education is essential to succeed.

I recently received an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honour Society. I was chosen for membership because I am in the top 15 percent of my class.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Alfredo Gonzalez
B.S. Business Management 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago