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10/26/14 Press Release

Berndt receives professional award

Sara Berndt, program director for the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County, has received the Professional of the Year award during this year’s state-wide Boys and Girls Club convention held in Billings.
Mary Hernandez, interim director at the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County, said every club has the opportunity to nominate a youth, staff member, administrator or board member for various awards. Berndt, who has served as program director for 10 years, received the honor from organization development director Ryan Scheel. Winners of the awards have the opportunity to apply for scholarships in order to receive additional professional training.
In the nomination letter, Hernandez and board member Barb Dornfeld wrote, "Sara has been ‘the glue’ that has held the club together during this challenging transitional time for the club. The letter noted that Berndt, a Sidney native, has worked under increasingly adverse conditions for the club. After playing a key role in helping the club grow to 300 members, the summer program was suspended and the after-school program was limited to 100 students.
"Sara has also stepped in to cover additional responsibilities in the absence of our CPO. She has gone far above and beyond to serve our club, and most importantly, our kids. She deserves accolades and this honor for her dedication to our club and kids."
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