Supporters of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club are hoping the club will make a comeback under its new leadership.
The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club's board members hit a home run this week with the announcement that Sam Banks will become the organization's new executive director.
Given Banks' high local profile, solid reputation and long tenure (20 years) as the chief executive officer of the Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana, he's an excellent choice to lead this important, but financially troubled, local organization. Frankly, it's hard to see how the club could have done any better.
Banks left his job at the Cunningham Children's Home four years ago, but not the community, when he accepted a job as the president of the Chicago-area Glenwood School for Boys and Girls.
Rather than move his family, Banks has been commuting. Based on that alone, he's probably happy to make the move.
But there's more to it than that. Banks has devoted his professional life to helping troubled children in need. So while the problem of the youngsters at the boys and girls club are not as acute as those at the Cunningham Children's Home, they still need a helping hand.
We are confident that under Banks' leadership the boys and girls club will return to a solid footing. Once that goal is achieved, it can continue to provide a safe haven for the many children who need one as well as an outlet for their social and educational needs.