Frankie Bordeaux has worn many hats throughout his life. From Boys and Girls Club executive director, businessman to property management and real estate developer to NCAA basketball official, Frankie Bordeaux has experienced many things—but few compare to making a difference in the lives of families and children. Recently, Frankie Bordeaux answered a few questions about the Boys and Girls Club of America and how it has affected his life.
Q: Tell us a little about the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Frankie Bordeaux: The Boys and Girls Club is an organization that makes a difference in children’s lives by promoting education and career programs, character and leadership programs, health and life skills, sports and fitness initiatives, and more.
Q: How long were you, Frankie Bordeaux, involved with the Boys and Girls Club?
Frankie Bordeaux: I’ve spent time volunteering and working with the organization for more than 25 years.
Q: How did you serve the organization?
Frankie Bordeaux: I started out as program director for the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Durham, N.C. and then also as program director for the Boys and Girls Club of Winston Salem, N.C. I served a two year stint at each club. Finally, I was blessed to serve as executive director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash and Edgecombe Counties in Rocky Mount, N.C. for 20 years.
Q: What were some of your duties in that role?
Frankie Bordeaux: My main responsibilities were planning, program development, budgeting, fundraising and board development. The Boys and Girls Club is a non-profit organization; therefore, so we relied on the generosity of donors.
Q: How did you work in the community?
Frankie Bordeaux: I served as a liaison between the club and various community entities such as civic organizations, foundations, schools, businesses and industries. I also served as a liaison between the club and parents. I communicated constantly with parents and children to create awareness of our programs and all that we had to offer.
Q: Do you still keep in touch with people from the Boys and Girls Club?
Frankie Bordeaux: Absolutely. I consider the people I met working there to be some of my closest friends, and I regularly keep in touch with the families I worked with.
Q: How does the Boys and Girls Club help with children’s education?
Frankie Bordeaux: The Boys and Girls Club teaches children ways to balance their workloads and their schedules in order to be successful in their studies, to stay in school, and to attend college and get a great education.
Q: And how does it help with children’s athletics?
Frankie Bordeaux: Fitness is important for children, so the Boys and Girls Club programs designed to get kids moving, get them out of the house, and get them active.
Q: Why did you retire from the Boys and Girls Club?
Frankie Bordeaux: I loved every minute of my time with the organization, but after twenty-five years of service I felt I needed to take the time to focus on my own family and to do the things that I wanted to do.
A resident of Greenville, North Carolina, Frankie Bordeaux has been involved with non-profit organizations for many years. Frankie Bordeaux worked not only with the Boys and Girls Club of America but also with the United Way and Unity Lodge. Also, Frankie is a former member of the Rocky Mount Planning and Zoning Board.