Pat White joins Gene Slay’s Girls/Boys Club board of directors

Pat White, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club (GSGBC).

In its meeting last week, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to welcome White.

“Looking forward to serving the board and the youth of the city of St. Louis,” White said in a Facebook post, adding, “I’m looking forward to representing Labor and helping the youth of St. Louis see the benefits of what we do.”

Club President Andy Blassie, executive vice president, Bank of O’Fallon, Ill., said, “We are proud to have Pat’s expertise and concern for the community and our youth on the Board. Pat is not only an outstanding representative of Labor but his compassion and concern not only for union families, but the entire community and especially our youth will enhance the Club’s goals of serving children.”

White joins a distinguished roster of community leaders from all walks of life serving on its Board of Directors, including Labor Tribune Publisher Ed Finkelstein who also serves on the club’s executive committee. “We’re excited to have Pat be a part of the club’s efforts to serve youth in need. He will bring a great perspective to our efforts as recognized by the unanimous vote of the board,” Finkelstein said.

Among his many community outreach efforts, White also serves as executive vice-chairman of the United Way and is chairman of its Labor Committee, Backstoppers’ Guns N Hoses executive committee, COVID-19 Regional Response Fund Advisory Council, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership board of directors, Tri-County Labor Club executive board and former member of the Archdiocese Peace and Justice Commission.

The club’s mission is to empower girls and boys in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those who need youth services in areas of South St. Louis where youth services are wanting. The club provides exciting afterschool and summer programs that give kids ages 6-16 the opportunity to grow and explore their interests through high-quality and holistic programs that include academics, leadership building, health, athletics and the arts.

Notes the club’s mission: “All of GSGBC’s Programs are designed around instilling our members with the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, & Citizenship.”

The programs are provided at two campuses, the Soulard Campus, 2424 S. 11th St. and the Dutchtown Campus, 3216 Pulaski St.

Last year the GSGBC served over 700 youth. For more information on joining, call 314-772-5661.

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