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Bonnae MeshulamBonnae Meshulam

Boys and Girls Club of Westminster

Bonnae Meshulam, in her sixth year as executive director, is accustomed to overcoming obstacles at the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster. “‘No’ is not in my vocabulary,” she said. “There is always another angle or option to get a job done.”

She said innovation comes into play, for example, when she needs transportation for the kids. She said the club can count on churches and other youth groups with buses that are willing to help, and local schools let club members ride on their buses when space is available.

The club also saves money on salaries thanks to work-study students from local colleges as well as donations for building materials and partnerships with other nonprofits. The club has renovated an old downtown bank building into a state-of-the-art club so it could serve 600 children a day, up from 100. The new club has 12,000 square feet of space, up from 2,500 in the former site, with another 3,000 to be added in 2019 when a gymnasium is completed.

“We charge $20 a year for membership in the after-school program,” she said. “This allows all families the opportunity to participate.”

Meshulam has transformed the organization, said Sean Davis, director of operations for the club. “Memberships have tripled, we outgrew our old center, and she ran a successful $5 million campaign to build the new facility,” he said.

Meshulam is proud of what the club has accomplished during her tenure in tough economic times. “We have acquired more volunteers and more company and nonprofit partnerships that have eased the budget burden,” she said. “We have made it a win-win for everyone involved.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.