I am compelled to respond to the recent article about the Boys & Girls Club of South SLO County change in leadership (“A Boys and Girls Club reborn,” Nov. 1). With any such change comes the opportunity for new vision and a fresh approach to existing programs. It appears that Mr. Curiel is doing just that to this long-established and much needed program in Oceano.
I do take offense, however, at the demeaning tone that underlies much of the article when referencing the program as he was handed it. A not-for-profit such as this is the result of the hard work and dedication of literally hundreds of individuals and companies, with the best decisions made based on the information and resources at hand at the time. That program has been supported for many years by generous donors because it has filled a need and made a difference to children who are very challenged on many fronts.
Mr. Curiel should not be denigrating the existing program, but rather should take this opportunity to constructively form the future of a program built from very little, by people who care deeply, and that he can now build upon. In doing that, he would be much more likely to secure additional business partners, not to mention provide a much more professional role model for those children.
The self-serving nature of this article, and factual errors, do a disservice to the history of this very beneficial program. A little decorum goes a long way, Mr. Curiel.