Posted: October 3rd, 2017
At the annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tennessee Alliance Meeting on September 20-22nd our very own Vice President of Operations, Vinson Smith, was inducted into the Tennessee Hall of Fame and is the third inductee from Memphis in the last 55 years! Vinson is a native of Tennessee and graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1974, he then served in the U.S. Naval Forces earning the rank of Rear Admiral. After serving his country for 31 years and 11 months in the United States Navy he retired from active duty military service on December 1st, 2005.
He now serves our country in yet another service role as the prior Club Director of the Bernal E. Smith Club and now the VP of Operations for BGCM. Over the past eight years Vinson has mentored, tutored, coached and lectured thousands of children about the importance of an education, a healthy life style, giving back and making sure one's name stands for something good in this world. He has routinely provided his personal funds to children for things such as retaking the ACT test, clothing, shoes, food, books, school supplies and other life essentials. His wife, Sandra, is an exceptional chef and has prepared several Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for hundreds of Bernal E. Smith Club members and staff over the years. He has also been an active member of his local Rotary Club.
Much as his mentor, the late Bernal Smith did, Vinson recognized years ago that our future resides in our children and to that end he has committed resources and time to improve the lives of children where ever he has been.. His actions match what he preaches. Vinson lives by a simple, well known principle, if you help enough people become successful, you will become successful yourself.