To the Editor of THE EAGLE:

Peter Bell has been a major factor in bringing the Boys & Girls Club to the successful organization that it has become. His direction, his vision for the future and his ability to create an environment that teaches young people to live their lives in a positive way is something we should thank him for. From preschool to middle school to senior leader, Peter has led the club to become an example for others.

He has employed good people and let them do what they do best. That is what a good leader does. He began his career in 1982 and became executive director in 1999. It was under his direction that the club saw a renovation that would enable thousands of youth to participate in sports programs, licensed daycare, preschools, cooking, wood-working, leadership programs for high school students and so much more. He has created a safe place for kids to go.

Simply put, he will be sadly missed. We wish him well in this future endeavors. Whatever the next chapter in his life brings those in it will be very fortunate to have him,

Best of luck to the board of directors. You have big shoes to fill! PATTY & DON TURNER

Pittsfield