The West Virginia Area Council is part of an important and powerful force in the Boys & Girls Club Movement. The Council provides the chief medium for securing and maintaining the interest and active participation of board volunteers in national and regional Boys & Girls Club affairs. The Area Council is frequently the channel through which ideas, suggestions and proposals flow to the National Council. Conversely, our Area Council is often called upon to implement the programs and initiatives needed to expand the philosophy and aims of Clubs nationwide.
Provision for establishment of Area Councils was adopted by the National Council in 1944. Since that time, they have been organized in nearly every state where Boys & Girls Clubs are located. Currently, there are 51 Area Councils, representing board volunteers from over 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs. The National Board of Governors of Boys & Girls Clubs of America officially establishes an Area Council, designating the area in which it will function and the Clubs in that area eligible for membership. Member Clubs are represented at Area Council activities by board volunteers and their Chief Professional Officer. Each Boys & Girls Club organization should appoint a board volunteer as an Area Council Liaison, whose responsibility is to keep his/her Club aware of and involved in Area Council activities.
The West Virginia Area Council is not an incorporated entity. It is lead by an Area Council Chair and Executive Secretary elected by the member organizations for a one-year terms.