We are celebrating this week as one of our own received a much-deserved national recognition. Marty Clary, executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, was presented with the “Distinguished Service Award” this week at a meeting in Atlanta comprised of the national leadership of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Salvation Army.
Marty was recognized for his years of dedication and service to youth in our community through the Boys & Girls Clubs. The Salvation Army’s National Commander, Commissioner David Jeffrey, presented the Award, and Marty was congratulated by national President and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Mr. Jim Clark.
“In his usual manner, Marty emphasized the importance of serving the kids and making a difference in their lives rather than assuming any honor for himself,” said Major Larry Broome, area commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “I personally want to add my congratulations to Marty for a well-deserved honor for his faithful service to kids.”
Marty began his youth services career as Assistant Director at Salvation Army Community Centers in Norfolk, Va., and Bladensburg, Md. He became the executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Sumter, SC, and was later the director of the Sumter County Recreation Department. He was subsequently employed as the executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Gastonia, N.C. Marty has served as the executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Charlotte since 2004, overseeing eight clubs in Mecklenburg and Union counties with more than 1,700 members.
Congratulations, Marty, and thank you for your dedication to youth in our community!