2015 and 2016 Mayoral Award Winners Don Spicer and Ken Blinsman hang out before Event Monday Night
Feb 09, 2016 10:47PM
● By Paul Spear
The 2015 and 2016 Mayoral Award Winners Don Spicer and Ken Blinsman hang out before Event Monday Night at the IB Boys and Girls Club. Both were awarded for their many years of working with IB's Youth!Don Spicer - President Imperial Beach Little League & President Sports Committee received the award last year and Ken Blinsman, CEO of the Boys and girls Club of South County was a recipient this year.
Both men have been working with the youth of Imperial Beach for a very long time. Ken Blinsman, who grew up as a boy started attending the Boys and Girls Club at the age of 8 has been the well over 40 years combined now.
When Ken was a boy, there was just the one main clubhouse location. Like the ther members, that went to the club he enjoyed participating in the athletic leagues and the other club activities, especially the field trips. Photography was one of his favorites growing up, and he drew on the skills he learned there through his college years.
“I found salvation at the Boys Club,” he said. “As I grew into adulthood, I knew my life's work would be to repay what this organization gave me.”
Seven years after he joined, Ken was hired as a front-counter youth worker. At 18, he was named arts and crafts director. Over the next 15 years, he took on additional responsibilities while serving in other positions.
Ken Blinsman has loved every minute there and is now President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of South County with several location in the south county including 2 in Imperial Beach. The headquarters at 847 Encina Avenue and the IB Sports Park Facility.
Ken was the protege of Paul Odermatt and Ken has been thrilled to follow in Paul's shoes. The Odermatt Clubhouse was named after Paul and recently they had a chance to get together for a bit and visit at the Feed the Kids and Family's Event the day before Thanksgiving.
Ken is know training his own proteges and it looks like the club will be in good hands for generations to come