5/22/16 - The Honorable Bill Stoudt
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Whether it’s help with homework, development of life skills, or just someone to share ideas with, children are looking for leaders who are committed to seeing them succeed. This is the role the Boys & Girls Club plays in the lives of many youth in Longview and across the nation.
The Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County is a community-based organization that provides young people with a fun, safe, and constructive after-school environment. The Club is open to all youth, ages 6-18, and has a special focus on children from challenging or disadvantaged circumstances. Through a system of informal guidance, the youth development staff forms strong bonds with these young people and helps them make smart choices in life.
The Honorable Bill Stoudt, Gregg County Judge, is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County and has been named as the recipient of the Club’s 2016 Champion for Youth Award. He will receive the award at their annual luncheon to be held on June 9. Judge Stoudt said he is honored to be part of such a “world-class organization.”
“The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens,” Judge Stoudt said. “We are so blessed to have a group of people at the Boys & Girls Club who work tirelessly to instill good character, citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle to the children they come in contact with every day.”
In addition to his work with the Boys & Girls Club, Judge Stoudt is also director of the Centurion Club and of the East Texas Area Council of Boy Scouts, a member of the Longview Downtown Rotary Club, and a community advisor for the Junior League of Longview. He believes volunteering should be an act of selfless service.
“There are no limits to what can be accomplished in a community when no one worries about who gets the credit,” he said.
Judge Stoudt holds a degree in business administration with a focus on marketing and economics. He lives in Longview with his wife, Suzanne, a retired teacher for the Longview Independent School District. Judge Stoudt has one daughter, Cameron, an equine veterinarian. He was elected as Gregg County Judge more than 13 years ago. He said he enjoys seeing the caring spirit displayed by East Texans.
“The people of East Texas are a caring lot and that care really comes shining through when a need arises in our community,” he said. “That’s when you can see the true heart that is alive and well in our citizens.”