The Older Members Association continues to be a vibrant and vital organization supporting the Bristol Boys & Girls Club. Active membership currently is around 40 members with another 10 Honorary and Life members. One of the unique characteristics of the OMs is the longevity of service to the organization. The most senior OM has been an active member for 50 years and 10 members have more than 30 years of service. That commitment to service in itself is extraordinary.

In addition to the OM Show, the OMs have also sponsored a numerous variety of other events either to raise money or do something for the community:

  • Snowball dances, a formal dance for 7th and 8th grade students, in the 40’s and 50’s.
  • Sweetheart dances in the 60’s and 70’s
  • Grammar school basketball tournaments in the 60’s and 70’s
  • Hosted an NBA basketball event in the 70’s
  • Operated a concession stand for 17 years at Muzzy Field, a local baseball park that has hosted American Legion Baseball, Big East College Baseball Tournament, local and regional high school baseball, soccer and football games, etc.
  • OM Basketball Classic – a pre-season high school basketball tournament

Today, the OMs raise an average of $25,000 annually, all of which directly supports youth programming at the Club.

In addition to financial support, the OM’s remain extremely active in volunteering their time and talents to the Bristol Boys & Girls Club, Family Center and the Imagination Museum providing many different support services and repair maintenance projects.

The OMs continue to meet every other Wednesday for dinner just as the founders did. Business is discussed and ideas generated on how best to continue our support for the Club

When you learn about our history, our culture and our achievements, you can understand why we are proud to be OMs.

Boys and Girls Club of America Marching Song
Sing for boys and Girls Clubs, joy to our hearts you bring,
Cheer for Boys and Girls Clubs, loud let your praises ring,
Build, build the future, strong for democracy.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America, proud are we.
Down at the club, where we sing this song,
All kids are welcome and all can belong,
It’s open each evening and Saturdays too,
There’s lots of good fun and plenty to do
Sing for Boys and Girls Clubs, joy to our hearts you bring,
Cheer for Boys and Girls Clubs, loud let your praises ring,
Build, build the future, strong for democracy.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America, proud are we.
Freddie and Jimmie, Patrick and Mike,
Amy and Sammy, Jenny and Ike
Doris and Mitzie and Booker T Brown
In fact, there are kids from all sides of the town
Build, build the future, strong for democracy
Boys and Girls Clubs of America, proud are we

Proud To Be An OM
I asked myself some time ago what is this old world coming to?
And then again I asked myself is there something that I can do?
And if I were to start in doing my own part
I think I’d have to begin by helping the children
Helping that child to grow into the dream of tomorrow (refrain)
That’s an OM and I’m proud to be one of them
Let’s make a place where kids can play where they can grow in their own way
A place where they can just belong, and they can learn to get along
And when the job is done, each child will be someone
With dreams and plans of their own, say look how that child has grown!
Refrain
For many years now in a row, we’ve put on our annual OM Show
To give our kids a chance to use their talents to sing and dance
So that each one of them could live in the glow of what they could give
Taking pride in being a part in the touching of many a heart
Refrain
The men who make this all come true are ordinary men like you
Except they stand especially tall by helping kids when they are small
That’s the kind of man I’d like to say I am
And that’s why I’m one of them and proud to be an OM
Refrain