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Portrait of Excellence: Reta Stanley

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(02/14/13) - Every year during Black History Month, The Genesee District Library honors men, women and organizations that work to make a difference in the community.

We continue our Portrait of Excellence series with our next honoree - Reta Stanley.

"I was born in Chicago, but I grew up in Flint. Flint is my heart," Stanley said.

Making sure that beat continues, it's no surprise that Flint's former first lady Reta Stanley would dedicate most of her life to serving her community.

"This is an organization where I feel a lot is accomplished for our kids in our community," she said.

For the past 20 years, Stanley has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint.

In 2006, she was named as the President and CEO of the organization, which pairs up children with adult mentors.

Stanley says she keeps working with the organization for, "the 'little's', the children, those interactions with the adult volunteers and high school volunteers that spend time with them one on one. Just seeing how it makes a difference in their lives."

Big Brothers, Big Sisters has matched hundreds of little's with a big's over the years, and Stanley continues to oversee the growth of the organization and its community events.

The need for male role models is the main purpose of the Power of 40 event. And then there is the largest fundraiser of any Big Brothers Big Sisters in the country - the Bowling Challenge.

"It's a good feeling just to see people coming out. They are actually raising funds for us. That's huge," Stanley said.

When you've received a humanitarian award, been inducted into a hall of living legends, and even given the key to the city, one would wonder how you top such an impressive list of accomplishments?

"I take one day at a time, and I'm hoping to relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor," she said.

The Genesee District Library will honor Reta Stanley this Saturday at its annual Black History Month Brunch. The event is sold out.

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