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Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Club plan 2013 Hall of Fame Banquet for March 7

The public is invited to attend the 2013 Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas 2013 Hall of Fame Banquet that is slated for March 7 at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The event will honor Jeff Boone, Pat Goss and Bob Major, as they will be inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame.

Bob Major was born on Feb. 15, 1947 in Little Rock, but he got to North Little Rock as soon as he could when his parents “Mouse” and Jean Major brought him home from the hospital. He attended Park Hill and Lakewood elementary schools and Ridgeroad Junior High. He is a member of the North Little Rock High School Class of 1965. While in school he had been a member of both the North Little Rock and Little Rock Boys Clubs. Bob received a BSBA degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

In November 2000, after 30 years with AT&T/Southwestern Bell Bob retired as Arkansas Area Sales Manager. After seven years of retirement he went back to work. First he joined the staff of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce as Special Events Director. Since November 2011, Bob has worked for the North Little Rock Advertising & Promotions Commission where he is currently serving as Executive Director of the North Little Rock Visitors Bureau.

Major been active in the community serving on a number of boards and committees including the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 1989 Chairman of the Board and Central Arkansas Transit Authority Board Chairman. He was also chairman of the North Little Rock School District committee to select the mascot, school colors and name of the high school when NLRHS and NLR Northeast High School merged. And for 35 years he operated the scoreboard clock at NLRHS Stadium for all high school football games.

He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 42 years. They have two children a daughter, Julie and son-in-law Jeremy Woody and two grandchildren, Alex and Lauren Woody of Bentonville and son, Joe of New York City.

“North Little Rock has always held a special place in my heart and being selected as a member of the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame is an honor I will always cherish.”

Pat Goss was born in Little Rock in 1948, the son of Don Goss of North Little Rock and Vonda Hardin of Perry County. His family moved to North Little Rock when he was five, and he grew up in North Little Rock. He graduated from North Little Rock High in 1966, from Hendrix College in 1970, and from the law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1973. He graduated first in his class from all three schools.

He and his wife, Judy Baker, met at Hendrix and have been married 37 years. Judy taught theater arts and creative writing at Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School. Their daughter, Jamie Dempsey, an assistant U. S. attorney, is married to Matty Dempsey, the vice principal at Catholic High, and their daughter Margie Buzbee, the manager of Senator Mark Pryor’s Little Rock office, is married to John Buzbee, who is an attorney. They have two grandchildren, Jack and Julia Dempsey. Pat’s sisters are Mary Jane Pearce of Springdale and Elizabeth Goss of Washington, D. C.

Goss has been in the private practice of law in Little Rock for 39 years, the first 31 years at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings and the last eight at Rose Law Firm, specializing for most of that time in civil trial work. For more than 15 years he has been recognized in several specialties by Best Lawyers in America.

Pat and Judy Goss are members of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, where Pat has taught Bible study classes and Sunday School and served in other capacities. Pat was president of the PTA at Gibbs Magnet Elementary and coached for 12 years in the Hillcrest Girls’ Softball League. For 36 years he has been a member of The Book Club, a club that has been around for almost 70 years and gathers ten times a year for a review and discussion of a book. He enjoys jogging, bicycling and working out at the gym, having been a self-confessed gym rat since he joined the North Little Rock Boys Club the summer before he turned six and started elementary school.

Jeff Boone was born and raised in North Little Rock. He attended Levy Elementary, Ridgeroad Junior High and Ole Main High School. After five years with the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, he started what has turned into a 28-year career with Pat Salmon and Sons, Inc. currently serving as Vice President.

Boone serves on the Policy Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Star Route Mail Contractors Association. He is a member of Park Hill Baptist Church where he teaches 12th grade Sunday School and has served on countless committees including Deacon Chairman. He and his wife, Dona, have two sons. Blake is a sophomore at Arkansas Tech University and Sawyer is a junior at North Little Rock High School.

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