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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:02 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Kevin M. Smith

Killeen Daily Herald

When two Boys & Girls Club board members closed the door to Woodrow "Woody" Hall's office, he was nervous.

"I thought, 'It's my last day here, I don't know what I did,'" said Hall, executive director of the Central Texas Boys & Girls Club.

But when Hall heard the news they had to tell him, he gave a sigh of relief.

The board members told Hall a building would be named after him. On Wednesday afternoon, board members, dignitaries and members of the community gathered at the former Trimmier Unit of the Central Texas Boys & Girls Club for a ribbon-cutting and ceremony renaming the four-year-old building the Woodrow Hall Unit.

"It's just a real honor," Hall said.

Board president David McGinnis delivered comments during the ceremony touting the honor in the dedication.

"I keep telling him, people have to die to get a building named after them," McGinnis said.

The idea to name the unit after Hall came from board members Glen Grandy and Wallace Vernon. McGinnis said people who donated a certain amount of money had naming rights to rooms in the 60,000-square-foot building at 5100 Trimmier Road.

Grandy and Vernon donated a "substantial" amount each and did not request anything named after themselves. Then, they got the idea to name it after Hall.

"They didn't get all of it out of their mouth – there was a second," McGinnis said, describing the board meeting when they suggested it.

The building was opened in 2004 and has increased its daily attendance from 300 to 400 kids a day to about 900 kids a day. Charlie Watts, board member, said the board hadn't had time to think of a namesake other than its location.

"We just finally caught our breath from the grand opening," Watts said.

Grandy, who joined the board shortly after Hall was hired, said it was an easy decision, "because of his dedication."

Hall has worked for Central Texas, formerly Clements, Boys & Girls Club for 34 years.

"I did it for the kids," Hall said.

For more information on the Central Texas Boys & Girls Club, call (254) 699-5808.

Contact Kevin M. Smith at ksmith@kdhnews.com or call (254) 501-7550

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