When the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus opened its doors across the street from Dewey Stokes’ house in 1949, Stokes became one of the organization’s first members. So began a lifelong connection with Boys & Girls Clubs, as Stokes became the West Side Unit’s 1957 Boy of the Year and served as a junior leader. He later joined the Club’s board of directors and founded the West Side Boys & Girls Club Alumni Association. A Columbus police officer, Stokes served as two-term president of the National Fraternal Order of Police. He is the recipient of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Award for exemplary service.