Arsenaults to Be Honored at WBGC Gala

By Chris Wangler 
April 22, 2024


Ronald and Thelma Arsenault will receive the Waltham Boys & Girls Club’s prestigious Robert J. Stanton Legacy Award at the club’s annual gala this week.

“Ron and Thelma Arsenault have dedicated themselves to Waltham’s youth, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to grow in a supportive and empowering environment,” said club executive director Erica Young and the Stanton Family in a statement. 

“Their legacy is a testament to what true leadership and commitment to community service can achieve.”


Ron said he and Thelma were “deeply touched” by the award. “This honor emphasizes the collective impact we can make when we come together to shape the futures of our youth,” he said.

The club said Ron guided the organization as it transitioned from the former Waltham Boys Club into the Waltham Boys & Girls Club.

Ron and Thelma “envisioned a place where their daughters and all young women could thrive alongside boys.”


To make it happen, Ron often used his own station wagon to transport kids from school to the club, reflecting his “whatever it takes” attitude. 

Meanwhile, Thelma embodied “a nurturing presence that has shaped the lives of many young individuals in Waltham,” the club said.


The Robert J. Stanton Legacy Award is named after a former WBGC Board President known for his passionate commitment and visionary leadership. Bob Stanton passed away in 2015.

The Arsenaults’ son Dave will accept the award on their behalf during the club’s annual Gala on Thursday, April 25. Congrats!

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