Hello friends, this is a very special post dedicated to one of our awesome staff members, Clayton Frame. I'm sure all of you know him very well and can think of a special memory that you have shared with him. I know that I sure can and that each staff and volunteer here at OT can as well. Many of you may already know why I am writing this blog just about Clayton but if you haven't heard yet, he will be moving to Colorado very soon and beginning a new chapter of life with his family. We are very sad to see one of our family members leave but we are celebrating along side him as he excitedly prepares for this adventure. (discloser: the volunteers and staff wanted me to call this the C-DAWG BLOG and they would have been very disappointed if I didn't include the name)
We decided that we would do something special to celebrate all that he has done here so we have asked him to answer a few questions for us so that we could share his journey with each of you.
- How did you get started? "My journey with On Target began with the after school programs, and the love of archery. From there, it turned into a work opportunity as On Target was really just beginning."
Clay was in On Target's very first after school archery program, along with Logan and I at Western Reserve Schools.
- What have you experienced? "I have experienced a lot in my time at On Target. Building relationships with the families and staff, a hunting trip in Wyoming, challenges that have allowed me to grow as a person, and overall On Target has just become one big family to me."
I can think of many times that Clay and the other staff have stayed at the end of an event just to spend time together and talk. This could last for an hour or longer before we all decide to go home. Sometimes Clayton would even read us stories from the survivor books but he would always try out different accents while reading to make us laugh. The family that we have built here is something that all of us will always cherish and our family will certainly feel different without Clayton.
What is your favorite memory? "I don’t think that I can possibly have a favorite memory because the whole adventure/experience has been a memory. If I had to choose, I would say my favorite memory would be with Adrian in the fishing and archery camps. The reason that I say this is because spending time with him in the camps has allowed time for him to open up to me about different aspects of his life, but most importantly it has allowed for me to get to know him better and build a special bond. I can remember a time when he came to camp on the first morning and the first thing he did was run in and give me a big hug. I also remember a specific morning when Adrian was having a bad day and Steve and Katrina took him for a walk. He saw me mowing the grass and asked to come see me. Steve came over and finished mowing so that Adrian, Katrina and I could walk around the pond together. He was really happy to spend that time with me. There is no better feeling than knowing that kids in camp appreciate the work and effort that we as staff members can provide."
I have loved to watch this bond between Clayton and Adrian strengthen summer after summer. Clayton has been so busy with packing and finalizing things for the move that he hasn't been able to work as much this summer. Adrian was in a fishing camp earlier in the summer and Clayton wasn't here and everyday Adrian asked for Clayton. They have a very special relationship and it inspires me and everyone else who gets the honor to see Clay work with him.
- How has On Target impacted your life? "Where do I start… On Target has impacted my life in countless ways. It has helped me grow as a person, by sometimes challenging me in different ways. Working in a Christian environment has also allowed me to grow in my relationship with God. A good example would be back in 2014. It was a rough year for me because there was a lot of death in my family that year as I lost both of my grandpa’s, my grandma from my dad’s side of the family and my great uncle. Both of my grandpa’s died from cancer. A lot of my time that year was spent with them, helping them in anyway that I possibly could. Steve and all of the staff members were there for support and it did help a lot! My faith was definitely tested and I still wish I had them here for support in this next chapter of my life but my faith helps me to know that I will see them again and I can thank On Target for the strong relationship with God. On Target has also allowed me to meet new people and form friendships with them."
As one of Clay's closest friends, I have had the pleasure of watching him grow over the years, especially in his faith. He has been tested in many ways and stretched in many directions. Each of us looks to Steve for direction and he guides us the right way always by continually teaching us how to have a stronger relationship with Christ and by teaching by example. Steve was an amazing mentor to Clay and will continue to be that for him, even with the distance in consideration.
- How will it continue to impact your life? "I think the friendships that were formed from working at On Target will last forever. I think that On Target has also allowed me to polish my interpersonal skills which will be beneficial later in life. Being a part of On Target also helped my relationship with God and because of the things I learned from Steve I will continue to grow stronger and stronger. I owe a lot to On Target for teaching me the things I know, and it is a part of life that I will never forget!"
We are very thankful for all that Clayton has done for us here at On Target and we will miss him dearly. Clay has taught us many things through the years and has touched so many lives in Canfield, Ohio. We always refer to him as an OT celebrity because everyone (including the volunteers) runs to him, yelling in excitement when he arrives at the range. He will leave behind a big legacy here and we anticipate many postcards and phone calls (he should anticipate some visitors too!).
Clayton, thank you for being a mentor, a leader and a friend.
We love you! ~Your On Target family
Thank you for reading and for your continued support. We would love to hear your favorite memories and stories about Clayton in the comment section (he would love it too!) God bless!!
~Written by: Katrina Klockenga