Boys & Girls Club Happenings

Club members work with a Spika employee during the Manufacturing Day​ event.

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Photo courtesy of Boys and Girls Club

From Abby Franks, club director:

We continue to be very appreciative of our volunteers. We want to recognize our Finance Committee team, meeting this week. They help oversee and manage the Boys and Girls Club budget.

Start to look for silent and live auction mailings in connection with the Festival of Trees. We appreciate the event supporters who help make the fundraising event a success.

Main Connection Travel and RPM Automotive recently signed on to be involved with the Countdown to Christmas raffle. Countdown to Christmas raffle tickets will go on sale in November, while daily giveaways start in December. We also recognize title sponsors Fergus Federal Credit Union and Besel Construction.


From Tracy Huck, 

education director:

We had so many kiddos needing homework assistance, one director wasn’t enough. To solve this problem, each homeroom teacher helps their homeroom members with their homework. We do this from 4 until 4:45 p.m. and then we have fun. What a great way to create relationships with kids.

There are many activities going on in our various classrooms. You will find vampires and pumpkins being made in the art class, house creations made from spaghetti noodles and marshmallows in the STEAM room, and games in our social recreation room. The older members make bridges out of aluminum foil to see whose bridge holds the most dominoes. Other members create cards and posters to let individuals know we are thinking about them. It’s always a joy for me to leave my office and emails behind to join in on the chaos.

Upcoming events: We’re having another Scattered Progressive dinner to celebrate our “Lights on Afterschool” event to showcase our many rooms and wonderful staff on Oct. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come visit our wonderful Club and meet the staff who go above and beyond for our members.


From Tim Painter,tobacco prevention specialist/teen director:

The teen room renovation project is almost complete. In a matter of days, we went from rough walls and the old carpet still on the floor, to flooring installed and prepping for paint. We can’t wait to see how we are able to empower youth and strengthen their futures with this space.

• Junior High Program: After school on Wednesday, Oct. 4, we served about 40 LJHS students hot chocolate and donuts. The event treated the students and we brought awareness of the Boys and Girls Club’s Junior High program that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 6 p.m.

• MTUPP Did you know? If you need help to quit smoking, call this toll free number: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. You can also find help and support at


From Jenny Casman, social recreation director:

We participated in Manufacturing Day at Spika Welding and Design. I took 13 of our Club members to this event. The kids had a great time. They toured the facility and made their own fidget spinners. This event counts as one of our career development activities, as we were able to see all the cool things they do. We’ll work on Halloween decorations next week to decorate the Club. Have a great day.


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