Boys & Girls Club Happenings

Kids celebrate Teen Room grand opening with Stockman Bank employees.   Photo courtesy of Crystal Tyler

From Abby Franks, club director:

We truly appreciate HCR, Inc. – especially employee Gary Landers – for their help with the HCR Festival of Trees ornament. This year the ornament featured a moose (as we always aim to feature a scene that is Central Montana-related, i.e.: fly fishing, the train, courthouse, etc.) and was a community favorite, as the 2017 ornament broke sales records.

Last call on purchasing these ornaments is this week, ending Jan. 19. We only have 14 ornaments remaining, and it is first come – no more will be made. They are only available at the Boys and Girls Club.

The wonderful Teen Room grand opening was held last week. Thank you to the many community members, Stockman Bank employees and Board members who attended. The teen room was made possible by an anonymous gift, which was then matched by Stockman Bank. It is wonderful to have this opportunity for teens in our community.

“Thirty Days of Beef” work is starting. If you are a rancher and interested in being involved, please contact Bill Steele at 366-2969. We are currently soliciting for donations of meat. This event supports the Club’s general operating budget, which allows for more than 15,000 visits from youth to the Club each year.


From Christina Stomm, program director:

In my room, I like to do a little self-reflection and challenge the children on occasion. Recently, I titled a project, “How can you make the world a better place?” The direction was to create a poster with a message and an image. I wanted them to reflect on how they, in particular, could make a difference. The posters were then given prizes for top three. Directors throughout the Club voted, then I tallied the votes up. Children and abilities were taken into consideration.

Some of the messages were “no smoking,” “don’t do drugs” and “drive environment-safe vehicles.” While these are important, they seem to be kind of the go-to when given an activity like this. However, there were messages of “be nice,” “be helpful,” “give compliments,” “recycle” and simply “treat others how you want to be treated.” Basic for some, not for others. These are powerful messages from the children that are completely within their ability and totally achievable. I hope their messages are remembered for all on a day-to-day basis.


From Tim Painter, tobacco prevention specialist/teen director:

Teen Program updates: School started back up and so have we. Just a reminder we have Junior High teens on Tuesday and Thursday after school until 6:15 p.m. High School teens meet on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come on out join in the fun and bring your friends.

We are gearing for our Pinewood Derby at the Montana Winter Fair. Space is limited, so contact Tim Painter at the Boys and Girls Club for more information. We are also having a workshop for those interested in getting help on working on your cars. This will be Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Boys and Girls Club. Again, space is limited, so get signed up as soon as possible.

MTUPP: Remember, every-one deserves a breath of fresh air. If you are a smoker, please be considerate of others and remember smoking doesn’t only affect you. Up to 65,000 people a year die from second hand smoke exposure. If you are thinking of quitting smoking or using tobacco products, we have resources to assist you. You are not alone.


From Jenny Casman, program director:

Hello, everyone. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Time for us to get back to some fun projects in the STEAM room. We’ve got a lot planned for the rest of the year. We will be making igloos out of milk jugs, playing out in the snow with hot water to see the reaction, and many more activities. Have a great day.


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