Boys & Girls Club Happenings

Boys and Girls Club members work with Fair Horticulture Superintendent Marie Jones to create decorated vegetables to enter into the fair. 

Photo courtesy of Boys and Girls Club

Yogo Inn poolside room giveaways

Parents, don’t forget to get signed up for the Yogo Inn poolside room giveaway by getting your volunteer hours pledged and completed. For complete details, check the Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown FaceBook Page or the front desk of the Club.

Thanks to the Yogo Inn, they have provided two certificates per quarter to win. This quarter’s drawing will happen by the end of August.

 

Volunteers of the Month

We had a great time celebrating the April and May Volunteers of the Month at the Boys and Girls Club on Monday. Congratulations to Jason Foucher, Janet Gardner and the Board of Directors.

Here are why these volunteers are special to the Club:

Board of Directors (nominated by Abby Franks): Extra work has been in the happenings as of lately with myself preparing to be on maternity, with various policies and procedures being updated, the Club’s three-year strategic plan being completed as well as regular work of the Club getting done. Each one of the board members has been helpful in separate ways and very appreciated. It takes true leaders to be on a board - and each one of our board members exemplifies a true leader.

Jason Foucher (nominated by STEM Director, Christina Foucher): for coming in and not only painting my room, but then Jacqueline and Eadie’s room also. He does good work, gets it done fast and cleans up after himself. He has also helped move tables from room to room and hangs bulletin boards. He never says no, and is always cheerful to be around.

Janet Gardner (nominated by Education Director, Tracy Huck): As I pulled out banana bread to thaw for breakfast tomorrow, I am super excited to nominate Janet for Volunteer of the Month, as her baking skills have been of great use and tastiness to our program of the Boys and Girls Club. Janet is a lovely lady, wonderful to work with, always so kind and very generous of her time. She worked to get donated bananas from the hospital, which helped our budget for this project and also reduces food waste in our community.

 

Time to think of “Back to School”

It was a busy week at the fair running the food booth. Thanks to all of the parents, volunteers, Club staff, Club kids and the community for supporting the Boys and Girls Club. We truly feel blessed that you all believe in the Club so much and help out in any way you can. From the bottoms of our hearts, thank you.

It’s time to start thinking about back to school. School starts on Aug. 25 for most schools and we are gearing up for back to school fun. Please note that the Club will not be open during the school day for the kindergarteners and first graders that don’t start school until Aug. 29. Those students may join us at the Club after school. We are getting filled up for enrollment but we still have spots. Our next parent orientation and enrollment meeting will be at the Club on Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Current families may also attend these meetings if they missed any of the previous meetings. A parent or guardian must attend this meeting in order to enroll their child at the Club. If you have any questions, please call Crystal or Tracy at the Club at 535-2257.

Please watch the News-Argus every Saturday, Facebook and the Club for important notices.

 

Healthy indoor air

As of 2016 it is known that Americans spend the majority of their time indoors, for this reason it is critical that the air we breathe is healthy. According to the American Lung Association the air in your home may be more polluted than the air outdoors.

One of the reasons indoor air could be unhealthy to breathe is due to smoking.

Tobacco use is the single greatest cause of preventable death. Tobacco alone kills 1600 Montanans every year – that is an average of four per day. Every year tobacco addiction costs Montanans more than a half-billion dollars. This includes $277 million in excess medical costs and $305 million in lost productivity.

Secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 deaths from Lung Cancer and 33,950 deaths from heart disease each year in America. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Second-hand smoke is especially harmful to young children. Secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, 7500 to 15,000 are hospitalized each year in the U.S. It also causes 430 sudden infant deaths (SIDS) in the U.S. annually. Secondhand smoke causes fluid buildup in the middle ear, which results in 790,000 doctor’s office visits per year, as well as more than 202,000 asthma flare-ups among children in the U.S.

Oct. 1, 2009 was an important day for tobacco prevention in Montana. The Clean Indoor Air Act was implemented this required all enclosed public places and workplaces including bars, taverns and casinos be smoke free. This law protects public health and prevents diseases caused by exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. The significance of this major public health policy extends to future generations who will grow up healthy. Now it is your turn, by keeping secondhand smoke away from your children and creating a healthy home. Everyone deserves to breathe fresh clean air.

As always if you would like to quit smoking call 1-800-Quit-Now, or call Kim at 535-2257, to get the resources to quit smoking.

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