Spend Your Summer at the Boys & Girls Club!
Summer Programming at the Menomonie Center runs from June 13th thru August 24th. Serving grades 3rd thru 5th, the summer includes full-day programming, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm (with pick-ups from 5:30-6:00pm). The Menomonie Center offers half day programming from 1:00pm-6:00pm when SDMA Summer Academy is in session June 18th-29th & July 9th-20th, and full-day programming when SDMA Summer Academy is not in session.
Congratulations to our June Member of the Month Evelyn. Evelyn is in 3rd grade and has just started coming to the Club this summer and has loved every minute of it. She said it is hard to pick her favorite day because every day there is a Club party! Her favorite food is watermelon and strawberries, which is pretty lucky because she got to have strawberries at the Club this week! Her favorite program at the Club is going into the gym and our soccer program. We play soccer a few times a week and then have a game day. I like soccer because I get to score goals and we play outside! She said this summer the Club has helped her make new friends and be nicer to the friends she already has, even her brother! Well Done Evelyn.
We would like to introduce you to Erick, our Advisory Council Member of the Month. Erick is a Service Center Representative for WESTconsin Credit Union and has been a member of the Advisory Council since 2017. After volunteering at Lemonade Day, Erick was hooked and new he wanted to be more involved with the Club. He said, “The kids had such a good time handing out lemonade and greeting people. Even though it was a rainy day the kids had such positive attitudes. The town I came from didn’t have a program like the Boys & Girls Club. To see a community show so much support for its youth was eye opening.”
Erick’s favorite Club event is Winner Dinner. He enjoys spending time with the members, listening to their stories, and hearing about everything they love to participate in at the Club!
When Erick is not working or volunteering at the Club he likes playing with his dog, Finn. He also enjoys drinking coffee, reading books & birdwatching.
We asked Erick what one of his favorite stories from the Club is and his favorite was from Lemonade Day last year.
“On Lemonade day all the kids were talking about was fidget spinners. They must have talked about them for an hour. They asked me if I had a fidget spinner. My wife had actually bought me one the week before as a joke and I had left it in my work bag. So I told them yes and showed it to them. They thought it was the coolest thing in the world that I had one. I think this is what hooked me to the club because something I really didn’t have a second thought about they were enamored with and their smiles told the whole story.”
Thank you, Erick, for your positive energy, ideas and support. You have truly made an impact on the lives of so many youth in our community. Thank you for making a difference!
The Boys & Girls Club's Menomonie Center officially opened October 27th of 2014. Boys & Girls Club programs will be offered to River Heights 3-5 grade students and offers transportation from Oaklawn, Wakanda, Downsville and Knapp Elementary schools to the Club afterschool each day, to provide outreach to additonal youth in the area.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley oversee the Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire, the Jackson County Center in Black River Falls, and the Chippewa Falls Center. The Menomonie Center is the fourth organization under the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley’s umbrella. Currently, the entire organization is serving over 1,100 members through membership, community outreach and special events.
The Menomonie Center is open during the school year from 3pm – 7pm on school days, from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on select non-school days and during the summer from 12:30pm - 6:00 pm on half days and from 7:30am – 6pm on full days . The Club provides daily snack during the school year along with breakfast, lunch and two snacks during non-school days and the summer months. To participate in all of the programs, meals and special events, youth must enroll as a Boys & Girls Club member which includes a fee of only $15 per person or $30 per household annually.