Meet Shyane, she has been chosen for the Member of the Month in the month of February. Shyane is eleven years old and in fifth grade, and she has shown great leadership qualities here at the Boys & Girls Club. She is eager to help out our younger members in any way that she can. When asked “Why do you come to club?” she explained that spending time in the gym with her friends and cool staff members is her favorite thing to do and the club allows her to do it.
We have had so many programs here at the Boys & Girls club and among those is Shyane’s absolute favorite…gymnastics! She hopes to be a staff member at the club someday so that she can teach gymnastics. The club has allowed Shyane to reach her goal of learning multiple sports and to meet new people that she wouldn’t have met without the Boys & Girls club. Congratulations to Shyane!
Our Advisory Council Member of the Month is Lauren Evans. Lauren is the Sustainable Development and Community Relations Coordinator for Fairmount Santrol in Menomonie. Lauren has been an Advisory Council Member since 2015 and currently serves as our Chair. She also serves on the Boys & Girls Club Corporate Board of Directors. Lauren was involved in helping us to first open the Club in Menomonie. Lauren first became interested in the Club because she wanted after-school opportunities for them in the Menomonie community besides sports. Lauren said, “There weren’t many options out there. When I started learning more about BGC and the amazing programs that they offer, I wanted to be a part of bringing a Club to Menomonie.”
Lauren enjoys attending all the events, but Lemonade Day is one of her favorites because she loves to see the kids learning entrepreneurial skills and putting them to use! It’s also a great way to expose more of our community members to Boys & Girls Club and what we do.
Lauren’s daughter Jaelyn was a member of the Club until this year when she entered the 6th grade. She absolutely loved going to the Club, and she gained some valuable leadership skills while she was there. She would often help the staff by organizing or leading some of the other kids, and she really enjoyed the opportunity to lead a group of her peers. Lauren looks forward to the day that her youngest daughter, currently in kindergarten, can join the Club as well.
When Lauren is not volunteering at the Club, she love camping with her family during the warmer months. She loves being outdoors and spending time with family and friends – gardening, taking care of their chickens, and taking the dog for a walk.
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.