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Ford Focus on Child Hunger Campaign

We are excited to have once again teamed up with CompareFord – Your Local Ford Store and Ford Motor Company in their Ford Focus on Child Hunger Campaign during these upcoming Holidays. This last year we served 1329 Breakfasts, 3250 Lunches, 3963 Snacks and 11,236 Suppers – with 317 Meals and 232 Snacks happening over the days of Holiday break that your Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown is open for kids out of school.
Thank you Ford for helping us in the fight to end child hunger and making a difference in the lives of our youth and communities!
Special Thank You to Snowy Mountain Motors Ford-Chrysler-Dodge-Ram-Jeep for their local support as a Ford Dealer and for their special time yesterday in giving these youth a tour.



Happenings 5/1/14

Eadie and Carol ten year party

Congratulations to Eadie Schultz, Social Recreation Director and Carol Holt, past employee and volunteer extraordinaire, in the celebration of ten years of service to the Boys and Girls Club. We had an Italian style potluck and gave them gifts. We can never repay them for the impact they both have made on the Club and our community. We LOVE YOU EADIE AND CAROL! Thanks for taking such good care of all of us.

From the Classroom of Laurie Fowler, Sports and Fitness Director:

For Arbor Day the first graders wrote poems about trees Dashel Ruff wrote:
Carits have levs so do trees
trees are the home of the
honey bees.

I just love how kids write. Barbara and I attended the Health Fair and had a great time talking to people about the club.  We have a full week of outside play and enjoying the outdoors this coming up week and we hope that the sun can shine and dry up so we can be outside.

From Kelly Henderson, Teen Coordinator:

Teen night Saturday was a great success–we had 23 youth attend! I didn’t know several of them, but they all seemed to have a blast. We played a wicked and exciting game of capture the flag with Nerf guns in the dark. They had flashlights, glow masks and glow sticks. They played Nerf wars for the entire 3 hours, so we actually never had a chance to do any other activities, but they got a lot of exercise.

FAQ of the Executive Director, Abby Franks:

Why does the BG Club fund raise so much?

In the past 6 years, the Club has lost approximately $119,000 from two grants and without doing the work we do in raising funds, it would result in cutting programs and thus cutting kids from attending the Boys and Girls Club program. The Club is working to build sustainable dollars through its permanent endowment and to streamline community fundraising events, though until a proper endowment can be built, we are faced with the big job of working hard to fund raise money from the community.  If anyone is interested in learning more about the Club’s annual budget, estate giving or taking a tour of the building; feel free to call the Club at 535-2257.

From the Art Room with Jacqueline Mercenier:

Following up Earth Day week, we are exploring the art and message of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian painter (1928 – 2000). Thus “nature” and “organic” play an important role in his art and in what we are trying to accomplish. Through a lot of curved lines (not many straight lines in Nature!) and vivid colors, the idea is to create a relatively abstract landscape. Meaning, we are thinking about a make-believe place we might want to live in, which is also a fantasy. What colors, lines, shapes would be in this place? Using dark water-repellent crayons for the lines and watercolor for the bright colored shapes, we are responding to Hundertwasser landscapes by finding meaning and inspiration, rather than creating in-the-style- paintings.

The cereal cardboard “houses” are coming to an end, with kids one by one taking them home. Sometimes the “houses” will be finished at home with extra care and details and maybe the help of a grandparent, (I hear); other times it’s hard to decide what child gets to carry the “house” home, if it was a 2-4 children’s project…(We have had to draw “straws”…followed by an immediate desire to create another “house”, “together, so the other child can take this one home”…


Happenings 4/24/14

From Laurie Fowler – Sports and Rec Director

Wednesday April, 23rd, the 3rd grade nutrition class will venture out to the Lincoln Building kitchen to see how our school lunches are prepared and where Laurie works.  On Thursday April 24th the 1st graders will write a poem about our earth and trees.  On April 26th Miss Barbara and I will be at the Health Fair so come and say hi!

Teen Coordinator- Kelly Henderson

Teen Night at the Boys and Girls Club is this Saturday, April 26th from 7-10 pm. We are having GLOW-N-THE-DARK Nerf gun fights on the lawn, food, games, pool, Wii dance competitions and more. All teens ages 7th-12th grade are invited to attend. Please bring anything you have that glows-n-the-dark and nerf guns, if you have them.

Mandi McGuire in High Yield Learning Activities

For 4-6th grade project learn, the week before last we went out and cleaned up the garbage in the neighborhood around the Club. Last week we wrote letters to soldiers who are currently deployed. The kids really enjoy knowing they are making a difference in their community.


Happenings 3/20/14

From the Art Room with Jacqueline Mercenier
This past week we traced the children’s bodies, and they then colored them with markers, for the most part, (their choice), but paint was also a possibility. We focused on having those ready to hang in Reid’s window for “Back-a-Kid” campaign. Nothing helps a child paint and color more expressively than a bit of traditional Irish music!

From the Desk of Crystal Tyler, Executive Assistant
The Boys & Girls Club had a great day at Spring Fling on Sunday March 16th and got to see a lot of friends and supporters there.

The kids pitched in and made banners and life sized drawings of themselves for the window display at the Reids Building on Main street for the Back A Kid Campaign Pledge Drive.

30 Days of Beef Raffle Tickets are on sale now. We will draw a winner each day of April!

Hoopfest is almost upon us. It will be held on April 12th at the High School and Civic Center gym. If you have a three on three team of 3rd and 4th or 5th and 6th graders get them entered soon! Applications at the Club.

From Education Director, Nicole Winkler
Come Celebrate With Us! National Boys and Girls Week, March 24th through the 28th.

Come take a tour a tour with us! We are rolling out the blue carpet and inviting you to participate. Join us and learn how Boys & Girls Clubs provide caring guidance that helps kids do well in school, choose healthy lifestyles and become great citizens. Schedule your tour today at 535-2257.

As part of our Culture studies at the Club, our very own Art Director, Jacqueline Mercenier gave a presentation on her life in Belgium. The kids heard her speak in French and learned about French culture.

From Teen Director, Kelly Henderson
Saturday, March 22nd from 7-10 pm is TEENS ONLY NIGHT at the Boys and Girls Club. This is a fun filled night of board/card games, ping pong, pool, computers, Wii, X Box and more. We will be serving a taco bar and snacks. Also, if you are a teen in need of something to do after school, you should consider checking out the Keystone and Torch Clubs. Tuesday after school is a program for 7-8th graders and on Thursday there is a 9-12th program. We do a lot of fun activities, have a great social recreation room, offer homework help, volunteer opportunities and after school snacks and dinner. Come check it out!! We are on Facebook: look for Lewistown Montana Keystone and Torch Clubs.


Happenings 3/6/14

Iceskating pic

Laurie Fowler, Sports and Fitness Director
It has been soooo wet out that the kids are coming in with wet clothes. I have a hard time taking them outside here at the Club for this reason.  However we have found a lot of things to do inside that keep them busy. We are celebrating Dr.Suess Birthday on Thursday March 6th. All of the Directors are all working super hard on getting some funtastic rotations for the kiddos.  We had a lot of Cats in their Hats at the club on Thursday:)  “Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing”…Said beautifully by the DR. himself.

LaVonne Limpus, Resource Development
Planned gifts can be structured in a variety of ways to provide for loved ones by generating income for a spouse or other family members, or resources for your own retirement. Planned gifts also can offer significant tax savings by providing current charitable deductions, reducing government claims on your estate, or lowering or eliminating capital gains taxes. We recommend that donors consult with their own tax or legal advisors prior to making a planned gift. For more information please call 535-2257.

The BACK A KID CAMPAIGN pledge drive continues. Our goal is $60,000!

A message from the Director, Abby Franks
The Boys and Girls Club, along with many other entities of the community, are hosting an event for all community members on Saturday, March 15th from 1:00pm to 4:00pmat the Fergus High School. The event is called “Family Matters”. The event has breakout sessions that are for both kids and adults on topics varying from school success, budget management, safety and more.   Pre- registration is encouraged, but not required.  If you would like to pre-register or if you have questions, call Central MT Education Center at 535-9022.  The event is free and has tons and tons of prizes and incentives for attending.

A Note from Crystal Tyler, Executive Assistant
This week we had a guest speaker, Dr. Jill Bolstad come in and speak about her profession. We really appreciate her taking the time to help us learn more
Hoopfest-our annual three on three basketball tourney, is coming up on April 12th.  If you would like to get your 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade kids signed up we have registration packets at The Club. They are also available at Basin State Bank. Entry fee is $50.00 per team. Deadline to register is April 8th. Call us with questions: 535-2257.

The Club would like to thank the Lewistown Ice Skating Association, the anonymous donor who provided new ice skates for many of our kiddos to use, Chris Merker, Scott Kirsch, Diann DeRosier, David Maier, Tracy Manseau and Ted Murray for their coordination and help with the afternoons of ice skating. The kids had a blast and look forward to next year.

Parents: Coupon Card Sales incentive for the month is an awesome boom box! If your child would like to be in the drawing to win this prize they must sell at least 20 tickets by March 14th. These must be new sales and cannot include sales made before February 14th.

Social Recreation
Our Boys and Girls Club “Kids of the Month” for January were 2nd Grader Alyssa Cooler and 5th Grader Webb Zang. (We printed their pictures last week.)
Webb’s interests are reading, math, computers and science fiction movies. His food of choice is dumplings and to drink, apple juice. Webb’s favorite color is blue and his favorite animal is the Fox. Sir Isaac Newton is the person he is interested in and his favorite place to be is Guangzhou, China. Webb enjoys the Rec Room and the Subway Room here at the Club.

Alyssa likes the color pink and her choices of food is cake and to drink, Sprite. Christmas and summer are the things she looks forward to and she loves Art. Alyssa has two brothers and two puppies and she says she likes all four of them. Alyssa likes to play with friends, go to the park and swim in the summer.
Both Webb and Alyssa are very involved in all their activities here at the club and are more than welcomed by their friends and our staff. We all look forward to them being with us each day.

Teen and Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Henderson
Last week, the teens began talking about the dangers of using drugs. They took an anonymous survey that asked several thought provoking questions. Do you know someone that has used marijuana? 95 percent of them did. Do you feel drugged driving is as dangerous as drunk driving? They all answered yes. The truth is, all drugs effect motor skills, balance, coordination, perception, attention, reaction time and judgment, so the kids are correct in their answer. The last question on the survey was: what can you do to help your friends, peers and families say no to drugs? They almost all answered don’t do them myself. This is so true! Sometimes our greatest statement in life doesn’t come in terms of the words, but our actions and living by example.

The teens also continued their bowling series and participated in the “Crystal Pool Challenge”. The executive assistant in the building, Crystal Tyler, is being challenged by the entire club in her pool savvy.


Happenings: 1/27/14

In the Art room, our main project is “Painting One of our Dreams.” It can be a “night” dream or a “day” dream. Use of watercolors in the primary and secondary colors only, mixing with care, to make our dreams bright!

Other projects this week include drawing or sculpting a Bald Eagle and other winter animals/birds. Playdough, coloring printed mndalas, building with wooden slats, free drawing, are some other creative possibilities as well, from which the kids can always choose.

The kids are enjoying two afternoons a week at our awesome ice skating rink. Our amazing
friends, the Lewistown Ice Skating Rink Association, have been helping us locate enough skates so that there are several sizes available and the kids can continue to use those over and over. They also provide volunteers to assist while the kids have fun on the ice. Some of the kids bring their hockey gear and are really playing hard and having a blast.

The teen group has been going door to door to sell the coupon card. If you were not at home, they would have left information for you to order from the Club if you would like the amazing savings it offers.

The Pinewood Derby was a great success, this past weekend, at the Montana Winter Fair. Many kids came out to enjoy the track and some great prizes were offered. Thanks again to HCR for the really cool trophies and to A Few of My Favorite Things for sponsoring the event.

Our Facebook page remains a great way to find out what is happening at the Club. A great resource for parents to ask questions and get answers as well.

Some of our week-long activities:

The first graders are meeting to discuss “Real Heroes” and what they do for us and how we can strive to be heroes in our community. This is a part of a 4 week-long series on heroes and community activism. Each class will be designing a “Hero” logo for a new t-shirt.

The second graders are really getting into Scrabble, a fun game that helps with reading and letter skills. The kinders will also be playing scrabble this week.

The third graders work on a science, technology, engineering and math project every Wednesday. This Wednesday we began research on how to grow seeds in sponges. We are also interested in how to use recycled items to grow seeds. We are also doing experiments with baking soda.

In February:

On February 5th, the Boys and Girls Club will host Klaire Kramer, a speaker who recently traveled to Austria and France as part of the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program. Klaire graduated from Beaverhead County High School in 2011 and attended Montana State University where she majored in graphic design. Klaire was a nine-year member of the Sagebrush and Snowdrifts 4-H Club in Beaverhead County. Klaire plans to return to college in the fall to pursue an art degree.

The Club is excited to welcome Klaire and learn about her international experience staying with host families in Austria and France.

• February 3rd, 5:30 – Mandatory Parent meeting, 6:30 – Summer Safari signups, 7:00 – Mandatory Parent meeting
• Summer Safari – our summer program – is a first come, first served sign up and parents
must attend the mandatory parent meeting before they can sign up for the summer program. Multiple meeting times offered- CHOOSE ONE.
• February 4th, 5:30 – Mandatory Parent meeting
• February 5th, 7:00 – Mandatory Parent meeting
• February 13th, 5:30 – Mandatory Parent meeting


Happenings: 1/20/14

The Boys and Girls Club has a new and exciting Teen Program for Junior High students every Tuesday and for High school students every Thursday beginning after school. We also have volunteer opportunities for students as well. Come and join us; the club is a fun and positive place to be!

Important information for member parents:
• February 3rd, 5:30-Mandatory Parent meeting, 6:30-Summer Safari signups,7:00-Mandatory Parent meeting
• Summer Safari is a first come, first served sign up and parents must attend the mandatory parent meeting before they can sign up for the summer program. Multiple meeting times offered.
• February 4th, 5:30-Mandatory Parent meeting
• February 5th, 7:00-Mandatory Parent meeting


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Our Coupon Card fundraiser continues through November 2014. Cards are on sale now at the following locations:
• Country Corner
• Fort Lewis
• The Connection
• Flowers Flowers
• Big Spring Spa
• Beans N Things
• A Few of My Favorite Things
• Huffine, McMillan, Arntzen and Ruckman CPAs

Featured Club Programs:

Summer Safari is the name we give to the 3-month blur others refer to as summer break. This summer program begins June 9th and goes through August 8th. Open 7:50 am to 5:10 pm, Monday through Friday. We offer 2 snacks and lunch is served to the kids daily. We base our summer program on the idea that we should be having fun while we learn.

Some of the things our members will do during the summer will be: fishing, swimming at the City Pool, a reading program, gardening, participating in a week long Horse Camp, soccer camp, jump rope camp and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities will also be implemented to reduce summer “brain drain”.

Our Fantastic Art Program:

For the week of Jan. 20, we are getting into the painting style of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) who came to live in New York and became a leader of Modernism painting. What I thought would attract our youth, are the lines, colorful squares and rectangles of Mondrian, dividing the canvas space, a way of designing somewhat reminiscent of what they often watch on their computer screen, when playing their “robot” games.

Last week, overflowing on this week, we made our own Mandalas (circle paintings) as a way to”journey into our lives” These mixed writing with layers of colors. BGC also has a “Draw Wall” right now, for EVERYBODY who chooses to put pencil to paper and make a small, beautiful drawing. Just watch, downstairs, the paper is stretched between the Subway room and the Art room.(Yes, between the bathrooms!) We’ll give you a pencil!

BACK A KID! Scholarship programs that make a difference

The Club is overflowing with fun, play and learning but we are literally OVERFLOWING with requests to add more children to the already 80 per day that we currently serve, during the school year. Yes, we have waiting lists for EVERY SINGLE CLASSROOM! It is our goal to never have to turn away a single child. Despite the fact that in the past five years, the Club has lost over $93k from two State and Federal grants, we have not cut one program, NOT ONE! We continue to be grateful to each and every individual and business in this community who has seen the need and met the call. Success brings challenges. Challenges bring out the best in us all and frankly, the kids are worth every second of it. We will never turn a child away for their family’s inability to pay but we rely on the support of individuals like you to make the difference.

We begin our annual individual campaign – The Back A Kid Campaign – once again for 2014 with new zest and vigor knowing that every child in our community deserves a meal, a positive and safe place to be and our renewed commitment to making room for everyone!

We invite each and every one of you to tour the Club. Give us a call today to schedule your tour. 535-2257

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