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Summer Programming at the Lunda Center runs from June 13th thru August 24th. Serving grades 3rd thru 12th, the summer includes full-day programming, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm (pick-ups from 5:30-6:00pm)

Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley selects an outstanding young person to receive its local Youth of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs. This award recognizes commendable character, academic achievement and outstanding volunteer service to a member’s Club and community.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley - Lunda Center
2018 Youth of the Year Winner - Rochelle

Rochelle has been a Club member since 2008. The ever so quiet girl who walked through our doors 10 years ago, has grown into a remarkable young woman. In her teen years, she volunteered many hours at the Club as a member and was also a summer kitchen staff in 2017. Perseverance is what she stands for and her Club story emulates that to her core. “Most days I didn’t feel safe until I entered the doors of the Club each day. I never felt judged and could always be myself,” Rochelle said when asked about her Club experience. We are very proud to have her represent the Club as our 2018 Youth of the Year. 

Rochelle’s personal brand is perseverance. She has overcome many tough obstacles throughout her childhood doing just that. Rochelle was bullied in middle school, had severe health issues, and has had to find ways to cope from tragic experiences in her life. She was abducted by someone she thought she knew well, and from that brought on a wave of depression she never thought she would come out of. By coming to the Club, Rochelle got the reassurance she needed. Though she had quite the load she was carrying, Rochelle pushed and pushed. She pushed past the depression and the negative thoughts, and she realized she had more to work for. 

Rochelle’s vision for today’s youth is safety. Specifically, online safety and being able to stand up to bullies. Rochelle had many experiences with bullying at school. She used the Club as a safe place for her to go after school and knew there was always someone there to help her in times of need. She wants to help youth become more knowledgeable about what to do when someone bullies others in hopes to help make school a safer place for kids to be. Rochelle also wants to help others understand the importance of being aware and knowing who you are really talking to. Online, there are people who aren’t always who they seem. By sharing her experiences, Rochelle is hoping to reach her goal and help others. 

Rochelle’s future will fulfill that goal as she will be going to school to be a paramedic. She will start out working with the volunteer fire department in her community to begin training for the Emergency Medical System. From there she would like to be a first responder and continue school to become a paramedic. These goals are possible for her because of the support she had from the Club and the people in her life.


Meet our Member of the Month
Tyrone L!
Tyrone has been a member of the Club since 2017. He has been selected as our Member of the Month because he comes into Club with a can-do attitude each day. He is always ready to work during project learn and participates well in regular programming. He always has a smile on his face, and enjoys playing with his friends. One of his favorite programs is playing Gaga Ball and free time so that he can build things with Legos. Club has helped him stay focused on completing homework during project learn and his favorite part of Club is getting computer time.
Congratulations Tyrone!


Meet our Advisory Council Member of the Month
Chris Plaisance!
Our Advisory Council Member of the month is Chris Plaisance. Chris is the Director of Business Intelligence at the Black River Memorial Hospital and has been a member of the Advisory Council since 2016. Chris became involved in the Club because he believes in working to help the youth receive opportunities they may not otherwise get at home. Chris has also been involved on the YMCA Board and the Wausau Conservatory.
"Being a part of the Boys & Girls Club fills a community need and allows me to help kids gain a number of skill sets need to grow into productive and confident adults."
Chris' favorite Club Event is the Great Futures Gala because he believes it is a fun event where the community really comes together in support of the Club. He enjoys that the kids who attend are able to share their skills and are placed in supporting roles that allow them to interact with the donors.
"I enjoy the members who have the strength to stand up and share their own personal stories and how the Club has helped them. Some stories are heartbreaking, but due to their strength and fortitude, with the help of the Club, have prospered into bright young adults. It shows the value of our efforts and how each of us can impact the life of a child."
When Chris is not working or volunteering at the Club, he enjoys being with his family and doing activities outdoors such as, hunting, trout fishing and training for triathlon races.
Thank you Chris for making a difference in the lives of the youth in our community! We truly appreciate all you do for the Club!

2017-2018 After School Program Registration is now available at the Club!  For a $15.00 annual fee your child can enjoy after school programming a healthy snack and meal. The after school program starts September 1st, 2017 through June 7th, 2018. Applications are available at Club; 405 Suite A State Highway 54, Black River Falls or accessible below. If your child has already registered in 2017 a renewal application is not necessary until January 2018.

For the Membership Application form please click here.  

Completed forms may also be emailed to abjerke@cvclubs.org

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley is the umbrella organization which oversees the Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire, the Lunda Center in Black River Falls,  the Chippewa Falls Center in Chippewa Falls, and the Menomonie Center in Menomonie, WI.

The Lunda Center serves youth grades 3rd-12th or ages 8-18 years old with free homework help, quality programming and activities as well as healthy snacks and a meal after school.

The Club is open for members Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. during the school year and Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 p.m. during the summer as well as any scheduled school breaks. 

For more information about the Lunda Center, please feel free to call us at (715) 284-4005 or visit us at: 405 State Highway 54, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

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