Spend Your Summer at the Boys & Girls Club!
Summer Programming at the Mary Markquart Center runs from June 11th 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)
Avianna has been a Club member since 2012 and credits the Club with helping develop her passion for music, leadership, confidence, and academic success. According to Avianna, staff at the Mary Markquart Center have continued to support her and helped her to be confident in every challenge that she encounters. As a shy and doubtful youth Club member, Avianna was able to discover that she enjoyed singing. With the help of Club staff, she found her confidence and voice to persevere through her first performance. Since then, Avianna has been able to perform at numerous events through the Club and actively participates in her school’s show choir. “Because of the love and support I receive from the Club and the staff, I am able to be the determined and confident girl I am today.”
Avianna has continued to persevere through many challenges, from dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression to bullying. Her vision for youth is to provide a safe place for kids to build self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem. She wants to empower youth by showing them how to be caring, compassionate, and to be positive to overcome bullying.
Through programs such as Healthy Habits, Keystone, and Junior Staff, Avianna is able to learn skills to help her mom cook healthy meals at home, be a leader to younger youth, and to help the community. “Being a caring, passionate, and ambitious leader is important to me because it makes me who I am. I have learned all this through my time at the Club and I am proud to say they’ve made me who I am today. I hope to pass my strengths on to other youth through my actions every day.”
In her great future, Avianna would like to become a music teacher. Her goal is to continue empowering youth through music.
As a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs since 2011, Angeline praises her Club with helping find her life passions. Angeline enjoys participating in programs such as Drama Matters and Keystone. She enjoys helping younger youth within the Club and in the community. She strives to pursue acting and public speaking. “Through the six years as a Club member, I have been able to learn many important skills that I value today.”
As a child of a single parent home, Angeline’s vision for youth is to provide resources for single parent families. At a young age, she witnessed the pain and struggles of a single parent home. Before she was five years old, she saw the struggle of debt and moving to several houses. When she was eleven, she learned the hard truth about her father being convicted to terrible crimes.
Angeline would like to continue to be an advocate for the Boys & Girls Club. Through the Club, she is able to overcome the burdens from home. She also has the ability to experience opportunities she was not aware of before and would like to share that with future youth. “The benefit of going to the Club ranges from being loved to getting opportunities that many may not be able to afford.”
According to Angeline, the Club has provided her the opportunity to find her own self. “Since I grew up at the Boys & Girls Club, the majority of who I am today is because of the programs I have participated in, the friends I have made, and the positive influence staff has given me.”
Angeline has many passions for her great future. She would like to be a lawyer or an actress.
Youth member of the month of February is 8-year-old Asia! Asia was chosen this month because she is always willing to lend a helping hand, she is a willing and eager participant in programming, and she also helps out her fellow club members.
The biggest reason that Asia comes to the Boys and Girls Club is to practice being kind and respectful as well as to meet new friends.
Her favorite program at the club is Gym, especially when it’s time to play gaga ball. She loves playing it because it’s also something that she learned at school.
Asia also loves her time during Power Hour because it’s a quiet time when she can read.
Thank you to Asia for being a kind, caring, and respectful member and being a great example for others!
Meet Ethan! He is the teen member of the month for February because he has participated in multiple programs with a positive attitude, he is very positive towards other members of the club, and he is always willing to help out when asked.
Ethan comes to the Boys and Girls Club because he gets help with his homework and he gets to see his friends. His favorite program is Healthy Habits because he really enjoys making different kinds of food.
The main thing that the club has helped him achieve in his time here is better social skills. Since coming to the Boys and Girls Club Ethan has become much more open and is not as nervous to speak to people. The best part about coming to the club for Ethan is the chance to meet new people and make new friends.
Our Advisory Council Member of the Month is Mary Steinke. Mary just recently retired from her position as the General Manager of Heubsch Services but continues to stay active with their community involvement. Mary has been on the Advisory Council since 2016 but has been involved with the Club for many years! After attending her first Club event, Steak & Burger, Mary wanted to be more involved. She was completely blown away by the Member’s speeches and had so much fun with the members at her table. Mary was also on the Board of Directors for a short period of time and that allowed her to dive into how funds were raised and what was needed to support the Clubs. Huebsch Services became a Corporate Sponsor several years ago and that led Mary to get even more employees involved with the Club. Mary said, “Now we are just hooked on the great things the Club does for all the children and all the fun it allows us to have as well.”
Mary’s favorite Club events is Steak & Burger because she loves seeing how excited the members are to participate in the event. “The kids are all so excited they can barely sit still. Usually they want to trade my hamburger for their steak!” said Mary.
When Mary is not volunteering at the Club she likes to spend time with her 3 grandchildren who live in Hudson. She also likes to organize things-whether it be parties, events, or just her household. She is very committed to United Way as well and enjoys helping other companies with their annual campaigns. Mary said, “I enjoy reading but will admit that relaxing is a very hard thing for me to do.”
Last but certainly not least, Mary wanted to share her favorite story about a Club Member.
“One year I was assigned a small boy to help shop at the annual Christmas give away event held at the Club. He knew he was expected to pick up warm clothes for himself before we could head over to the toy area. He was literally pulling me down the aisles, as he quickly picked up the necessities, and then off we went to the toys. When we got to the toy area he picked up a boxed doll and looked up at me with huge eyes. When I asked him if he was sure that was the toy he wanted (they were only allowed one) he said yes! He had been hoping no one would get to it first as he wanted to give it to his baby sister. I was stunned with how happy he was to get something for a member family vs. himself. Plus he gave me a big hug when I left that evening!”Thank you, Mary, for your many hours of volunteering at the Club! You have made such an impact on so many youth in our community! You have helped to strengthen the Club and show kids their dreams really can come true.
Join us for the school year at our NEW location! Transportation will be available from most Eau Claire schools! Please call the Club or email the center at email@example.com for more information on transportation!
Membership is only $15.00 per calendar year per child or $30.00 per household per calendar year. The Club accepts children aged 8-18 or in grades 3rd-12th!
If your child is not already a member or if your child needs to be renewed for 2017 as a Boys & Girls Club member, click here.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley - Mary Markquart Center Awarded Grant By Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation
Boys & Girls Club - Mary Markquart Center received a new grant to improve the health and well-being of Eau Claire area kids, thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Club provides kids and teens with critical programming during out-of-school time that creates positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. This grant is one of over 100 distributed across the country by the Anthem Foundation to support Triple Play programming, which focuses on being healthy through the mind, body and soul.
MARY MARKQUART CENTER WISH LIST:
Wish List items for ages 8-18
• Clothing – socks, pants, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, boots
• Games – board games of any kind for ages 8-18
• Art – craft, paint, yarn, string, etc.
• Books – any kind for ages 8-18
• Sports equipment – basketball, soccer ball, water bottles, etc.
• Hygiene – shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.
• Stuffed animals
Unfortunately the Club cannot accept the follow items at this time
• Old electronics – tube TVs, computers, VHS, etc.
• Foosball tables
• Broken items
The Boys & Girls Club is very grateful for the generous and continued support of the Chippewa Valley community.