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.
Meet Beyonca, she has been chosen for the Member of the Month in February. She is a new member to the club this year, and has been a great addition so far. This nine-year-old girl comes through our door always wearing the biggest smile and excited for what her day will bring here at the Boys & Girls Club.
Beyonca is an artist and loves to draw in her free time. She has two cats named Luna and Poofers. When asked, “Why do you come to the club?” she explained that her friends come to the Club and they love it. She wanted to see what the Boys & Girls Club was all about. Now she knows what her friends were talking about. She loves the Boys & Girls Club and thinks it is more fun than anything else she could be doing after school.
Beyonca’s favorite program at the club is “Suzie Hoops” because she likes to hula hoop and learn new things. “Suzie teaches us new things each week, and we get to try our own stuff. I do flips on the mats and each week I get better. The best part of Club is the programs.” After talking with Beyonca and discussing what the Club has helped her achieve, she expressed that the Club has helped her achieve her goals in making new friends. “There are kids here who don’t go to my school, and without the Club I wouldn’t be able to meet them.”
Our Advisory Council Member of the Month is Peg Kolden. Peg is the Principal at River Heights Elementary School. Peg has been a member of the Menomonie Advisory Council since the Club opened in October 2014. Peg has played an instrumental role in our amazing partnership with the Menomonie School District. She found it important to be a part of the Club when it was determined that the Club would be housed at River Heights Elementary School.
Peg feels lucky because she is able to see the Club activities on a daily basis. Her favorite Club event is Winner Dinner. She enjoys bringing her friends to this event as they get so excited to meet the Club members and hear their stories.
When Peg is not at work or volunteering at the Club, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family and especially her grandchildren, Axel and Ingrid. She loves to ride her bike, go kayaking and travel!
Thank you Peg for your continued support of the Club! It is because of thoughtful people like you that the youth at the Boys & Girls Club are given opportunities they never thought possible. 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.