Great Futures Start Here!
A message from the Executive Director:
On October 2, 2016, I celebrated 21 years with the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods. It makes me think of milestones.
I began my love affair with the Boys & Girls Club as a senior in high school. The Eureka Teen Center had just opened that summer and in September, a bulletin announcement came through at Eureka High School, promoting a focus group with FREE pizza to discuss how to attract more teens. Well, pizza was a food group then and could happily still be one now. I commissioned my best friend Georgia Hendrickson to drive us over after school and she graciously succumbed. I offered my ideas and afterwards was approached by one of the staff, Thomas Okazaki, about applying for the Front Counter position. I excitedly went home to tell my parents that I had been offered the opportunity to apply for a job. Both of my parents, being devout academics were in alignment with their refusal and of course I applied the next day! I was interviewed by a diverse and passionate group of individuals, including teens and landed the position. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would still be with this organization 21 years later, let alone that I would be the Executive Director.
21 is a milestone. In our culture, it represents the age in which one can drink alcohol legally. I’ve certainly hit copious milestones during my tenure with the Club: voting age, drinking age and the age in which one can rent a vehicle. Conversely, I have had the blessing of witnessing our members achieve a number of milestones at the Club: pubescence, ability to drive, first crushes and relationships, first jobs and acceptances to colleges. Heck, 21 years in, I am now seeing teens who I used to check out pool cues to bringing in their teens to become members.
I’m told that I have never been shy and I won’t be shy now in exclaiming that for my 21st anniversary, I am accepting gifts. I am accepting gifts on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods. This organization: the children, youth, families, staff, Board Members, volunteers, interns, community partners and donors who enliven it, has helped shape my life and thousands of others in tremendously positive ways. A dear friend and Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods’ alumnus, Leo Sears, has donated $1,000 and I have matched this. My lofty goal is to raise $21,000 in the next 21 days. Thank you in advance for joining the party. Your gift couldn’t come at a better time!
Thanks for a terrific Bids For Kids Dinner and Auction, Night of 4,000 Stars!
Special Thanks to our Lance Madsen Champion for Youth Dalene Zerlang of the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum and Motor Vessel Madaket!
Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods - video by KEET - TV!
Thanks to an amazing community-wide effort, our Teen Center is getting some long-needed updates. Visit our Building Renovation Page for more information!
THANK YOU SWOT!
"Serving With Our Talents" invaded the BGCR Club House in Eureka for an amazing five day upgrade led by Rotarian Barbara Browning. SEE DETAILS and photos!
Members of our Eureka Clubhouse perform for Night of 4,000 Stars, "Bids for Kids" Dinner and Auction 2015.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods
Was originally established in 1938 as The Boys Club of the Redwoods. It is a youth development program for ages 6 to 18 and includes the Teen Center in Eureka, the Club House in Eureka, the Mckinleyville Teen Center in Mckinleyville and Humboldt County Teen Court.
Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods served nearly 4,000 Humboldt County youth in 2014. Youth and families throughout our community need YOU! Here's a perfect way you can help: Join the 504 CLUB!
Download and Print a Youth Membership Application Here