Voice of the People
When I moved into 201 Lincoln, I saw a large church building across the
street, the Methodist Activity Center where the sanctuary has been refitted
as a ball court. What a wonderful place for a Boys and Girls Club! Then your
paper reported that the Methodist were not only going to share the facility
with a B&G Club but were going to give it major support for two years! WOW!!
It took our task force in Anacortes, Wash. 23 weekly meetings and lots of
work to find a place in the National Guard Building and open a club, now
attended by over a hundred youth daily. An even bigger task was raising
matching money to win a start up grant of the same amount. With the most
generous help from the Methodists and the parent club in Valparaiso, this
club will be up and running which will be a great help in fund raising next
year. Some support also comes through United Way.
While I had worked with youth in a coffee house, with Volunteers in
Probation, and with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, I knew little about B&G
Clubs. Maybe your readers would like to know more about them. The following
can be found at
Description: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is a guidance-based
organization for youth ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Programs are
designed to provide reinforcement of the skills and concepts that are being
developed in school with programs that are age specific. The Boys & Girls
Clubs of Porter County offers a broad range of after school programs in five
core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career
Develop-ment; Fine Arts; Health and Life Skills; and Sports Fitness, and
Annual membership is $15, and financial assistance is available for those
The Mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is to inspire and enable
the youth of our communities to realize their full potential as productive,
responsible and caring citizens.
To accomplish our mission, we practice a set of principles which reinforces:
A sense of competence - the feeling there is something boys and girls can
A sense of usefulness - the opportunity for kids to do something of value
for other people.
A sense of belonging - the Club is a setting where kids know they have a
place where they fit and are accepted.
A sense of power or influence - a chance for boys and girls to be heard
and to influence decisions.
When these principles are fully implemented, the self esteem of boys and
girls is enhanced and an environment is created which helps them achieve
their full potential.
The Chesterton Club will open on Oct. 2.
The Unit Director will be Don Scheffler, currently a staff member at the
Valparaiso Club and a resident of the Duneland community.
In Anacortes besides being a member of the Board of Directors of Boys and
Girls Clubs of Skagit County, it was my privilege and pleasure to teach
chess at the club for about two hours daily. What a joy to work with youth.
I called them my pseudo grandchildren. Now I have the pleasure of being with
two of my grandchildren, but hope to continue teaching chess at this club.
Come and join in the fun!
Howard R. Christofersen, MD