Archive for October, 2015

Kristi's Wish Reaches for the Stars

October 29th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Kristi’s Wish, an annual fundraising initiative from the Kristi Visocky Memorial Fund, is hoping to brighten the future of local children in need.  Between November 1 and December 14, the community is invited to adorn the ceilings and walls at participating Schrader’s Country Stores by purchasing and signing a $1 Kristi’s Wish Card.  All Proceeds from the stars will be donated to ChildSafe, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Crossroads Safehouse, and SAVA.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County will use this funding to support our Holiday Families program this Holiday Season.

Kristi’s Wish is an annual fundraising opportunity organized by the Kristi Visocky Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and support to young people throughout the community.  To date Kristi’s Wish has helped raise over $45,000 for our community’s youth.

Thanks goes to participating sponsors for their help and contributions: High Country Beverage, Kristi Visocky Memorial Fund, Schrader’s Country Store and BellaSpark.  For more information about Kristi’s Wish visit their website here.

Meet Kathi, Executive Director

October 23rd, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Kathi

Known for her infamous smile and contagious energy, Kathi has been the Executive Director of BGCLC for 16 years! Previous to that Kathi served on BGCLC's Board of Directors. Passionate about the work that we do, Kathi serves as a great leader and servant to young people in Larimer County. Read below to learn more about Kathi!

1. What is your favorite type of food?

Because I was raised in Nebraska, I would say fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy and CORN ON THE COB (only Nebraska corn!)

2. What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation is touring National Parks - My next one I hope to see is Glacier. I also love Blues festivals - especially outdoors.

3. If you were trapped on an island, what three things would you bring with you?
I can't think of being trapped on an island, I don't like water very much (coming from the middle of Nebraska!) so the chances of me being anywhere near an island are slim to none.

4. What is a unique talent you have?
My unique talent is connecting with all kinds of individuals, and sometimes in a very deep way!

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?

I enjoy each person I work with. I find the staff to be amazing, caring, individuals. The volunteers give so much of their time, talent & treasure, they are awesome. The donors are super people all the way around. I am blessed to love what I do for a living so much!

Board Letter to the Editor - Dr. Hector deLeon

October 22nd, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Dr. Hector deLeonIt was just about time for the new school year when my mom signed me up at the Boys & Girls Clubs. I remember myself as a skinny eight-year-old kid in south Texas looking for something to do after school and on weekends. At the time, it never crossed my mind that I was joining a club whose members included the founder of Starbucks Howard Shultz, the actor Mark Wahlberg, or “the Big Aristotle” himself—Shaq. I was just excited to play flag football.

The Boys & Girls Clubs gave me a safe place to spend time away from home, and taught me how to be part of a team. Our football team was sponsored by the restaurant chain Peter Piper Pizza, and that was the name on our game jerseys. The kids on my team came from several different home situations, but most of us were from single parent homes. Even though the majority of my team-mates weren’t friends from school, the Boys & Girls Clubs gave us the opportunity to come together and play.

At the time I wasn’t sure why the coach chose me to play the center position since I must have been the thinnest snapper ever (centers in my mind tended to be a bit bigger). But it all worked out and I helped my team win first place in our chapter that year. That season was special for me not only because we won, but because I learned the value of playing a role on a team. The next year I got to play quarterback!

Being a team player is a value I began to understand during my time as a Club kid. That lesson has stayed with me to this day, and has been essential to my work as a physician in today’s health care system. As a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente here in Fort Collins I thrive in a team-oriented environment and I owe so much of that to the lessons I learned in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

I  recently joined the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.  It is such an honor to serve for this organization that impacts over 3,500 children's lives each year.  I know these youth have the potential to do great things and the Club is just the place for them to learn and grow.  We are truly fortunate to have this amazing organization in our community.

- Hector deLeon, MD, is a pediatrician practicing at the Kaiser Permanente Fort Collins Medical Offices

Board Letter to the Editor - Jamie May

October 21st, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Jamie MayI have been a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) for 1 1/2 years. I am very happy that I joined this board, as it has been very fulfilling for me. Being a native of Fort Collins, I am thrilled to see how this organization has grown throughout the years in Larimer County. I didn't have access to the Fort Collins Clubhouse (it wasn’t built yet) when I attended Lincoln Junior High, and I can only imagine how much it would have helped me during those years.

As we head back into the start of another school year, I encourage the people in the community to support BGCLC however they can. From volunteering at the Club, to attending and/or helping sponsor our events, there are many ways individuals and businesses can support the Club. The BCGLC offers facility tours, where you will gain a better understanding of what this organization does for the youth in this community and I encourage community members to come check it out!

Jamie Neal May
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Board Letter to the Editor - Debbie McCubbin

October 21st, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Debbie McCubbinFor the staff at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County, summer is hardly the time for vacation. Serving over 1,500 youth, ages 6 to 18, at our Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington and Estes Park clubs, our staff and community volunteers provided day programs in Leadership, STEM, Art, Music and Fitness, as well as providing a healthy breakfast and lunch through our partnership with the Food Bank.

As a BGCLC board member, I thank our staff for their service to the kids of our community, and I also thank those community volunteers and partners who provide their time, talents and treasure to the youth of Larimer County. In particular this summer, our thanks to over 50 CSU student athletes who volunteered their time and talent to mentor our kids — which provided a treasure of memories.

It is community partnerships, such as these, that provide the BGCLC programs that extra perk. Whether it’s a student athlete mentoring the importance of sportsmanship and attending college or a company, such as Rand-Scot, Inc., providing job shadows for our kids, getting involved to support the youth of our community has great benefits and rewards for us all.

If you’ve not yet provided your time, talents or treasures to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, I invite you to do so today at www.BeGreatLarimer.org. Help us be successful in our mission to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Debbie McCubbin is a board member volunteer with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

Our Measurable Impact

October 21st, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

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Flag Football season is underway!

October 15th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Wellington faced off against Loveland yesterday with Wellington coming away with the victory.  All three Clubs will visit Greeley next week for a five team Monster Bowl Tournament!

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Personal Fitness Goals in Loveland

October 8th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

“I want to get to 100!” – Dylan, 11, after completing 60 laps in his first pacer (he got to 84 by the end)

Loveland

Triple Play is an exciting program where youth set personal best fitness goals and work toward achieving them over an eight week time frame.  In Loveland, over 25 youth participated three days a week in an assortment of athletic activities like floor hockey and football with their eyes on the prize of meeting their personal fitness goals at the end of the eight week session.

One of the great things about this program is that it challenges kids to become physically active on a regular basis. Even kids who are normally pretty active were challenged by the program's demand to be in a physically active program at least three times a week.

One boy, Elijah, went from being virtually non-existent in the gym to being an everyday participator.  In the Fall of 2014 he rarely set foot in any kind of sports program, but he decided to join Triple Play in the spring and he completed the program.  He tried new sports, he tested his fitness levels and ultimately gain a new interest in physical activity.  Elijah is now seen regularly in active programs, always heading over to the gym to see what he can participate in today.

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Healthy Lifestyles, with the goal of each youth adopting a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices, and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.  Triple Play is a program that falls under this priority outcome area.

“ We missed the cut off for track, I’m glad I can get Aedyn involved in something like this, it’ll be good for him.” –Aedyn’s dad

A Day At Lory State Park

October 1st, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

We were recently awarded a generous scholarship from Lory State Park to have a field trip to their beautiful park!  Last Friday we were able to attend the park for the first time.  The Fort Collins Unit members went on a scavenger hunt where they learned how to use compasses.  The scavenger hunt taught members about park safety as well as camping and hiking facts they should know.

Members then were able to go on a short hike, where we discussed what the land used to be before it was a park, discussed rock slides and how to find your location if your naturalist guide gets hurt.  All great lessons for the members to learn in order to be safety educated about the outdoors.  There were statements from the members that day such as "This is the best day ever, I don't want to leave" and "I love hiking and exploring, we should go on another trail!"

Overall it was a fantastic experience for all involved!
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