Sheri Samson A group of residents attended a meeting last week to discuss ideas on ways to bring a Boys & Girls Club to town.

Sheri Samson
A group of residents attended a meeting last week to discuss ideas on ways to bring a Boys & Girls Club to town.

An initial group of local individuals came together to support a local Boys & Girls Club within Mineral County. As discussions began with a basic overview of finances, location and marketing or fundraising needs, there was confirmation that the organization was not in competition with the existing program in Hawthorne.

With the Yerington-Mason Valley Director, Travis Crowder on speaker phone, Barbara Owens who is the current Park and Recreation Director in Mineral County, was able to confirm some plans on the agenda. The Mason Valley group is offering a major helping hand in establishing Mineral County’s Boys & Girls Club as they have not only pioneered a successful effort within their local counties, they have a desire to see a campaign take place in this town.

“This takes time, patience and a lot of well thought-out processes, before we can see it come about, but we have a partnership with our neighboring community.”

Owens acknowledged the need for direction from Crowder’s group, due to the steps one must take toward the goal. “Someday, this will be a full week facility, employing one director full time, and two part time positions. The Boys & Girls Clubs offer more than sports, as they provide leadership, look into individual talents and many well-rounded areas of our children. It doesn’t limit the involvement into one channel of participation, which our current program is confined to do.”

With 10 initial residents attending, it was encouraging to see a base group to move forward in achieving this dream someday. One area business leader mentioned the need for a Community Chest, in which all the businesses could donate to and choice of donation could be fairly dispersed more easily into the concentrated areas of need. Several fundraising ideas were discussed and the need for a possible brochure, to explain the momentum the group will be gaining. Most in the group felt that a Boys & Girls Club could bring a healthier community to the kids within the area, providing a safe place with many areas of involvement.