Menomonie Center

Monthly Newsletter 

Club Focuses on Youth Nutrition
Members Enjoy Unfamiliar Veggies 
During Healthy Habits, Karen with UW-Extension brought in a root vegetable to share with members. It was an interesting vegetable that none of the members had tried before, and only one member recognized. The rutabaga vegetable, while not common with members, created quite an interest at the Club. In Healthy Habits, members learned how it can be prepared. Members began the days program studying a diagram about food safety, washing their hands and learning more about the growing conditions of the vegetable. After learning about the unfamiliar vegetable members had the opportunity to try the rutabaga. Every time the members try something new there are rules they need to follow: smell it, taste it with their tongue, scrape their teeth against it, and then bite it to find out if it is crunchy or soft. When the members took their first bite of the rutabaga, some did not like it. However, the majority of members enjoyed the rutabaga; matter of fact, they asked for more! Introducing new foods to Club members is an exciting part of the Healthy Habits program that benefits youth beyond the Club experience.  Many members use these programs as a talking point with adults at home and many times recipes and food samples are sent home with members to share with their families. 
Coming Soon - Watch for Summer Program Registration Information!
Upcoming Events in Support of the Club!


Property Purchases to Benefit the Club              
Partnership Spotlight

The support of the School District of the Menomonie Area has made a tremendous impact in the Club's success.  While the Club is housed within River Heights Elementary School, the ability to work with other schools to provide transportation to the Club each day has helped increase the opportunity for youth to attend the Club daily.  The Club is excited to announce an extended partnership that will benefit youth throughout the Menomonie Community during the summer program. On days when District summer school is not in session, the Club's morning program will feature certified SDMA teachers to facilitate summer programming! Thank you SDMA for your support of the Boys & Girls Club.
Member of the Month
Congratulations to Samantha C., the January Youth of the Month!

Samantha is a 3rd grade Club member who was chosen as the youth of the month due to excellent behavior and citizenship.  Samantha started coming to the Club in the fall primarily for homework help, but learned very quickly that there was so many fun programs that would spark her interest.  While the homework help time is her favorite program, Daily Challenge a fun fitness program takes a close second.  "I like playing games outside and in the gym with all of the other members", Samantha explains.  Congratulations Samantha! 

Thank you to Culver's, this month's youth sponsor! 
 Volunteer Opportunities!  
Interested at helping out at the Club?

We would love to give you the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a youth.  If you are looking to share a hobby or simply help out with homework and provide positive mentoring, we have the place for you!

Click here to find out how!
 Club Wish List
The Club is in need of creative art supplies. For example feathers, beads, paint, canvas, glue, markers, etc.

Menomonie Center

The Menomonie Center provides positive and productive programming for community youth in 3-5 grade who are at least age 8.  Over 100 youth members participate in after school and full day summer programming in five core areas of focus: Character & Leadership, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Recreation & Fitness and Education & Career Development.  The Club provides free transportation for youth in the School District of the Menomonie Area, to the Club each day after school, giving youth throughout the community an opportunity to attend the Club each day.  

It is the vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley to become an ongoing community resource to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. With your help, it is possible!