One of my duties at the Marion Boys Club was to serve as a once a week unit director in Matthews, Indiana, for about twenty local kids. We were housed in an old church that had been converted into a gymnasium. The bathrooms, however, were a disgrace and the local authorities who placed us in that building should have fixed them up much better than they did.

The boys played kickball, dodgeball, ran relay races, and even did some sketching in a makeshift arts and crafts class.  Often times we would leave the quite warm facility and retire to the outside steps for a breath of fresh air and some talk.  The local boys really enjoyed their once a week club.

Matthews was a small farming community near Taylor University.  Our interest in the club lasted about a year before the town hired a part-time director to supervise the boys.  One of the Matthews boys even went on one of our camping trips to Michigan and had a ball.  His story will be forthcoming.