I wanted to take a look back at the six Boys Clubs of America that I was a part of during that time of my life.
1. Marion, Indiana: I was the Educational Director there and part of my job was to host weekly television program on Channel 23. That club has now been sold to a church and has relocated to just south of Indiana Wesleyan University. It was from here and from Taylor University that many of my guest speakers came from. I also operated Matthew’s Indiana extension one day a week.
2. Salesian, Columbus, Ohio. This club was located in downtown Columbus and closed down a few years ago for a lack of financial resources. Part of my job there was to work at St. Ladislaus as their physical education director. The club itself has a pool, gymnasium with a running track over the gym, and an eight lane bowling alley.
3. Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This was my first job as an Executive Director and I had a renovated barn with an excellent outside facility including a football field and two softball fields. The director after my tenure caused the club to close down and the building itself was removed.
4. Joplin, Missouri: I was again the Executive Director of this club and oversaw their new facility which was partly opened during my tenure. Since that time, the old building has been razed and a second gym installed.
5. Bradenton, Florida. This club closed down in 2009. It has three large baseball fields, a Ceramics room, they gymnasium and locker rooms, a weight room, a games room, and a wood shop.
Of course over the span of some twenty-five years changes are inevitable and progress must be a part of any expansion plan. It was sad, though, to learn that Hoffman Estates, Bradenton, and the Salesian clubs are no longer in operation.Now I’m at my last Club called Mishawaka. I serve as its executive director. It has a pool, gymnasium, Learning Center, games room, Arts & Crafts Center, kitchen, and two large softball fields.