This year, 2014, marks the 75th year of the Boys and Girls Club’s home in Jamestown, New York. Founded by the Jamestown Rotary club in 1939, President Herbert Hoover was the National Director overseeing 400 Clubs. Today, membership tops 4 million in more than 4000 Clubs including 400 BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide and 200 Clubs on Native American lands.
The Jamestown Boys Club merged with the Jamestown Girls Club in 1986. The combined Club’s current home at 82 Allen St. in Jamestown began its life in the 19th Century as the Maddox Mansion, home of the family that owned the Maddox Table Company, once a keystone in Jamestown’s industrial community.
Additions and improvements to the Maddox Mansion over the years have created a facility which is unique in Western New York, being the only Boys and Girls Club with a swimming pool and all of the aquatic athletics and recreational opportunities that offers. Another feature only available in Jamestown is the Adult Swim. Adult members can take an early plunge starting at 7 o’clock on weekday mornings, sign up for water aerobics and arthritis swims in the heated pool or even learn to swim during many other daytime hours set aside specifically for adults. Prices are specially designed to be affordable.
Club activities include swimming, use of a well-equipped gym, arts and crafts, a game room and well supervised community spaces for young people to gather and talk and simply get together. Annual membership is $15.
75th Anniversary celebrations will be taking place across Jamestown every month throughout the year. National Boys and Girls Club Week will be celebrated between March 23 and March 29. The Boys Club Alumni Group, including popular local radio program host and original 1939 member, Jim Roselle, will hold their Annual Alumni Picnic in August. September will see a 75th Anniversary Reunion and Open House.
The Winnifred Crawford Dibert Boys and Girls Club of Jamestown invites youth and adults alike to learn more about their activities and unique opportunities by visiting or calling (716) 664-2902 or by stopping by their website, www.bgcjamestown.org.