Another year has come and gone here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Missouri, and it has been a very busy, successful year. This year wouldn't have been what it was if it weren't for our members, staff, board, community partners and donors that helped us to have a terrific 2017.
Take a look back at all of the exciting things that occurred last year at our organization below! We are confident that 2018 will be even better than last year!
January & February
At the beginning of the year, we were happy to bring our program to the Scott City Elementary School! We were able to have a designated space for our members to go after school and they made the room their own. We invited members in the community from Cape Girardeau and Scott City to attend a ribbon cutting commemorating the start of our program there, where members gave them a tour of the classroom and talked to them about what they enjoyed about Club.
We also had other programs going on throughout these months such as our Junior Staff program, Valentine's Day celebrations and a Mardi Gras party at our Centenary site in Cape Girardeau.
March - May
As the months passed, members were getting geared up for spring break and MAP testing that follows not long after that.
Our biggest fundraising event of the year, Gus Macker, was held in May and we had a terrific turnout. From vendors, players and volunteers, it was a great weekend to play basketball. We had many teams of our Club members and past Club members compete and win trophies in their divisions.
We had programming help from the Conservation Department in Cape Girardeau that came in a talked to our members about fish, different fishing techniques and so much more! Our staff also completed a session of SMARTGirls with a group of girls where we had community partners come in and talk to the girls about leadership and working hard to achieve what they want to be.
Groups from Southeast Missouri State University became pen pals with our members throughout the semester and finally got to meet their pals toward the end of the semester.
For our last day of Club celebration, Taco Bell was kind enough to donate food for our event and all of our members were given certificates for progressing to their next grade level.
June & July
Summer comes and so does summer camp. This year, with the help of the City of Cape Girardeau and the Parks and Recreation Department, we were able to have an additional summer camp location at the Shawnee Park Center. New, old and returning members from Cape Girardeau and Scott City were able to participate in our six week program that included many fun programs and field trips.
Partners such as CENET and EPIC came in and did programming with our members throughout the summer. CENET brought community members in to talk about their different cultures to our members. EPIC brought in one of their EPIC Pals and did some social/emotional learning programming with the pal and our members.
We had many exciting field trips this year as well! Members were able to tour First State Community Bank, the Real Rock 99.3's radio station and the Southeast Missourian downtown, Discovery Playhouse, the Arts Council, a day at Osage for the Parks & Recreation Day celebration and of course, swimming at the local pool and Cape Splash.
August - October
The school year started again, and so did our after school program. We had our programming occurring in Cape Girardeau and Scott City with new and returning staff and members. In the office, we started work on our blog and a t-shirt contest for our members to aid in creating!
Our annual golf tournament held at Dalhouise was great fun with many teams signed up and a lot of help from all of our sponsors and volunteers to make sure the golfers had a great time.
We were able to partner with volunteers from Notre Dame High School to provide two trunk-r-treat events for our members. Our members and staff dressed up and had a scary good time on Halloween.
November & December
As the year came to a close, we completed another round of SMARTGirls programming with the girls listening to guest speakers, watching a film that touched on graduating and reaching for your goals, as well as learning to take care of yourself.
We also had another program, SMARTLeaders, that was led by our wonderful social work intern. She was able to work with a small group of our members and talk to them about being role models and leaders for the other members at Club and in the community.
Members in both of those programming groups were able to participate in fun events at Catapult and Arts Council where they were able to make their own prints and paint something motivational, soothing to them and others.
As the year came to a close, we invited community members to come in and be given tours by our members and talk to them about what Club means to them. They were excited to tell the people that came in about the fun they have and the friends they've made at Club.
Christmas came to both of our locations as the semester came to a close. Presents were passed out to our members, Christmas dinner was provided and Santa made a surprise visit to take photos with our members and their families.