Newsletters

Newsletters are sent out provide information on recent accomplishments as well as upcoming events. Check out our newsletters below to see what has been happening at the Boys & Girls Club recently. 

October 2016

 

Welcome to the Boys and Girls 
This month marks one year since I joined BGCHR as Executive Director. I couldn't have asked for a better group of kids, staff and community partners to work with. This week we are going to honor our donors, volunteers, and partners who make a difference in the lives of our kids. 
 
At our annual honor's night dinner on October 13 we are going to  take a moment to say "thank you" to those who support the work we do. We are grateful for our community partners like JMU, Kohls, and Old Navy who provide volunteers for us. Local businesses such as Cargill, Sentara RMH, and Alcoa have been generous and helped provide financial support to us this last year. Lastly, we applaud our  board members and staff who give so much of themselves to our organization each and every day to help "the kids who need us the most".
Lori Kizner, Executive Director
________________________________________
2016 Youth of the Year, Carlos Moyet, and 2000-2002 Youth of the Year, Geo Bonilla  (BGCHR Director of Operations) with  TV Reporter Brea Jackson at Virginia Boys & Girls Club Coalition meeting in Roanoke. 
Club News
Spotswood
First and second graders at our Spotswood Club have been designated as kings and queens. They take turns bringing home Spikey the Dragon in recognition of good behavior. The keeper of the dragon then writes and draws about their evening with Spikey and shares it at the club the next day. 

Stone Spring
Stone Spring wants to recognize two outstanding individuals for Youth of the Month for the month of September. The staff and I decided on Gabriel Baltazar and Sary Shehadeh. They both showed excellent behavior throughout the month of September. They worked well with others and participated in every activity that we provided for the kids. They are both regular members that always come to club with a big smile on their face.

 
 
 
 
 
Your donation helps BGCHR by:
  • funding the operating cost of current clubs                       
  • providing youth with a safe and supportive environment             
  • helping us develop the next generation of citizens in our community.
Our cause is incomplete without your support. Please consider making a difference today!
----------------------------------------
Meet Maria Kotulka our Unit Program Director at Stone Spring and Philip Watson our Unit Program Director at Spotswood. 
Maria is a 2015 JMU Graduate. She majored in Sports and Recreation Management.

August 2016

Welcome to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County
 
 
It has been an awesome summer at BGCHR. Our new garden has received excellent tending by our eager garden club members.  Under their care, we harvested a bounty of healthy vegetables which were enjoyed with our daily lunches.  
 
The summer reading program, lead at our four summer sites by trained teachers and graduate students, kept our members reading over the summer. This was important, as studies indicate that students who do not have access to books or reading instruction experience a three month regression of reading skills over the summer months.
 
We are grateful for the generous support we received this month from RMH to fund our healthy habits program at Stone Spring Elementary School. We would also like to thank Cargill for their generous donation to support our summer reading program as well as our power hour homework program. By donating to our Club programs, these businesses are helping to support their employee's children who attend our clubs, as well as to empower a vital work force for the future.
 
As we transition from our summer camp to our school year program, I am reminded about how lucky I am to have a strong and caring group of youth development professionals working at BGCHR. Our families know that their children are in good hands with us, and that trust is something we do not take lightly. I invite you to come visit one of our Clubs and see the smiles on our members' faces when they pick the vegetables from our garden, make new friends, learn a new sport or just have fun. Your heart will feel full as mine does every day!

Sincerely,

Lori Kizner

Better Futures Start Here
 
This month, I have chosen to highlight the stories of three families whose children attended our summer program at Simms. These families represent the diversity of the community we serve and the important work we do!
 
One of our Club heroes is the great grandmother of three beautiful school age girls. This lively 75+ woman works hard in a local social establishment to provide for this trio. Thecombination of supports they received from both their great grandmother and our staff, enabled the girls to enjoy a summer they will never forget!
 
 Then there is the family who moved here from Puerto Rico this summer, with three school age children who spoke no English. They were able to participate in our summer program and communicate with our bilingual staff and many other bilingual members. When they enter the doors of Harrisonburg City Schools next week, they will take with them new friends, an improved understanding of the English language, and a confidence they didn't have when they first came. 
 
Lastly, is the mother of five who immigrated from Africa to make a better life for her children. She invited me into her home to help her fill out an application for her son to attend the JMU basketball camp.  By advocating for her kids, and making use of the resources around her,  she is overcoming her own barriers and making a better future for her children.
 
By advocating for her kids, and making use of the resources around her,  she is overcoming her own barriers and making a better future for her children.
 
 
 
Your donation helps BGCHR by:
  • funding the operating cost of current clubs                       
  • providing youth with a safe and supportive environment             
  • helping us develop the next generation of citizens in our community.
Our cause is incomplete without your support. Please consider making a difference today!
 
Meet Jordan Fisher, Our Teen Center Director and Director of Development
 
 
 
 
 After serving on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Rockingham County for a little over a year, it is an honor and a privilege to join the administrative team.  As an area native, I look forward to giving back to the community that was such a positive influence on me when I was growing up.  Since that time, I have enjoyed numerous leadership opportunities within the nonprofit sector, received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Mennonite University, and gained valuable networking experience within the local for-profit community as a commercial insurance agent.  I look forward to bringing all of these experiences and more to my new position of Director of Development/ Director of the Teen Center.  Thank you all for your support, and we look forward to sharing our mission with you as we move forward!  
Thank you to Delegate Tony Wilt for taking the time to visit our Club this month. He met with several board members and me to learn about our programs and tour our Simms summer camp.