William Arthur Ward once said, “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routines jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” His quote rings true for us this month (and pretty much all the time) at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland. We do have much to be grateful for, but we’d like to highlight the following specifically as we enter into the holiday season.

  • Thank you to our wonderful cook Robin who creates fantastic meals for our kids every day.
  • Thank you to the Optimist Club of Siouxland, who have “adopted” us as their charity of choice.
  • Thank you to all of our volunteers.
  • Thank you to all of the generous people of Siouxland for your donations of art supplies, games, Legos, and office equipment.
  • Thank you to our Board members, who continue to make sure our kids best interests are kept at the forefront.
  • Thank YOU for continuing to read our newsletters, follow us on Facebook, and support our Clubs how you can.
  • Thank you to our members, who give us a reason to combine our gifts, energies, and passions for a better, kinder tomorrow.

And now, onto our final news and events of 2016. Can you believe how fast this year has gone?

Join Us at Our Christmas Auctions!

We are happy to announced we are having two Christmas Auctions this year, thanks to the generosity of two Sioux City businesses.

  • Bob Roes
    December 6th at 5:30pm (bidding begins at 6:30pm).
    Several prizes up for bid, including an adorable puppy.
  • Corner Pocket
    December 15th at 5:30pm (bidding begins at 6:30pm).
    Even more prizes up for bid, including an adorable puppy AND a pig.

Come, have fun, and bid high knowing that all proceeds will benefit the Club and the youth of Siouxland.

Welcome Jennifer Williams, our new Director of Operations

Jennifer Williams comes to us from Lawrence, Kansas. While she may not be familiar with Sioux City, she is very familiar with the Boys & Girls Clubs family, having been a Senior Program Manager for the Lawrence Clubs for over 12 years. “During my time with the Club, I have been the mentor to two local Youth of the Years, one state Youth of the Year, and one National Youth of the Year (Trei Dudley),” she said in a recent interview. “And I’m excited to be a part of the Boys & Girls Club of Siouxland!”

Having lived in Kansas most of her life, Williams played softball and basketball at Coffeyville Community College and studied Criminal Justice at Washburn University. She’s all settled in here in Sioux City, and we can’t wait to have her be part of our next adventures.

A Fun Field Trip to Scarecrow Farm

At the end of October, we took our Club members to Scarecrow Farm for their famous corn maze, pumpkin-themed activities, and giant bounce pillow. Each of our members took home a mini pumpkin and lots of great memories.

LaunchPad Children’s Museum Christmas Lighting

Our kids visited our friends at the LaunchPad Children’s Museum for their Christmas lighting. There’s nothing like seeing those lights come on, and our Club members had a great time exploring and playing at the museum after the event.

Optimists Club of Siouxland Thanksgiving Meal and Ribbon Cutting

We were honored to be the host of the Optimist Club for its ribbon cutting for the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce. We are blessed to be their charity of choice, and as a part of this partnership, the Optimist Club volunteered to help serve our Club kids a Thanksgiving dinner last Tuesday night. Three brand new bikes were given away as a part of the event (and were ridden home by very worthy kids). We look forward to continued partnership with this great organization in the years to come!

Volunteers and Donations Always Welcome!

Have a gift, talent, toy, or service you’d like to share with the Boys & Girls Club of Siouxland? We’d love to talk to you. Visit our website, follow us on Facebook, or give us a call. We have many ways you can help over the holidays and throughout the coming year.