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Summer 2014

Board President Mandi Hinrichs addresses citizens and media that the Club is building a new Club to open in 2015.

Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area

Inside Boys & Girls Club recognizes friends of the Club from 2013 Mission.................................2 Locations.............................2 Advisory Board....................2 Center Director Message....2 Youth Spotlight..................2 Photo Gallery......................2 Valued Friends.....................3

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Dear Friends of our Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area

Save the Date June 2, 2014 Drivin’ Fore the Club

November 6, 2014 Steak & Burger

The Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area has been improving the lives of children and families in our community for more than 15 years. The Club is a place that inspires and enables young people to realize their full potential; a place where children develop self-esteem, leadership, and social skills. It is a place where Great Futures Start!

Growth and Change

Since its start, the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area has been operating out of the 91-year-old Washington Elementary School building. It has served well as a functional facility ideally located in the heart of downtown Berlin. In recent years, however, the Club has outgrown the building and is in need of a larger facility that is better designed to be multifunctional and kid friendly. That is why the Club’s board

Club members get ready to enjoy a healthy snack

and staff are launching a Great Futures Will Start Here Capital Campaign to build a new Club.

The new building will provide: • Program rooms with multi-purposes • Classroom space • Art room • Computer lab • Full-size gymnasium • Game room • Laundry area • Learning center • Offices & conference room • Football/Soccer field • Playground • Teen Center • Bathrooms including shower and lockers

You Can Make a Difference

Today, we are asking for your financial investment and partnership to help us build a new, spacious, bright, and exciting Boys & Girls Club for children and teens to learn, grow, and have fun! To do this, the Club needs to

raise a total of $6 million. With your support, together we can provide a facility designed for youth and community programs that will reach out to even more families through Berlin and the surrounding area, as well as establish an endowment that will help sustain the Club for the future. We ask you to please join us in our efforts to reach our Great Futures Will Start Here Capital Campaign goal and make a tax-deductible donation today to help us make the future brighter for over 500 Club members. We thank you in advance for your heartwarming investment in our Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area. Sincerely, Steve Sondalle & Tom Jensen Boys & Girls Club Campaign Co-Chairs


Dear Friends of the Club,

To improve the lives of children and families.

The Boys & Girls Club of Tri-County has a bright future ahead of itself. With the impending new facility that will provide more space for our youth to grow and mature we continue to be a community focused Club.

Vision The Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area will be a generation-changing leading provider of programs emphasizing youth development services and family outreach support to meet the needs of young people 6-18 and their families, especially those who need us most.

Locations The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, Inc.: H Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area H Radford Center H The Club Teen Center H Seven Oshkosh school sites H Camp Radford

Advisory Board

As you read the Capital Campaign overview in this newsletter you will learn what the new Club will include. Our focus is to provide the same great service to our community and extend it further into our neighboring communities so we can serve them even better. Our Club hosts children ages 6-18 during the after school hours and into the evening so that they all have a place to develop and grow. Not only are we helping these kids, but, they are also helping our community by doing community service projects like cleaning the park, visiting senior centers, and raising money for service organizations. It is astonishing at what our youth can do to better our community. Thank you for your continued support of the Boys & Girls Club and believing in our youth’s Great Future!

Youth Spotlight

Hermione, Age 8 How long have you been coming to the Club? 1 year

What is something the Club has taught you? Lots of cool stuff!

How has the Club helped you? I have made new friends

What do you want to do after high school? Become an artist

Tim Costello, CEO

Board Officers: Mandi Hinrichs, President

P hoto G all e r y

Tom Jensen, Vice President John Feeney, Treasurer Matthew Chier Tom Dolby Angie Fralish Noah Hinrichs Craig Johnson Lisa Nelson Lynda Parman Lori Phillippi Steve Sondalle Club members acquire computer skills in the computer lab

During the cold months in February the Club held a carnival

Club members created their own clay figurines for a movie

To see more photo galleries of the exciting things taking place at the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area, please visit our Facebook page.

Most Valued Friends The Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area recognized friends of the Club who have shown notable commitment to the Boys & Girls Club’s mission on Febraury 20th at the Great Futures Celebration Dinner.

Tom Jensen


Tom Jensen, President and CEO

Carrie Blazel, a dedicated volunteer at the Club, was presented with the Award of Merit which is given to a volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution of time and resources.

of First National Bank, was awarded the J.R. Vette Friend of Youth Award, which is given to a Board member who has put forth outstanding efforts to further the mission of the Club and is named in memory of former lifetime board member J.R. Vette. As the bank president and CEO he ensures their participation in each event and he uses his time at events to further the development of the Club. “It’s an honor to receive such an award because we live in the shadow of a man who gave his life to the Club.”

Carrie began working with the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area when the Berlin Area School District partnered with the Club for the Annual Christmas Giving Program. With the two programs combined we are able to serve the community much better. Carrie also leads the Coats-For-Kids Give-a-Way in the fall. The Christmas program and the Coats-for-Kids program meet our unmet needs. “It’s satisfying to see the Club, all of our schools, local businesses, and citizens come together to do something so positive,” said Blazel.

Farmers and Merchants Bank Farmers and Merchants Bank was presented with the Club’s Kids & Community Award, an award given to an area business which has demonstrated community leadership in supporting the mission of the Club. Farmers and Merchants Bank has supported the Boys & Girls Club annually through the events it runs from Wearin’ & $harin’ the Green and Drivin’ Fore the Club to our Steak & Burger. The bank believes in the Club’s mission to better the lives of children and families and is proud to support the Boys & Girls Club however it can.

YES! I WANT TO INVEST IN STARTING GREAT FUTURES. q $5,000 enables the Boys & Girls Club to provide 200 kids, who otherwise could not afford a membership, with a scholarship to the Club q $2,500 helps provide Club members with healthy meals and snacks for two months q $1,000 buys proper seasonal clothing for 10 to 15 Club members q $500 helps provide the Club with programs like Healthy Habits cooking, Money Matters and Power Hour homework help q $200 pays the ACT testing and college application fees for two high school students who otherwise could not afford to pay the fees q $100 provides tutoring for one child for a month q $50 pays for a backpack full of school supplies for one child q $______ improves the lives of children and families

Payment Method

q One time payment is enclosed q I’d like to make a pledge, please contact me. q One time payment should be charged to my credit card q I’d like to set up (ACH) regular electronic fund transfers. Please contact me for details.

Name _____________________________________________ As you would like it to appear on our funding highlights webpage.

E-mail Address _________________________________________ Street Address ______________________________________ City _______________________________________________ State ________ Zip __________________________________ Telephone _________________________________________

Club members tell us what they want in their new Club

Club Kids Poll I want to have ______ in the new Club: “Have a dance party” – Isaiah 10

“Have a football field with statues of the greatest football players” – Tucker 8

“More room for reading books” – Jayden 7

“A larger teen room” – Isa Marie 12

“A bigger basketball gym” – Hunter 10

Credit Card Type: q Visa q MasterCard q Discover q American Express Name on Card ______________________________________ Card Number _______________________________________ Expiration Date ______________________________________ Signature___________________________________________ Date _______________________________________________ Donations can also be made online at through a safe and secured network. For additional information or questions, please contact (920) 361-2717 or

The Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area is a self-funding unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. All contributions and monies raised for the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area always remain in and for the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area.

Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, Inc. Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area I PO Box 254 I Berlin, WI 54923-0254

Non-Profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Oshkosh, WI Permit No. 445

Contact Information

Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area 344 Broadway Street PO Box 254 Berlin, WI 54923-0254 Phone: (920) 361-2717 Fax: (920) 361-1629 E-mail: The Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area is a self-funding unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. All contributions and monies raised for the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area always remain in and for the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area.

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Money Matters

Drivin’ Fore the Club

Drivin’ Fore the Club returns to Mascoutin Golf Club, Monday, June 2, 2014 sponsored by Flash Trucking. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to golf with friends of the Club or reward your staff with a day out on the links!

Do you remember when you got your first dollar? Do you remember what you spent it on?

When I was a kid the first time I began gaining an allowance the first thing I did was spend it on candy. Sure, kids are allowed to have a treat on occasion but spending it on candy is not the best practice. The Club program Money Matters helps our Club members learn about saving and investing, credits and debits, and budgeting. These are all areas that our children need to know as they grow and mature into young adults. When they leave the Club we want them to attend college and have a firm base in living within their means and not always spending their cash on their sweet tooth.

Registration is now open at events/golf.html. Become a proud sponsor of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County. Call Scott Jensen, Marketing and Development Coordinator, at (920) 361-2717 or email

Recently, the Club re-opened its Club store. Now our Club members are able to learn about running a business; such as, maintaining an inventory, managing a budget, and working with one another for the betterment of the business. “The new store opening will help our kids learn about running a small business,” stated Program Director, Bill Kohl.

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Mark your calendar for the 2014 Steak & Burger at Royal Ridges in Ripon! November 6, 2014

Summer 2014 Newsletter  

Find out what is happening at the Club this summer!

Summer 2014 Newsletter  

Find out what is happening at the Club this summer!