New club opens Tuesday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2005

After months of planning, remodeling and final touches, employees of the Boys and Girls Club of Greenville/Butler County are set for its grand opening on Tuesday.

The public is also ready to meet the new director and staff of the organization that arrived on the scene last year.

But this is not a fly-by-night organization, but one that has a national and state reputation.

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It is based on the history of the Boys & Girls Club and that reputation that so many have welcomed in an affiliate here in Butler County.

Now, it’s time to get to work.

According to Executive Director Jason Taylor, the grand opening ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday with registration planned for May 26-27.

The cost for the 10-week summer program at the B&G Club is $100 per child.

&uot;We believe that at $100 per child, it is very competitive with other organizations similar to us,&uot; he said.

&uot;That equals to about $2 per day.&uot;

After the YMCA vacated the Beeland Community Complex, much work had to be done on the building.

Taylor said people will like the new look inside with all new carpet throughout the building as well as a complete new paint job.

There is also new tile in the community meeting room and the other tile in the building has been stripped, waxed and buffed.

Those enrolled in the summer program will enjoy time in the pool as well as arts and crafts.

&uot;We have a fully stocked game room downstairs where we have been assembling the pool table, an air hockey table, a foos ball table and much more,&uot; he said.

&uot;Our education room has nine new computers so we’ll still have education going during the summer.&uot;

Taylor said he has 200 slots to fill at registration and is excited about being able to get started with the children.

&uot;It has been a lot of hard work but we’re ready,&uot; he said.

One person who understands the hard work associated with opening a new facility is YMCA Director Amanda Phillips.

She said Friday she wants to congratulate Taylor and his fellow Boys & Girls Club employees on their hard work and dedication to the children.

&uot;I so want to congratulate them and I hope that this will be the beginning of a long and production relationship where our two programs work well,&uot; Phillips said.

&uot;We will share the pool this summer and I think there will be a lot of community support and effort for both groups.&uot;

She said she and Taylor are working on some arrangements where the Boys & Girls Club members will visit the YMCA this summer for some basketball games. Phillips said that is just one example of the cooperation between the two.

&uot;I feel like I can speak for Jason from my perspective and say that we are going to put our best foot forward to work for all the children,&uot; she said.

&uot;I look forward to both organizations having a wonderful summer.&uot;

The Boys & Girls Club is located at 1016 E. Commerce St at Beeland Park.