It’s our anniversary! 30 Years of Youth Development in Summit County

2014 - Volume 1
When School’s Out, Club is In!
Summer Programs!
The kids are counting down to summer, are you ready?
Join us this summer and experience diverse activities that focus on sports
and wellness, academics, career exploration, field trips and fine arts.
Breakfast, lunch, snacks and program supplies are all included.
30 Years of
Youth Development in
Summit County
It’s our anniversary!
Celebrate with us and consider a gift!
$3, $30, $300, $3,000
or anything in between –
your support makes a difference!
Summer Programming
is available at the
following locations:
Steve Wise Club
889 Jonathan Ave.
Akron, OH 44306
Ages: 1st grade-12 years old
Eller Club
888 Eller Ave.
Akron, OH 44306
Ages: 13-18 years old
Summer Program Fees
The cost for the entire summer
program is $360 per child. This
equates to just $40 per week and
helps cover a portion of the costs
associated with the Club activities
during the summer months. We offer
a 50% membership fee reduction
for each additional sibling.
Example: Child #1 = $360
Child #2 = $180
Child #3 = $180
LeBron James Club
Register Today!
825 Fuller St.
Akron, OH 44306
Ages: 1st grade - 18 years old
Our commitment is to provide
your children with a safe place
to come during the summer
months and the best programming
possible that is fun, educational,
and character building. We are
also committed to providing that
programming at the best value.
Contact [email protected] or
330.773.3375 for more
information. Register today
at our Steve Wise Club!
Limited Programming
also available at:
Van Buren Community Center
410 Pasadena Place • Barberton
Woodland United
Methodist Church
444 N. Hawkins • Akron
New Site:
Summit Lake Club
at The Reach Opportunity Center
390 W Crosier St. • Akron
Opening July 7, 2014
Kiwanis Real Money, Real World
Through a series of hands on
activities, our club members
experienced what it’s like in the
real world! From budgets, to
taxes, to careers, the Kiwanis
Club of Akron helped put
these important life skills in
perspective. Thank you Kiwanis
Club of Akron!
Brian Brown, Dedicated to
Club & Community
Take Me Out to
the Ballgame!
Club kids from the Steve
Wise, Eller Teen, and
the LeBron James Clubs
enjoyed a day at Canal
Park. The kids had
such a great time
participating in
Opening Ceremonies,
meeting the new
mascot, Webster,
and chowing down
on traditional ballpark
hotdogs. Go RubberDucks!
Brian Brown, Club member since 2008
and a junior at St. Vincent - St. Mary,
has been very busy! Not only was he
named Youth of the Year in 2013 and
2014, he also received an award for
being one of Akron’s most dedicated
youth volunteers. Brian was recognized
at the 24th Annual Global Youth Service
Day Recognition Program at the Akron
Main Library. Global Youth Service Day
celebrates and mobilizes the millions
of young people who improve their
communities each day of the year
through service. Since June of 2013,
Brian has dedicated almost 250 hours
of service to his community. Way to go
Brian, we are so proud of you!
2013 and 2014 Youth off the Year
Brian Brown is recognized at Global
Youth Service Day.
“U Know”
My word is “U Know”
I say “U Know” 24/7
“U Know”
But no one would ever know!
Sometimes I say “U Know”
Just to annoy my friends and family.
“U Know”, “U Know”, “U Know”
But “U Know” no one would ever know
Now guess what,
Do “U Know”?
Winning Poetry Submission to our 2013 Fine Arts Exhibit
By: Harvesha, Steve Wise Club Member, Age 12
Thanks for helping our kids BE GREAT!
We are currently seeking volunteers for a variety of different opportunities and locations.
To learn more, contact Angela Sot at 330.773.3375 or [email protected]
Running the
Blue Line?
Join our Blue Line
to Blue Doors
Campaign! We are
excited to announce
that we have been
selected as a Charity
Partner for the 2014
Akron Marathon!
Our goal is to raise $10,000, with 50
runners & 25 volunteers. Won’t you join
us?! Thank you to our first registered
runner, Kris Denkewalter and our first
registered volunteer, Kimberly Young!
For more information, check out our
website at
Tickets Fore
Order Your Tickets
by July 29!
Interested in attending the Bridgestone Invitational this summer?
Purchase your tickets using our code and receive a discount!
• $20 Any Day Grounds Ticket (Regular Price $45).
• $70 Weekly Grounds Ticket (Regular Price $95).
BGCWR gets 75%! It’s a hole-in-one deal for everyone!
For more information, check out our website at
See you on the greens!
Thank you 2013
Jeremiah Milbank
Society Members
Sandra L. Haslinger
Richard & Alita Rogers
Gregory & Lisa Smith
Norman & Denise Wells
The JMS recognizes local donors to Boys
& Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve
that give annually an unrestricted gift
of $10,000 or more!
Thank you to our
Heritage Club
Anonymous Patron
Paul & Joanie Belair
Kimberly Haws & Dennis Falasco
Steve Hawthorne
Dani A. Robbins
Bud & Susie Rogers
Bill & Becky Considine enjoyed the
wonderful evening with their family.
The Heritage Club recognizes
donors to Boys & Girls Clubs
bs of
the Western Reserve that have
included BGCWR in their
will or estate plans.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this
year’s Aspire! event such a great success!
To join or receive more information
on our giving societies, contact
Suzanne Hollon at [email protected]
or 330.773.3375.
Save the Date!
Together, we raised $145,000 for the Clubs after expenses. We were
delighted to have Bill & Becky Considine as Honorary Chairs along with 400
attendees. Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors – ROTH a Sodexo Company,
OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Bill & Becky Considine and our Presenting
Sponsor The LeBron James Family Foundation!
Aspire! 2015 will be held on Saturday,
February 21st at Todaro’s Party Center.
Be sure to mark your calendars!
“Club has helped me have a better
understanding about college, I know
now that it is never too early to start
planning and figuring out what I
want to do as an adult.”
– NyKya, Age 14
U.S. Postage
Akron, OH
Permit No. 1523
889 Jonathan Avenue • Akron, OH 44306
Mark your calendars!
Summer Programming
June 16 - August 15
Summit Lake Club
at The Reach Opportunity Center
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Free Dra
Opens – July 7
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve
by June 30
and be entered to win 2 tickets
in section 13 or 14 for one
Akron RubberDucks
home game!
Bridgestone Invitational
July 31 – August 3
(Purchase your discounted tickets by July 29th)
Summit for Kids/
John S. Knight Center
August 2
Akron Marathon
September 27
(Sign up today to run or volunteer
on behalf of BGCWR)
For further information, visit our website
at or (330) 773.3375
Joseph poses with his winning
watercolor from this year’s
Fine Arts Exhibit.
Club Member
Board Member
Joseph: LeBron James Club,
age 11
Betty L. Rider,
der, Ph.D.
This year Joseph really wanted to
improve his grade point average. He
started bringing in his homework
every day to Club to participate in our
homework help time, Power Hour.
With hard work, dedication and the
help of Boys & Girls Club staff, Joseph
improved his GPA to a 4.0! Joseph is
also learning to be a role model and
leader amongst his peers through
our Good Character training and
programs. Some of Joseph’s favorite
activities include playing basketball,
soccer, and the clarinet. He also loves
meals and snacks are provided
to Club members each year.
members participated in our
Triple Play Body program which
emphasizes physical activity
for an hour each day.
Join us in
Betty L. Rider,
Ph.D., our
Board Chair.
We would also
like to introduce
and welcome four
additional new
Board Members.
Graham Curtis, Assistant Vice
President, Business Banking,
FirstMerit Bank
André Dominick, Regional Business
Manager, Eid Passport
Rich Kase, CLU, Principal & Chairman
of the Board, GDK Company
Rick Rogers, Former President,
B.W. Rogers Company