Site-based club opening for Polson Boys & Girls Club unit
POLSON — The Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and
Lake County announced today that it will be opening a site-based club
for the Polson Unit. Club board members and the Vestry of the St.
Andrews Episcopal Church have entered a rental agreement allowing the
club to use the church basement as a club site.
The new site
opening will correspond with the kickoff of the Summer Program, which
runs from June 14 through August 20. The hours for the summer will be
from noon until six o'clock p.m. The facility is located at 116 6th
Avenue East just one block south of the Lake County Courthouse. A new
sign will be erected soon indicating the back entrance of the church.
All youth age 6 years old through 18 years old are welcome to
join. Membership applications for parents and guardians to fill out are
available online at www.bclynx.org and through the mail. Interested
youth may get an application at the Ronan office or the Polson site
when it is open. Current Polson club members are automatically accepted
on arrival. The annual fee for membership is $5. There is a one-day
waiting period after new applications are received.
rooms will include a games room with pool table, air hockey, ping pong
and lounge area, a computer lab with internet access and another room
which can be divided for use as a crafts and reading resource room.
Games and furniture was donated to the club by the church. "The church
has bent over backwards to help us begin this new venture," remarked
John Schnase, "all we need now is a desk, two small file cabinets and a
In addition to the summer activities, club members will be able
to take advantage of the USDA approved free lunch program offered at
the Linderman elementary school. Food will be served at noon and the
club members can take the supervised two-block walk for a nutritious
The Polson Unit will continue to work with the Polson
School District until the after-school program ends in mid-May. Three
employees of the Boys & Girls Club have served with the Monday
-Thursday after school program and this year kept the school site open
on Fridays for club members. "We've had a good relationship with the
school district in providing after school opportunities for kids," says
John Schnase, Executive Director of the club. "There will be an
advantage for kids needing a five-day-a week place to go during the
summer and after school in this situation," says Schnase. The new
arrangement makes the club more of a traditional unit. Programming and
arrangement of the facility will resemble what traditional clubs try to
This will change the appearance of the summer program according
to Schnase. There no longer will be a bus running from Polson to the
Ronan club every day. The club will try to make arrangements for
swimming for the Polson club members as the summer goes on according to
Schnase. Summer planning is still in progress and schedules will be
"We're in the midst of staff development and facility
preparations right now," says Schnase, "the possibilities are exciting
to club members, staff and the board of directors." "This will give us
a chance to further develop the integrity of our club and hopefully
make a more significant difference for the community of Polson," he
The club will host an open house during the summer. Further announcements will be made as the club site takes shape.
Questions may be directed to Schnase at 676-5437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties may also visit the club website at www.bgclynx.org.