80th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for our 80th Anniversary!
Our celebration will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Glendalough Ballroom at DoubleTree. The event will commemorate our 80 years of changing lives, announce our Youth of the Year and induct a new member into the Hall of Fame. Help us recognize and celebrate our accomplishments of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield and the youth who have passed through the doors and become citizens of our community.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield had its beginning on November 4, 1938 when Mrs. Jeanie Lincoln, wife of Juvenile Judge A.W. Lincoln, got the idea of a “Club for Boys” from hearing her husband tell her of the need of such an organization to help youngsters with special problems. She discussed her thoughts with members of the Commercial Street Business Men’s Club and that group agreed to allow her to use the basement room of the Community Building, located at 219 E. Commercial, for a place to conduct the program without charge and with free utilities. The Articles of Agreement was written pursuant to chapter Article 10 of the revised statute of MO., 1938, officially naming the organization “North Side Boys Club”. J.R. Medley, President, Henry Bugg and Mrs. A.W. Lincoln signed the document.
The Community Service League (now known as Junior League) established the original Girls Club in 1963. Its prime purpose was to foster the character development of girls, kindergarten through high school. Initial programs were administered by volunteers who planned their own programs, had their own door keys and cleaned up after classes were over.
In 1991, after careful planning, the Boys Club and Girls Club merged to create the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield. Thanks to an outstanding Board of Directors and a great staff under the direction of Executive Director Bill Stalnaker, in 15 years the organization went from a $246,000 annual budget with seven full-time staff members to a $1.8 million dollar annual budget with 15 full-time staff members and 30 part-time staff members.
Today, 80 years since the beginning of the organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield is going strong and making a difference in the lives of thousands of youth in our community and beyond. We are indebted to the many individuals, business and civic organizations that have worked together on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club cause. We are especially thankful to the Springfield area Sertoma Clubs and the United Way of the Ozarks for their tremendous support.