Denison Boys and Girls Club 50th!

By: Dwayne Wilder
Denison Boys and Girls Club 50th Anniversary The Denison Boys and Girls Club will celebrate 50 years on Saturday at the Club’s location on Mirick Avenue in Denison. The Club opened in June 1966. “The DBGC has a huge impact on our community’s youth ages 5-18; it fills a specific need for 10 and up, too,” explained Ron Nixon, executive director. “No other place serves the after school kids; it is important to our community.” Nixon added that the Denison BGC ‘helps families’ in everyday life all year long. According to club historian Cathy Williams, the Mirick location is the third one for the Club in Denison. It began in a house on Morgan Street across from Munson Stadium. Then, two homes were donated near the Denison Public Library in the 1970s where the club operated until 1985, when it moved to its current location. “It’s a place where kids from all backgrounds can learn and be safe,” said Williams, an original BGC kid. “I was 10 years old when I started; it was fun; it drew me in. Volunteers ran it and taught us everything from tennis to manners.” Williams noted that Joann Hubbart was the first director for just two years and then, Gloria McBride became director in 1968. McBride’s husband, Bob, ran the Sherman BGC at the same time, she added. “It is a great place where kids can build relationships with peers and caring adults,” said Williams. According to Nixon, the 50th Celebration will continue throughout the year with an event during the Denison High School football season and a year-end banquet. In addition, there is a weekly series of “Hometown Heroes” celebrating local community heroes. “One week, we talked about Sully and Ike (Charles Sullenberger and President Dwight D. Eisenhower),” explained Nixon who has been ED for two years. “We talk about people who have changed the world who are from Denison.” Nixon, who has been with the club for six years, included TV Munson as one of the hometown heroes. He also said the series would include teachers and BGC alumni. “We also have a ’50 for 50’ campaign where we are asking donors to give $50 for special projects and scholarships,” explained Nixon. “We hope to get at least 50 donors.” Finally, Nixon announced a “Wall of Honor” will be added to the Club in the fall with a presentation that is set to be done annually. People who have contributed to the Club’s mission will be honored; details are pending, according to Nixon.

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