Jamestown Boys' and Girls' Club officials spoke recently before members of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club to talk about the youth club's 75th anniversary year.
Rex McCray, board president, opened the presentation by noting the club was established in 1939 by the Jamestown Rotary. McCray said club membership during its first year totaled 127, while membership exceeds 1,900 members today.
McCray explained that the club's anniversary theme is "75 Years Building Futures," and described the year-long activities planned to mark the year.
From left, Rex McCray, Jamestown Boys and Girls Club board president, is joined by Rotarian Tory Irgang and Jeff Kroon, Boys and Girls Club executive director, at a recent meeting of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club.
Jeff Kroon, executive director, presented the history of the club with the help of several interesting power point slides, containing many photos of club members, former and current facilities, club programs, posters and themes from throughout the years. Kroon mentioned long-time club leaders and supporters such as Winifred Crawford Dibert, for whom the club is named; Lucille Wright and Helen Yaw who led the Jamestown Girls' Club, previously located on East Second Street; and past staff member Tony Lavoie for his great influence on many club members.
The national theme of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, according to Kroon, is "great futures start here - healthy lifestyles, academic success and good character."
Kroon is a longtime executive director of the club and for more than 20 years has served as the president of the Jamestown Area Youth Soccer program. A Distinguished Alumnus of Jamestown Community College, he is a longtime faculty member of the JCC Scandinavian Studies Program.
McCray is the president, CEO and owner of the Weber Knapp Company, which has facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Taiwan.
The Jamestown Noon Rotary Club meets weekly at noon Mondays in the banquet room of the Robert H. Jackson Center.