Club for Boys celebrates 50 years; volunteers remember - KOTA Territory News

Club for Boys celebrates 50 years; volunteers remember


"We took 110 boys to the roller skating rink. Have you ever tried to put 110 boys into the right size skates?" reminisced LaVaun Rose, who started volunteering at The Club for Boys when it opened in 1963. "We didn't have a lot of staff, we worked well together. And we had one goal and it means a lot to know you've helped one youth, but I believe we've helped hundreds," said Rose.

Saturday, the organization celebrated 50 years. "The thing was to take the kids off the streets and try to help them to grow up to be good citizens," said Rose. 

Rose was a nurse, care-taker, and a cook. "The last ingredient on their plate was love," said Rose. 

Henry Jordan, a former club member, remembers Rose. "She was like a second mother down here because she was one of the only females. She was always caring and fixed all the booboos. Just a great person, a very great person," said Jordan. 

Jordan also remembers what the club did for him. "To this day anyone that I know with young boys, I recommend them please take them down there because of all the stuff you can learn," said Jordan. 

Past and present club members got together to look through photo albums, have a slice of cake, and play games to celebrate 50 years.

As did Dorothy Larsh, the very first volunteer The Club for Boys ever had. "One of the things I remember is I taught some of the boys how to do the twist," Larsh laughed. "Because that was the rage back in the sixties." 

That's not the only thing Larsh taught. She was the educational director as well. And seeing so many people celebrate 50 years of the club was emotional for her. "It means that maybe my life had a little bit of purpose," said Larsh. 


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