Boys and Girls Club talks West Point location

President of the Starkville Rotary Club Marc McGee presented CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle Inc. Nadia Colom with a check worth $1,500. The funds were raised from their Rotary Classic Rodeo fundraiser. (Photo By Logan Kirkland, SDN)
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LOGAN KIRKLAND
STARKVILLE DAILY NEWS

The Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle Inc. presented its future plans and developments with the Starkville Rotary Club during its weekly meeting on Monday.

CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle Inc. Nadia Colom discussed plans of opening a new facility in West Point, while making strides to improve its Starkville location.

West Point has been without a Boys and Girls Club facility for 15 years. Colom said the deciding factor came when she received a phone call from the Mullen Family 36 Foundation. The foundation reached out asking how it could be better serve the club.

"It was that gift of $25,000 that really sort of jump started the conversation right now," Colom said. "But we've always known there's been a need."

Colom said she can't count how many phone calls her office has received, especially before summer asking what activities and programs are for children in West Point.

Partnered with the West Point Consolidated School District, Colom said if the facility is not ready by the move in date, the school district will allow them to utilize their facilities until they can move into their new building.

The tentative date to open the new facility is in June 2018.

Colom also discussed a renovation and expansion project for their Starkville location. Through conversations with the city, Colom said the expansion would move its current location into a new building possibly in West Side Park.

The club is still in the early stages of the planning process, so it is possible these are subject to change.

"We know that is the location we are leaning toward," Colom said.

Colom said the expansion would be able to better serve the children of Starkville. She said there are many times during the summer when they receive a wait list of over 100 children.

"It helps us to reach our goal which is to serve more kids more often," Colom said. "Any time we know that there are kids that we haven't reached that we could, then that means that we have more work to do."

Before the conclusion of the meeting, President of the Starkville Rotary club Marc McGee presented Colom with a check worth $1,500 for the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle. The funds were raised from their Rotary Classic Rodeo fundraiser.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Traingle Inc. receives most of its funding through grants as well as federal funds. Other funds come from United Way of North Central Mississippi, Church donations, fundraising and donations from Starkville native Travis Outlaw.

The club will launch its campaign starting on Thanksgiving day and will run all the way through the end of the year on Dec. 31.

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