Nondescrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

Annual Report 2015

2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report


The Boys & Girls Club is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who guides us in our efforts to provide the most impact for the youth in our community who need us most.


Board President

Justin Martin

 Boys & Girls Club Staff - For a complete directory, click Contact Us at the top of your page.

Executive Director

Sue Bloom

Executive Committee

Luke Reese, Operations
Pete DeMuniz, Governance
Elliot Groeneveld, Treasurer/Secretary
Chelsea Armstrong, Resource Development - Annual/Planned Giving
Mary Eastridge, Resource Development - Special Events
Lettie Price, Marketing
Bob Martinsson, Past President
Mark Burnham, Foundation Chair

Board of Directors

Bruce Anderson
Susie Callahan
Cliff Carpentier
Alex Casebeer
Brent Culver
Mike Delk
Jim Eyre
Kathy Figley
Andres Gutierrez
Jim Griggs
Mike Hart
Dave Hilgemann
Dan Johnson
Heidi Litchfield
Matt Lokan
Don Lulay
Ric McNall
Sherri Partridge
Evann Remington
Elisa Schofield
Don Sturgeon
Eric Templeton
Jeff Thomas
Tad Truax
Dewey Whitton
Cathy Yao



Membership Information for Parents

Every day during the school year and summer, your children will benefit from an engaging, safe, educational and fun environment in our clubs.

Critter Catch field trip and exploration

Quick Resources

Who Can Join?

Youth enrolled in school in grades 1-12 are eligible for Boys & Girls Club membership. Any child younger than first grade, and high school graduates past the summer following their senior year, are not eligible to join. The Boys & Girls Club may require proof of enrollment in school before processing a membership.

In order to attend one of the Club’s dedicated teen center facilities, youth must be 13 years old or have completed at least one week of 7th grade.

What Does it Cost?

Membership is only $5 for the school year and $5 for the summer. School Year membership is valid from September 1 through June 9. Summer Early Riser Camps available at an additional costAs a member of the Boys & Girls Club, our dedicated and caring Youth Development Professionals will guide your child through our core program areas: Academic Success, Character & Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles.

Our Club operates with generous support from individuals, businesses, foundations, United Way and government sources. Because of this support, we are able to keep our membership costs affordable for families so that all youth have an opportunity for a GREAT FUTURE.

How do I start?

Please complete the membership application and return it to your local club with your $5 membership fee. Printed applications are also available at Clubs.

School Year Membership Application

Summer Membership Application

Parent Handbook

Technology Use Policy

Club Programs Make an Impact

Programs are comprehensive, proven and delivered by professionally trained staff.



Great Futures Start Here

  • Each member is offered over 1,300 program hours annually
  • Affordable programs for only $5 for the summer and $5 for the school year
  • 7 facilities in Marion and Polk Counties serving youth grades 1-12
  • Total Youth Served Annually: 10,656
  • Club Members Served Annually: 5,101
  • Annual Community Outreach: 5,555 youth

DJ Club

Professionally Trained Staff Provide Programs in 3 Essential Youth Outcome Areas

  • Character & Leadership Development
  • Education & Career Development
  • Healthy Lifestyles

The Impact: Changing and Saving Lives

  • 4,388 dental procedures performed in the Health & Dental Services Center
  • SMART Girls Yoga
  • 1,940 youth participated in Power Hour, receiving extra homework help and tutoring
  • 61,273 free and healthy meals were served
  • 2,160 youth participated in Triple Play fitness programs
  • 600 kids per day attend local Clubs
  • Over 170 youth received job training and employment opportunities through T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow
  • Over 10,600 youth receive services from the Boys & Girls Club per year

The Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties is an equal opportunity provider. To read our full non-discrimination statement, click here»


History of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties

The story of the Boys Club of Salem began on October 5, 1966 when Mr. George Mills, American Legion Post officer, contacted the Boys Clubs of America to discuss organizing a Boys Club in Salem. On December 19, 1967, the Boys Club was incorporated with Mr. Walt Karlson as President and a Board of Directors of 17 community leaders.

The Boys Club opened its doors in April 1970 under the leadership of Mr. Dean Schlosser, Executive Director. The first year of programs attracted 1,013 boy members, with an average daily attendance of over 80 boys per day. The Boys Club of Salem received its national charter from Boys Clubs of America on October 13, 1970.

As the organization grew and services were added, the Board of Directors voted to add girl participation in 1983. During the same year, the organization formally changed its name to the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.

In 1985, the Boys & Girls Club restructured its operation to ensure its mission was similar to Boys & Girls Clubs of America Mission Statement and adjusted its operation from recreation based to guidance based.

During 1989, the Board of Directors conducted a $1.2 million Capital Drive to replace the aging clubhouse. The new 25,000 square foot facility opened in the spring of 1991 and was dedicated as the Knudson Boys & Girls Club Branch. Beginning in 1992, as a result of the charge of the existing Strategic Plan, the Boys & Girls Club began outreach programs at local schools and apartment complexes. These outreach efforts were the preliminary steps towards opening additional youth centers in local neighborhoods.

A partnership with the Salem-Keizer Public Schools established opportunities to place Boys & Girls Club youth centers on school property. The first such youth center was opened in 1994 on the Swegle School campus and was called the Swegle Boys & Girls Club Branch. This partnership continued in 1997 with the establishment of the Keizer Boys & Girls Club Branch located at Kennedy School, and in 2000 the Eastwood Boys & Girls Club Branch was opened on the Hoover School campus and the Richmond Extension was opened in the Richmond School.

As a result of the organization’s 1998-2001 strategic planning process, it was identified that the community needed additional programs specifically designed to meet the needs of Salem-Keizer teenagers. In September 2001, the Board kicked off a $1.45 million Capital Drive to expand the Knudson Branch by 11,000 square feet. The new addition was opened in May 2003 and dedicated as the Doris J. Wipper Teen Center.

In response to the organization’s strategic planning findings that too many local children were slipping through the cracks of basic health care, and with the support of the Murdock Charitable Trust, the Club opened its Health Services Center in 2006. Featuring three fully operable dental chairs, the Club’s Health Services efforts are designed to prevent health problems for area youth through educational programs and activities. Local partners of the Club’s Health Services Center include the Salem-Keizer School District, Northwest Medical Teams and a number of members of the local dental community.

In 2007, the Club broke ground on the West Salem Boys & Girls Club Branch, located across the street from Walker Middle School. The regional footprint was further expanded on December 28, 2010 when the Woodburn Teen Center was fully chartered and operational.

About Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties

Inspiring great futures for children and teens in our community.


Our Mission:

To inspire and enable all youth, grades 1-12, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens through the development of a positive self-image and self-reliance.

Why Great Futures Start Here:

For over 46 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties has delivered on our promise to provide the youth who need us most with support to reach their full potential. Through a comprehensive continuum of services, we provide children and teens with a platform for success by equipping them with the necessary life, academic and career-related skills to thrive in a 21st Century global society.

We operate 8 Clubhouses and Teen Centers in addition to a Health & Dental Services Center, T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow workforce development program, community athletic leagues, and outreach programs to schools and communities. Currently, we serve over 10,600 youth, many of whom are from economically disadvantaged homes, qualify for free or reduced lunch, and live in single-parent households.

Our goal is to deliver programs that prepare youth for a great future. This begins with the imperative to provide a safe environment that keeps kids engaged, active and happy in the hours after school and during the summer and prepares them with the a skill set that aligns academics with future career pathways and industry trends.

Program Services Model

BGC Message Wheel