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Who We Are

Our History

Serving Siouxland Boys & Girls for Over 55 Years!

1968: The Club gained its charter from the Boy’s Clubs of America.The Club rented the Armory Building from the 133rd National Guard Infantry Division while they were serving in the Vietnam War. September 17, 1968 was the ribbon cutting ceremony and first day in its new facilities. Any boy between the ages of 8 – 18 years old could join and membership was just $1.00 per year.  Gail Dupree was the first member.  Within 30 days, membership had soared to 267 boys.

1970: The Armory was purchased from the State of Iowa and named in honor of Jesse E. Marshall, a local attorney.
Our gratitude and thanks to the founding board members of the Boys Club of Sioux City: Paul Berger, Ben Lindbergh, Edward Samore, Dr. Don Blume, Bill Linzmeier, Phil Sherman, Robert Davin, Robert M. Shockey, James Deignan, H.B. “Pat” McGill, Richard Sturgeon, Tom Gerkin,  Rev. James McLamb, Stan Swanson, Donald Mullin, E.C. Thompson.  Karl Kletschke, Ray Murphy, W.A. Klinger and Wilson Persinger

1971: The newly remodeled home of the Jesse E. Marshall Boys Club of Sioux City was serving 1,226 members.

1997: The second major renovation transformed the Club into a facility designed specifically for boys.  It won the AIA first place award for Educational Facility Design of the Year 1998.

2008: The Boys Club Outdoor Campus is closer to reality.  The vacant lot next to the Club was purchased.

2012: The Boys Club Outdoor Campus is renamed the ‘Playscape’. Through generous donations of time and funds from board members, Rotary, MHRD and community organizations, our Playscape now looks great and has some fun play features. The Boys Club hired their fifth director in their 75 years of history.

2013: An anonymous donation was given to help improve the home theater and gaming rooms. The first little league team was formed!

2016: Boys Club of Sioux City adds programming for girls and officially becomes Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland. The Club’s kitchen and eating area are given a much-need remodel.

2018: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland renovates the gym and Learning Center with a grant from Lowe's. The Club is also awarded $86,000 by MHRD to re-roof the building and make other much needed repairs.

2022: The Club Teen Center officially opens at 813 Pearl Street, next to our main building. The Teen Center serves kids 12-18 and features a learning center, fitness center, recording studio, art center, theater, conference room, game room, and video games. 

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