History

20 Years and Counting ...

 

The year was 1991. The United States was leading her allies to victory in the Gulf War. The Soviet Union was crumbling into oblivion.

 

In sunny Hobe Sound, Florida, citizens were working together to establish a Boys & Girls Club in Martin County, and soon opened a Club in two small storefronts at a Winn Dixie plaza on Bridge Road.

 

Twenty years later, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, with a budget of $2.5 million, is proudly serving nearly 2,000 Club Members six to 18 years of age, helping them 

achieve extraordinary things.

 
Below is a timeline of major events in the 20-year history of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County:  
 
1989-1991: Hobe Sound resident Margaret "Peggy” Cole commits to establishing a Boys & Girls Club presence throughout Martin County. To generate support for the initiative, she holds meetings with the school district, local businesses, and fellow Hobe Sound residents, most notably Hays Clark.

1991: BGCMC begins in two small storefronts in the Hobe Sound Winn-Dixie plaza.  The Hobe Sound branch is later named the Cole-Clark branch in honor of the organization’s original founders.

1993: Port Salerno branch opens.  It is later renovated and renamed John & Marge Bolton branch.

1993: Club Members and staff use shopping carts to move games, books, and computers into its current Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound.

1994: BGCMC expands into Indiantown.

1996: Collaboration with City of Stuart and Stuart Police Department to create a branch at the East 10th Street Recreation Center.

1999: Donors fund an air-conditioned, indoor gym—one of the few in the County—at Cole-Clark branch.

2005: Palm City branch opens in Immanuel Lutheran Church.

2009: BGCMC begins capital campaign to create a state-of-the-art, expanded facility in the heart of Indiantown.

2009: Club Members in Palm City cut the ribbon on the new H. Wayne Huizenga branch, a renovated Martin County firehouse.

2009: Major renovations are completed at Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound, including a new computer laboratory, expanded art room, tutoring rooms for individualized help, and the County’s only teen room.

2011: BGCMC launches The Club, a new program designed exclusively for Martin County’s teens.
 
2012:  BGCMC introduces the Janey Pratt Be READy program for struggling readers in grades K-3.  
 
2014: BGCMC's new Indiantown facility opens. 

Spotlights

2014 Annual Report

Navy Captain & Astronaut Winston E. Scott Named Distinguished Speaker

Club Closed Dates

BGCMC will be closed December 5 for staff training and December 24-January 2, 2015 for the holidays. 

Club’s early literacy program named top overall in Florida

BGCMC recently received the award for top overall Boys & Girls Club program in the state by the Florida Area Council for Be READy, an early literacy initiative that the organization designed and created in 2012. Full release here

New Indiantown Club is Now Open!

The new Bill & Barbara Whitman branch in Indiantown is now open for business! 

We want to thank everyone who helped us achieve this six-year dream! 

The new Club features a full-size gymnasium, performing arts space, learning & technology labs, a kitchen, and plenty of space to build and develop the potential of Indiantown’s most extraordinary asset —its children-- through Education & Career Development, Character Leadership Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts and Sports, Fitness & Recreation.