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Boys & Girls Club reflects on successful 2014

EUREKA, Calif. - The Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods said it had a successful 2014, ending the year in its best financial position since 2008, by finishing in the black with close to $100,000.

The club said it also kicked off the first year with its Junior Giants Baseball program for boys.

The weight and mat rooms were reopened in July, after both were forced to close when lead paint began to peel and fall from the ceiling, said a spokesperson.

Despite all of the club's successes, a spokesperson explained the greatest accomplishment of 2014 was the decision to remodel the teen center.

"The board and I have been talking for years about what to do with our teen center," Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods Liz Smith said.

"Was it strong enough to be remodeled or did we need to look at tearing it down and rebuilding it? To be able to, through the leadership of Eureka Rotary, and also four other rotary clubs, start doing a million dollar renovation project for a price tag of $250,000 is probably our greatest accomplishment of 2014," Smith shared.

As for 2015, Smith said the goals for this year are to continue building renovations to the teen center, to also enlarge the art and weight rooms. There are also plans to install new flooring, a patio, new paint on the interior and exterior of the building, as well as upgrade to a commercial kitchen.

She added the club hopes to further implement its "Formula for Impact," which helps kids focus on academic success, adopting a healthy lifestyle and focuses on good character and citizenship.

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