TAKE A BREATHER — Attendees at the Springville Boys & Girls Club’s open house and building dedication could play games, eat snacks, receive tours from the students or sit and watch the festivities. Photos by Jessie Owen.
SPRINGVILLE — The Boys & Girls Club of Springville invited the community to tour its brand-new facility on April 12, to culminate a project that has been 10 years in the making.
Attendees at the building dedication and open house were treated to a tour of the facility, by the student members of the Boys & Girls Club. Refreshments were provided and games and computers were available, for visitors to try.
Although the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club has been recently overseen by Assistant Director Michael Basehart, Andy Bobseine was introduced to the community, during the open house, as the club’s new director.
COME ON IN — Boys & Girls Club members Annie Cordaro and Carrie Dickinson, both eighth graders, welcomed visitors to the open house.
Bobseine, a Springville-Griffith Institute graduate, has worked with at-risk teens, at the Gowanda High School, in addition to coaching varsity sports and spent time working at S-GI, as well.
“It was a collaborative effort, between the kids and board members,” Bobseine said, about the April 12 event. “This community is amazing. I didn’t realize that people would do what they’ve done.”
MEDAL OF HONOR — Springville Boys & Girls Club participants Greg Cooney and Carrie Dickinson were the recipients of the B&G Club Youth of the Year awards.
Following the building tours, Board of Directors President Marg Chapman officially welcomed guests to the dedication ceremony. “It’s been quite a journey,” she said. “I still remember when this building was just a shell. We said, ‘We’re going to do it,’ and we started slow, but then, it took off.”
Chapman credited Basehart with “really showing us the mission of the Boys & Girls Club. He understands what its mission is all about.” Although Chapman said that the club would miss Basehart as its director, he will be joining the local club board, continuing his participation in Springville.
Eighth grade participants Carrie Dickinson and Greg Cooney were presented with the 2012-13 Youth of the Year awards. “These are given annually, to two students who have actively participated and have exhibited a good attitude,” Bobseine said.
Chapman then introduced three individuals, whom she credited as the “reason our bowl filled up:” Grover Riefler, “Mr. Outside;” Phil Collesano, whom she dubbed “Mr. Inside” and Carl Emerling, “Mr. Get-It-Done.” These individuals provided the club with the resources and materials needed, to complete the new clubhouse.
TRUE DEDICATION — Acknowledged with Service to Youth Awards, for their 10 years of participation with the Boys & Girls Club, were Jack Gerber, John Nesselbush, Marg Chapman, Molly Frank and Carl Emerling. Debra Randall and Eric Lawton (not pictured), received awards for five years of service.
Chapman and participant Molly Frank presented Riefler, Collesano and Emerling with commemorative plaques, thanking the three individuals for all of their help.
The board then unveiled an official sign, designating the “Phil Collesano, Carl Emerling and Grover Riefler Club Center.”
Basehart presented Service to Youth Awards, from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, for five years of participation, to Debra Randall and Eric Lawton. Jack Gerber, John Nesselbush, Emerling, Frank and Chapman received awards, for 10 years of service.
Emerling offered a challenge to those present. “We need more help; new board members,” he said. “We need good people, to help out. Every little thing helps.”
Bobseine thanked the students who participated in the open house. “They are our future,” he said. “Our goal is to produce the best, quality programs for Springville, going forward. We keep kids fully engaged and off the street, here.”
The new club is located at 63 Maple Ave. in Springville. Call 794-7021 or visit on weekdays, between 2:30 and 6 p.m.