The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County hosted the state Boys & Girls Clubs conference this week and spent Friday wrapping things up by getting some of its kids out to perform community service and naming its teen and board member of the year.
About 20 Boys & Girls Clubs teenagers from the Billings area, Havre and Great Falls spent a few hours Friday afternoon volunteering at the Billings Food Bank, the Montana Rescue Mission, Billings Animal Rescue Kare, Tendernest Assisted Living and Highgate Senior Living.
“I think it went really well,” said Brian Dennis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County chief professional officer. “The kids worked so hard that it didn’t take nearly as long as we thought it would.”
Also on Friday afternoon, a pair of Billings residents active in the club received statewide recognition. Kenny Painter, a sophomore at Senior High who has been part of the club for six years, was named Montana’s top teen club member. Pat Angland, who works for Stockman Bank, was named the group’s top board member.
Dennis described Angland as a “rock-steady presence” for the club who has been involved in the club at just about every level.
“And Kenny, he’s just one of those kids that is always there,” Dennis said. “He’s the first kid in line to help and wherever we need it, he’s just right there.”
About 80 people from Boys and Girls Clubs across the state attended the two-day conference, which included tours of local colleges and training in technology, working with families, general operations and public relations.