By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Bernie Jeub, one of many who was instrumental in starting the Boys and Girls Club of Morrison County (BGCMC), is retiring, again.
“It’s time,” he said. “My wife, Judy, said I flunked retirement the first time.”
Jeub retired eight years ago from US Bank. This time he is retiring from the Advisory Council with the BGCMC, a position he has held since the club began.
“When the Boys and Girls Club came into my life, I couldn’t have designed a better retirement,” he said. “Now, I am going to enjoy my time.”
While Jeub’s time will be freer to do what he wants, he said he will still be involved in the BGCMC. He plans to continue to help raise money for the new site on the west side of Little Falls, staying on the Council and chairing the capital campaign.
“My job as president of the Advisory Council consisted of arranging funding for the Morrison County branch of the Boys and Girls Club,” said Jeub. “To become a club in 2009, we had to become a branch of the Elk River Club, which later had seven branches under it. It allowed us to spread administrative costs among all seven branches.”
With a 9,000 square foot thrift shop being constructed with the new site, in the old Red Owl store, Jeub will put his efforts into helping that entity get off the ground.
“Since 2009, I have had the pleasure of working with great people; people who are totally committed to Morrison County youths,” he said. “I am most proud of the effect the Club has had on the kids. It has helped those who were failing school by teaching them so they got A’s and B’s. It helped kids get back into school when they were kicked out and helped others stay in school. And, it saved several lives.
“But, I had nothing to do with that,” he said. “It was our staff who did it all. Former Director Janelle Hansen had a lot to do with it and with getting the Club off to a great start. Today, Director Nate Janson continues with the success.”
Jeub asked what do kids need today?
“The Club provides a safe, positive place where they can have fun,” he said in an answer to his own question. “Plus, staff is a bit sneaky and teaches the youths different things to help them learn.”
More than 100 youths stop in at the BGCMC each day it’s open. While Jeub said the old funeral home on East Broadway Avenue was a godsend, the Club needs more room.
The estimated opening of the new site is June 1.
“Seven years is a long time (to be as involved),” he said. “I will still be there to help, but be able to do more of what I want and not be in charge.”
Jeub commended all the volunteers and the community for the commitment shown to the Club and for the generosity, love and talent that came the Club’s way. He also challenged everyone to keep the BGCMC going.
“Life’s a journey, this has been quite a ride,” he said.