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It was 8:15 on a Tuesday morning. While walking past the grounds of Polson Middle School on my way to the high school track, this soccer ball landed at my feet. I picked it up and at the same time this blond girl, with fizzy hair with braces on her teeth, came smiling up to me.

I said, "Wow! Your defense is a little leaky." She laughed and said, "Yeh, thank you sir." She walked away a few steps, then turned and said, "I like the idea of leaky. That's how we learn. I think we'll call our team 'Leaky and Learning.'" We laughed, waved, and she ran off.

This was just one day after I'd been to an excellent Boys & Girls Club informational meeting. This young girl's character was still fresh in my mind. She is self-assured, interactive, comfortable in her own skin, comfortable with adults, and a person developing good character. She is a fine example of what Boys & Girls Clubs are all about in helping youth toward three "Priority Outcomes for Every Child:1. Academic Success 2. Character & Leadership Development 3. Healthy Lifestyles."

These are our youth. Our youth are soon to be our leaders. Our nation, right now, is at a crossroads, as we all know. What could be more important for our future than supporting the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County?

Things are ramping up with our local Boys & Girls Club. Ask and find out about all this. Get involved. These are exciting and inspiring times for our youth, our future and for all of us adults with whom action and support is so important and necessary.

Bob McClellan,

Polson

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