Last week's open house at the Boys and Girls Club was highlighted by a presentation honoring John and Gayla Thomas, owners of Thomas Dairy (see the Tribune, Feb. 25).
The Thomas' have donated Vermont milk and food products to the Kids Cafe at the Boys and Girls Club for over ten years. Boys and Girls Club children are served a nutritious dinner nightly.
The Thomas's were given a plaque as well as a cow and dairy-themed mural that youth artists ages 6-18 created for the event. Also that evening the Rutland club hosted a special visit from Gov. Jim Douglas, Mayor Chris Louras, and members of the select board of Rutland. Also present were community members and supporters of the Rutland Boys and Girls Club. A community meal was served and young and old played a wild game of United States jeopardy.
Every day after school over 40 Rutland-area children ages 6-18 visit the Merchants Row or Forest Park Boys and Girls Club clubhouses. The clubs are looking for new members ($15 for the rest of the school year and applications are always). For membership inquiries, call 802-747-4944, or visit the club website at www.rutlandbgclub.org.