History and Stats

40's

In the late 40’s, a group of local businessmen from the City of Rensselaer realized that the City needed a place for Boys to participate in recreational activities and build their character.

  • 1948 – A tract of land in the 500 Block of Broadway was donated by Herman Moch to construct a Boys Club, and the fund raising began
  • August 24, 1948 – Rensselaer Boys Club was issued a Certificate of Incorporation from the State of New York
  • June 11, 1949 – Ground Breaking ceremony for new Club House – View the Agenda for the Ceremony

50's

  • 1952 – James P. Kenealy assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club
  • November 17, 1952 – Rensselaer Boys Club is chartered by Boys Clubs of America
  • February 7, 1953 – The Rensselaer Boys Club opens it’s doors – Click here to view a sketch from opening day, and the telegram of approval from the Western Union
  • April 1957 – Capital Campaign begins to raise $75,000 to increase the size and space of the Club
  • December 15, 1957 – Dedication of new addition

60's

  • 1963 – The Club's 10th Anniversary. Now serving 750 boys

70's

  • 1973 – The Club's 20th Anniversary

80's

  • 1981 – Rensselaer Boys Club begins registering girls as members
  • 1981 – Official name change to Rensselaer Boys & Girls Club
  • 1983 – The Club's 30th Anniversary
  • 1987 – Jim Kenealy retires as Executive Director after 35 years of service.
  • 1987 – Ted Diamond assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club

90's

  • 1990 – Gordon Noel Golf Classic debuts
  • 1993 – The Club's 40th Anniversary
  • 1994 – Ted Diamond retires after 41 years of service
  • 1995 – Richard E. Van Vorst assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club
  • Cash for Kids Auction debuts
  • 1997 – Official name change to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County. Now serving over 2500 boys & girls

Millennium

  • 2002 – Castleton Club Opened
  • 2003 – The Club's 50th Anniversary
  • 2016 – Jessica Rowell assumes the position of Executive Director of the Club

The Future

While our achievements are extensive, we are committed to continue aggressively expanding our services to reach more children. With the help of all the individuals, corporations and foundations who share our beliefs in the potential of all girls and boys, regardless of their circumstances, we look to the future with great optimism.