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BOYS' AND GIRLS' CLUB OF GREATER DUBUQUE. In January 1998 the DUBUQUE BOYS' CLUB and the DUBUQUE GIRLS' CLUB announced their agencies had agreed to merge. The action, which would take place in November, would allow both organizations to serve more people. The Boys' Club at 1299 Locust with a membership of 1,200 was already a member of the Boys' and Girls' Club of America. The Girls' Club, at 1638 Iowa, was a privately operated organization. The merger would affiliate it with the national organization. Until the actual merger took place, the evening meals program continued at their respective locations. Hours at both organizations and the size of the staff remained the same. (1)

In 2000 the club began the Youth of the Year program. Each month, the staff named a Youth of the Month. At the end of the program each year the Youth of the Year recipients were named. In 2008 the boy and girl named Youth of the Year received a free membership to the Club for the following year and "two large bags of goodies." (2)

After reducing its development plans, the organization received the Historic Preservation Commission approval of its plan to construct a 7,000-square-foot program center and gymnasium adjacent to its building at 1299 Locust. (3)

At the start of the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, the organization began offering community meals at locations within Dubuque. On January 14, 2021 the local club was expecting to distribute its 100,000th free meal. (4)



1. Gwiasda, Susan B. "Boys Club, Girls Club Intend to Join Forces," Telegraph Herald, January 30, 1998, p. 2

2. Becker, Stacey, "Club Awards Two 'Good Kids," Telegraph Herald, August 15, 2008, p. 3

3. "March 17," Telegraph Herald, January 1, 2001, p. 29

4. Mehl, Annie, "Boys & Girls Clubs Serve 100,000 Meals," Telegraph Herald, January 14, 2021, p. 1A