Boys & Girls Club

This September 1973 Carpinteria Herald photo shows Tom Cundith of the Lions Club of Carpinteria handing a $100 check to Rich Medel, director of the Carpinteria Boys Club. The sign to notify the community of the new construction includes a mis-spelling of Medel’s first name as well as the incorrect address. 

This September 1973 Carpinteria Herald photo shows Tom Cundith of the Lions Club of Carpinteria handing a $100 check to Rich Medel, director of the Carpinteria Boys Club. The sign to notify the community of the new construction includes a mis-spelling of Medel’s first name as well as the incorrect address. 

Ground broke for a new Carpinteria Boys Club site on Foothill Road on Aug. 1, 1973 after a grant from Santa Barbara Foundation provided the funding to move the club out of an Aliso School classroom and into its own facility. Newly hired director, Rich Medel, worked out of a real estate office in downtown Carpinteria while the foundation was poured and the building took shape. Looking back on his first year as director, Medel said that activities for kids during construction included camping trips out of town and sports on local fields. 

In August of 1974, the game room was complete, and kids were provided with a new, safe environment to shoot pool and hang out after school. Safeway was being remodeled concurrently and donated lights to the new club. In 1978 the gym was added thanks to a huge community fundraising effort that secured $400,000, and improvements have continued since then. The club now boasts a day care facility, an arts and crafts center, a resource center and a teen center. 

Much has changed for the Boys and Girls Club of Carpinteria, including the name, but fundraising needs remain. This year’s annual auction fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 14. To find out more, call the club at (805) 684-1315.

 

 

To learn more about Carpinteria history, visit the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History’s website carpinteriahistoricalmuseum.org to access more articles on local history. To support the preservation of local history, consider becoming a member of the Carpinteria Historical Society. 

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WpnofGod

Why did the name change to Boys and Girls Club? Why does Girls Inc get to keep its exclusive name? What, boys don't get to have their own club while girls do? Now, if that's not a flagrant example of a double standard and an undeniable example of the pendulum swinging uncontrollably in the other direction, then I don't know what is.

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