Its was announced late last week the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Hot Springs was closing down. Having been a part of the community since its first opened it’s doors in 1947, the people of Hot Springs were shocked. What happened, what went wrong? Tuesday night(February 20th), at a meeting of the Hot Springs City Board of Directors, some light was shed on the situation. Willie Wade Jr. and James C. Lowery stated not only the importance of the club staying open, but how the Board of the Boys and Girls Club failed to inform the community of the clubs dire situation. Mr. Wade spoke of how spoke on how the city had 1.4 million dollars for a bike trail, but no programs for at risk youths of the community. Mr. Lowery Willie Wade Jr. stated the club Board of Directos efforts to seek finacial support(donations), were “near non-existent”, as well as having not filed a required yearly finacial report since 2007(it was stated that in 2007 when they last filed they had a $400,000 surplus). The Boys and Girls Club of Hot Springs Board of Directors has declined to meet with the community to address the issues related to the club closing down as well as efforts to save the club.
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