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About Us

Our History

The Boys and Girls Club of Decatur is an afterschool program that has been a driven force behind childhood development and growth for over 45 years. During the 2020 pandemic, we served over 700 youth in the Decatur/Macon County Area. The Club has maintained a 98% academic promotion rate for all registered members for the 2018-2019 academic school years, results we have witnessed for the past nine (9) years within our organization.


Founded in 1972

Founded in 1972 by a group of concerned citizens, businessmen, social workers, attorneys, ministers and law enforcement officials led by Mr. John L. Howie, founder of the Grigoleit Company, formed a steering committee which led to the organization of the Decatur Boys Club as a non-profit corporation.

February 1974

On February 1, 1974 the first Executive Director, Richard Koehler, was hired. By June 26, 1974 building renovation was completed with the facility consisting of two offices, library, craft shop, games room, and a 30 x 40 physical education room was open to boys.

September 1974

In September of 1974, the Club was accepted as a chartered member
of Boys Clubs of America.


In 1975 the Club became a member agency of the United Way of
Decatur and Macon County and received its first allocation in 1976.


In 1978 associate (girl) members were given full and equal membership
status as Club Members.


In late 1979, the board launched another capital fund campaign to meet the need for more space and address the increasing need for club services. Through the generosity of many businesses and individuals the 1.3 million dollar campaign was a success and in the fall of 1983 the Club opened its newly constructed 15,000 square foot facility, located at 859 N. Jasper st.


In June of 1990 the Club officially changed its name from the
Boys Club of Decatur, Inc. to the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur, Inc.


On October 15, 1991 Mr. Dwayne O. Andreas announced and
presented shortly thereafter his personal pledge of $1 Million to the Boys
and Girls Club of Decatur.