The Rotary Club of Joliet has awarded the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet a $10,000 check that will be used to provide funding for a new gymnasium floor for youth in the community.
“This is wonderful for the kids. The gymnasium floor is over 30 years old,” said Rotarian George Buck, adding that after reviewing feedback for gang prevention, it was noted that the Boys and Girls Club is a “safe place to hang” and “an alternative to the streets”. “Most importantly, the gym gives our community youth a feeling of belonging and teamwork,” added Buck.

The Boys and Girls Club of Joliet has existed in Joliet since 1951. Their mission is to help youth from all backgrounds develop as responsible citizens and utilize their time in a healthy manner. It also works with community leaders to provide the gymnasium at no cost, including local school usage, Toys for Tots collections and community meetings.

“Joliet Rotary is extremely proud to provide this donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Joliet,” said John Spesia, chair of the Joliet Rotary’s welfare committee. “As a club we work very hard – and often behind the scenes to contribute to our community is so many ways.”

Last year, Joliet Rotarians awarded Guardian Angel Services $30,000 for a new drainage system and other upgrades.

Joliet Rotary is nearing its 100th anniversary as a club. The first Rotary Club was established in 1905. Today, 1.2 million Rotarian’s belong to over 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. The mission of Rotary is to promote world understanding through humanitarian service; and educational and cultural exchange. For more information, go to For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, go to