Before it was the Building

1959 – A group of civic minded men and women decide there is a need for a Boys Club.
May 19, 1964 – The Club’s doors open for the first time with a pool, club rooms, games room, library, kitchen and offices.
November 11, 1964 – The Club is officially dedicated and girls are allowed into the facility once a week as a community service.                                                                                                                                                                                  1965 – Charles Morgan is named the 1965 PFC Joseph L. Drew Boy of the Year.

June, 1966 – Club Executive Director Bud McFadden is replaced by Charles Gardner “The Chief.”

1970 - $160,000 is raised for an addition that includes a gym, locker room, games room and weight room.

1975 – PFC Charles McMahon Jr., 1971 Boy of the Year, is killed in action in Saigon. His memory is preserved wit the dedication of a Memorial Wall in his honor in the Club’s gamesroom.  Learn More!
1979 – The United Way of Massachusetts Bay accepts the Club as an affiliate.
1985 – The Club’s Alumni Association is create to promote the welfare of the Club and renew old friendships.
1986 – The Charles Gardner Endowment Fund is established through a $100,000 gift from local business, Cummings Properties.
1990 – James L. McKeown became the first Club member to become President of the Club
1990 – The Tanners Torch Club, a citizenship and leadership program for middle school members, is founded to provide significant service to Club and community.
1992 – Following the lead of Boys Clubs of America, the Club officially changes its name to the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. Co-ed programming rapidly expands as the Club became an equal access facility through the 1990’s.
1992 – Charlie Gardner “The Chief” retires and Boys Club Lane is renamed Charles Gardner Lane for his 26 years of dedicated service. Long time assistant Glenn Stirling succeeds Charlie as Executive Director.
1994 – Heather Murray is named the 1994 Youth of the Year, the first girl in the Club’s history to attain this honor.
1996 – The Intrepid Keystone Club won a National Keystone Award for its “Food for Thought” program. This is the first time since 1979 that the Keystone Club has received such national recognition.
1997 – The Club is one of 20 sites to be named a TEENSupreme Center. A partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Taco Bell Foundation provides $66,000 over three years in recognition of the Club’s exceptional service to teens.
1999 – After working at the Club since 1970, Executive Director Glenn Stirling turned over the reins to assistant director, Rick Metters in June.
2000 – Working in conjunction with the Woburn Public schools, the Club established two licensed after school childcare programs at the Hurld and Linscott-Rumford Elementary Schools in the fall.
2001 – At the end of the school year, a licensed on-site summer camp program was established.
2002 – The Club’s physical plan undergoes significant changes including the Boys & Girls Locker Rooms were renovated and most significantly the old Senior Games Room transformed into a new Arts & Education Center coordinated by Club Incorporator Dennis White. The Center includes an art studio, expanded library, computer lab and an office.
2004 – The Club renovates existing space into a state of the art Teen Center which includes a small theatre, a streetscape lounge area and a café.
2005 – The Club continues its expansion beyond its walls with the creation of the After the Bell Academic Enrichment Program at the Shamrock Elementary school in the Fall.
2006 – The Club’s programs at three local elementary schools become official units and extensions of the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn.
2007 – The Club is named one of five Teen Gold Standard Clubs from across the country (with Omaha, NE, Los Angeles, CA, Orlando, FL and Denver, CO) for its outstanding teen space and programming.
2007 – The Club receives a National Merit Award in Character & Leadership Development from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for its Woburn Youth Council Program.
2008 – The Club receives a National Honor Award in Sports, Fitness & Recreation from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for its Striking Circle Girls Field Hockey Program.
2009 – The Club receives a National Merit Award in Health & Life Skills from Boys & Girls Clubs of America for its Club Chefs Program.

2012 - In continuing its mission of expanding services beyond its walls, the Club opens a new After the Bell program site at the Joyce Middle School.  Additionally, the Before the Bell program at the Shamrock Elementary School begins.

2014 - The Club celebrates its 50th Anniversary of service to youth & teens in the community.  The organization is renamed the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, in memory of Club alumnus and former President, Jamie McKeown.  The Building Futures Campaign is also announced, with the goal of raising $8 million for a renovation and addition to the existing facility.