All of the windows are in and the demo is done. The brick is starting to be put up and the drywall is nearly finished. We are so excited for this project!! Willard provides many important services to the community and we can't wait to open the doors to our newly renovated and expanded center.
We are still on schedule and will open our doors for the summer programs.
We have raised about $1.9 million and are still seeking funds to finish the project so if you are interested in helping please contact Janelle or Sarah at the center.
You can reach us by calling 402-475-0805 or emailing us at Janelles@willardcommunitycenter.org or Sarahr@willardcommunitycenter.org or by mail at Willard Community Center, 1245 South Folsom Street, Lincoln, NE 68521.
You can also make a donation using Paypal (click to make a donation)
Thank you for your continued support.
Check out the pictures of the progress in the picture gallery.
The 13th Annual Kenny Gardner "It Was Fun" Memorial Golf Tournament was deemed a huge success on Sunday, Oct 8th. Kenny's life theme of "It Was Fun" was felt across the Highlands Golf Course all day as 100 golfers enjoyed a day full of sunshine, prizes, food and good spirits. Thanks to our tournament sponsors; Hoy & Associates Construction Inc, Inspro Insurance, Tab Performance and West Gate Bank, along with our hole-in-one sponsors, raffle and silent auction sales and the generosity of the golfers the tournament proceeds were over $9,000.00.
A huge thank you goes to the Gardner Family, Willard Board members and volunteers who worked incredibly hard so that this tournament continues to run as smooth as a freshly cut green.
Thank you to our great golfers, many of who have golfed every year. Your commitment to this tournament is admired and appreciated. We also want to recognize and thank the great staff at Highlands Golf Course. We could not continue our success without all of your help and support.
Mitchell Strack, a young man in Boy Scout Troop 55, wanted to become an Eagle Scout and he wanted to give back to his community. Willard Community Center was his first choice to benefit from his efforts. "The Community Center has given a great deal to me. I used to go here for day care and now I go here for Boy Scouts so when I was trying to think of an Eagle Scout Project Willard was the first place to come to mind that way I could finally give back " said Mitchell. He organized an amazing group of fellow scouts, scout leaders and adult volunteers to help him meet his requirements for the honor of Eagle Scout. He determined that his project would be to improve the entrance to the Willard Community Center to make it more welcoming and inviting. He saw that the walls in the front stairway were looking drab and the plaster needed repair so he took it upon himself to get the project underway. He determined what was needed, filled out the Eagle Scout paperwork and got his project approved.
Mitchell has been involved with the Boy Scouts at the Willard Community Center since he was in grade school so he was deeply committed to becoming an Eagle Scout. When asked why he wanted to become an Eagle Scout he said,"When I first joined Scouts they told me that only 5% of Scouts become Eagle Scouts. It was then that I knew I was going to become one. Over the past seven years in scouting I have strived to do my best to lead and better myself so that one day I could earn the prestigious title."
The last two Sundays in April were work days for Mitchell, Troop 55, and the volunteers. The first Sunday they scraped off old paint and plaster, patched the holes and sanded the walls smooth. The second Sunday they taped, primed and painted the stairwell from floor to ceiling from the basement to second floor. This project has made the entrance to Willard so clean and inviting. Willard Community Center wants to thank Mitchell, his family, his fellow scouts and volunteers for their hard work and a job well done.
Troop 55 - Tim Amen, Aaron Boilesen, Ryan Binge, Levi Nielsen, Josh Sterns, Eric Schwartman and Mitchell Strack.
Adult volunteers - Joe Binge, Chris Boilesen, Carl Clark, Eric Clark, Sharon Clark, Kevin Schwartman, and Jeremy Strack.
Donors for the project - Carl Clark, Erik Clark, Sharon Clark, Charlie Strack and Linda Strack.
The 2016 Willard Christmas Airplane Session was carried out on December 29th at the Willard Community Center. Jim Baker, Jack Barry and his son-in-law Jesse Williams and Allan Worrest led the session with help from the Willard staff. About fifty kids of grade-school age built and flew FPG-9 gliders. Jim started the session with his enthusiastic introduction to aircraft. Through give and take discussion, he instructed the kids how an airplane is controlled in flight. In the past we had the kids build paper airplanes. This year we tried something new. The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ website listed the FPG-9 as an appropriate model for all ages. The glider’s name reflects its construction. It is made from a nine-inch diameter foam plate. To ensure that everyone, including the youngest, would complete the glider in the allotted time and have time to fly them, the glider pattern was drawn on the plates before the start of the session. Instead of relying on a precise fit, which is asking a bit much of some of the youngsters, the rudder/vertical stabilizer was hot glued to the airframe. The gliders flew as well as the paper gliders made in the past. The mess incurred during the construction was about the same as well.
Janelle Soderling, Willard’s Executive director sent the following email afterwards. - A.W. Hi Allan, I have tried to call you a few times but I just get a busy signal so I thought that I would just email you. The kids had a lot of fun making and flying the airplanes. They are always open to new things and they love to have the Airplane Club come and teach them all about flying. I really appreciate your club continuing to do this for us. It is always such a highlight during the Christmas break. We usually can't go outside much so this indoor activity is always a great activity for them to get up and get moving around and having fun. Thanks again for getting your club to volunteer their time and talent.