Council Member Kristjansson Heads Effort to Bring Boys and Girls Club to Menifee

One of the first actions Sue Kristjansson took following her appointment to the Menifee City Council...

One of the first actions Sue Kristjansson took following her appointment to the Menifee City Council last August was to suggest the creation of a Boys and Girls Club program in town.

Simply put, she believes the youth of Menifee need more options in choosing how to spend their free time.

“What we have now is organized sports,” Kristjansson said. “If kids are not athletic, they are stuck for what to do. We need to pull in different aspects (of youth programs) in our community.”

Although it has taken several months to begin the process, Kristjansson is optimistic about the chances of starting a Boys and Girls Club program in Menifee. To explore the possibility, she has formed a committee of prominent civic leaders:

-- Rob Johnson, Senior Manager of Community Improvement, Outreach and Communication for the City of Menifee
-- Ryan Sharp, pastor of Generations Church
-- Bob Duistermars of United Way
-- Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, superintendent of the Perris Union High School District
-- Dr. Linda Calloway, superintendent of the Menifee Unified School District
-- Captain John Hill of the Menifee Police Department

The committee is preparing to meet with officials of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest County, which has clubhouses in Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore. Committee members will tour the Temecula facility, to which some Menifee youths are bussed for activities. They will also meet with Maryann Edwards, a Temecula city council member and Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Coun