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BOZEMAN - Currently, the Boys and Girls Club has 19 clubs in Montana, serving nearly 17,000 kids.

Chief Professional Officer, Jeanne Bucher, helped open the Boys and Girls Club in the Gallatin Valley in 1995. In 2006, the club opened a new location off Bridger Drive in Bozeman and Jeanne has been through it all.

"I feel privileged to be here because it's the kids and the parents that we so admire the families that work so hard," said Bucher.

Jeanne said she loves coming to work knowing everyday is something different.

"I was just out this morning watering all the flowers and I had to chase three owls," said Bucher.

Jeanne made a difference in Dabrianna Raprager's life. She helped her get a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Phoenix.

"She's been really amazing. She's always out looking for scholarships and different opportunities for me all through my undergrad," said Raprager. "Now, I can maintain working at the Boys and Girls Club and always go to school to get my education."

Dabrianna said everyday you can tell Jeanne loves what she does and she is always willing to help out.

"She's our CPO, but she's not afraid to get down and do the dirty work," said Raprager. "She's not the type of person to tell you what to do. She's going to go out there and do it with you type of thing."

Jeanne said it's the kids that make her job so great.

"I think everyday it's exciting and  new," said Bucher. "I get here at 6:30 in the morning and it doesn't feel like a job."

Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus are pushing Congress to recognize the positive role the Boys and Girls Club play in the live of millions of children with a bipartisan resolution.

The Montana Senators said the organization builds a strong future for Montana with Baucus saying quote "Investing in the Boys and Girls Clubs is investing in our kids, and I can't think of any higher priority."

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