Robin in Polson Wednesday

I have been through it and maybe you have to-Looking forward to not having to be anywhere at any given time, sleeping in, staying up as late as you want with repercussions – Yes it’s called retirement.

Dropping a call to the venerable one a couple of weeks ago and finding him maybe a bit bored paid dividends for me and as it turns out for Lake and Missoula County and maybe elsewhere as well.

Without even a bit of coaxing Selvig agreed to be the headline speaker at Wednesday’s Great Futures Breakfast for the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County.

It’s a free Continental breakfast affair which begins at 7:30 a.m. at Kwa Taq Nuk in Polson and even with some performance by club members, a club overview by Director Aric Cooksley, Robin and a special presentation to the Lower Flathead Valley Community Foundation for their continued support, the program will last but 90 minutes.

Now in its 18th year, the Club services 100-120 youngsters ages six to 12th grade in the school months and up to 170 per day in the summer.

More than 15,000 meals and close to 20,000 snacks were provided through the program last year.

The Club’s goal echoes much of the attributes of the Lady Griz program headed by Selvig for the past 38 years: To enrich lives through academic success, character and leadership development and healthy lifestyles.

Married to an elementary school teacher Selvig enjoyed unprecedented success at the Lady Griz helm and was impressed at what the club accomplishes during a tour of the Ronan facility last week.

We spent an extended period discussing the importance not only of not going home with an empty stomach but wife Janey’s experiences in trying to help a student learn when they were hungry.

Relying in some years with Montana born players Selvig teams captured 24 conference titles, being named Coach of the Year 21 times and making innumerable NCAA appearances.

But his greatest attribute might be the families he built in rounding out athletes potential by focusing on contributing to well rounded lifestyles.

Recently more than 1-00 of his former players attended a surprise retirement party in Missoula and a public celebration drew an overflow crowd

Get there early. Seating will be at a premium.  

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