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<strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Year</strong> <strong>Report</strong><br />




Friends,<br />

I grew up in Sedro-Woolley during a time when there was no Boys & Girls<br />

Club. I was fortunate enough to be provided opportunities that culminated<br />

in my graduating law school. But many of my peers did not have the opportunities<br />

I had. The same is still true for many of the youth in our community.<br />

That is why I dedicate my time to the Boys & Girls Clubs, to continue to<br />

strengthen and grow the Clubs to fulfill our mission: to enable all young<br />

people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as<br />

productive, caring, responsible citizens.<br />

Our new strategic plan is outlined to do just this: strengthen the organization,<br />

expand reach, and provide increased opportunities. By strengthening<br />

our organization, expanding our reach, and providing opportunities to<br />

more youth we can continue making our community a better place to live<br />

for generations. I recently returned from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America<br />

National Conference in San Diego, CA where our organization was nationally<br />

recognized on several levels. This was a very big deal and it confirmed<br />

what I already knew: that our dedicated staff, volunteers, and community<br />

make us stand out as the great organization we are.<br />

Every time I enter a Club or hear one of our youth speak at an event I am<br />

amazed and inspired by our staff, volunteers, and youth who all work<br />

together to make the Boys & Girls Clubs a place to become. Thank you for<br />

your continued support which allows us to provide those opportunities to<br />

our youth. For those of you who have never done so, I encourage you to<br />

visit our Clubs. Come see first-hand the impact your support makes in the<br />

lives of our youth. I guarantee it will have a lasting impact.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Holly Shannon<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Board Chair<br />

Carson Law Group<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />

BOARD OF<br />


President<br />


Carson Law Group<br />

President Elect<br />

TINA ASP<br />

Image360<br />

Vice President<br />


Mike Gubrud Farmers Insurance Agency<br />

Vice President<br />


Chinook Enterprises<br />

Treasurer<br />


Skagit Bank<br />

Secretary<br />


Skagit Bank<br />

Past President<br />


Simply Yards Landscaping<br />

Past President Emeritus<br />


Booth Insurance/Allstate Insurance Co.<br />

Members<br />


MVSD Superintendent<br />


Barrett Financial, LTD<br />


DreamchasersRV of Burlington<br />


Andeavor Corporation<br />


Skagit Valley College<br />


Savi Bank<br />


Retired, Education<br />

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Fisher Construction Group<br />


Shell Puget Sound Refinery<br />


Retired - Library Services / Government<br />


Stiles Law<br />


Hotel Services Group, LLC<br />

4<br />

Thank you to our<br />

dedicated Volunteers!<br />

Volunteers make our Clubs strong. Volunteers<br />

at the Club help our members<br />

during program hours, with reading and<br />

homework. They head up special projects<br />

like building a reading bench or easels, or<br />

replace or repair old equipment, redo floors,<br />

build cubbies, and paint walls. They create<br />

new programs focusing on new skills like<br />

knitting, cooking, gardening, chess, and<br />

music. They introduce kids to their dog, kitten,<br />

or lizard. They bring in healthy snacks<br />

from their gardens. They lend their professional<br />

expertise to Club members as guest<br />

speakers and mentors.<br />

Our Community Council members meet regularly<br />

with Club Directors and work behind<br />

the scenes to strengthen the Club. Our<br />

Board members are involved at every level<br />

of operation and put in many many hours,<br />

sometimes after the end of their own long<br />

work day, to make sure the Clubs have what<br />

they need to thrive. Our local businesses and<br />

professionals host our Club members for<br />

our STEM programs, and for Career Launch.<br />

Event volunteers are eager to be put to work<br />

on whatever the event requires.<br />

Volunteers give their very best, because this<br />

is their time, and this is how they choose to<br />

spend it. We are grateful to them for their<br />

passion in helping youth achieve great<br />

futures. We’ve done our best to include our<br />

volunteers from the last year below, but<br />

probably missed some names. There are so<br />

many of you! Know that you are appreciated.<br />

Hooray for volunteers!<br />

Deborah Hall<br />

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group staff<br />

Growing Veterans Staff<br />

Kris Tully<br />

Tracy Dugas<br />

Anacortes Police Officers<br />

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Dear friends,<br />

Growing up, when I wasn’t in a foster home, I was living with my birth mother<br />

in a household constantly struggling to make ends meet. Even if there had<br />

been a more comfortable living arrangement, there was no thought or consideration<br />

to my development as a child and adolescent. If not for some wonderful,<br />

caring people in my life at key points, I certainly would not be composing<br />

this message, and fear what the outcome would’ve been.<br />

One of the common threads these individuals had, besides being completely<br />

loving, is that they afforded me opportunities I would not have otherwise had<br />

access to: my school counselor, pushing to get me tested for gifted; a church<br />

member who inspired my love of instrumental music and playing; a trusted<br />

coach who took me everywhere on the weekends, just to get me out of my<br />

house; my high school band director, who nominated me for anything and<br />

everything that would get me out of town, and especially, to college campuses.<br />

It is through their actions that my own passion for seeing other youth<br />

gaining access to opportunities was borne, and cultivated throughout my<br />

career in Boys & Girls Clubs by mentors.<br />

I have found wonderful alignment between my own personal passion and<br />

motivations, and that of the Skagit community as voiced through our Board<br />

of Directors and community stakeholders who provided input and direction to<br />

our strategic plan: Opportunity 2021. This plan establishes a foundation for<br />

guiding decisions made by the organization to further our mission in Skagit<br />

County, and themes of opportunity are found throughout. With the recent<br />

adoption by the Board, and subsequent release to our community in this <strong>Mid</strong><br />

<strong>Year</strong> <strong>Report</strong>, <strong>2018</strong> is off to a great start.<br />

Because of you, and your investment, advocacy, and commitment to Boys<br />

& Girls Clubs, kids and teens in our communities continue to be engaged<br />

by quality staff using best practices as our Club members work to become<br />

productive, caring, responsible citizens.<br />

Yours in service,<br />

Ron McHenry<br />

CEO/Executive Director


Letter from our Board President ...3<br />

Board of Directors ...3<br />

Letter from our CEO ...4<br />

Thank you Volunteers<br />

...4, 5, 9, 10, 13, 33<br />

A Place to Become ...6-7<br />

Launch Camp ...8<br />

Emerging Leaders ...11<br />

Advocacy & Government Relations ...12-14<br />

Meals Beyond the Club ...15<br />

By the Numbers: LaVenture & Mount Baker ...16<br />

Opportunity 2021 - Our Strategic Plan ...18-21<br />

Keys for Kids ...22-24<br />

Community, Camaraderie, and Pride ...26-28<br />

By the Numbers: Regular Attendance ...29<br />

Great Futures Gala ...30-32<br />

Observations from a new Board Member ...33-34<br />

Thank you Event Sponsors ...33,35<br />

Anacortes Fire Firefighters<br />

Kara Symonds<br />

Chris Seidel<br />

Lori Pedroza<br />

Alex Harmon<br />

Ryan Erps<br />

Hannah Williams<br />

Becky Taft<br />

James Johnson<br />

Wendie Granberg<br />

Lowes Employees<br />

Caroline Davis<br />

Jennifer Durney<br />

Kourtney Fleming<br />

Gable Wilkins<br />

Bill Overby<br />

Carole Straathof<br />

Bev Harrington<br />

Nancy Castellanos<br />

Ronda Tingley<br />

Andrew Bacus<br />

Stacy Enriquez<br />

Sarah Ward<br />

Tom Allen<br />

Jenny Fredriksen<br />

Jefferson Cuervo Villa<br />

Jennifer Doherty<br />

Jayne Branch<br />

Joe Jones<br />

Rob Martin<br />

Ryan Linman<br />

Officer Josh Murdock<br />

Jess Baker<br />

Kurt Swanson<br />

Josh Axthelm<br />

Shawn Kemp<br />

Pat Bedson<br />

Jenna Fonoimoana<br />

David Bishop<br />

Mark Nilson<br />

Trong Nguyen<br />

Evett Van Beek<br />

Ric Henderson<br />

Bette Thompson<br />

Dan Berard<br />

Jack Sather<br />

Kristin Twedt<br />

Bryan Jones<br />

Skagit Venture Club Members<br />

Pat Barrett<br />

Cabry Biddle<br />

David Mani<br />

Steve Torgerson<br />

Tracy Kane<br />

Will Hunter<br />

Shannon Bachtel<br />

Officer Edgar Serrano<br />

David Williams<br />

Maria Flores<br />

Jon Ronngren<br />

Skagit DVSAS staff<br />

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a place<br />

to<br />

become<br />


Opportunity. Whether the<br />

dream is to become a<br />

Michelin-star chef, an<br />

astronaut, an all-star<br />

athlete, or anything else: if kids can<br />

dream it, Boys & Girls Clubs can<br />

help them become it. Opportunity is<br />

what A Place to Become is all about.<br />

What makes Boys & Girls Clubs A<br />

Place to Become? Youth Development<br />

Professionals and Everyday<br />

Moments.<br />

Youth Development Professionals—”YDPs”<br />

as we call them—are<br />

the backbone of the Clubs’ Formula<br />

For Impact. The first things you<br />

notice are the passion, the dedication,<br />

the drive to inspire greatness,<br />

and a commitment to proving that<br />

every kid & teen has what it takes.<br />

With a wealth of research, experience,<br />

and training behind them,<br />

these experts know how to make<br />

substantive connections with youth<br />

that will last a lifetime.<br />

“Everyday Moments—Even<br />

simple encounters can<br />

shape young lives: a word of<br />

encouragement at a critical<br />

time; a bit of advice from a<br />

trusted mentor; a simple smile<br />

and guiding hand. These are<br />

the moments that make a<br />

difference.”<br />

They’re called Mentor. Guide. Friend.<br />

Hero. They are on the front line with<br />

our members, working with them<br />

every day: running programs, helping<br />

solve problems, being someone<br />

to confide in about life’s challenges.<br />

We strive to provide every<br />

youth with opportunities for a Great<br />

Future, and our YDPs embody this<br />

principle to the fullest. They are<br />

constantly looking for more and<br />

better ways to engage our Members<br />

and make sure that each kid<br />

knows that they can succeed. Our<br />

YDPs undergo specialized training,<br />

focused on delivering high-impact<br />

programming, to prepare them to<br />

be effective in the Clubhouse. Recognized<br />

as leaders not just in Skagit<br />

County, but across the country for<br />

exemplifying the best practices in<br />

youth development, our staff team<br />

is constantly honing their skills, and<br />

improving the quality of programs.<br />

Everyday Moments—Even simple<br />

encounters can shape young lives: a<br />

word of encouragement at a critical<br />

time; a bit of advice from a trusted<br />

mentor; a simple smile and guiding<br />

hand. These are the moments that<br />

make a difference.<br />

Teaching, learning, growing and<br />

having fun! These are just some<br />

of the everyday moments Members<br />

experience in our Clubhouses.<br />

When a young person joins a Boys<br />

& Girls Club, they are welcomed into<br />

a safe place that many call their<br />

“home away from home.” Everyday<br />

moments happen because kids love<br />

coming again and again to their<br />

Club to build relationships with peers<br />

and mentors. Experienced directors,<br />

trained professional staff, and<br />

enthusiastic volunteers engage with<br />

young people and provide opportunities<br />

for youth to engage with each<br />

other in constructive, positive ways.<br />

Whether it’s building good character<br />

through Positive Action, getting help<br />

with homework, or just a place to<br />

focus on learning in Power Hour, or<br />

growing through play and developing<br />

identity through filling free time<br />

with games and physical activity,<br />

Everyday Moments are the fabric of<br />

Club programming. The more days a<br />

kid spends in their Club, the greater<br />

their opportunities are for building a<br />

Great Future.<br />


Look for the dotted white circles to find our STEM Coordinator, Nathan Allen & LaVenture Site Director:, Brian Gustafson at the NESSP Summit<br />

launch<br />

camp<br />

8<br />

In 1969, NASA launched the<br />

Apollo 11 mission sending<br />

the first team of astronauts<br />

to the moon. The Apollo missions<br />

captured the imagination of<br />

the world and established NASA<br />

as scientific authorities on space<br />

exploration. Today, NASA continues<br />

to design missions and annually<br />

invests billions of dollars to advance<br />

our understanding of both Earth and<br />

the universe. They also invest greatly<br />

in the education of youth.<br />

The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences<br />

Pipeline (NESSP) is a NASA<br />

funded effort to bring high quality<br />

inquiry-based STEM education to<br />

underprivileged youth in order to help<br />

diversify the future of science. In collaboration<br />

with scientists from the<br />

University of Washington, the NESSP<br />

has created a summer camp curriculum<br />

that lets youth explore topics in<br />

environmental science and astronomy<br />

through hands-on and fun activities<br />

while also meeting many of the<br />

Next Generation Science Standards.<br />

From August 13th through 16th, the<br />

NESSP will partner with Boys & Girls<br />

Clubs to offer youth in Skagit County<br />

the opportunity to become rocket scientists<br />

through Launch Camp. The<br />

camp will offer youth the opportunity<br />

to learn more about NASA’s missions<br />

and become inspired to pursue science,<br />

technology, engineering, and<br />

math (STEM). “The kids at your summer<br />

camp may be the ones who help<br />

us get to Mars in the 2030’s,” says<br />

Kay Ratcliff, Outreach Coordinator for<br />

the NESSP.<br />

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit<br />

County recently sent two representatives<br />

to the NESSP Summit to learn<br />

about opportunities to collaborate<br />

with NASA. During the summit, the<br />

two staff collaborated with educators<br />

from multiple states and learned<br />

how to run culturally relevant STEM<br />

activities. With the help of the NESSP,<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs will be offering<br />

kids the opportunity to design,<br />

build, and launch rockets during the<br />

week in August. “Kids rarely get the<br />

opportunity to interact with NASA<br />

let alone send rockets hundreds of<br />

feet into the air,” says Nathan Allen,<br />

Director of STEM Initiatives for Boys<br />

& Girls Clubs, “The science they<br />

learn during the camp could easily<br />

turn into a career especially with the<br />

number of aerospace jobs available<br />

in Washington.”<br />

In addition to the rocket themed<br />

summer camp, Boys & Girls Clubs<br />

received several resources that will<br />

enrich STEM education next year at<br />

all of the Clubs. Brian Gustafson,<br />

Site Coordinator for LaVenture <strong>Mid</strong>dle<br />

School, received advanced training<br />

in Lego Mindstorms, a program<br />

that combines robotics and Legos to<br />

engage kids. In addition, youth will<br />

have opportunities to study the environment<br />

and provide data that will<br />

be used by actual NASA scientists<br />

through NASA’s Globe Program.<br />

Launch Camp will run from<br />

9:00am-3:00pm each day on<br />

August 13th-16th. Openings at<br />

Launch Camp are limited on a first<br />

come, first serve basis, and participation<br />

in the camp is free. For<br />

more information on how to register,<br />

please visit www.skagitclubs.org.

Ericka Catubo<br />

Pam Nevitt-Bruce<br />

Josh Scott<br />

Kelsey Langille<br />

Lin Tucker<br />

Brenden Jones<br />

Alberta Hendrickson<br />

Jessica Bigelow<br />

Darrell Hooper<br />

Chantel Bills<br />

Jim Scott<br />

Gary Anderson<br />

John Guinn<br />

Shanda Churape<br />

Carrie Wallace<br />

Stephanie Hooper<br />

Cookson Beecher<br />

Nels Strandberg<br />

Vanessa Murphy<br />

Pola Kelley<br />

John Bamonte<br />

Kristen Keltz<br />

Mindy Holland<br />

Kohls Staff<br />

Alex Hallett<br />

Jill Boudreau<br />

Shannon Henderson<br />

Jennifer Brown<br />

Katie Stamwitz<br />

John Small<br />

Teresa Cardenas<br />

Chris Hill<br />

Mary Staley<br />

Cameron Bigge<br />

Christine Valdez<br />

Jamie Yantis<br />

Dave Mercer<br />

Holly Shannon<br />

Planet Fitness Staff<br />

Lance Wilder<br />

Andrea Brown<br />

Pat Grenfell<br />

Colvin Swanberg<br />

Rebecca Schlaht<br />

Barbara Tucker<br />

Geri Cole<br />

Chelsea Martin<br />

Mount Vernon Fire Firefighters<br />

Bryan Harrison<br />

Judy Wiefels<br />

Kelly Codlin<br />

Anna Holm<br />

William Peland<br />

Mount Vernon Police Officers<br />

Richard Raymond<br />

Harry Otah<br />

Fielding Turner<br />

Patricia Stephens<br />

Rachael Wright<br />

Kiley Barbero<br />

Alice Bohnker<br />

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Elizabeth Bishop<br />

Megan O’Bryan<br />

Alix Baker<br />

First Tee members<br />

Bill Wartchow<br />

Verna McClure<br />

Karen Peirolo<br />

Dr. Carl Bruner<br />

Chief Mike Luvera<br />

Carmen Hubbard<br />

Kj Cooper<br />

Brandon Lange<br />

Renee Garman<br />

Stacie Oakes<br />

Kelley Tetzlaff<br />

Allison Gilham<br />

Bobbie Sadler<br />

Shellie Eubanks<br />

Burlington Fire Firefighters<br />

Mike Gubrud<br />

Annette Booth<br />

Patricia Dunn<br />

Bonnie Bowers<br />

Erika Littlewood<br />

Alex Johnson<br />

Matt Gehring<br />

Danielle Baird-Russell<br />

Anthony Maciel<br />

Kathie Roll (in memoriam)<br />

Judith Wiefels<br />

Leslie Wilson<br />

Darrell Smiley<br />

Skagit Bank Staff<br />

Jeff Duncan<br />

Don Neill<br />

Stephanie Hamilton<br />

Raymond Goda<br />

Annie McGary<br />

Jim Glackin<br />

Evie Bates<br />

Brian Soneda<br />

Troy Wright<br />

Barb Dahlstedt<br />

Liz Smith<br />

Erik Hansen<br />

Eugene Benson<br />

Jennifer Fix<br />

Dennis Penny<br />

Greg Reed<br />

Nancy Ptacek<br />

Brian Youngquist (in memoriam)<br />

Laura Swenson<br />

Georgia Coy<br />

Briseida Cardenas<br />

Dick Nord<br />

Barbara Atterberry<br />

Connie Bass<br />

Kellisa Overman<br />

Humane Society of Skagit Valley Staff<br />

Sedro-Woolley Police Officers<br />

Peyton Kane<br />

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Concrete<br />

Announcing a new Club<br />

in Concrete, WA<br />

to serve grades K-12<br />

Opens on<br />

Oct 1, <strong>2018</strong><br />

more info at:<br />


L to R: Brian Gustafson (Site Director, LaVenture), Carl Bruner (BGCS Board Member, Superintendent of Mount Vernon School District), Desni<br />

Fonoimoana (OJP Coordinator, Sedro-Woolley), Becky Taft (BGCS Board Treasurer, Skagit Bank) Andrew Flores (Program Director, Sedro-Woolley).<br />

Emerging<br />

Leaders<br />

John F. Kennedy once<br />

said “Leadership and<br />

learning are indispensable<br />

to each other.” In<br />

this spirit, we launched the first ever<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County<br />

Emerging Leaders Program. In January,<br />

four Youth Development Professionals,<br />

of various levels, were<br />

identified as up and coming leaders<br />

within our organization. These four<br />

individuals are staff members who<br />

demonstrated a hunger for growth,<br />

knowledge, and opportunities to<br />

demonstrate true professionalism<br />

and leadership within our Skagit<br />

County team. After all, the number<br />

one task of a leader is to develop<br />

more leaders. Ultimately, the mindset<br />

we are creating will trickle down<br />

into greater outcomes for our members<br />

as we help them build their<br />

great futures.<br />

Brian Gustafson, Elizabeth Hanna,<br />

Andrew Flores and Desni Fonoimoana<br />

were selected for this inaugural<br />

cohort. Beginning in January,<br />

the participants were provided the<br />

text, “The Leadership Challenge”, in<br />

which they gained a deeper understanding<br />

of the 5 Practices of Exemplary<br />

Leadership: Model the Way,<br />

Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge<br />

the Process, Enable others to Act<br />

and Encourage the Heart. Utilizing<br />

the text and the accompanying<br />

workbook, participants met on a<br />

biweekly basis to have group discussions<br />

on the theories as presented.<br />

They were then provided<br />

with assignments to practice the<br />

theories on the job. This task proved<br />

to be a challenge as their thoughts<br />

and beliefs were questioned and<br />

potentially reshaped to improve the<br />

quality of leadership they demonstrated<br />

on a daily basis. The process<br />

took 6 months as each practice was<br />

thoroughly examined to ensure that<br />

concepts became habits.<br />

In addition to the practical learning<br />

elements of the program, the group<br />

was visited by prominent members<br />

of the Skagit Community, and Boys<br />

& Girls Clubs of Skagit County Board<br />

Members, to provide additional<br />

insight and advice based on experience.<br />

Mark Nilson, Former Educator<br />

and Administrator; Kristen Keltz,<br />

Senior Director of Sales and Marketing<br />

with Hotel Services Group; Carl<br />

Bruner, Mount Vernon School District<br />

Superintendent; and Becky Taft,<br />

Branch Manager at Skagit Bank,<br />

were among the prestigious guests<br />

who shared their valuable skills<br />

and knowledge with the group. In<br />

addition to visiting group meetings,<br />

Mark, Kristen, Carl and Becky have<br />

all agreed to be ongoing mentors for<br />

the participants as they further progress<br />

in their Club careers.<br />

Our mission to enable all youth,<br />

especially those who need us most,<br />

to reach their full potential as productive,<br />

caring, responsible citizens<br />

is only made more achievable<br />

when we live and breathe it in our<br />

everyday practices. We do this by<br />

enabling our staff to reach their full<br />

potential as the next generation of<br />

great leaders in our movement.<br />


12<br />

advocacy<br />

government<br />


As part of the Great<br />

Futures 2025 Strategic<br />

Plan for Boys &<br />

Girls Clubs of America<br />

(BGCA), one priority is advocacy<br />

for youth development. While<br />

the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit<br />

County, as an independent, locally<br />

governed organization is under no<br />

obligation to adhere to the Great<br />

Futures 2025 plan, the Skagit Clubs<br />

were already on a path toward this<br />

when adopted. Alignment of these<br />

goals creates efficiencies through<br />

accessing enhanced development<br />

and engagement opportunities. The<br />

goal is to position Boys & Girls Clubs<br />

as the leading voice, thought leader,<br />

and advocate for America’s youth.<br />

One cornerstone project to support<br />

this priority is the expansion of Government<br />

Relations across all levels<br />

of Boys & Girls Clubs. To this end,<br />

the <strong>2018</strong> National Days of Advocacy<br />

convened more than 200 Club professionals<br />

and Board members from<br />

nearly every state, for a two-day<br />

whirlwind experience in Washington,<br />

DC in March. Currently serving<br />

as the President of the Washington<br />

State Alliance and Washington State<br />

Association of Boys & Girls Clubs,<br />

and with Skagit County recognized<br />

as a leader in this space, Club CEO<br />

Ron McHenry joined Club staff Ryan<br />

Scott of Bellevue, Elise Menashe of<br />

Southwest Washington, and Board<br />

Member Scott Horenstein from Vancouver,<br />

WA.<br />

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit<br />

County has been blessed to have<br />

good working relationships with<br />

both Congresswoman Suzan Del-<br />

Bene (D-WA, 1st) and Congressman<br />

Rick Larsen (D-WA, 2nd).<br />

They have spent time visiting Club<br />

sites, and serving as Congressional<br />

Champions for Boys & Girls Clubs<br />

in their District, and across the<br />

country. Their support is realized<br />

through USDA programs that provides<br />

reimbursements for snacks<br />

and meals opportunities for more<br />

than 1,700 kids each day during the<br />

school-year and summer, including<br />

The Boys & Girls Clubs of<br />

Skagit County has been<br />

blessed to have good<br />

working relationships with<br />

both Congresswoman Suzan<br />

DelBene (D-WA, 1st) and<br />

Congressman Rick Larsen<br />

(D-WA, 2nd). They have spent<br />

time visiting Club sites, and<br />

serving as Congressional<br />

Champions for Boys & Girls<br />

Clubs in their District, and<br />

across the country.<br />

a full dinner for kids and teens in<br />

Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon.<br />

Their voice in advocacy is also<br />

manifest in Mentoring programs in<br />

Anacortes and Sedro-Woolley, and<br />

the two 21st Century Community<br />

Learning Centers in Mount Vernon,<br />

where all 8th graders recently<br />

advanced to high school, meeting<br />

a very high benchmark standard in<br />

support of the Mount Vernon School<br />

Districts 100% Graduation Goal.<br />

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Karin Wigen<br />

Matthew Cheney<br />

Helena Schlegel<br />

Dawn Hardman<br />

Mark Lawrence<br />

Sandy Rodriguez<br />

Laura Riquelme<br />

Steve Hoglund<br />

Mike Lumpkin<br />

Deborah McNeal<br />

Patrick Siler<br />

Melissa Nelson<br />

Jason Miller<br />

Keith Magee<br />

Cardenas Teresa<br />

Wanda Rowland<br />

Old Navy Stores<br />

Abraham Kidane<br />

Tina Asp<br />

Lucy DeGrace<br />

Dennis Parent<br />

Cory Kiehn<br />

Jose ‘Freddy’ Reyes<br />

Officer Jon Gerondale<br />

Gap Stores Employees<br />

Caleb Dobey<br />

Ross Roberts<br />

Bernadette Halliday<br />

Burlington Police Officers<br />

Mathew Cheney<br />

Skagit Land Trust staff<br />

Kelly Bowden<br />

Pam Allen<br />

Mike Crawford<br />

Joseph Bowen<br />

Armando Ruiz<br />

Jenny Cole<br />

Emerson Nordmark<br />

Eric Johnson<br />

Josh Anderson<br />

Esteban Vivanco<br />

Sally Hill<br />

Sedro-Woolley Fire Firefighters<br />

Mark Holland<br />

Christine Johnson<br />

Beth Bishop<br />

Ross Employees<br />

Christine Hill<br />

Sarah Morr<br />

Biruktawit Hasenbalg-V<br />

John Fromong<br />

Huy Seyler<br />

Katie Wilson<br />

Karen Pitt<br />

Demond Johnson<br />

Josh Carpenter<br />

Wes Fridell<br />

Sandi Johns<br />

Katie Davis<br />

Callie Shoemaker<br />

David Storey<br />

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During the National Days of Advocacy,<br />

the Washington delegation<br />

met with all available members of<br />

Congress or their staff, primarily as<br />

a group, but also individually when<br />

scheduling difficulties were present.<br />

Not all Congressmen were engaged,<br />

but Skagit County was fortunate to<br />

meet with staff from Senator Maria<br />

Cantwell’s office, a brief meeting<br />

with Senator Patty Murray followed<br />

by a deeper conversation with a<br />

senior staffer, and some brief time<br />

with Congressman Rick Larsen<br />

before finishing with another staffer.<br />

We are grateful for the time that was<br />

provided by all, but especially for<br />

the time allowed us with Congresswoman<br />

Suzan DelBene. She carved<br />

out thirty minutes for passionate discussion<br />

and dialogue with us, and<br />

as a result, the delegation was the<br />

envy of many peers in the Boys &<br />

Girls Club movement.<br />

Participation in the National Days of<br />

Advocacy increased awareness of<br />

local needs and how they relate to<br />

governmental efforts at the federal<br />

level, as well as set the tone for the<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County<br />

understanding the tremendous work<br />

and sacrifice made by our elected<br />

officials, really, at all levels. Gaining<br />

a deeper understanding as to the<br />

effort it takes to make change happen<br />

everyday highlights the need for<br />

a recommitment to stewardship on<br />

behalf of the organization. Skagit<br />

County Clubs certainly appreciate<br />

the ongoing connection, through<br />

visits and correspondence, and the<br />

voice that it provides the needs of<br />

the kids and teens served as we<br />

work to fulfill our mission: to enable<br />

all young people, especially those<br />

who need us most, to reach their<br />

full potential as productive, caring,<br />

responsible citizens.<br />


meals Beyond<br />

the<br />

Club<br />

Across Washington<br />

state, thousands of<br />

kids rely on free and<br />

reduced lunches for<br />

their next meal. However, during the<br />

summer, they can’t rely on school<br />

meals. “​Skagit County youth face<br />

one of the highest rates of food<br />

insecurity in Washington State” said<br />

Ron McHenry, Boys & Girls Clubs<br />

of Skagit County CEO. In 2015,<br />

the Skagit Clubs saw a need and<br />

stepped up. “​Some School Districts<br />

were providing lunches for some<br />

of the summer, but not in all communities.<br />

In becoming a provider,<br />

we were able to bridge the gap for<br />

lunches to be offered from the first<br />

day of summer to last, snacks for<br />

the entirety, and an additional meal<br />

when the schools were serving<br />

lunch. Participation meant that our<br />

Club members would have regular,<br />

consistent access to nutritious foods<br />

year-round.”<br />

Now, three years after our first summer<br />

meals program, we are proud<br />

to announce that, for the first time,<br />

we are serving lunch at John Storvik<br />

park in Anacortes. “Boys & Girls<br />

Clubs, whenever possible, serve at<br />

the pleasure of the community. We<br />

had received a number of requests<br />

to serve lunch out of Storvik Park,<br />

especially from adjacent low-income<br />

housing communities” said<br />

McHenry. This will give kids who<br />

need us most, even if they are not<br />

members, the opportunity to have<br />

a healthy meal every day. The new<br />

program at Storvik started last week<br />

and is still blooming as every day,<br />

we serve more and more kids. When<br />

it reaches full production, more than<br />

100 youth ages 0-18 will receive a<br />

healthy lunch every day, provided<br />

through funding from USDA.<br />


By the Numbers<br />

Laventure &<br />

Mount baker<br />

100 %<br />

Graduation Rate<br />

at LaVenture. Mount Baker data was not yet available.<br />

147<br />

Members who attended 30<br />

days or more<br />

up from 103 in 2017<br />

283<br />

Enrolled members<br />

up from 140 enrolled in 2017<br />

Dubbed our most passionate staff member, Brian Gustafson<br />

worked tirelessly to make sure every one of his members would<br />

graduate in <strong>2018</strong> after seeing 7 members not graduate last year.<br />

As an incentive and reward, he threw a graduation party and even<br />

temporarily dyed his hair blue.<br />

The Berc Group has done an independent assessment of these<br />

two Clubs in years 2016 & 2017. Data for <strong>2018</strong> will be available<br />

in September. The current data shows steady increases in regular<br />

attendance, homework completion, and increases in math, and<br />

reading proficiency since 2016. Funded through the 21st Century<br />

grant, our Mount Baker & LaVenture Clubs are located on campus<br />

at the middle schools.<br />


Hendricks Family<br />

Foundation<br />

The Jeff & Linda Hendricks<br />

Foundation proudly supports the<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County<br />


our Strategic Plan<br />

The journey to the final<br />

development of OPPORTU-<br />

NITY 2021 began in August<br />

2017 with a task force<br />

created by the Board of Directors. In<br />

initial meetings, it became clear that<br />

the importance of a new Strategic<br />

Plan and timing in the organizational<br />

development of the Boys & Girls Clubs<br />

of Skagit County meant that nothing<br />

was to be rushed. Instead, the Strategic<br />

Plan Task Force set out methodically<br />

in creating a concept, framework<br />

for collecting data, and development<br />

of metrics that would correspond to<br />

goals and objectives.<br />

The first determination was whether<br />

or not to align with the recently<br />

released GREAT FUTURES 2025<br />

framework from Boys & Girls<br />

Clubs of America. As an independent<br />

Club organization, locally<br />

governed, there is no requirement<br />

to adopt into a plan set forth by<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of America.<br />

However, in a more in-depth review<br />

of that plan, three of the four<br />

priorities resonated strongly with<br />

leadership, and form the basis of<br />

OPPORTUNITY 2021: Reach More<br />

Youth, Increase Program Quality,<br />

and Strengthen the Organization.<br />

Focus groups were convened consisting<br />

of community leaders, all<br />

facilitated by Greg Reed of Greg<br />

Reed Consulting who provided his<br />

services pro bono in support of<br />

the Boys & Girls Club. From these,<br />

themes emerged that identified areas<br />

of growth within the initially<br />

targeted considerations. At a joint<br />

Board and Club staff retreat, hours<br />

were spent in small and large groups<br />

discussing what objectives could be<br />

adopted to reach those goals, and<br />

over subsequent months, metrics<br />

created that allow for regular review<br />

and reflection in support of achieving<br />

OPPORTUNITY 2021.<br />



Providing a Great Future for Skagit County Youth<br />

PURPOSE: To inspire and empower kids and teens in Skagit County to achieve success, and champion<br />

opportunities for all Club members<br />


• Reach More Youth<br />

• Increase Program Quality<br />

• Strengthen the Organization<br />

GOAL: To transform the operational ability of the organization to be best responsive to the evolving needs of<br />

youth ages 6-18 throughout Skagit County.<br />

Priority 1: Reach More Youth<br />


• Increase Square Feet of Dedicated Club Space by 50%<br />

• Expand Outreach through Purposeful Program Integration<br />

At some point during the past three years, at least<br />

one community’s Clubhouse has found it necessary<br />

to implement a membership waiting list system due<br />

to lack of space capacity. Increases in dedicated Club<br />

space may mean capital expansion, opening new sites<br />

in existing mixed-use facilities, or entering into new<br />

shared-space agreements that result in more area for<br />

youth development.<br />

In recognition of the significant costs related to any<br />

expansion into additional space, another avenue of<br />

engagement focuses on building new partner relationships<br />

and serving youth in non-traditional ways that do<br />

not impact daily facility capacity.<br />

In meeting these objectives, total Club square footage<br />

would increase to 21,500 sq ft in Skagit County, and<br />

500 new unduplicated youth served annually.<br />

Opportunity 2021<br />


Priority 2: Increase Program Quality<br />


• Increase Opportunity to Youth<br />

• Fully Implement Youth Program Quality Initiative<br />

As a result of a takeaway from an executive development<br />

program, Board and Staff journeyed through exercises<br />

to isolate an organizational “question zero”; primarily,<br />

with all activities and services considered within<br />

the context of the mission of Clubs, what single word<br />

best represented what is hoped Club members receive.<br />

That word was Opportunity.<br />

In relation to the objective listed, youth reflect about the<br />

life-changing result of different engagements, tours, and<br />

experiences that occur during Club membership. Additionally,<br />

the needs of our kids and teens are increasing<br />

in depth and breadth, with more requiring case management<br />

and referrals.<br />

Beginning in 2014, our Clubs were pilots for efforts in<br />

Washington to adopt the Youth Program Quality Initiative<br />

(YPQI), from the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.<br />

In seeing benefits from the creation of a Continuous<br />

Program Quality Improvement Cycle, it has become<br />

clear that fully implementing YPQI will increase program<br />

quality for Club members, with a secondary benefit of<br />

positively impacting staff retention through more profound<br />

professional development and engagement.<br />

Annual benchmark metrics are set that will impact the<br />

number of unique opportunities, the percentage of youth<br />

receiving referrals and case management services, the<br />

percentage of program staff trained in YPQI Basic and<br />

YPQI Methods, as well as the number of assessments<br />

conducted per site annually.<br />

Priority 3: Strengthen The Organization<br />


• Grow Internally<br />

• Increase Community Engagement<br />

With any business, you are stronger the more institutional<br />

knowledge remains through better staff retention.<br />

This is also true with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit<br />

County, and perhaps even more critical. The basis for<br />

success with a Club member resides in the trusting,<br />

supportive relationship one builds with a staff member.<br />

In setting out to increase staff retention rates, the organization<br />

grows stronger as both a business and social<br />

service agency. To support this, we will provide better<br />

recognition of staff and volunteers and increase the<br />

number of staff receiving advanced professional development<br />

opportunities.<br />

Heard time and again, while many support the mission<br />

of the Clubs and know it is available to youth during the<br />

critical out-of-school hours, each time someone tours a<br />

Club for the first time, the same statement is offered: “I<br />

had no idea all that you did.” We know that by merely<br />

increasing the number of people touring our programs, a<br />

more profound connection will be made to our essential<br />

mission. Additional strategies to improve donor retention,<br />

already much higher than national benchmarks,<br />

will produce more significant resources which directly<br />

impacts all facets of OPPORTUNITY 2021 and allows for<br />

the successful execution of this strategic plan.<br />

When the objectives are fully realized, retention rates will<br />

improve both staff and donor/investors engagement,<br />

increased allocation of financial resources toward recognition<br />

primarily of part-time, hourly staff will set Clubs<br />

above others as an employer of choice, and more than<br />

500 unique individuals will have toured a Club program<br />

for the first time.<br />

Opportunity 2021<br />


Thank You For Building<br />

Opportunity<br />


Josh Axthelm, Architect, Fisher Construction Group<br />

Wayne Barrett, Superintendent, Concrete School District<br />

Kate Bennett, Executive Director, Leadership Skagit<br />

Laurel Browning, Superintendent, Burlington-Edison School District<br />

Anne Clark, VP of College Advancement, Skagit Valley College<br />

Mike Crawford, Retired<br />

Laurie Gere, Mayor, City of Anacortes<br />

Bryan Harrison, City Administrator, City of Burlington<br />

Carol Hawk, Program Director - CHOP, United General District #304<br />

Lynne Jordan, Non-Profit Consultant<br />

Sue Krienen, Community Advocate<br />

Debra Lancaster, Executive Director, United Way of Skagit County<br />

Rob Martin, Executive Director, Chinook Enterprises<br />

Mike Matheson, Retired<br />

Mary McGoffin, Executive Director, Skagit Community Foundation<br />

Maggie Potter, Land Use Consultant, Community Relations Services<br />

David Riddle, Principal, Mount Vernon School District<br />

Danielle Baird Russell, Realtor, John L. Scott - Skagit<br />

Rebecca Schlaht, Executive Director, Helping Hands Food Bank<br />

Brad Tuininga, Director of Philanthropy, Skagit Valley College Foundation<br />

Sarah Ward, Executive Director, Burlington Public Library<br />

Karin Wigens, Volunteer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County<br />

Levon Yangoyan, Fire Chief, City of Burlington<br />


Tina Asp, Image360<br />

Josh Axthelm, Fisher Construction Group<br />

Pat Barrett, Barrett Financial, LTD<br />

Annette Booth, Allstate Insurance<br />

*Dr. Carl Bruner, Mount Vernon School Dist.<br />

*Raymond Goda, DreamChasersRV<br />

Mike Gubrud, Farmers Insurance<br />

Eric Johnson, Stiles Law<br />

Brenden Jones, SaviBank<br />

*Rob Martin, Chinook Enterprises<br />

Mark Nilson, Retired<br />

*Bill Overby, Skagit Valley College<br />

Ross Roberts, Shell Puget Sound Refinery<br />

Holly Shannon, Carson Law Group<br />

Brian Soneda, Retired<br />

Becky Taft, Skagit Bank<br />

Kelly Codlin, Andeavor Corporation<br />

Carrie Wallace, Skagit Bank<br />


Nathan Allen, Director of STEM Initiatives<br />

Sarah Arquitt, Director of Administration<br />

Jayne Branch, AIM Program Coor.<br />

Shane Collins, Club Director<br />

Patrick Dougher, Teen Director<br />

Ian Faley, Associate Executive Director<br />

Andrew Flores, Program Director<br />

Desni Fonoimoana, OJP Mentoring Coor.<br />

Tammy Findlay, Director of Marketing<br />

Angela Freeberg, Area Director<br />

Brian Gustafson, Site Director<br />

Elizabeth Hanna, Program Director<br />

Ron McHenry, CEO<br />

Erik Pineda, Site Director<br />

Manny Smith, Director of Operations<br />

Evan Wright, Development Coordinator<br />

*Denotes Strategic Plan Task Force member<br />

Opportunity 2021<br />


Keys<br />

for<br />

Kids<br />

22<br />

It was in 2008 while attending<br />

the Boys & Girls Clubs of<br />

America National Conference<br />

in New Orleans, LA that Boys<br />

& Girls Club CEO Ron McHenry went<br />

to a dueling pianos bar for the first<br />

time. It was Pat O’Brien’s, a landmark,<br />

and he was hooked. Sitting<br />

there, drinking a “Hurricane” and<br />

singing along, he looked around<br />

and saw how engaged everyone<br />

was. Fun was a visible energy in the<br />

environment, and it was unlike anything<br />

he had ever experienced. Ron<br />

went every night that week, inviting<br />

friends from other Clubs to join in<br />

that fun, and by the end of the week<br />

Club staff nearly packed the house.<br />

With such a common passion, the<br />

building was electrified; the staff<br />

there had seen nothing like it.<br />

Flying home, McHenry began considering<br />

how to replicate that experience.<br />

It took several years of really<br />

trying to think through each element<br />

to ensure that it would be viable.<br />

During that process, it was realized<br />

that the envisioned event just<br />

wouldn’t work at the organization in<br />

Eastern Washington. There simply<br />

wasn’t the infrastructure of staffing<br />

nor strength of marketing, and it<br />

wasn’t a community where events<br />

in the nonprofit world were a common<br />

occurrence. It was not long<br />

after moving to Skagit County when<br />

the realization came that the dueling<br />

pianos concept could potentially<br />

work. When Tammy Findlay joined<br />

the marketing team, and Ian Faley<br />

stepped into the role of Director of<br />

Development, the organizational<br />

capacity was in place.<br />

Ian took the initial vision and further<br />

refined the concept, integrating organizational<br />

best practices in stewardship<br />

and donor confidence. Tammy<br />

would create iconic marketing materials<br />

which captured the essence<br />

of what was hoped would be the<br />

outcome of the event, and curiosity<br />

was piqued. The Board was willing<br />

to put energy into promotion, even<br />

one member who was pretty sure<br />

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it just wouldn’t work, and ended<br />

up becoming one of the greatest<br />

champions after attending that first<br />

year. It’s because the organization<br />

had the right conditions that things<br />

worked, and funds were secured in<br />

support of the mission. It’s because<br />

of YOU that wildest expectations<br />

have been exceeded.<br />

The first year of Keys for Kids raised<br />

$35,000 for programs and operations<br />

and there was a strong sense<br />

the event was indeed something<br />

special. People were talking about<br />

it months after the fact, and after<br />

taking feedback from that first night<br />

some guiding principles were developed<br />

about the future. Producing<br />

Keys for Kids outside in an unusual<br />

way was a big hit, and with the<br />

next five years locked-in at our new<br />

venue at Stepping Stones Garden, it<br />

will continue to be so. Keeping the<br />

experience intimate is another ongoing<br />

commitment. So often, events<br />

focus on volume to ensure success.<br />

It is certainly helpful, but this year<br />

proved there are ways to strike a<br />

good balance.<br />

Each year has set new records, and<br />

the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit<br />

County are appreciative of the community<br />

for taking a chance on Keys<br />

for Kids in 2015. Together, we have<br />

demonstrated that remaining committed<br />

to those guiding principles<br />

was the right choice, as we celebrate<br />

the event generating more<br />

than $80,000 toward the mission<br />

of the Boys & Girls Club: to enable<br />

all young people, especially those<br />

who need us most, to reach their<br />

full potential as productive, caring,<br />

responsible citizens.<br />

At this year’s Keys for Kids, Clubs<br />

welcomed more than 60 new investors<br />

who were responsible for nearly<br />

$15,000 in new revenue in support<br />

of our important mission. And, from<br />

an execution context, it was the<br />

smoothest year for staff, took less<br />

manpower, and seemed to be most<br />

enjoyable with just the right balance.<br />

Because of you, Club kids will continue<br />

receiving access to incredible<br />

opportunities and field trips,<br />

snacks and meals year-round, staff<br />

mentors, supplies for life-changing<br />

programs, and an investment<br />

specifically for our part-time staff<br />

in deeper training and professional<br />

development. Beyond this, the event<br />

results significantly beat even our<br />

stretch goal. Always conservative<br />

with resources and assets, some<br />

of this will be set aside for future<br />

sustainable needs.<br />

However, there is also enough to<br />

provide the base for the Burlington<br />

Summer Breeze program for next<br />

year, and on June 28th, the Board<br />

of Directors voted to allocate $5,000<br />

toward the purchase of AED units for<br />

all Clubhouses. This has long been<br />

on our wishlist of equipment to further<br />

our commitment to Child & Club<br />

Safety, and will be available as a<br />

resource to anyone nearby during<br />

Club hours.<br />

From deepening impact through<br />

quality programs, to attaining<br />

life-saving equipment, the difference<br />

Skagit has made through participation<br />

in the Keys for Kids event is a<br />

legacy that will provide a return for<br />

many years, manifest as youth transitioning<br />

into adulthood equipped<br />

with key assets resulting from<br />

achieving Boys & Girls Club priority<br />

outcomes of Academic Success,<br />

Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character<br />

& Citizenship. Thank you for<br />

making Keys for Kids a truly qualified<br />


It’s not just about achieving your goals...<br />

It’s about the path that gets you there.<br />

A place to become... a buisness leader, a teacher, and artist; if<br />

kids and teens can dream it, Boys & Girls Clubs can help them become<br />

it. Because it’s not magic that makes dreams come true, it’s people.<br />

People like our youth development professionals, who tell every kid<br />

and teen who enters our doors that they believe in and care about<br />

them, and provide each with opportunities to become the person they<br />

want to be and achieve a great future.

The group at Shout (back row): Sarah Arquitt (Director of Administration), Josh Johnson (Holly’s spouse), Tina Asp (Board President-Elect), Brian<br />

Gustafson (Site Director, LaVenture), Manny Smith (Director of Operations), Ron McHenry (CEO). Front row: Andrew Flores (Program Director,<br />

Sedro-Woolley), Holly Shannon (Board President), Elizabeth Hanna (Interim Club Director, Anacortes), Tammy Findlay (Director of Marketing), Desni<br />

Fonoimoana (OJP Coordinator, Sedro-Woolley), Ian Faley (Associate Executive Director), Evan Wright (Development Coordinator). Photo next page<br />

top right: Brian is ready to lead a group for a conference break-out session. Photo next page, bottom: Ron McHenry (center left) and Whatcom<br />

County’s CEO Heather Powell (center right) accept the State Alliance of the <strong>Year</strong> Award on behalf of the Washington State Alliance from BGCA<br />

President Jim Clark (left) and Senior Vice President of Resource Development and Government Relations, Julie Teer (right).<br />

Feeling Community<br />

Camaraderie and pride<br />

Staff & Board members travel to National Conference<br />

26<br />

by Tammy Findlay<br />

Held annually, BGCA’s<br />

National Conference<br />

brings together over<br />

400 staff, board members,<br />

volunteers, and Club members<br />

from 4,300 Clubs nationwide. A<br />

variety of speakers, Club member<br />

talent, award ceremonies, and celebrations<br />

complete with food and live<br />

music fill out the general sessions.<br />

Break-out sessions throughout the<br />

day focus on specific topics, tailored<br />

to common needs of Club organizations.<br />

The conference provides a<br />

valuable opportunity to further professional<br />

development. Staff and<br />

board members get a chance to<br />

network with other individuals from<br />

other Clubs facing them same types<br />

of challenges, and share successes,<br />

as well. Every year, depending on<br />

budgetary considerations, CEO Ron<br />

McHenry makes the tough choice on<br />

which staff members will go. This<br />

last May, a group of 16 representing<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County<br />

traveled to San Diego for Boys<br />

& Girls Clubs of America’s 112th<br />

National Conference.<br />

Community: a feeling of fellowship<br />

with others, as a result of<br />

sharing common attitudes,<br />

interests, and goals.<br />

I recently was introduced to an old<br />

science video called “Powers of Ten”<br />

that had a powerful impact on me.<br />

It starts with a family sitting on a<br />

picnic blanket, at one meter wide,<br />

adding incrementally 10 seconds<br />

and ten times zoomed out, as one<br />

eventually sees Chicago, then North<br />

America, then the whole earth, then<br />

the orbital paths of the planets, then<br />

the solar system, then eventually our<br />

galaxy, and additional galaxies, to<br />

the farthest we can see into space.<br />

Perspective is important on so many<br />

levels. Our mission may start with

one child who needs us most at one<br />

Club, with one staff member. As we<br />

zoom out we see another youth, and<br />

another. Then, we see more staff,<br />

and volunteers. As we zoom out<br />

more, we see a town or city, filled<br />

with businesses, schools, public<br />

officials and stakeholders invested<br />

in our Club’s mission. We continue<br />

our journey outward and our view<br />

includes Skagit County our six Club<br />

sites, and administration office, as<br />

we eventually encompass Washington<br />

State and their 147 Clubs.<br />

This may give some insight into the<br />

magnitude of the Boys & Girls Club<br />

movement. This is what I re-learn<br />

when we attend conference. We<br />

share a common goal with all of<br />

these Club organizations across the<br />

nation. That is a powerful feeling. It<br />

helps me feel ready to tackle any<br />

challenge ahead, because we know<br />

we do it together.<br />

“Honestly, one of my favorite takeaways<br />

was from Eric Boles, a former<br />

NFL player and one of the speakers<br />

during Wednesday’s general session,”<br />

reflected Evan Wright, Development<br />

Coordinator for Boys & Girls<br />

Clubs of Skagit County. “Boles said<br />

‘Run though the wedge!’ a football<br />

analogy he used to illustrate that<br />

we should embrace challenges,<br />

rather that avoiding them. We kept<br />

yelling that to each other throughout<br />

the whole conference. That<br />

saying is going up on my office<br />

wall.” Director of Administration,<br />

Sarah Arquitt talked about hearing<br />

the personal stories of Club Alumni<br />

who were inducted into the BGCA<br />

Alumni Hall of Fame. “Knowing<br />

what these alumni have achieved<br />

in their lives speaks to the efficacy<br />

of our Clubs, and gives hope for the<br />

futures of our youth, and the great<br />

future they can achieve.”<br />

Camaraderie: mutual trust and<br />

friendship among people who<br />

spend a lot of time together.<br />

One of the challenges we face as<br />

an organization is creating cohesion<br />

among six geographically isolated<br />

locations, between Sedro-Woolley,<br />

Mount Vernon, Burlington, and<br />

Anacortes. The nature of proximity<br />

means that some locations work<br />

closer together than others. We see<br />

each other, but all work together<br />

less often. It’s important to create<br />

moments for us to interact, build<br />

“When I saw the pride—<br />

sincere and authentic pride—<br />

in a staff person’s or board<br />

member’s eyes, especially<br />

from our board members who<br />

work so hard as volunteers,<br />

that was a highlight for me.”<br />

CEO, Ron McHenry reflected.<br />

“It’s important that people<br />

have pride in what they do.”<br />

trust, and understanding. The conference<br />

is one of these opportunities.<br />

We travel together, conference<br />

together, and share accommodations.<br />

It’s a chance for us to get to<br />

know each other better.<br />

Our days at the conference are<br />

long and full, typically starting at<br />

7:30am and ending well after 9pm.<br />

We do, however, carve out some<br />

time for fun. Because the conference<br />

was held in San Diego, an<br />

area Ron knows well, he treated us<br />

to an adventure, out-on-the-town<br />

at Shout, a dueling pianos bar. We<br />

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were joined by other staff from Clubs<br />

in Washington State from Whatcom<br />

and Benton & Franklin Counties. It<br />

was a definite highlight of the trip,<br />

and a well-deserved night out after<br />

long days spent at the conference.<br />

Pride: a feeling or deep pleasure<br />

or satisfaction derived from<br />

one’s own achievements, the<br />

achievements of those with whom<br />

one is closely associated, or from<br />

qualities or possessions that are<br />

widely admired.<br />

Some may have begun to notice<br />

a hashtag gaining popularity on<br />

our social media channels, and in<br />

our publications, #skagitpride. It’s<br />

important that as an organization we<br />

take notice of our “wins” with humility.<br />

The conference gives our staff<br />

and board members a chance to be<br />

recognized for the hard work they<br />

put towards our mission, and we<br />

celebrate our accomplishments with<br />

our peers from other organizations.<br />

“When I saw the pride—sincere and<br />

authentic pride—in a staff person’s<br />

or board member’s eyes, especially<br />

from our board members who work<br />

so hard as volunteers, that was a<br />

highlight for me.” CEO, Ron McHenry<br />

reflected. “It’s important that people<br />

have pride in what they do.”<br />

It’s true that this year we were able<br />

to send a greater number than usual<br />

to represent Skagit County and with<br />

that deeper investment, we see<br />

greater value in return. Additionally,<br />

our board members make a great<br />

sacrifice in attending conference,<br />

spending their own hard-earned<br />

funds and vacation hours to volunteer<br />

for the Clubs. They will tell<br />

you that it wasn’t a sacrifice, but<br />

their pleasure. Nevertheless, we are<br />

deeply grateful for their investment.<br />


By the Numbers:<br />

Regular Attendance<br />

Attendance serves as the foundation of the Boys & Girls Club measurement strategy. To<br />

effectively demonstrate impact, Clubs must know who is in their building, how frequently<br />

they attend and in which programs they participate. In order to attract new members,<br />

retain existing members and encourage members to attend more often, we know that<br />

a Club must provide a powerful Club Experience. Therefore, measuring attendance and<br />

participation also helps the Club assess the effectiveness of its Club Experience.<br />

Number of members that attended the Club 52-99<br />

days during the 2017-18 school year<br />

Club 52: 216<br />

Studies have shown that Club Members who attend at least 52 times per year are most<br />

likely to reach our priority outcomes. Each of our Clubs strive to increase our average<br />

daily attendance—to get as many Members in our Clubs as possible each day, and to<br />

improve our retention/renewal rates—keeping our Members in the Club through high<br />

school graduation.<br />

Number of members that attended the Club 100 days<br />

or more during the 2017-18 school year<br />

Club 100: 198<br />

This fall the Clubs will launch a new reward system for Club 100 members where they<br />

will be given a special membership card. In addition to the cool graphics on the front of<br />

the card setting their achievement apart, the back of the card will feature coupons. With<br />

the card, members will be able to visit participating businesses to get free items. If you<br />

know a business that would like to partner with us to reward our Club 100 members,<br />

please contact Evan Wright at evan.wright@skagitclubs.org.<br />


Great<br />

Futures<br />

Gala<br />

a Night on the<br />

Gridiron<br />


y Ron McHenry<br />

We knew that<br />

starting our new<br />

Great Futures<br />

Gala venture was<br />

going to be exciting, and we believe<br />

we set the bar high when we kicked<br />

things off with Evander Holyfield. It<br />

was a knock-out of an evening in<br />

all aspects, and the feedback from<br />

our guests was clear: it’s a one-ofa-kind<br />

experience, so what’s next?<br />

As the staff and Board of the Boys<br />

& Girls Clubs of Skagit County processed<br />

through the changes and<br />

evolution of our most significant<br />

fundraiser held each fall, one guiding<br />

principle was held highest. We knew<br />

that a deep connection to youth with<br />

our featured guest was essential<br />

and that preferably, they are alumni,<br />

making a genuine connection to the<br />

possibilities that are available to our<br />

youth, through the opportunities provided<br />

by Clubs through the investment<br />

of our communities.<br />

Unless you were cheering<br />

or reacting to a play on the<br />

field, talking was saved only<br />

for commercials, as friends<br />

quickly learned when they’d<br />

spend the night and join me in<br />

the ritual. You did not want to<br />

take attention away from the<br />

game, lest you get the stink<br />

eye that bored into your soul,<br />

and a threat of no cake and<br />

ice cream.<br />

Congressman, Steve Largent<br />

I had the benefit of perspective and<br />

lessons-learned through running<br />

a similar event in the Tri-Cities for<br />

nearly ten years. Spud Webb, Mack<br />

Strong, A.C. Green, Dave Krieg, Scott<br />

Hatteberg - are just a few that I’ve<br />

been fortunate enough to engage<br />

and learn from, and have my passion<br />

for this work ignited time and<br />

again. Even Mike Carey, who made<br />

‘the call’ during that fateful Steelers<br />

vs. Seahawks game, and ended up<br />

being one of the kindest, respectful,<br />

and humble individuals I’ve met.<br />

In conducting research as to<br />

whether or not this type of event<br />

would resonate with our constituents<br />

in Skagit County, Ian Faley,<br />

the Associate Executive Director,<br />

responsible for resource development<br />

and community partnerships,<br />

and I traveled back to Eastern<br />

Washington so he could observe<br />

the event in a completely objective<br />

manner. That year, their speaker<br />

just happened to be Mr. Steve<br />

Largent, and we were mesmerized.<br />

My connection to #80 is perhaps<br />

one of my most personal, and emotional.<br />

As many know, most of my<br />

life was spent in foster care. My<br />

family tree is rather thin as well. The<br />

one person who was consistent,<br />

and the only source of unconditional<br />

love for me, was my grandmother.<br />

When I first entered foster care in the<br />

Olympia area, she moved from her<br />

support network and the house that<br />

she loved in Seattle and settled in<br />

Thurston County to be close to me.<br />

Because of her health and age, she<br />

couldn’t be a relative placement, but<br />

thankfully, I spent many weekends<br />

visiting, until her passing when I<br />

was in High School.<br />

The strongest, and by far most positive<br />

memories from that period in<br />

my life were sitting in the living room<br />

of the apartment to which she had<br />

downsized. We would play cards<br />

until all hours of the night, and of<br />

course, there were Seahawks Sundays.<br />

She had been a fervent fan<br />

of the team since their inception,<br />

and it naturally transitioned to me.<br />

Those Sundays were exceptional.<br />

Steak and eggs for breakfast, with<br />

the smell of the perfectly broiled<br />

meal lingering for hours, and getting<br />

hooked on vegetable platters with<br />

ranch dressing to snack on the rest<br />

of the day. Kickoff meant the distinct<br />

sound of Grandma opening her ritual<br />

Miller High Life, and me getting a<br />

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Pepsi. She loved spending time with<br />

her ‘two handsome fellas’ - Steve<br />

and I. Unless you were cheering<br />

or reacting to a play on the field,<br />

talking was saved only for commercials,<br />

as friends quickly learned<br />

when they’d spend the night and<br />

join me in the ritual. You did not<br />

want to take attention away from<br />

the game, lest you get the stink<br />

eye that bored into your soul, and<br />

a threat of no cake and ice cream.<br />

Being a part of the team welcoming<br />

Steve Largent to Skagit County<br />

is an honor that I could never have<br />

imagined during rides in the car<br />

with caseworkers shuttling me from<br />

home to home. It is because of the<br />

very obstacles I faced personally,<br />

that this outcome was realized. You<br />

invest in our Clubs and our mission,<br />

and through that, our kids and teens<br />

have a Great Future ahead of them,<br />

with limitless possibilities. One day<br />

that could mean they are the next<br />

Evander Holyfield, Steve Largent,<br />

Jennifer Lopez, Bill Clinton, Denzel<br />

Washington, General Colin Powell,<br />

Condoleeza Rice………<br />

We hope that you will join us for<br />

our 2nd Annual Great Futures Gala<br />

on November 2nd, <strong>2018</strong>. A limited<br />

number of corporate sponsorships<br />

that include enhanced interaction<br />

with Mr. Largent are available, and<br />

admission reservations are filling<br />

quickly. More information can be<br />

found on our newly redesigned<br />

website, www.skagitclubs.org, and<br />

Ian or I are always happy to meet<br />

up to provide more details on this<br />

and all of our projects and ongoing<br />

operations.<br />


Eric Johnson<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Board Member<br />

Stiles Law<br />

Observations from a<br />

New Board Member<br />

If you had told me back in April 2017, before I decided to run for public<br />

office, that within a year I would be elected to the Sedro-Woolley School<br />

Board and nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the Boys<br />

and Girls Clubs of Skagit County, I probably would have politely smiled at<br />

you and said “I like your optimism”. All the while thinking that you were<br />

completely nuts. Yet here I am. It has been a whirlwind year filled with<br />

some great opportunities to meet new people and discover the many<br />

great things that Skagit County has to offer. However, the opportunity<br />

that excites me the most is the chance to serve our community.<br />

The end goal is to make the Skagit Valley a more just, more equitable<br />

and a better thriving community then when I was entrusted to serve it.<br />

It is my firm belief that education and opportunity are two key components<br />

for making that goal a reality. They provide the foundation by<br />

which success is achieved and progress is realized. To put it simply,<br />

if you want to make the world a better place, you don’t have to look<br />

any further than your community and, specifically, the individuals that<br />

make up that community – your neighbors. Yet, this isn’t just my end<br />

goal. It is deeply shared by the staff, administration and board of the<br />

Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County.<br />

I feel very fortunate to be a part of group of like-minded individuals<br />

who have taken on the duty and responsibility of serving as stewards<br />

of our community’s greatest asset – our kids. We share a common<br />

vision of seeking to enhance the lives of our youth now and create<br />

more opportunities in order that they might have a better future. And it<br />

is our belief that clubs are one of the most effective tools for bringing<br />

that vision to fruition. Or as we like to describe it, clubs are “a place to<br />

become” for our youth. They provide the necessary framework, mento-<br />

Donnabell Lathrom<br />

Pat Garrett<br />

Voula Alexopoulos<br />

Antonio Powell<br />

Paul Godfrey<br />

Bill Wallace<br />

Don Bates<br />

Thank you to our<br />

Event Sponsors!<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Youth of the <strong>Year</strong>:<br />

Dinner with Friends Keystone Sponsor<br />

Hendricks Family Foundation<br />

Leadership Sponsors<br />

Skagit Valley College<br />

Draper Valley Farms/Perdue<br />

Terry & Vince Oliver<br />

Program Sponsors<br />

Trident Seafood<br />

Eaglemont Golf Course<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Sedro-Woolley Winter Fundraiser:<br />

Royal Title Sponsor<br />

Dwayne Lane’s North Cascade Ford<br />

Noble Sponsor<br />

Janicki Industries<br />

Grand Sponsor<br />

Barb & James Thompson<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Annual Breakfast:<br />

Title Sponsor<br />

Trico Companies<br />

Keystone Sponsor<br />

K&H Integrated Print Solutions<br />

Torch Sponsor<br />

Skagit Transportation<br />

Logistics Sponsor<br />

Bayside Specialties<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Anacortes Breakfast:<br />

Title Sponsor<br />

Kiwanis Sunrisers Anacortes<br />

Torch Sponsors<br />

Cap Sante Inn<br />

Anacortes Rotary Club<br />

RIS Insurance<br />

Strandberg Construction<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Keys for Kids:<br />

Grand Piano Title Sponsor<br />

Andeavor<br />

Baby Grand Sponsor<br />

Dwayne Lanes Skagit Subaru<br />

Full Staff<br />

Drain Doctor<br />

Stepping Stones Garden<br />

Key Sponsor<br />

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro<br />

Table Sponsors<br />

Columbia Bank<br />

Farm & Cottage Enterprises<br />

Joanie & Stephen Moe<br />

RIS Insurance Services<br />

IMAC General Construction<br />

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ing and support that kids need to<br />

grow and learn.<br />

As a new board member, I quickly<br />

made two observations. First,<br />

passion is what fuels the clubs.<br />

There is no shortage of it even at<br />

the Board level. It permeates all<br />

levels and is quite contagious. The<br />

second is the quality and openness<br />

of its governance. I am well<br />

versed from my background and<br />

education that you can have the<br />

greatest of goals and mission in the<br />

world, but without a proper vision<br />

for achieving those goals and that<br />

mission and the willingness to work<br />

through the many struggles it takes<br />

to realize them, it is all for naught.<br />

Our kids face many challenges and<br />

struggles on a daily basis. Our staff<br />

and administration work hard to<br />

provide the support and mentorship<br />

our youth need to succeed in<br />

facing those struggles. It is our job<br />

at the board level to be judicious in<br />

our decisions with how resources<br />

are allocated and managed. This<br />

requires open dialogue built on a<br />

culture of ‘no surprises.’<br />

OF THE<br />

It is our hope that the youth in the<br />

clubs today will become the board<br />

members of tomorrow. In that<br />

respect, the Board serves as an<br />

example of what it means to be a<br />

caring and engaged citizen. That<br />

requires a great deal of self-awareness<br />

and a willingness to face<br />

challenges head on. I have seen<br />

nothing less from my fellow board<br />

members. They take their mission<br />

seriously—making our community<br />

better, one kid at a time.<br />


Dahl Electric<br />

Safway Services, LLC<br />

2017 Golf Tournament:<br />

Join the Heritage Club<br />

The Heritage Club is an association of friends of Boys<br />

& Girls Clubs from all across the country. Like you,<br />

these people seek to ensure that the future needs of<br />

our nation’s youth are met by including their local<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs in their estate plans. This planning<br />

might include a will, charitable gift annuity, a trust<br />

arrangement, a real estate gift or a life insurance policy.<br />

Your support through a planned gift will ensure<br />

that future generations of our children will have<br />

the opportunity to live successful lives in a safe,<br />

positive and caring environment.<br />

Joining The Heritage Club is easy! Simply let us<br />

know that you’d like to join by printing, signing and<br />

returning the enrollment form available at<br />

www.skagitclubs.org<br />

or contact Ian Faley at<br />

ifaley@skagitclubs.org or 360-419-3723 x7.<br />

Title Sponsor<br />

Blade Chevrolet<br />

Dinner Sponsor<br />

Judd & Black Appliance<br />

Lunch Sponsor<br />

Bayside Specialties<br />

Rotary Club of Burlington<br />

Contest Sponsor<br />

Heritage Bank<br />

Mike Gubrud – Farmers Insurance<br />

Skagit Transportation<br />

Swinomish Casino<br />

Snack Cart Sponsor<br />

CPI Plumbing/SaviBank<br />

Barrett Financial – Community Caring Project<br />

Hole Sponsor<br />

Wells Fargo<br />

Green/Tee Sponsor<br />

Banner Bank<br />

Bob’s Burgers & Brew<br />

Brown Line LLC<br />

Central Moving & Storage<br />

Conover Insurance<br />

Cook Road Shell<br />

Farmstrong Brewery<br />

Flyers Restaurant & Brewery<br />

Gateway Transmission<br />

Just Peachy Frozen Yogurt<br />

Land Title & Escrow<br />

Louis Auto Glass<br />

Rallye Auto<br />

Safelite AutoGlass<br />

Scholten’s Equipment<br />

SEMRAU Engineering & Surveying<br />

ServiceMaster<br />

Skagit River Steel & Recycling<br />

ServPro Skagit<br />

Skagit Valley Marine Corps League<br />

Smiley Insurance<br />

2017 Great Futures Gala:<br />

Keynote Sponsor<br />

Jack Gubrud Memorial Fund<br />

Title Sponsor<br />

Dreamchasers RV<br />

Premier<br />

CPI<br />

Gold<br />

KarMART<br />

American Dream Realty<br />

Silver<br />

Simmons Partner Network<br />

Louis Auto Glass<br />

Alaska Marine Lines<br />

Andeavor<br />

Chinook Enterprises<br />

Image360<br />

Strandberg Construction<br />

Bronze<br />

Samish Indian Nation<br />

Judd & Black<br />

Birch Equipment<br />

Columbia Distributing<br />

Skagit Regional Health<br />

Fisher Construction Group<br />

Pacific WoodTech<br />

Skagit Bank<br />


PO Box 947<br />

Mount Vernon, WA 98273<br />




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