2016 Mid-Year Report

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To our Skagit community,

As an organization, we work to ensure that all of our stakeholders are informed about

Club operations regularly and understand how much we appreciate and value your contributions

to our success. Our semi-annual report is intended to capture highlights of

the first half of the year, and provide you with a snapshot of the progress of our Clubs

in implementing our mission: to enable all young people, especially those who need us

most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

A personal highlight for me, during my initial term as President of the Board of Directors,

was attending the 110th National Conference of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We

know we have a strong Club organization here in Skagit County, and this was reinforced as

I attended workshops and sessions, realizing that we already implement so many of the best

practices offered.

However, in seeing how the 400 Club organizations from throughout the country and on military bases

around the world come together, so determined to fulfill the Club mission, I gained a deeper appreciation

for the work our professionally trained staff in Skagit County accomplish, as well as better understanding as

to the tremendous scope of the Boys & Girls Club movement, impacting more than 4million youth in 2015.

Thank you for your continued support of our Clubs, and the kids and families we serve; the need is great,

and only through that ongoing support are we able to make the difference we do. If you haven’t been recently,

I encourage you to visit your local Clubhouse and have your own moment of realization - seeing the

difference your support provides in a very personal way.


Mark Lawrence

Board President

Simply Yards Landscape & Design

Dear Friends,

Twice a year we are privileged to be able to share with you a deeper look at the

operations of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. Thanks to our partnership

with K&H Integrated Print Solutions, and the magic of Tammy Findlay, our Director

of Marketing & Stewardship, we can produce these sophisticated publications

at no cost. There is a lot that goes into fulfilling our mission - to enable all

young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential

as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

We have had much success in the last two years, and it has been celebrated time

and again. However, we are not without our challenges, and this year, we face one

of our largest, manifest through changes in staff capacities because of updated policies

from the Department of Labor. These new regulations will impact many, in both the non-, and

for-profit sectors. We have worked hard to stay ahead of the issue, but changes in our operations

will be necessary, which you can read about in this semi-annual report.

As an organization, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County takes very seriously its’ responsibility to

constituents and stakeholders to be good stewards of community investment, and appreciate the

opportunity to inform you of our activities working to change the lives of more than 1,600 youth in

Skagit County. There is a significant need that remains, and with your support, we will endeavor to

ultimately reach each and every child in Skagit County who can benefit from the opportunities Clubs

provide through our unique, and time-tested service model.

Yours in service,

Ron McHenry

Executive Director




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• Dinner with Friends Keystone $5000

Hendricks Family Foundation

• YOY Sponsor $500

Trident Seafood

Eaglemont Golf Course



• Royal Title Sponsor – $2500

Dwayne Lane’s North Cascade Ford

• Noble Sponsor – $1500

Carl’s Towing

• Grand Sponsor – $1000

Snelson Co.

• Silver Sponsor – $500

KS Excavating

• Table Sponsors

Christine Johnson

Truck Vault

Mike Crawford

Les Schwab


• Title Sponsor -$7500

K&H Integrated Print Solutions

• Audio/Video Sponsor – $3000

Allstate Foundation

• Torch Sponsors – $2,500

Skagit Transportation

• Table Sponsors – $1000

Skagit Bank

R. W. Baird & Co. – Carter & Ryberg

Barrett Financial – Community Giving Project

Chad Fisher Construction

Mike Gubrud – Farmer’s Insurance

Williams & Nulle, PLLC

Bayside Specialties

Annette Booth – Allstate Insurance

Skagit Aggregates

Sims Honda


• Title Sponsor $2000

Kiwanis Sunrisers Anacortes

• Event Sponsors $1000

Strandberg Construction



...5, 7, 11, 13























t the Clubs, there is a strong belief in creating a

space where youth have the freedom and drive to

imagine the possibilities for their future. Career-

Launch is a Club program that encourages Club

members ages 13 to 18 to assess their skills and interests,

explore careers, and make sound educational decisions.

There are multiple facets to the program. Through

online resources provided by Boys & Girls Clubs

of America, teens can learn about preparing a

resumé, how to dress & conduct themselves

in an interview, search for jobs, and read

about other teens and their CareerLaunch

stories. Volunteers and Club staff also

have access to a facilitator guide with

curriculums and best practices.

Volunteers and Staff mentor Club

members individually and in small

groups, providing opportunities

for job shadowing and training.

Frequent field trips to job facilities,

and college tours, provide

youth with a wealth of insight.

A favorite part of the program involves

visits from professionals in

the field, who visit the Clubs and

share with youth about their career

path journey.

At the Mount Vernon Club, youth

were visited by professional driver,

Justin Youngquist, who is just 20

years old and has been racing Sprint

Cars since he was 9 years old.

The Sedro-Woolley Club is fortunate to

have a teen-dedicated building, and has a

strong teen presence with nearly 50 in daily attendance.

They are fortunate to see regular visits

from professionals in a wide range of career fields.

Timothy Rowe, a Physical Therapist Assistant who works

for Independence Rehab in Burien, WA talked to the

“Woolley Teens” about different Physical Therapy techniques,

what an average day at work is like for him, and

how he decided on his career path. He has worked as a

PTA for two years and was a CNA for 4 years prior to that.


PROGRAMS: Academic Success

AME1 (First Class Petty Officer) Laura Swenson spoke about

the many factors that lead her to join the Navy. She shared

stories about her adventures traveling the world and how

being in the Navy has helped her grow as a person.

Club members are introduced to as

many quality options as possible,

putting them in a position to match

their natural talents and passions to

a career that will best serve them and

their community.

Colin Bean is a Registered Nurse at Skagit Valley Hospital

in the Progressive and Critical Care Unit. He told the teens

about his journey in school from Skagit Valley College to

Western Washington University, and finally, to the Denver

School of Nursing. He explained that moments on the job can

be very difficult, yet even more so, rewarding.

Officer Katie Wilson of the Sedro-Woolley Police Department

talked about the challenges and rewards that come with being

a law enforcement officer. She also shared what led her

to choose to become a police officer and then showed off

some of the tools of the trade. Despite repeated requests,

none of the teens were tazed.

In August, teens from all Club locations in Skagit County will

be combining to embark on a major college tour. They will

depart Monday, August 15th, and over the next five days,

visit Central Washington University, Perry Technical Institute,

Boise State University, Eastern Idaho Technical College,

Montana State University, the University of Montana, and

finally, Eastern Washington University. The wide range of

student population sizes, settings, and specialties, will provide

participants with a deeper understanding of the choices

available to them for post-secondary education, including

non-traditional pathways of study.

Club members at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County are

introduced to as many quality options as possible, putting

them in a position to match their natural talents and passions

to a career that will best serve them and their community. All

of these facets of the CareerLaunch program are designed to

open the eyes of youth and generate excitement about their

future possibilities, giving them an added advantage when

choosing their own career path. •••

Thank you Sponsors cont.

Ris Insurance Services

Cap Sante Inn

• Table Sponsors $500

Curt Oppel - John L. Scott

Anacortes Community Health Council

Anacortes Police Department

Barrett Financial – Community Giving Project

The Walk In Clinic at Island Hospital

Alice Bohnker Insurance

John L. Scott


Representative Jeff Morris


• Grand Piano Title Sponsor $8,800

Tesoro Corp

• Table Sponsors $1000

Cascade Natural Gas

Columbia Bank

IMAC General Construction

Reese Alexandria Homes LLC

• Major Chord Sponsor $500

Edward Jones

Foothills Toyota

Hampton Inn

Heritage Bank


• Title Sponsor $5000

Blade Chevrolet

• Dinner Sponsor $3000

Judd & Black Appliance

• Lunch Sponsor $2500

Bayside Specialties

• Contest Sponsor $1000

Heritage Bank

Mike Gubrud – Farmers Insurance

Skagit Transportation

Swinomish Casino

• Snack Cart Sponsor $750

CPI Plumbing/SaviBank

Barrett Financial – Community Giving Project

• Hole Sponsor $750


Wells Fargo

• Green/Tee Sponsor $400

Central Moving & Storage

Conover Insurance

Cook Road Shell



“It was a great event supported by a wonderful community who continues to

make sure that we serve the kids that need us the most. Raising over $40,000

for both nights, it was a testament to our community’s support and to how

delightful the Keys for Kids event is.”

~Mark Lawrence, Board President


Photo by FoxLight


On June 24th and 25th the Boys &

Girls Clubs of Skagit County held

their Fundraiser, Keys for Kids

for the second year in a row, this

time adding a second evening. Featuring a dueling piano

show performed by Kirk Garrett and Rich Wyman, of

Killer Keyz, the event took place at La Conner Flats where

the flowers and gardens were in full bloom, and the atmosphere

was perfect for an evening outdoors.

Each evening opened with a social hour and an opportunity

for guests to play minute-to-win-it games for a

chance at raffle prizes. Some were embracing the competition

as friends cheered them on, laughing as they

raced to unwrap a candy bar with oven mitts on. Many

enjoyed the photo booth with wacky props on hand, and

others were happy to relax under the big tent with selections

from Thurston Wolfe Wines and Boundary Bay

Brewery. A lovely dinner was served by Avenue Catering,

as guests got the opportunity to visit with friends

and make new acquaintances.

Kirk and Rich got everyone out of their seats early, laughing

and clapping, as they captured someone who was

not so keen to be volunteered, to demonstrate a choreographed

version of “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” by Three

Dog Night. They were a good sport, though, and inspired

everyone get energized for a night of fun.

The dueling piano duo did a tremendous job of engaging

the audience and encouraging guests to outbid song

choices, and each other. During the show, guests had the

opportunity to hear their song by placing a bid, with highest

bid on songs played first. Anyone could stop the

song playing by outmatching the bid by a dollar. On

Friday evening, “Uptown Funk,” by Bruno Mars

brought people to the dance floor, vying for

their tempo and song, while 12 Variations

of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

brought ovations from the audience. On

Saturday, the hotly contested “Friends in Low

Places” by Garth Brooks, brought angst as half of

the room loved country and the other half absolutely

hated it. In the end country won out with the most bids, a

dance floor take over, and a boisterous sing along.

Jazzelle Elias, Skagit County’s 2015 Youth of the Year,

gave a compelling speech on how the Club changed her

life when she needed it most, and other Club members followed

her lead, learning how to speak confidently in front

of a crowd. Representatives from Tesoro took a moment to

confirm their commitment to fund STEM programs for the

Clubs, commented on their belief that the Clubs are a very

sound investment, and celebrated the singular impact the

Clubs have in serving youth in the community.

“It was a great event supported by a wonderful community

who continues to make sure that we serve the

kids that need us the most.” said Mark Lawrence, Board

President for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County.

“Raising over $40,000 for both nights, it was a testament

to our community’s support and to how delightful

the Keys for Kids event is.”

Many fantastic photos from the event can be found on

the Club’s Flickr album. Just visit skagitclubs.org, click on

News & Events and follow the link from the menu on the

right. Those interested in attending next year can also use

the form under the same menu to RSVP for 2017.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County would like to thank

those people and businesses who operated behind the

scenes and played a part in the event’s success.

They are especially grateful to Grand Piano Title

Sponsor, Tesoro, and all the sponsors and

attendees that invested in Keys for

Kids to support youth. •••




2016 at

the Boys &

Girls Clubs means

a summer full of discovery. For

the first time, the Clubs have offered a

week long STEM Camp at each site, called Discover Motion.

The theme of this Camp helps focus members’ attention,

while they spend the week discovering, exploring,

and experimenting with the various aspects of physics as

it relates to movement. This opportunity was made possible

through a grant from Shell Puget Sound Refinery,

as means to both grow budding young scientists for the

future, and provide Boys & Girls Club members with a

unique summer experience.

Beginning at the Anacortes Club, a corps of seven Club

members began their exploration by building wheeled

vehicles and testing them on a ramp. They discovered

quickly the importance that symmetry plays in their

designs in order to keep their vehicles on the ramp,

balanced, as well as stabilizing the free moving parts

so that their vehicles could reach their top speeds.

Extra points

were given for

style, function, and

mechanical complexity.

On the second day of STEM Camp,

Club members were visited by a team of Shell

Puget Sound Refinery employees, that consisted of engineers,

scientists, and mechanics. Club members were

engaged in discussions about the refinery, and had the

opportunity to explore a functioning mini refinery that

demonstrated how the engineers, scientists, and mechanics

all work together to turn crude oil (black sludge)

into usable products like gasoline, asphalt, plastics, and

fertilizer. The Shell employees were more than happy to

share about their areas of expertise and the colleges and

universities where they could pursue similar academics,

in order to prepare them for future careers in science.

Continuing their adventures through motion, Club members

worked through the process of researching and designing

a simple machine in the form of a crane arm. Utilizing

the tech lab, members researched cranes to develop

their own designs. Then they went to work discovering


D ISCOVERS UMMER: DiscoverMotion

the best ways to piece together their machines. The

challenge for this project was finding a way to incorporate

a hydraulic lever component to it. Emphasis

was spent on matching their design to their final

product and testing its functionality.

Likely the most perplexing project, Club members

spent the final day discovering magnetism and creating

their own mag-lev vehicles. Members were

familiar with using magnets to attract magnetic

charges, but the challenge with this project was in

manipulating the magnets’ charges to repel one another

as a means to create levitation and eliminate

friction, in order to build an innovative vehicle.

Discover Motion STEM Camp is currently in session

at the Mount Vernon Club, and will be visiting the

Sedro-Woolley Club, soon, as well as a special session

in Burlington, at the Burlington School District’s

Annex building, before summer is out. •••

Thank you Sponsors cont.

Gateway Transmission

Louis Auto Glass

Safelite AutoGlass

SEMRAU Engineering & Surveying

ServPro Skagit

Smiley Insurance


• Hall of Famer – Title Sponsor $10,000

Dreamchasers RV

• All-Stars $5,000

Barrett Financial – Community Giving Project

Judd & Black Appliance

K&H Print Solutions

• MVP’s $2,500

Columbia Distributing

CPI Plumbing & Heating

Samish Indian Nation

Shell Corporation

• Social Hour Sponsor $2,500

Avenue Catering

• Draft Picks $1,500

Angel of the Winds Casino

Annette Booth – Allstate Insurance


Paul Evert’s RV Country

RIS Insurance Services

Skagit Bank

Strandberg Construction

Tesoro Corp

Photos by FoxLight



Restricted vs.



The success seemed to just keep coming in 2015;

first, a first ever award from the Office of Justice

Programs of nearly $25,000 to provide academic

mentoring programs to youth in Sedro-Woolley,

then it was the selection as a pilot site for the new Academic

Innovation in Mentoring initiative through the

State of Washington, and with it, funding for the staff

person and necessary hardware and software components.

As the year progressed, the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County were also successful in securing federal

grant funds to open two middle school programs,

and then, the Tesoro Foundation made a commitment of

$390,000 over three years.

To some in the community, Clubs seemed to be flush

with cash, with less need for local investment, when in

all actuality, the need was never greater. Some, more often

jokingly than not, made reference to the organization

needing to pay more for services, and some believed that

the Clubs now had everything they needed.

It is the local resources, Skagit philanthropy at its

best, that open our doors when school is out, so more

than 1,600 youth have a safe, fun, and positive place

to go. When an individual or business makes a contribution

to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County to

support our mission, unless otherwise directed, it is

considered unrestricted funding. This goes to pay for

administrative support, lights, copy toner, phone bills,

games, snacks, other essentials, and most of all, the

professional staff who work each day on the front line,

making the greatest difference.

When funding is secured that is for a specific Club, program,

or other initiative, the donor’s intent, whether

stated or implied, is taken seriously, and fulfilled. More

than just the good steward responsibility of meeting


our donor-investors philanthropic goals, IRS regulations

require us to track and restrict the resources for that

purpose. More often than not, these investments are

strategic in nature, and result in providing opportunities

for deeper impact by our Clubs. This helps provide for a

better overall Club Experience, but rarely the ability to

reach more youth who are looking for the Club to fill a

need in their lives.

Through our grant and partnership with the Tesoro

Foundation, Clubs were able to directly purchase new

computers for youth for the first time in our history.

It could be considered modest by most standards, as

it resulted in just three to nine new terminals at each

location, distributed based on Club attendance in an

equitable manner. However, now Club members have

the equipment needed not only to complete regular

homework tasks, but learn coding, create their own

video games, make movies, and other activities that

are carefully designed to develop the skills necessary

to pursue success in the 21st Century. Our Director

of STEM Initiatives, funded wholly by this grant, visits

each Club location weekly to engage youth in programs

and curriculum that would not be possible with

our core funding; however, without those investments,

there would be no youth for them to engage.

The price of success for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit

County has been increased referrals from other agencies

and partners, greater confidence by families that Clubs

meet their need, and serving nearly 100% more youth

than in 2014. Heading into the 2016-17 school year, three

of our Clubhouses, in Anacortes, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley

will open with waiting lists for enrollment;

La Conner is likely to be at funded capacity within the

first weeks of the year.

Community need for Club programs is greater than ever,

and can only be lessened through maintaining unrestricted

funding streams and investments, carefully

stewarded by the Board of Directors who provide indepth

oversight to ensure that Clubs work hard to fulfill

the core mission: to enable all young people, especially

those who needs us most, to reach their full potential as

productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is a solid investment

and doing better than ever thanks to community

support. Unrestricted funds enable Clubs to work with

members in developing their path to success; restricted

funds make that path wider. •••

Thank you Sponsors cont.

Valley Electric

• Dessert Sponsor $1,000

Williams & Nulle

• Image Enhancement Sponsor

Simmons Insurance Group





David Bishop

Veronica Crommett

Patricia Dunn

Keith Magee

Sarah Morr

Wanda Rowland

Liz Smith

Chelsea Martin

Tracy Kane

Donnabell Lathrom

Judith Wiefels

Gable Wilkins

Pat Bedson

Cookson Beecher

Renee Buchanan

Jenna Fonoimoana

Pat Grenfell

Christine Johnson

Kelsey Langille

Madison Queen

Kathie Roll

Patricia Stephens

Josh Anderson

Danielle Baird-Russell

Dan Berard

Jennifer Doherty

Chris Hill

Ryan Linman

Annie McGary

Vanessa Murphy

Nancy Ptacek

Josh Serrano

Patrick Siler

Brian Soneda

Kurt Swanson

Kara Symonds

Barbra Tucker

Brian Youngquist






Photo by FoxLight

Photo by FoxLight

Photo by FoxLight



Mean Big Changes

For the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, revised

regulations concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act,

specifically the new minimum salary threshold, mean

big changes in how Clubs will operate beginning December

1, 2016. All administrative staff, Club Directors, and

Program Directors currently are classified as Full-time, Salaried,

Exempt. The nature of most non-profit work, especially

in organizations that provide direct service, requires

flexibility, adaptability in schedule, and often many weeks

where more than 40 hours is necessary to fulfill even the

most basic of job requirements and objectives. Under current

regulations, last updated in 2004, there is a ‘salary

basis test’ that involves meeting specific requirements in

job scope, coupled with a minimum salary of $455 weekly

($23,600 annually).

New regulations from the Department of Labor, under development

for the last two years, has changed the ‘salary basis

test’, affecting several Club positions, but the greater impact

comes from new minimum salary levels. With the change, an

employee must earn $913 per week, or $47,476 annually for a

full-year worker. Additionally, this wage will adjust automatically

every three years, beginning on January 1, 2020.

Historically, employees in the non-profit industry have remained

underpaid in comparison to individuals with similar

responsibility levels in the private sector. In the last few years,

this has led to significant difficulties in recruitment and retention

of qualified individuals in many positions all over the

country, and led to most organizations revising salary levels

out of necessity. In Skagit County, the Board of Directors for

the Boys & Girls Clubs worked in partnership with Boys &

Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to complete an assessment of

the local Job Classification and Compensation Management

Program (JCCMP) in 2015. The JCCMP process involves an

outside consultant, provided by BGCA, who compares salary

ranges of like positions throughout Clubs across the country,

other non-profits, and the private sector, and then provides

an analysis for reflection and consideration by the Board.

Recognizing the need to increase salaries based on local economic

conditions and the difficulty the organization had in

recruiting new hires, members of the Board spent a considerable

amount of time and energy engaged in this process.

The results were not incredibly surprising. Staff were earning

approximately 80% of the national median for their positions,

while the overall level of Skagit Valley was 109%, and Anacortes

alone 112%, of the national median.

Compounding the issue was a workforce shortage that resulted

in increased wages of hourly employees across all sectors

of Skagit County as businesses, both for-, and non-profit,

struggled to hire part-time workers in the fall of 2015.

The effect drove these wages even higher,

and meant that some employees were

earning more per hour than their

supervisor or others on the

leadership team.


With wages and benefits comprising more than 70% of

the Clubs’ $1.6million annual budget, any movement in

salary ranges have a significant impact on operations.

Yet, without action, Clubs wouldn’t have the staff necessary

to continue serving the kids already signed up for

programs. Although this shortage was anticipated, and

Clubs responded by recruiting as far away as California to

the south, and Wisconsin to the east - targeting communities

with high unemployment, 17 positions remained

unfilled on the first day of the 2015-16 school year. After

careful deliberation, the Board of Directors voted to adopt

a schedule that would raise wages to the 90th percentile,

over a two-year period, still far behind the area norm, but

positive movement nonetheless.

Staff were certainly grateful for the investment in their

future, turnover slowed, and by the end of the year, all

but one full-time position remained open - and has now

been filled as August approaches. Yet even with these

positive changes, only the Executive Director earns more

than the new minimum salary of $47,476; to fully implement

the new Department of Labor regulations and

make no changes to current structure would cost just

over $180,000, while providing for no increase in service.

With most Clubs operating on a waiting list for enrollment

already because of need, this is just not something

Club leadership can consider.

An HR Taskforce, led by Board member Holly Shannon,

with participation of several community leaders across

different economic sectors, has recently engaged in processing

through the many elements and consequences

of this new reality, specifically what it means for current

wage and benefits for staff, policies surrounding the

transition from staff who are exempt from overtime to

those that will now earn time and a half for any hours

worked over forty, what type of flexibility is needed, how

it will impact employee morale, and what non-core services

will likely be eliminated. Even at conservative forecasting,

the new overtime regulations will result in nearly

$20,000 in potential overtime to current employees

in 2017; this means a change is required so that Clubs

can continue focusing on providing basic services for as

many youth as possible.

Beyond the affirmed Values of Fun, Respect, Integrity,

Community, and Acceptance, Club leadership take very

seriously stewardship and transparency, and aim to inform

all stakeholders about operations, especially when

they may make such a significant impact on the ability of

the organization to fulfill its’ mission. For more information

about the new regulations and how they may impact

the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, please contact

Ron McHenry, Executive Director, at 360-419-3723. •••

Photo by Jon Kull





Mark Lawrence

Simply Yards Landscaping

Mark is a longtime resident and business

owner in the Anacortes community.

Heading up Simply Yards, a landscaping &

design company, Mark has been involved

with the Clubs first as a Community Council

member, then as a Board member. Now

serving as the Board President, he has

been instrumental in much of the Clubs’

development efforts.


Stephanie Hooper

Bayside Specialties

A dedicated Board member, volunteer,

and one of the Dinner & Auction committee

chairs, Stephanie has been instrumental

in raising the visibility of the Clubs,

over the last couple years. A Burlington

resident and business owner, she helps

run Bayside Specialties, which sells promotional

products all over the County.


Annette Booth

Booth Insurance/Allstate

Insurance Co.

Annette has been involved with Boys &

Girls Clubs for more than six years. Serving

on the Board, as a past-President, Annette

has been very active in supporting the mission,

and advocating for youth. Through

her Allstate insurance agency, in Mount

Vernon, she has placed a special emphasis

on Club work, especially, acting as one

of the Dinner & Auction committee chairs,

and always striving for greater success.


Vice President

Mike Gubrud

Mike Gubrud Farmers Insurance


As a dedicated, local Farmers Insurance

agent, and longtime Board member, Mike

has helped out with nearly every facet of

Club outreach & partnerships, over the

years. A leader behind the Clubs’ Golf

Tournament, yearly ensuring success,

Mike has helped the Clubs mature from

a fledgling organization, into the leading

youth development non-profit, it is today.

Vice President

Kelly Tuohig

Tesoro Corporation

From helping chair the Resource Development

committee, to helping make Keys For

Kids event the signature success it is, today,

Kelly has been a dynamic Board member,

and community member. Originally

from the Southwest, Kelly is the Senior

Industrial Hygienist at Tesoro, and has a

passion for serving youth in the area. Her

perspectives on fun & healthy lifestyles

has been important for improving the opportunities

for Club kids.


Becky Taft

Skagit Bank

Becky has been on the Board since 2011.

Helping to ensure the financial accountability

of the organization, she has been

Treasurer, and helps facilitate most of the

registration & banking at events. Becky is

a Vice President at Skagit Bank, and the

Sedro-Woolley Branch Manager. A longtime

resident of the community, she can

be found taking beautiful photos of exotic

flowers and cruising around in her MG.



Carrie Wallace

Skagit Bank

Raised in Skagit County, and a graduate

from BEHS & Western, Carrie has served

for a couple years on the Board. A wealth

of knowledge & vitality, Carrie’s keen insights

have helped the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County continue to improve—

ever finding new ways to engage our community.

Carrie is the Senior Vice President

of Compliance for Skagit Bank.


Pat Barrett

Barrett Financial, LTD

Though originally from Montana, Pat

has been a deeply-involved member of

the Anacortes community for years. As

the head of Barrett Financial, Ltd., Pat

brings extensive financial knowledge

to the Board, and is a passionate exponent

of greater youth access to our

high-quality programs. Given his deep

advocacy, Pat celebrates the tireless

work of our staff, along with championing

the successes of the Clubs.


Dr. Carl Bruner

Mount Vernon School District


A veteran Board member, Carl is the Superintendent

for the Mount Vernon School

District. Helping to bridge the in-school

& out-of-school connections, Carl brings

education experience to the Board, and

insight into current school procedures.

Having helped establish the 21st Century

Programs, he has been a tremendous advocate

for increasing the outreach of the

Clubs, in service to youth.


Karen Ray

Angel of the Winds

Casino Hotel

Karen joined our Board of Directors in

January 2013, and brought in her impressive

knowledge of marketing skills

and community connections. Acting as

Chair, she lent her expertise to the Clubs’

newly developed Marketing committee.

She is passionate about the Clubs and

loves hearing about the a day at the

Club through her grandchildren, who are

members in Anacortes.


Tom Pasma

Tom L. Pasma Auctioneers

Co-Owner Double S Quarter Horses, Inc

Along with being the auctioneer for the

Fall Dinner & Auction, over the last few

years, Tom has been on the Board, helping

to develop & secure important resources

for the Clubs. Tom is an auctioneer

& rancher, and helps head up Double S

Quarterhorses in Bow, with his wife. Passionate

about serving kids, Tom has been

instrumental in developing partnerships

that support youth leadership.


Holly Shannon

Carson Law Group

Having been on the Board just over a year,

Holly brings a wealth of legal expertise to

the Board, and Club procedures. An attorney

for the Carson Law Group, in Everett,

Holly heads up the Clubs’ HR Task Force, and

has been instrumental in improving aspects

of Keys For Kids, and the Dinner & Auction.

Holly lives in Burlington, and is pleased to

have returned to the Pacific Northwest, after

law school in the Mid-West.




Danielle Martin

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists

Danielle is one of the Clubs’ newest Board

members. On top of her own business, as

a Rodan+Fields consultant, she heads up

marketing for Tri-Power Construction, and

helped to set up a major stairway renovation

project at the Mount Vernon Club.

Danielle has brought energy as the Philanthropy

chair, working to build & formalize a

culture of giving, service, and investment

in the lives of Club youth. A mother of two

Club kids, herself, she brings a very personal

understanding to Club programs.


Raymond Goda

DreamchasersRV of Burlington

While somewhat new to Skagit County,

Raymond’s passion and enthusiasm

have certainly made an impression that

lasts. A recent edition to the Board of

Directors, Raymond is a graduate of

Leadership Skagit, and owns and operates

DreamchasersRV of Burlington,

which has been recognized several

times for its excellence.


Tina Asp


Originally from the vast expanses of Alaska,

Tina has been doing business in the

Skagit community for the last few years.

With a background in design, marketing,

and client relations, Tina heads up the

operations of Image360-Burlington with

her husband. A new Board member, Tina

chairs the Program & Facilities committee,

bringing her creativity & problem solving

expertise to the Clubs.


Administrative Office

1605 William Way, Ste B. Mount Vernon, WA 98273

360-419-3723 (phone/fax)

Anacortes Club: Taylor Bannister

904 6th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

tbannister@skagitclubs.org 360-588-9045

La Conner Club: Kenneth Evans

305 N. Sixth St. La Conner, WA 98257

kevans@skagitclubs.org 360-466-3672

Mount Vernon Club: Angela Freeberg

1100 N. La Venture Rd.Mount Vernon, WA 98273

afreeberg@skagitclubs.org 360-428-6995



Mount Baker Club: Liz Klenke

2310 E. Section St. Mount Vernon, WA 98274

lklenke@skagitclubs.org 360-428-6109 x32175

La Venture Club: Brian Gustafson

1100 N. La Venture Rd.Mount Vernon, WA 98273

brian.gustafson@skagitclubs.org 360-428-6109 x31177

Sedro-Woolley Club: Alivia Holman

915 McGarigle Rd. Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

alivia.holman@skagitclubs.org 360-856-1830




For the past 3 years, Renee has dedicated one afternoon each

week, during the school year to run the SMART Girls program

for girls in 4th, 5th and 6th grades—a tremendous commitment!

Renee first

started volunteering

at the

Sedro-Woolley Club

when Best Buy did a Club improvement

project, while she was a Best Buy employee. After

finishing her teaching certification at WWU, she applied

for a summer job with the Club and was hired on as a

Youth Development Professional, specializing in sports,

fitness, and recreation. She was an immediate shoe-in to

SMART Girls is all about healthy attitudes & positive choices.

The SMART Girls program provides girls ages 9-16 a

safe forum to discuss their unique needs. SMART, or Skills

Mastery and Resistance Training, is the method of focusing

learning in a group environment to instill the skills and competencies

related to making healthy choices, abstaining

from drug use, and creating lasting relationships. Boys &

Girls Clubs of America provides curriculum for SMART programs,

helping to provoke reflection & discussion on various

topics related

to life choices.

Each lesson has a badge

to be earned that goes in their

SMART Girls Journal, motivating the

participants and providing them with a chronicle of what

they’ve learned over the course of the year.


run the SMART Girls program as a staff, and continued to

run it as a volunteer after she left the Club to work as a

teacher at Jefferson Elementary, in Mount Vernon. This

will be her fifth year running the SMART Girls program.

For the past 3 years, Renee has dedicated one afternoon

each week, during the school year to run the SMART Girls

program for girls in 4th, 5th and 6th grades—a tremendous

commitment! Because of Renee’s steady presence,

the girls feel very comfortable around her. This is a critical

component of the program’s success. ”Renee offers a

pleasant environment to be in, a place where I can talk

about my feelings and not be judged,” says Club member,

Ameliah, age 12.

Renee demonstrates a thorough understanding of the

SMART Girls mission, and Club members look to her

for instruction and leadership. Because of her strong

involvement in the community, she is able to bring in

speakers to enhance the program. Renee also uses her

kitchen talents for creative projects and treats. Renee

has taken real ownership of this program and the results

speak for themselves. •••




The Brooks Running

Club, sponsored

by Brooks Running

Company, based in Seattle, WA, was

started at the La Conner Club in 2014 and has seen consistent

interest and eager participation. It was newly

implemented at the Mount Vernon Club, this past April.

Every Friday, Club members ages 9 and up head out to the

track to hone their running skills. Last year, Club members

received brand new Brooks running shoes and participated

in a track meet in Pullayup.

La Conner Club members learn how

to measure their heart rate before

and after running.

Each meeting starts out with stretches, warm ups, followed

by running challenges, and finishes with a cooldown

before heading back into the Club. Through Running

Club, members

learn endurance, perseverance,

and team work. “These kids

work hard,” says Director Angela Freeberg.

“Each Friday they come back to the Club with sweaty, red

faces. But the best part is their big smiles. You can see

their sense of accomplishment.”

“Running on the track is always

tiring for me. Bobby always gets us

tired, but it’s to make sure we run

better the next time we run. I like

running now!”

~Andrew Frame (Club member, age 9)


Running Club in Mount Vernon is run by Membership

Coordinator and former Skagit County Youth of the Year,

Bobby Castro. Bobby loves running and has run in half

marathons and one full marathon. “Running on the track

is always tiring for me,” says 9 year old Club member Andrew

Frame between pants. “Bobby always gets us tired,

but it’s to make sure we run better the next time we run.

I like running now!”

“I like running,” says Club member Colby McDermott, age

10. “This was the first time I’ve run a mile in the summer,

and it is actually really fun to run in the sun!” To build

on endurance and distance, the difficulty of the exercises

and distance of the run is increased by small increments.

During the Mile Race, members race each other to see

who could get the fastest mile run, but at the same time,


PROGRAMS:Healthy Lifestyles

make sure everyone gets through the mile within

a given time. They started at 15 minutes and now

are all finishing within 10 minutes after 8 weeks

of the program. “That is a huge improvement, especially

for kids,” says Bobby. “Running is not an

easy task for anyone. I’ve always told kids to not

be competitive against each other, but instead,

run against themselves, making sure they improve

their physical strength and endurance within their

own skill level. This is what will help them become

better runners.”

Running Club is part of Boys & Girls Clubs’ emphasis

on Healthy Lifestyles. The Clubs aim to

provide every member with the opportunity to be

active and engaged in physical education each

day and strive to provide education to help members

make healthy choices—creating habits lasting

into adulthood. •••


Youth of the Month provides a great opportunity

for individual Club members to shine. Each month,

members are honored for their character, skills,

talents, & improvement in several categories. Each

Club gives out unique awards, correlating with top programs—such

as Artist of the Month, Triple Play MVP, and

Power Hour Hero.

All of the Clubs Award a boy & a girl as Youth of the

Month. Clubs with strong teen attendance award a Teen

of the Month as well.

Youth of the Month is a part of an umbrella program, Youth

of the Year. Each Club will be selecting participants for this

year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year

Competition. The Youth of the Month program prepares

younger members by instilling the drive for improvement,

and helps youth to understand what it means to model

Good Character & Citizenship.

Award ceremonies are a

big deal at the Clubs.

Awardees receive a unique certificate from their Club

Director in front of a group of their peers, many times,

with family in attendance as well. A short bio and photo

is posted to the Club website and Facebook page. Recently

Skagit Hyundai started recognizing youth on their big

digital readerboard, and occasionally, youth will see their

photo in the local newspaper.

Each year, Clubs use data from the National Youth Outcomes

Initiative as a measurement of Club Experience. Part of that

experience focuses on how well youth feel recognized, and

help identify the factors that lead to, or limit how connected

members feel. The Clubs take very seriously the role recognition

plays in members’ general feeling of wellbeing, and

work very hard to build & maintain an environment where

all the members feel included. Not just does this lead to a

better Club experience, but members’ likelihood of staying

connected with the Club increases, as well–

further ensuring the great futures

of our youth. •••


24 PROGRAMS:Good Character & Citizenship






During the 2015-16 school year, all Clubs provided a snack to every kid that came in the door, every day. That’s a lot of

snacks. Supplies for the year came out of their general budget, along with regular deliveries of free, Erin Baker’s Breakfast

Cookies, and occasional donations of fresh veggies from local farmers and organizations. Dinners were provided

during Family Nights, held throughout the year at each Club. Now with funding through the USDA Summer Food Service

Program, several locations serve: Breakfast, Lunch, and AM & PM snacks, in conjunction with the school districts

in Sedro-Woolley, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, as well as lunches for the Learning and Lunches program at Storvick &

Whitney Park in Anacortes, and the Club’s Summer Breeze Program at Maiben Park in Burlington. With added funding

comes added responsibilities, such as increased tracking and reporting, upgrades to facilities, permits, and staff as the

program requires meals to be provided to anyone, ages 0-18, regardless of Club membership. In the Summer, without

school lunch to rely on, for some youth, this could be their only opportunity to eat during the day.

For the 2016-2017 school year the Clubs plan to expand their food services with PM snack and suppers under the USDA

Child and Adult Care Food Program. The Clubs want to make sure that kids feel food secure, so that they can concentrate

on learning, have fun, and just be a kid.






4,446 5,000 5,412





Averaging 40

lunches per day.

Full data not yet


*Data set collected from each Club’s first day of the 2016 summer session, up until July 21, 2016.






by Tammy Findlay

Do you know that feeling? Euphoria, excitement, a

sense that everything can be right with the world?

Hope, a renewed faith in humanity?

We all have memories of these moments in our lives.

Sometimes it’s a significant life changing event, and sometimes

it’s more subtle and quiet. It’s at the heart of what

makes life beautiful, gives meaning and connection, and

might illuminate our own sensibility of purpose, inspiring us

to act, or validating our drive to keep on keeping on. In that

moment, we are renewed.

It was to be a new experience for me when I attended the

National Boys & Girls Conference in New Orleans in May.

Club Professionals and stakeholders from all over the nation

gathered together to gain insight, share experience,

strengthen relationships, and make new connections.

Small sessions focused on a range of topics such as Marketing,

Child Safety, STEM, best practices for CEOs and

Board Members, Resource Development, and improving

the overall Club Experience for all youth who walk through

our doors.

I was very impressed by a session featuring a panel of Regional

Youth of Year recipients who reminisced about their

time at their respective Clubs and spoke about their experiences

entering college. Another favorite for me, focused

on supporting LGBTQ youth, where attendees broke into

small groups. The presenters created a space where participants

felt comfortable asking questions, and we were able

to have a real interactive discussion and dialog as a group.

General Sessions were held in the Grand Ballroom; a space

set to accommodate 3,000 attendees. Here we heard inspirational

stories from former Club youth and famous talent.

Individuals & Clubs were by recognized for their achievements

and presented with well deserved grants, and we

witnessed Club

youth present their incredible

talents through music

and dance. The keynote speakers

were tremendous, and I was particularly

impressed by Professor Robert Putnam’s presentation

on the inequality of opportunity in America.

Yet, what struck me most about the conference wasn’t

one moment, but the sum of all its parts. It was a Club Director

taking the stage to express her heartfelt gratitude

at receiving much needed funds for her Club. It was the

power behind a youth dance troupe. It was the shared

story in a session of a successful solution or achievement

at their Club. It was a group asking hard questions, sharing

experience, tears and validation. It was Club people

from nearby organizations greeting each other with hugs.

It was seeing many glimpses of a person’s genuine heart.

People all across the country, from many different backgrounds,

in big cities, suburbs, and small towns with one

stop light, all working together, humbly putting in all their

effort to help youth in their communities. It was that feeling

and I felt renewed.

I’ve always been a big believer in fixing what’s in your

backyard. I absolutely believe that Clubs are doing that in

meaningful ways, on an individual level. One kid at a time,

joining their friends in a safe space—a place where they

can be themselves with mentorship they value and trust,

a place to find themselves, explore their passions, discover

their talents, and have room to grow into their potential.

Individual communities have the greatest power to make

lasting positive change for a nation as a whole. But it literally

starts in our backyard, meaning, with ourselves. For

me, I have to remember that it’s not about perfection; it’s

about remembering to try, especially after discouragement.

We all have the capacity to start small and do something

beneficial for ourselves, our family, our neighbors, and our

community. We won’t always know if we are putting our

efforts in the right place, but when we get the feeling, we

know where we stand. •••

Photo courtesy of

Boys & Girls Clubs

of America and

Boys & Girls Clubs

of San Francisco

Jay & Terry Ackley and K&H

are proud to support

Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County

Believe in Abundance

Live in Abundance

Give in Abundance

PO Box 947

Mount Vernon, WA 98273



Jazzelle Elias

2016 Youth of the Year


#SkagitPride SkagitClubs.org


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