2017 Mid-Year Report

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

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2017 BOARD


President – Mark Lawrence

Simply Yards Landscaping

Vice President – Mike Gubrud

Mike Gubrud Farmers Insurance Agency

Vice President – Holly Shannon

Carson Law Group

Treasurer – Becky Taft

Skagit Bank

Secretary – Carrie Wallace

Skagit Bank

Past President – Annette Booth

Booth Insurance/Allstate Insurance Co.

Member – Pat Barrett

Barrett Financial, LTD

Member – Dr. Carl Bruner

Mount Vernon School District


Member – Raymond Goda

DreamchasersRV of Burlington

Member – Jennifer Fix

Peacehealth Foundation

Member – Tina Asp


Member – Rob Martin

Chinook Enterprises

Member – Kelly Tuohig


Member – Bill Overby

Skagit Valley College

Member – Mark Nilson

Retired - Education


This year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County turns 20! Thinking

back on the history of the organization, our development was much

like the youth we serve. In our early years we worked hard and always

tried our best, but obstacles were presented and took extra support

and encouragement to get through. Much like a parent, our community

was always there, and thanks to the Board leadership that preceded

me, the Clubs continued to find their way, make improvements,

and become our better self.

You were there for us so not only would we continue serving those

youth who need us most, but we would find our way to becoming a

leader in our field—the same expectations we have as our teens enter

into adulthood. You remained committed and invested, and thanks to

you, we entered our ‘adulthood’ and have taken that very place in the

community imagined by that core group of committed volunteer leaders

who willed the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County into existence.

Thousands of youth have been served in our Clubhouses and through

extension programs and activities in the last twenty years, and are

leaders in their own right. Our alumni include police officers and firemen

in Skagit County, members of the Armed Forces, entrepreneurs,

teachers, and assets in the construction and trades, non-profit sector,

and much more. These individuals had need of extra support and

encouragement; a safe, fun, and positive place to be when school was

out. The Club was there.

As an investor and stakeholder in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

and more than 1,700 youth served through direct services in programs,

you are responsible for providing means to reach these realized outcomes,

and for that, on behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of our

Clubs, I thank you. Much work remains to be done, but progress is being

made each and every day as smiles, confidence, and new skills bound

out of our doors, embodied in our members, ages 6-18.

Skagit County is a special place to live and work, and we are honored to

play a role in its continued development and future success.

To the next 20 years!

Mark Lawrence

President, Board of Directors

Owner, Simply Yards Landscape and Design

Mark Lawrence

Board President



Dear Skagit,

A little more than three years ago, I received a phone

call that would turn into one of the greatest blessings in

my life. As we begin to celebrate our 20 years of serving

youth in the Skagit community, I think back on our history.

Through the struggles, and great successes, the organization

found a way because of committed Board leadership,

and dynamic staff members.

As the CEO, I work most closely with our Board of Directors,

and understand better than most the level of passion

and dedication it takes, not to mention the sacrifices made

by these individuals who volunteer their time, talent, and

treasure to ensure that youth ages 6-18 have better opportunities

of a great future. There are past members who

served for many years making sure the organization found

a way to thrive, and some who were able to participate for

one term. All are a part of our legacy, and have my gratitude

for building the foundation on which we serve more

than 1,700 youth annually.

Our staff at the Club level, both full and part-time, make

magic happen every day. Our leadership team provides

important mission support; coordinating resources,

training, collaboration, and the administrative functions

necessary for operation so Club staff can focus on that

mission: to enable all young people, especially those who

need us most, to reach their full potential as productive,

caring, responsible citizens. More youth than ever have

needs, and we are working hard to respond accordingly.

With your support we are making progress, and see a

bright future ahead of us, as we look to our next 20 years

of changing lives.

Yours in service,

Ron McHenry, CEO

Ron McHenry

Executive Director





Dinner with Friends Keystone Sponsor

Hendricks Family Foundation

YOY Sponsor

Trident Seafood

Eaglemont Golf Course



Royal Title Sponsor

Dwayne Lane’s North Cascade Ford

Noble Sponsor

Janicki Industries

Grand Sponsor

Carl’s Towing

Table Sponsors

Christine Johnson

Mike & Dianne Crawford

Pat Rimmer’sLes Schwab Tire Centers

Phil Brockman

Mark Nilson


Title Sponsor

Trico Companies

Keystone Sponsor

K&H Integrated Print Solutions

Torch Sponsor

Skagit Transportation

Logistics Sponsor

Bayside Specialties

Table Sponsors

Annette Booth – Allstate Insurance

Barrett Financial — Community Caring Project

Mike & Dianne Crawford

Mike Gubrud – Farmers Insurance

RIS Insurance

R. W. Baird & Co. – Carter & Ryberg

Sims Honda

Skagit Aggregates

Skagit Bank

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In this Report...






...4, 7, 15, 25


CLUBS ...6-7

#DISCOVERSUMMER ...8, 11, 14, 16,

29, 30, 33


...26, 27




CLUBS ...10-11










ENDOWMENT ...26-27

CLUB MENTOR ...28-30






Credits: The printing & mailing services for this Mid-Year Report were donated by K&H Integrated Printing

Solutions. Additional photography provided by Foxlight Photography, Patrick Dougher, Elizabeth Hanna, Andrew

Worcester, & Bobby Castro. Historical records & photos provided by Joyce Nagel.





“Since being involved with Kiwanis, I’ve had the opportunity to be more fully engaged

with this community. Not just about giving back, Kiwanis has given me an appreciation

for the role citizens play in working together to help their communities grow, and

thrive– sometimes not an easy endeavor, but necessary. With it’s focus on serving youth,

specifically, Kiwanis has provided me with the opportunity to see all the ways kids are

being served, locally, and how I can make a bigger difference.” ~Ian Faley

Service Clubs not only provide important support

and resources to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit

County, they also play an important role in the development

of key staff in the organization. As leadership

staff settle in their positions, they are given opportunities

to engage in their local Service Club’s, attending

a meeting with a current staff member, board

leader, or other volunteer, making their introduction

purposeful and relevant.

Currently, Club staff are members in the Rotary Club

of Anacortes, Rotary Club of Mount Vernon, and

Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon. Past participation

has included Kiwanis Club of La Conner, Burlington

Mid-day Rotary, Soroptimist International, and Rotary

Club of Sedro-Woolley. There are many different

kinds of service clubs in our area, including the Eagles,

Lions, and others. Each contribute to the success

of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in

support of the mission: to enable all young people,

especially those who need us most, to reach their full

potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Rotary is an international service organization whose

stated purpose is to bring together business and professional

leaders in order to provide humanitarian

services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations,

and to advance goodwill and peace around

the world. Rotarians usually gather weekly for a meal

to fulfill their first guiding principle to develop friendships

as an opportunity of service. CEO Ron McHenry,

and Anacortes Club Director Taylor Bannister are

members, and McHenry was named Rotarian of the

Year in 2012 for service to his Club.

Ian Faley, Associate Executive Director, is a member

of Kiwanis, a global organization of volunteers

dedicated to improving the world, one child and one

community at a time. “Since being involved with

Kiwanis, I’ve had the opportunity to be more fully

engaged with this community. Not just about giving

back, Kiwanis has given me an appreciation for the

role citizens play in working together to help their

communities grow, and thrive– sometimes not an

easy endeavor, but necessary. With it’s focus on

serving youth, specifically, Kiwanis has provided

me with the opportunity to see all the ways kids are

being served, locally, and how I can make a bigger

difference,” Faley says.

Founded in 1921 in Oakland, CA, Soroptimist International

is a worldwide volunteer service organization

Event Sponsors cont...


Title Sponsor

Kiwanis Sunrisers Anacortes

Event Sponsors

Anacortes Noon Rotary

Strandberg Construction

RIS Insurance Services

Cap Sante Inn

Table Sponsors

John L. Scott

Anacortes Community Health Council

Anacortes Police Department

Barrett Financial

- Community Caring Project

The Walk In Clinic @ Island Hospital

Alice Bohnker Insurance



Grand Piano Title Sponsor

Tesoro Corp

Baby Grand Sponsor

Dwayne Lanes Skagit Subaru

Key Sponsor

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Table Sponsors

Cascade Natural Gas

Columbia Bank

Farm & Cottage Enterprises

Joanie Hamilton

Rotary Club of Burlington

Major Chord Sponsor

Candlewood Suites

Dahl Electric

Pacific Woodtech Corporation


Title Sponsor

Blade Chevrolet

Dinner Sponsor

Judd & Black Appliance

Lunch Sponsor

Bayside Specialties

Rotary Club of Burlington

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Members of the Sedro-Woolley Eagles Aerie 2069 presenting check for

the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center with Club members & staff. L to R: Wendie

Granberg, Patrick Dougher, Kindred Marden, Hallie Simpson, Teresa DeMoss,

and Bill Wartchow.

for business and professional women who work to improve

the lives of women and girls, in local communities and

throughout the world. Through international partnerships

and a global network of members, Soroptimist’s inspire

action and create opportunities to transform the lives of

women and girls by: Advocating for equity and equality;

Creating safe and healthy environments; Increasing access

to education; Developing leadership and practical skills for

a sustainable future. Club staff and Board members have

been engaged and members of several Soroptimist Club’s

in Skagit County.

With a very local start, the Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.)

is an organization that was founded on February 6, 1898,

in Seattle, WA. The Eagles pushed for the founding of

Mother’s Day, provided the impetus for Social Security,

and pushed to end job discrimination based on age. They

have provided support for medical centers across the United

States and Canada to build and provide research on

medical conditions, and every year they raise millions of

dollars to combat heart disease and cancer, help children

with disabilities, and uplift the aged and infirm. Locally, a

very active F.O.E. in Sedro-Woolley, with Teen Director Patrick

Dougher as a member, makes connections with their

Clubhouse, engaging teens and youth in the annual 4th of

July Barbecue, and other service opportunities, as well as

supporting food and snack programs for Club members.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is thankful for

the support from all the local service clubs and organizations

that engage in a multitude of ways in support of

the more than 1,700 youth served in our communities

each year. There are great opportunities to get involved

in a multitude of ways, whether it be attending a meeting

and seeing if becoming a member might be something to

consider, or by supporting the many fundraising initiatives

held during the year.

Summer break is nearing to a close and the youth

at the Clubs have been taking advantage of every

minute of our #DiscoverSummer programs for kids.

Four locations in Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes,

and Burlington have been able to provide service

Monday thru Friday from 7am to 6pm, as well as

an afternoon drop-in program. The Burlington Summer

Breeze program received a major upgrade, as the

newly renovated Maiben House at Maiben park was

made available for the Club to utilize.

For each themed week, the Clubs enjoyed a field trip,

to visit other Clubs in Washington state, to the Pacific

Science Center, to the Seattle Aquarium, with more

yet to come.

Ready, set, Dodgeball! This has been a favorite activity at the

Burlington Club

For a STEM activity in Mount Vernon, youth made lemon volcanoes.

Add some baking soda, food coloring, vinegar and watch it blow!


By the Numbers:


1,800 SQ FT












A large three-bedroom house averages 1,800 sq ft, and is considered comfortable living space for 6-8 people.

That’s about 225 sq ft per person. Not bad. Taking into account that Club spaces aren’t used mildly, with no

sleeping areas, and lots of kid traffic moving about, imagine your house full of kids. No, REAL full. We’ve

broken out, by Clubhouse, the equivalent of how many kids would need to be in an 1,800 sq ft home, based

on average daily attendance.



Throughout the history of Clubs in Skagit County,

one can see that many passionate individuals,

businesses, and communities have invested in shaping

them into a reality—creating a safe, fun, positive

place for youth, especially those that need

us most, to reach their full potential as

productive, caring, responsible citizens.

As challenges and opportunities arose,

so would new champions—partners

that would help the Clubs grow, and

thrive. K&H Integrated Printing Solutions,

located in Everett, WA, became

one of those champions for the Clubs.

In April of 2014, Ron McHenry met with

Jay C. Ackley, CEO and owner of K&H. Ackley

pledged that K&H would supply the Clubs with

their major printing needs, as an in-kind contribution

to the organization. The initial value was nearly

$20,000, and since then, has grown even more significantly

as the Clubs make best use of the amazing

gift to report to the community.

K&H is one of the largest printing and mailing facilities

located on the West Coast. Founded in 1908, K&H has

a rich printing history, and has managed to stay on the

cutting-edge of new technology advancements. They

now handle a sizable bulk of private & public election

ballots, and can easily print and mail over a million

pieces per day in their 70,000 square foot facility. But

their company is about more than their fast printers

and volume of mailing, they operate within a philosophy—“Believe

in Abundance, Live in Abundance, Give

in Abundance.”

Now that the Clubs had this incredible resource for

printed materials, they needed to execute them. Effective

marketing would help the Clubs have visibility in

the community, a way to tell the story of how the

Clubs serve youth. At the time, this story wasn’t reaching

very many people, and that needed to change.

Parents needed to know about the services Clubs

provide during after school hours and in the summer.

Youth needed to know that the Club is a place where

they can belong. Supporters needed to know what

their dollars accomplish. Volunteers needed to know

how they could share their skills. And the Community

needed to know the Clubs are an investment in their

future leaders.

When Tammy Findlay came on as the Director of Marketing

& Stewardship for the Clubs in July of 2014, she

had trouble wrapping her mind around the incredible

gift the Clubs had received from K&H. “I’ve never had

a printing budget like this to work with,” said Findlay.

Of course, the first order of business wasn’t to

“use up” the printing. The Clubs wanted to

be purposeful with the resource, with

planning and execution. A marketing

committee was formed with assistance

from a group of volunteers in the business

community, and a marketing plan

was crafted in harmony with a development

plan and budget.

Findlay soon met with Jack Sather, who

would serve as the Club’s representative from K&H,

and toured their printing facility in order to gain a better

understanding of the type of printing they could do

for the Clubs. “Their facility is incredible. I was overwhelmed,

honestly. The sophistication of their printers,

how they streamline everything from pre-press,

to printing, to folding, to binding, and then to mailing,

and then the shear volume—just amazing,” said Findlay.

It was clear, that the Clubs projects would be very

small on the scale of what K&H was capable of, but

that didn’t mean that they were treated small. “Jack

and everyone at K&H has been so helpful and attentive

with each of our projects,” said Findlay. Recently, K&H

printed a 20th Anniversary self-mailer for the Clubs,

that went out to 26,000 people in Skagit County. “Any

time I have questions about a process, I know I have

their expertise & advice to rely on.”

Because of this partnership, many printed pieces

have been produced; event invitations, informational

brochures, summer catalogs, semi-annual newsletters,

and annual reports. Ron McHenry reported that

they get a lot of positive feedback from the community

regarding their publications. “I think people

appreciate receiving our annual report, especially,

and I think it is unique, in that we get articles contributed

from our Club Directors, and volunteers, as

well as our senior leadership staff.” The Clubs are

also able to offer full color ad space in their publications

to their partners and sponsors. “It’s wonderful

for us that we are able to offer these added perks

for our sponsors without any additional cost on our

end,” said Findlay.



Jack Sather (left) with Ron McHenry at the Club’s GREAT Futures


“Our partners see a difference in what

we’re doing. They see the impact of their

support, and they see that their help is

making an impact, everyday. Being able

to tell the story of our kids, through

great materials, allows us to engage more

people, and to demonstrate our thanks to

all those who help us serve the youth who

need us most. We wouldn’t be where we

are without that support.” ~Ian Faley

Making new friends at the Burlington Club.

Since a Club membership of 978 in 2014 to serving

over 1,700 youth to date, the Clubs have seen immense

growth, but total membership is not the only metric

for success. The Clubs have also increased their operating

budget in same span of time from $950,000 to

$1.9million. “Our partners see a difference in what

we’re doing. They see the impact of their support, and

they see that their help is making an impact, everyday.

Being able to tell the story of our kids, through

great materials, allows us to engage more people, and

to demonstrate our thanks to all those who help us

serve the youth who need us most. We wouldn’t be

where we are without that support.” said Ian Faley,

the Club’s Associate Executive Director.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County would like

to express their gratitude to Jay & Terry Ackley, for

their commitment to supporting Boys & Girls Clubs in

Washington state. The Clubs in Skagit County have

grown, and will continue to flourish with GREAT partners,

like K&H. Because of that, more kids in more

places have access to opportunity, and the ability to

create their own #GreatFuture.

There were plenty of hot days to play in the sprinklers.

During #BrainGain in Anacortes, youth practiced observing their

environment by using handmade binoculars, and journaling about what

they saw.


Guest Submission:


From the first minutes of life, babies

are always learning. You as their

parent are your child’s first and best

teacher. But not many people have

been taught how to be a good parent

and teacher. When we as parents

and caregivers better understand

the “brain science” of how babies

learn, we can help them be the best

they can be in life. Good quality early

learning builds the foundation for

success in life.

There has been a lot of research on

how babies brains grow. Brains grow over time starting

from simple connections and skills followed by

more complex circuits and skills. In the first few years

of life, many connections between the brain cells are

occurring—as many as 1 million new connections

form every second! To help those connections stay

strong, babies need responsive relationships and

positive environments.

Responsive relationships mean two way interactions—you

do something to get your baby to respond

to you or the baby does something to get a response

from you. For example, when you smile at your baby,

you want them to smile back. And when they smile at

you, they want you to smile back at them. Talk to your

baby about the things you see around you when you

take a walk or go to the grocery store. They are listening

and may move their arms or make noises in response

to your voice. During the day when your baby

makes noises or waves their arms, they are asking for

you to respond to them—mimic their movements or

laugh and talk to them. Read to your baby every day

for at least 10 minutes—they are learning new words

and they love the sound of your voice. If you have

older children in your house, have them read to your

Sue Kreinen

Early Learning Advocate

baby too. Your baby is learning every

minute so even in your routine daily

tasks, talk to your baby and show

them what you are doing.

Positive environments are safe,

stable, and caring. You are doing

everything to protect your baby

from getting hurt physically—you

use car seats and baby gates and

watch for what they are trying to

put in their mouths. Protect their

emotional well-being as well. Loud

noises and rough handling scare

babies so they need to be handled with care and

love. Sometimes, we all get overwhelmed and upset.

Your baby can feel that you are unhappy, so

give yourself a break and have someone take care

of your baby while you take some time for yourself.

The positive environment you create by taking care

of yourself as well as your baby will help all of you

enjoy being a family.

There are a number of resources available for you

to better understand how to be the best parent and

teacher for your children. A great source is your

local library. You can get a free subscription to Parenting

the First, Second and Third Year newsletter.

It comes in the mail every month and is great for

sharing with baby sitters, child care providers and

grandparents. Subscribe on line at www.brigidcollins.org.

It is available in Spanish. There is a Smart-

Phone app called Daily Vroom that gives you daily

activities and information about your baby/child.

Most of all remember your baby and children are

always learning so be the best parent and teacher

that you can be to help them achieve their full

quality of life.




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Burlington Sedro-Woolley

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Any youth age 6, or entering into 1st

Grade, up to age 18 can attend the

Clubs. During the school year all of

our Clubs operate Monday thru Friday,

from 2pm to 6pm, except for the

Sedro-Woolley Club, which operates

till 6:30pm. *The Clubs also operate on

select early release days and during

school breaks. Select Fridays are Teen

Nights. During the summer, Clubs are

open Mon-Fri from 7am to 6pm.


PO Box 947

1605 William Way, Ste B

Mount Vernon, WA 98273

360-419-3723 (phone/fax)


904 6th St.

Anacortes, WA 98221



1100 N. La Venture Rd.

Mount Vernon, WA 98273



2310 E. Section St.

Mount Vernon, WA 98274

360-428-6127 x32175


1100 N. La Venture Rd.

Mount Vernon, WA 98273

360-428-6109 x31177


915 McGarigle Rd.

Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284



Maiben Park

1011 Greenleaf Ave.

Burlington, WA 98233

*Some hours depend on which Club & the

number of registered participants.

**Summer only.

Anacortes Club members on a field trip to Soaring Eagle Regional Park near Sammamish.

This group of Sedro-Woolley Club members named themselves “The Herbinators”. They

are the caretakers of all the herbs in the garden. Volunteer Cookson Beecher (right), leads

several gardening projects with youth at the Club.



Club Alumni make a difference

General Wesley Clark Kerry Washington Steve Largent

The Club saved my life.” If you’ve had the opportunity to spend time around​

a​ Boys & Girls Club, you begin to notice some unique qualities that seem to

inhabit the place, just as constantly as our numerous members and mentoring

staff. If you take a moment to ask a young member why they attend, what

they like about the Club, or what they experience, the life stories will vary and

personal interests will be different, but several themes are ever-present in the

lives of our Club members. The Club is a place of safety & support. The Club is

a place of high expectation & encouragement. The Club is a place of becoming.

The Club is a place where great futures start.

Ever since 1860, when the Boys & Girls Clubs got their start, members have

found a place to meet friends, get help with homework, enjoy engaging activities,

and receive mentorship from caring & professional staff. But time in the

Club is only the beginning. Club members mature, grow, and go on to be prepared

for the world around them, and engaged in their communities– mindful

of the path that led them forward.​And when Club members become alumni,

they make a difference.​

“I always go back to lessons learned at the Club. We discovered

there was something higher than ourselves, and that giving back

to others was what really mattered.” ~General Wesley Clark

General Wesley Clark was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. A West Point graduate,

Rhodes Scholar, and highly decorated Army general & veteran, he served

as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. His great accolades as a military

and civic leader are numerous. But he often looks back at his first leadership

training he received at his local Club, for giving him the motivation and

encouragement necessary to rise to many challenges. More than a safe and

productive place for a kid from a single-parent home to hang out, the Club was

where he learned confidence. “I always go back to lessons learned at the Club.

We discovered there was something higher than ourselves, and that giving

back to others was what really mattered.”

Kerry Washington was raised in the Bronx, New York. A preforming arts devotee,

dancer, and acting prodigy, she is widely known for her acting roles. Between

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Golf Sponsors cont...

Contest Sponsor

Heritage Bank

Mike Gubrud – Farmers Insurance

Skagit Transportation

Swinomish Casino

Snack Cart Sponsor

CPI Plumbing/SaviBank

Barrett Financial

– Community Caring Project

Hole Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Green/Tee Sponsor

Banner Bank

Bob’s Burgers & Brew

Brown Line LLC

Central Moving & Storage

Conover Insurance

Cook Road Shell

Farmstrong Brewery

Flyers Restaurant & Brewery

Gateway Transmission

Just Peachy Frozen Yogurt

Land Title & Escrow

Louis Auto Glass

Rallye Auto

Safelite AutoGlass

Scholten’s Equipment

SEMRAU Engineering & Surveying


Skagit River Steel & Recycling

ServPro Skagit

Skagit Valley Marine Corps League

Smiley Insurance



Ringmaster – Title Sponsor

Dreamchasers RV

Step Right Up

K&H Print Solutions

KarMart for Kids Foundation


Columbia Distributing

CPI Plumbing & Heating

Continued on page 25


Serving the Children of the World


Proudly Supports

Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County

Michael Worley (left) was dubbed “Professor Worley” during

#DiscoverDinos week as he took it upon himself to teach everyone at

the Sedro-Woolley Club everything there is to know about dinosaurs.

His friend Sam, holds up a poster of a true to life sized T-Rex jaw.


#DiscoverAmerica week at the Mount Vernon Club.

Proud to Support

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

Members of the Burlington Club examine a sample of Skagit River

water and a testing kit. The Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

visited the Club to teach members about Salmon science, using the kit

to test the water for critical factors for salmon health.

400 E. Fairhaven Ave. Burlington. 360-757-7000. mgubrud@farmersagent.com


Ray, the television series Scandal, and recent Cars

3, her acting career has been highly acclaimed for

dramatic prominence and strength of character. Her

start, though, was through her local Club’s arts program,

and the guidance of a dance tutor. “I will never

forget that the Club was where I learned to speak up

for myself. I discovered that I had a voice, and that

no one could take that away from me. But more than

that, I was cared for.”




Steve Largent with his wife and grandkids.

Steve Largent hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma. A retired

professional football player and politician, his career

for the Seattle Seahawks as a legendary wide receiver

saw career and long-standing records for catches,

receptions, and touchdowns. Named to the NFL Hall

of Fame, and as a NFL Man of the Year, his legacy

as a humanitarian and leader have been recognized

around the country. For a kid struggling to stay

focused in school, though, he speaks praisingly of the

Club staff who helped him complete his homework,

and stay out of trouble. “I had to learn that all the negative

comments you hear from others don’t matter. I

had to see that there were positive models who cared

about whether I succeeded or not. They made me get

my work done.”

Club alumni can be found throughout every community,

making a positive difference. Generals,

actresses, congressmen, and football players—some

are business owners and leaders, others are athletes

or performers, still others are engaged in civic life or

raising a family. If you take a moment to ask a Club

alumni how they got to where they are, the life stories

will vary and personal interests will be different, but

several aspects are constant. The Club was my home.

The Club was where I was cared for. The Club staff

had high expectations for me and gave me encouragement.

The Club was where I could be myself. The Club

saved my life.


Paula Banda

2017 Youth of the Year

“Your huddled

masses, yearning

to breathe free,

The wretched

refuse of your

teeming shore,

Send these, the


tempest tost

to me, I lift

my lamp

beside the



Participants work on essay preparation, & interviewing &

public speaking skills. Selections earn scholarships with the

possibility of moving on to the regional & national events.

Visit www.skagitclubs.org

for more info




In 1995, a group of community members began meeting,

believing that the 18,000 youth in Skagit communities

needed a place to go out of school that would provide

positive, useful, and rewarding activities in a safe,

healthy, culturally diverse, and drug- and alcohol-free

environment. One hundred and thirty-five years before

that, Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, and Elizabeth Hammersley

met in Hartford, Connecticut, and because they

believed that boys who roamed the streets should have

a positive alternative, they formed the first Club. With

character development as the cornerstone of the experience,

the Club focused on capturing a child’s interests,

improving their behavior and increasing their personal

expectations and goals. A cause was born, and more

than a century later, found its way to Skagit County.

That initial conversation in 1995 led to the formation

of the Skagit Valley Youth Association, who conducted

their first official fundraiser as a Golf Tournament in the

fall of 1996, in hopes of opening a teen center. As the

group continued to meet and interest picked up steam,

different interventions and options for implementation

were discussed, and they turned to Boys & Girls Clubs

of America (BGCA) as a potential option. Throughout

the initial process, BGCA provided information and

support as necessary, and also connected the group

to local Club staff in Snohomish County. Terry Freeman,

who at the time already possessed 23 years of

experience with Clubs, was the Assistant Executive

Director. It may have been the first time Mr. Freeman

would provide guidance and influence to Clubs in

Skagit County, but wouldn’t be his last. In fact, as late

as 2014, during a transition window between Executive

leadership, Terry was quick to respond to provide

important knowledge that helped lead Skagit Clubs to

a record-breaking Annual Breakfast.


A group of citizens form

the Skagit Valley Youth

Association that would later

become the Boys & Girls Club

of Skagit County.

Logo contest winner: Kyle

Larson from Jefferson



JAN 23, 1996:

Part of the original steering committee of the Skagit Valley

Youth Association: (Back Row L to R): Jack Gubrud, Greg

K, Joe Best, & Paul Vance. (Front Row L to R): Pat Pearce,

Marlys, Viginia Learned, & John Shultz. Not pictured:

Babara Ward, Sue Peterson, Nanci Leff, Doug West, Bill

MacDonald, Claudette Gubrud, & Joyce Nagel.

Continued on page 20


(L to R): Joyce

Nagel, Claudette

Gubrud, & Jack

Gubrud attend the

Boys & Girls Clubs

of America National

Conference to learn

more about the


MAY 13, 1996:

SEPT 1997:

Club youth at a

Seahawks game.


JULY 28, 1997:


APR 11, 1998:

The Grand Opening festivities at the Burlington Club.

On June 2, 1997 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

receives non-profit status and the Burlington Club opens on

June 14.

SEPT 19, 1997:

La Conner Community members work to gain support for a


JAN, 1998:

Alicia Savage, La Conner

youth, named 1st Youth of

the Year for Skagit County.

Blade Chevrolet comes on as a the title Golf Tournament



Twenty years later, and the Clubs in Skagit

County are strong, because of the community

support, advocates, legends, volunteers,

families, collaborative agencies, and selfless

individuals who find new and continuing

ways to give of themselves, and encourage

the giving of others, to perpetuate a better

future for a child, when they have no control

of their own situation.


SEPT 7, 2000:


As one reviews the historic articles and photos, it is evident

that many passionate and committed volunteers

came together time and again to advocate, plan, reflect,

execute, and secure resources necessary for the Clubs

to provide important, quality programs and services to

youth ages 6-18 and their families. A story is woven together,

piece by piece, and along each step of the way

are the smiles of kids. In good times, and the not so

good times, it is clear that what drove dedicated staff

and volunteers was the knowledge of the difference

Clubs make in lives.

The names are a veritable “Who’s Who” of Skagit

County, and pop-up regularly throughout the timeline.

Club alumni like Don Wick, former Executive Director at

EDASC who credited his time at the Ballard Boys Club

in keeping him out of jail. Or current Mount Vernon

School Superintendent Carl Bruner, who realized the

value Clubs bring in support of Academic achievement

for members. And the legends, with names like Gubrud,

Bartlett, Crawford, Nagel, Potter, Christoferson—just

a few of the many extraordinary community members

who have served kids through the Boys & Girls Clubs,

and through our humble mission, greater Skagit County.

Twenty years later, and the Clubs in Skagit County are

strong, because of the community support, advocates,

legends, volunteers, families, collaborative agencies,

and selfless individuals who find new and continuing

ways to give of themselves, and encourage the giving of

others, to perpetuate a better future for a child, when

they have no control of their own situation. As Clubs

have returned to Burlington, even in a seasonal nature,

much is still left to be done, and the chart of work for the

next 20 years is evident.

Continued on page 22

Jerome Fisher of Fisher & Sons Construction with Jack

Gubrud at the site of the 1st Sedro-Woolley Club.

SEPT 2000:

The Burlington Club moves to the LaVenture Middle

School Campus. Photo circa fall 2001, picturing Angela

Freeberg(right) when she was first hired, with long time

Club director Jill Reid, who is currently the Club Director

for the Bellingham Club of the Whatcom County Boys &

Girls Club. Angela would move on to become the Club

Director of Anacortes for 11 years. She then returned to

the Mount Vernon Club as Area Director in 2015. Angela

has served the Club for 16 years, providing much needed

stability to the organization, through many changes, and

has been an invaluable mentor to many Club kids as they

grew into adulthood.

OCT 1, 2000:


MAR 2006:

The Anacortes Club opens in the old Army National Guard

Armory Building.


APR 2, 2001:

The Sedro-Woolley Club

opens next to Cascade

Middle School.

First recipients of the G.R.E.A.T. Award (Generous,

Respectful, Enthusiastic, Advocate, Thoughtful) at the 1st

Annual Breakfast. (L to R): Kay & Glen Barlett, and Mike

Gubrud & Colleen Smiley(accepting the award on behalf of

their parents, Jack & Claudette Gubrud).

JUN 8, 2006:


NOV 11, 2003:

Members of Leadership Skagit, (L to R) Russ Johnson,

John White, Rebecca Bradley, and Elizabeth Hoffman at

the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new covered play area

behind the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club.


The Clubs celebrate 10 years.

(L to R): Dubbed “Maggie’s Girls”: Jill Reid, Kim Groms,

Maggie Potter, Angela Freeberg, Renata Hoyle, Karen

Peterka, & Rose at the 5th Annual Some Enchanted Evening

formal Gala.


Planning is currently underway for the next

strategic plan that will shape several of those

years, and do so in a targeted, intentional way.

Clubs will remain responsive to the needs

of the community, adaptable whenever

possible, and committed to excellence in

service, transparency, and engagement.

With increasing needs of families, comes greater demands

on the organization to respond. Through partnership

and collaboration, Clubs are able to run efficiently,

but still require that local community support that started

it all. It’s an annual effort, and one that is vital to

agency health, so it will never stop. Just maintaining

current service levels take a tremendous effort, but

with kids on lists, simply waiting to attend Clubs, and

other communities not being fully reached, it becomes

incrementally more difficult to respond.

And so, measured growth, focused on sustainable

and realistic resource development standards, is what

drives the conversation. Temporary funding streams

for specific interventions, like 21st Century Community

Learning Centers play a role, but with the knowledge

that at the end of five years, that level of program service

can not move forward as-is. Instead, these efforts

are considered temporary ‘boosters’, with the resources

meeting the needs of a targeted group of young people,

and in such a way that the need is significantly reduced

within that five year period, so that services can still be

accessed at one of the community Clubhouses.

What does the next 20 years have in store for the Boys

& Girls Clubs of Skagit County? Quality, outcome driven

and data-informed programs delivered to youth, especially

those who need us most, so they can reach their


FEB 2012:


NOV 1, 2008:

Groundbreaking for the new Sedro-Woolley dedicated Teen



MAR 2015:

Justice Lively named

Washington State

Youth of the Year.

The Jazz’d Up for Kids Dinner & Auction generates $155,000

for the Clubs.


full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Planning is currently underway for the next strategic

plan that will shape several of those years, and do so

in a targeted, intentional way. Clubs will remain responsive

to the needs of the community, adaptable whenever

possible, and committed to excellence in service,

transparency, and engagement.

Because of the strength of history of Clubs in the community,

it is a certainty that a future is not coincidental

and simply perpetual, but one of purpose, that honors

the many individuals, businesses, civic groups, municipalities,

school districts, service clubs, and others,

that have invested in the mission. Just like they did in

Hartford, Connecticut, in 1865, in a Club organization

still providing services and meeting the needs of young

people when, and where, they need them.

SEPT 2015:


AUG 15-19, 2016:

31 Club teens embark on the field trip of a lifetime,

sponsored by Tesoro, exploring College campuses and

National Parks.

NOV 2016:

The Jack Gubrud Memorial

Fund is formed, providing

ongoing support for youth

development programs,

creating opportunities for

the next generation of

community leaders.

New extension locations opened at Mount Baker & LaVenture

Middle Schools in Mount Vernon, alleviating overcrowding

at the Mount Vernon Clubhouse, & significantly increasing

service to the important ‘tween’ population.

SUMMER 2015:


JUN 19, 2017:

More than 30,000 meals were

served to youth in Skagit

County, as our Boys & Girls

Club became a provider of

the Simplified Summer Food

Service Program.

The newly remodeled Maiben

House at Maiben Park opens

in Burlington serving kids in

grades 1-7 from 7am to 6pm,

M-F. Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County membership

reaches over 1,700.



New Initiatives:


One of out seven teens are not enrolled in school and are unemployed. Five million jobs will

go unfilled by 2020 because of a lack of workers with adequate credentials.

Preparing young people for an increasingly global

workforce is critically important to the United

States. To remain competitive, a workforce is needed

that is prepared. It is often stated, however, that the

reality is that tomorrow’s leaders are not yet ready to

meet such competitive expectations.

Today’s teens face too few opportunities to develop

leadership skills, to access college and career readiness

programs, and to connect their passions with clear goals.

One of out seven teens are not enrolled in school and are

unemployed. Five million jobs will go unfilled by 2020 because

of a lack of workers with adequate credentials.

To meet this need, additional programs are being accessed,

building upon a foundation of success provided

through many years of Career Launch implementation

at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County.

Teen members at the Club work at a rate three times

greater than their peers nationally during the summer.

The program encourages Club members ages 13-18

to assess their skills and interests, explore careers,

make sound education decisions, and prepare to join

the nation’s workforce. Together, Club staff and volunteers

help teens build their job-search skills and job

readiness, working with teens individually or in small

groups. Mentoring, job shadowing, and training opportunities

round out the program.

The newly engaged Workforce Development Initiative

recognizes a need to begin earlier in a young person’s

life, and that it must encompass career and financial

literacy education, as well as planning and training for

first jobs and career paths. Understanding that Clubs

serve teens with a variety of career aspirations, the

Workforce Development Initiative does not limit preparation

solely to advanced education and degrees, but

encompasses vocational trades, military service, and

other opportunities. Through this, a member is empowered

to identify the career that best suits them, and to

develop the pathway to reach their career goals.

As part of the greater Boys & Girls Club movement,

serving more than 4million youth in the United States

and on military bases around the world, the Boys &

Girls Clubs of Skagit County has access to resources

like the Workforce Development Initiative. Included,

is a Club Assessment Tool, to determine an individual

organization’s operational level and capacity to deliver

career programs, checklists for implementation,

curriculum guides, and other resources to strengthen

integration beyond current levels.

Recognizing the significant need within Skagit County,

now and in the future, for quality employees who possess

key core competencies, the Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County is responding. Fundamental aspects of

career engagement including showing up to work ontime,

communication effectively with team members

and supervisors, and a strong work ethic may seem

simple, but they are not always intrinsic values. Clubs

work to instill these, and many others, and through

Career Launch and the Workforce Development Initiative,

equip members to become adults ready to contribute

to the local economy.

Dinner & Auction Sponsors cont...

Judd & Black Appliance

Samish Indian Nation

Mike & Dianne Crawford



Barrett Financial

– Community Caring Project

Gardner Orthodontics

Big Top

Annette Booth – Allstate Insurance


Birch Equipment Rental & Sales

La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib

Skagit Bank

Strandberg Custom Homes & Design

Dessert Sponsor

Williams & Nulle

Image Enhancement Sponsor

Simmons Insurance Group

Entertainment Sponsor

Karen & Rick Pitt







Voula Alexopoulos

Josh Anderson

Kyra Arnett

Victoria Arquitt

Tina Asp

Alix Baker

Andrew Bacus

Danielle Baird-Russell

Jasmine Balandani

Pat Barrett

Pat Bedson

Cookson Beecher

Dan Berard

Cabry Biddle

Cameron Bigge

Beth Bishop

Alice Bohnker

Annette Booth

Carl Bruner

Ericka Catubo

Matthew Cheney

Georgia Coy

Bekki Cox

Jefferson Cuervo Villa

Caroline Davis

Katie Davis

Jennifer Fix

Kourtney Fleming

Jenna Fonoimoana

Karen Gallardo

Renee Garman

Danita Gilbert

Raymond Goda

Paul Godfrey

Dale Gorsegner

Elaine Gorsegner

Pat Grenfell

Claudette Gubrud

Mike Gubrud

Stephanie Hamilton

Alberta Hendrickson

Chris Hill

Steve Hoglund

Stephanie Hooper

Will Hunter

Christine Johnson

James Johnson

Tracy Peyton Kane

Pola Kelley

Germaine Kornegay

Kelsey Langille

Donnabell Lathrom

Mark Lawrence

Ryan Linman

Anthony Maciel



Sustainable Resources for the Future

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County will always be dependent on the

support and investment of our community to work on our mission: to

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

potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. All but 15% of our $2million

budget comes from local contributions from individuals and businesses.

It’s Skagit philanthropy that ensures that more than 1,700 youth ages 6-18 are

involved in life changing programs that focus on three outcomes: Academic Success,

Healthy Lifestyles, and, Good Character & Citizenship.

As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary of building Great Futures for Skagit youth,

Clubs are working to engage and enter a new phase of capacity building. Sustainability

is at the core of any non-profit organization. To continue providing

quality operations, and be able for Club members to count on the relationships

they build with staff and support they receive through participation in Clubs

programs, it is important to maintain consistency. This can be best accomplished

through two direct initiatives—building an Operational Reserve, and increasing

the size of a dedicated source of Endowment funds.

In spring 2016, leadership from the Board of Directors and senior staff, joined

other high-performing Clubs from around country to begin participation in the

Advancing Philanthropy (AP) Project from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

Recognizing the need to grow resources throughout the Club movement to better

respond to the increasing number of youth in poverty and need in the United

States, BGCA partnered with the Deerbrook Charitable Trust in conceiving and

implementing AP to “significantly enhance Club capacity to raise incremental

funds by strengthening board, building brand and most importantly, providing

training and coaching to increase fundraising capability.”

With an expanded toolset and deeper understanding of the many ways an individual

or corporation can make investments beyond annual support, the Skagit

Kohls Team (Indira, Jenna, Brandi, Leslie, Lindsay)

Chelsea Martin

Rob Martin

Annie McGary

Ben Mummy

Melissa Nelson

Mark Nilson

Emerson Nordmark

Stacie Oakes

Dennis Parent

Tom Pasma

Irene Perry

Mark Perry

Antonio Domini Powell

Nancy Ptacek

Madison Queen

Richard Raymond

Ellen Raymond

Kathie Roll

Betty Romtvelt

Bobbie Sadler

Marian Sadler

Helena Schlegel

Huy Seyler

Holly Shannon

Liz Smith

Brian Soneda

Patricia Stephens

Nels Strandberg

Colvin Swanberg

Kurt Swanson

Laura Swenson

Kara Symonds

Becky Taft

Claudean Talbert

Tina Tate

Rhonda Tingley

Steve Torgerson

Chief Lin Tucker

Kris Tully

Kelly Tuohig

Kristin Twedt

Thor Orr

Bill Overby

Christine Valdez

Evett Van Beek

Estevan Vivanco Meza

Carrie Wallace

Judith Wiefels

Karin Wigen

Gable Wilkins

Officer Katie Wilson

Brian Youngquist

Jon Kull

Josh Tyler

Haley Smith

Kristia Poppe

GAP Team

Marines Corps League

Leadership Skagit


Advancing Philanthropy Team has been busy simultaneously

engaging the community in new ways, while also building

additional infrastructure to better advocate and inform

stakeholders about the many ways it is possible to contribute

to the Club and its mission now and for the future.

This year, for the first time in organizational history, the Clubs

have an Operational Reserve. Ideally, this will grow to an industry

benchmark level of 20% of annual budget, minimally.

For now, $50,000 is a great start toward that goal, and represents

about 2.5% of the 2017 budget figure. The Reserve

can be especially important when weathering sudden economic

changes, facing unexpected emergency costs related

to facilities, or, even simply having cash available to leverage

outside resources for further commitment.

Currently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County has just

over $300,000 in Endowment Funds with the Skagit Community

Foundation, and a private investment firm. While

this can produce about $12,000 annually, no draw for operational

funds is currently being taken. Instead, the focus

is increasing the overall Endowment to provide on-going,

sustainable funds of a greater sum in the future, as our

Clubs continue to grow and expand our reach to youth in

our communities. Ideally, a healthy Endowment collection

will generate as much as 25% of annual operational needs.

To achieve this would mean an endowment of more than

$10million. This is a tremendous stretch for a young organization,

but to maintain our position as leaders in youth

development, we must remain sustainable and effective,

so will continue to work hard toward a full realization, no

matter how ambitious it might seem.

There are many ways to not only continue regular support,

but also make contributions to these sustainability efforts.

One might consider joining the Heritage Club by making a

designation in a will or as part of overall estate planning.

There are many tools beyond this traditional approach that

can not only assist Clubs in reaching these greater heights

and capabilities, but provide for integrated tax planning and

savings. Additionally, in reviewing finances near the end of

calendar year, a household may determine that additional

philanthropic commitments may benefit everyone, including

charitable entities they are passionate about.

Next steps in the Advancing Philanthropy Project process

include finalizing marketing materials specific to these endeavors,

integrating information into a web-friendly format,

attending additional professional development sessions on

the many products available for legacy giving, and launching

a Campaign in earnest. A Committee, led by Board

Past-President Annette Booth is taking meaningful steps

toward reaching these goals, knowing those kids who need

us most are counting on Clubs to support them as they overcome

obstacles and reach a Great Future.

Club members need

to know that there are

caring adults, ready to

provide guidance, and

a strong moral compass

that can lead to success.


New Initiatives:


The Club Mentor program is designed to match

adult community leaders with Club members

who are defined as great in need for additional support

in their lives. Circumstances necessitating a

match may include, but not be limited to residing in a

single parent household or one in which English is not

the primary spoken language. Perhaps there is no previous

college or high school graduate at home, or there

are demonstrated behavioral difficulties at school, or a

lack of social and interpersonal skills.

Using data collected from surveys of more than 5

million children and youth from all backgrounds and

situations, the Search Institute released a framework

of 40 Development Assets which identifies

a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors

that enable young people to develop into

successful and contributing adults. Over time, this

framework and approach to youth development became

the most frequently cited and widely utilized

in the world. The work continues today, to remain

relevant and help steer efforts to effect change

in the lives of young people by all youth-focused

organizations by identifying a limited number of

“gateway assets” through which young people

more readily become academically, socially, and

emotionally well-prepared for life in the complex

and rapidly changing world of the 21st Century.

Club Mentor is designed to bring those assets to

life in Club members, in all eight Internal and External

Asset categories: Support, Empowerment,

Boundaries & Expectations, Constructive Use of

Time, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social

Competencies, and Positive Self-Identification.

Through facilitated sessions that are group-based,

Club kids will be matched with a community volunteer,

preferably for a year at a time, and develop

strong relationships that benefit both participants.


In 2015, roughly half of the graduating class

at Concrete High School did not earn a

diploma. Facing intergenerational poverty

and substance abuse, a young person

born and raised in the community has

substantially more obstacles to face than

peers elsewhere.

Currently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

is working in two areas to establish Club Mentor

programs. In one community, it is the interest of a

Rotary Club becoming even more involved in direct

service that may be the catalyst needed; in another,

the need for career exploration and inspiration

amongst youth. Both are developed with specific

intended goals that differ from one another, but

these and all future developments have at the center

one purpose: increasing the number of caring

adults a child has access to.

In a very unique context, Club Mentor forms part of

the foundational response in a joint effort of United

General District 304 and the Concrete School District.

Together, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit

County, an application has been made for funding

21st Century Community Learning Center programs

in that community.

In 2015, roughly half of the graduating class at Concrete

High School did not earn a diploma. Facing

intergenerational poverty and substance abuse, a

young person born and raised in the community

has substantially more obstacles to face than peers

Continued on page 30


All 4 Clubs went to on a field trip to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.


Burlington members like to ham it up for the camera, on a field trip to

Soaring Eagle Regional Park near Sammamish.

Anacortes youth beach-combing at Seafarer’s Park.

elsewhere. More Concrete 8th and 10th grade

students than their peers statewide report that

alcohol and marijuana are easy to get, with 26%

reporting that they get alcohol at home with permission.

Thirty-six percent (36%) of Concrete youth

don’t think regular drinking by peers is wrong, 64%

don’t think youth marijuana use is wrong, and 66%

believe that the community doesn’t think it’s wrong

for kids to drink alcohol. These potential Club members

need to know that there are caring adults,

ready to provide guidance, and a strong moral compass

that can lead to success.

The Concrete community has been incredibly responsive

to building program efforts, especially

regarding Club Mentor. To simultaneously build key

Developmental Assets, as well as work to increase

awareness and interest in future careers, continuing

training and education, and self-motivation,

Club Mentor will bring partner employers and organizations

together with targeted youth. Through

participation, engaging relationships will empower

youth to consider employment in key industries in

Skagit County, developing our local workforce. Insight

gained through specific curriculum-based activities

with their mentors, who will be comprised

of employees from these businesses and corporations,

can make a significant difference. With their

positive guidance and encouragement, we anticipate

more youth being motivated to complete their

high school diploma and beyond.

Over the next year, Clubs will also be working to

begin small Club Mentor programs at all community

Clubhouses. The commitment is once a month,

for 60-90 minutes, typically in the afternoons at

4:00pm. Club staff take care of all the activity planning

and facilitation, but community mentors are

needed to work on projects and open up dialogues

with Club members ages 8-14. Together, our Clubs

kids and mentors will create memories that will go

far beyond the building of a gingerbread house or

drawing of a character trait shield. If you are interested

in becoming more involved as a volunteer at

a Clubhouse, or would like to consider becoming a

mentor, please contact Katelynn Long, Community

Development Coordinator, at 360-419-3723 x8.

A perfect day for a sandcastle building contest in Anacortes. Youth

went on many morning walks to nearby parks during the summer.


By the Numbers:



















Each year, Club members 9-18 complete the National Youth Outcomes Initiative survey online at Clubhouses,

proctored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For those 13-18, a section of the survey aligns directly with the

Youth Risk Behavior Survey(YRBS), conducted in schools throughout America. This allows us to see the

difference between member behaviors, and those of the general public, and demonstrates whether or not a

Club is making a difference in any given area.


For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have

been providing programs, activities, nutritional

service, and much more, to young people in cities and

rural communities, on native lands, and at military bases

around the world. As a member becomes an adult, they

know that we have worked purposefully to elicit three

priority outcomes for their life: Academic

Success—they graduate from

high school ready for college, trade

school, military service or full-time

employment; Healthy Lifestyles—they

adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy

lifestyle choices and make a lifelong

commitment to fitness; Good Character

& Citizenship—they are an engaged

citizen involved in their community, are

registered to vote, and model strong

character. When they accomplish this,

Club staff know they are on their way

to a Great Future.

This Great Future can take many forms,

however. For most, it means becoming

a positive part of their community,

raising a family, working hard to provide

a better life for each subsequent

generation, realize their aspirations,

and cultivate and inspire them in others. For some, their

Great Future can become a little more public in nature,

and with it fame. No matter what though, all remember

the Club the same way—a fun, safe, and positive place

to go when school was out, full of caring adult mentors,

supported by their local community.

Some pretty famous people have attended Boys & Girls

Clubs throughout the years. Many are household names,

and because of the support and encouragement of the

Skagit community over the years, the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County is excited to begin the next 20 years

of serving youth, with a special fall event—the Great

Futures Gala. The organization has made significant

changes in the last few years, adding unique events like

Keys for Kids, and always reflecting on feedback from

audiences, to continue to hone concepts, and make engagements

fresh and fun for investors and stakeholders.

Recognizing the significant number

of similar Dinner & Auction events in

our area, Club leadership began considering

other ways to raise significant

funds to support the mission of the

Boys & Girls Club: to enable all young

people, especially those who need us

most, to reach their full potential as

productive, caring, responsible citizens.

For such a worthy mission, an

event worthy to attend must match,

and with many hours of discussion

by volunteers and staff, the idea was

borne for the Great Futures Gala.

At the center of this new concept is

scaling back auction components,

and instead focusing on experience,

and providing something that no other

organization in the area can—a

celebrity alumni who can speak directly to the role

their local Boys & Girls Club played in their life, and

the success that it brought. For 2017, the Boys & Girls

Clubs of Skagit County are proud to bring boxing legend

Evander Holyfield to the area, for what promises

to be a knockout event.

With a delightful plated dinner, fine wine and beer, and

the opportunity to hear from Mr. Holyfield about how

his membership at the Club, and participating in their

boxing program, got him on his own path to a Great Future,

it is something not to be missed. Tickets and sponsorships

are available, with more information available



For 2017, the Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County are proud to bring

boxing legend Evander Holyfield to

the area, for what promises to be, a

knockout event.

through Ian Faley, Associate Executive Director, at

ifaley@skagitclubs.org or by phone at 360-419-3723.

VIP experiences to attend an intimate social hour with

Evander are also available.

General Wesley Clark (Ret.), Misty Copeland, Jamie

Farr, Ken Griffey, Jr, Michael Jordan, Steve Largent,

Shaquille O’Neal, Edward James Olmos, Lou Piniella,

Condoleeza Rice, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, and

of course, Denzel Washington, are all Club alumni,

among many, many others. Former Presidents, Athletes,

Musicians, Actors and Actresses—the Club was

where their Great Future started, and you never know

who might turn up in future years. Some day, we know

it will be a former member of the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County; perhaps one that you engaged with

at the Great Futures Gala during Social Hour, or who

welcomed you as you arrive. When you attend, your

investment ensures a Great Future for Skagit County

youth for another year, and make it possible for them

to realize their own greatest success.


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Clubs on a field trip to the Seattle Aquarium.


Safety is a top priority for any successful youth

development program. Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County prioritizes safety, of all kinds, throughout

our day to day operations. Our Board of Directors

has set some clear expectations regarding this, and

has developed a Program & Safety Committee to

provide additional oversight and resources that will

ensure that we meet those expectations.

In 2017, the Program & Safety Committee, chaired by

Board Member Tina Asp, is well underway with conducting

on-site safety audits and program reviews.

The committee met in the spring to develop an audit

plan, based on data collected in a 2016 parent survey,

as well as from the National Youth Outcomes Initiative

(NYOI), administered by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

annually. Data from the NYOI indicated that our club

members throughout the organization reported to be

within the national average in areas of overall safety,

emotional safety and physical safety.

While we may be on par with the rest of the movement,

there is still plenty of room for improvement.

The Committee, through information collected from

on-site audits, program reviews and community feedback

will develop a priority list of key projects and investments

to be included in the annual budget. This

will help ensure that our Clubs and programs are in full

compliance with safety expectations and will include

any facility improvements, thorough staff screenings

and background checks, and implementation of new

programs or discontinuation of ineffective programs.

Additionally, clubs will be provided with resources and

guidance to make corrections or improvements identified

by the Board of Directors.

Keeping our kids safe, physically and emotionally,

is not only our obligation, but it is essential to quality

programming that produces the best outcomes.

Through this, we continue to advance in being the premier

youth serving organization in Skagit County.


A safety assessment of the Anacortes Club. L to R: Tina Asp with Manny Smith, Director of Operations, assessing restroom safety, Club members

playing foosball, members of the safety committee assessing the kitchen, Club members playing in the gym.

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Mount Vernon, WA 98273







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