2017 Mid-Year Report

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

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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


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