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2017 Mid-Year Report

20 years of Clubs in Skagit County!

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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.

2000

SEPT 7, 2000:

20

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.

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