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STEM programs

for the

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of Skagit County

From engineers to pipefitters, chemists to accountants, IT specialists to welders,

Marathon’s success relies on our ability to recruit and retain employees with

exceptional STEM-related skills. As an employer constantly seeking out top-talent

and as a socially responsible corporate citizen, supporting STEM education-related

programs is the cornerstone of Marathon’s community investment strategy.

We are proud to collaborate with the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County on the

establishment of the Marathon STEM Academy, and further its mission to enable all

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



Hello! I am very honored to be your Board

Chair for 2020 and 2021. We are moving

forward in exciting ways and I look forward

to being a part of that. This organization has

grown and blossomed into something our

community should be truly proud of. We

had some challenges last year, but I know

we have been able to work through them

and come out as a stronger organization

overall because of it.

I joined the Board after being a supporter and participating through the Gala

Committee. I attended the 2015 Gala and could see how much our community

loved our Clubs, and how much the children we support truly need the Clubs

in their lives. It was direct conversations with the Club kids running the games

and volunteering their own time at the Gala that hooked me as a Club supporter

for life. Seeing the caliber of staff that we are fortunate enough to have, only

reinforced that. I joined the board at the beginning of 2016, and I have loved

seeing the growth of the organization over this time and am thankful for the

board members that I serve with.

It has been a privilege to have Holly Shannon as our Board Chair for the last

two years. So many great things have been accomplished in that time, and I

look forward to continuing that momentum through my own term. Great progress

has been made toward “Opportunity 2021,” our Strategic Plan, and Holly

has been a great leader to ensure progress continues. Thank you, Holly, for all

of the time and talent you have given our organization and our youth.

Our accomplishments in the last year are truly amazing. We have been able

to open new Clubs in Burlington, and see continued improvement in all of our

sites. The impact of these Clubs in their communities is exactly what our mission

is all about. The section in this report on our Concrete site, now through its

first full year, is a perfect example of this. We are making deliberate movement

in our mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most,

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

All of that progress is made because we have supporters like you that believe in

us. I want to thank YOU for believing in our organization, and for your continued

support and interest in the Clubs. We would not accomplish the things we do

without the volunteers, staff, and community supporters that we are so fortunate

to have. I am truly honored to serve as your Board Chair for the next two years

and look forward to all that we can accomplish together.


Tina Asp

2020 Board Chair









Retired - Chinook Enterprises

Vice President-Historical


Mike Gubrud Farmers Insurance Agency



Stiles Law



Retired - Library Services / Government

Past President


Carson Law Group



MVSD Superintendent


Barrett Financial, LTD


Hotel Services Group, LLC


Retired, Education


Shell Puget Sound Refinery


Janicki Industries


Skagit Valley College


Dyberg Aviation


Simply Yards Landscaping


Pacific Woodtech

Board Emerita


Booth Insurance/Allstate Insurance Co.


Dear Club Friends and Family,

Kids say the darnedest things. We all

know that. After 15 years, one would think

I wouldn’t be surprised anymore, but it

always happens.

The printing & mailing of

this report was donated

by K&H Integrated Print





Boxes and Bears

Brian & Sara Fish

Mark & Julie Wenzel

Holland America Line, Inc

Boots Bar and Grill

Peoples Bank

Larry & Susan Forsythe

Fred Buckenmeyer

Charlie & Ute Collins

Bob Harpeng

Domino’s Pizza Sedro Woolley

Baird Foundation, Inc

Erica Littlewood

Mary Perry

Lakeside Industries

Angela Speer

H.D. & Dona Cowan

Brian Balopoulos

Kimberlee M Ray

InFaith Community Foundation

Chris & Heidi Parker

Von & Elizabeth Kuehn

Dianna Bodin

North Coast Credit Union

Arlyn Livingston

Liza Bott

Judy & Ed Hjort

JJ Pawn

Strandberg Custom Homes & Design

Tom & Cathy LaCroix

Stacey Salyer

James Jensen

Gretchen Eide

Duane & Lynn Henson

Nicholas Stowe & Carolyn Moulton

Mark & Deanna Collins

Kevin Jones

Recently, our Concrete Club hosted a

Congressional Visit from Representative

Suzan DelBene (D-1WA). During a

conversation with our teens, she asked

about their favorite experiences since the

Club opened in October 2018, just over a

year prior. All of them were quick to point to field trips and external learning

opportunities. What caught me truly off-guard was the answer from Lane,

one of Concrete’s first Junior Youth of the Year finalists—his favorite ‘field

trip’ was going to the Great Futures Gala in November. When prompted by

the Congresswoman as to why, his answer filled my heart with joy and my

throat with laughter.

For Lane, it was all overwhelming at first. There were nearly as many people

at the event as the number of individuals that live in his town. To have

them all in one room was intimidating. He said he warmed to it, though. He

was helping people to understand the games, giving out tickets to winners,

and sometimes ‘helping’ people to make sure they won. He saw how many

people were there to support the Boys & Girls Clubs, and realized people

cared about making sure more kids could get the help they needed, as he

did with math. The tutoring and homework help at the Club helped improve

his grades and abilities to the point that he was able to take high school

math as an 8th grader, and join HS band, which is very important to him.

It was the final part of his answer that really made me laugh. He was really

impressed by the number of millionaires and billionaires living in Skagit

County, giving all that money to the Clubs. He didn’t know that many people

existed, let alone in his community. While we certainly have guests that

attend our event that may fall into the millionaire category, we’re pretty sure

we don’t have any billionaires, yet.

Most of our supporters would probably consider themselves middle class, a

fact that was shared with Lane and his friends, and confirmed by the Congresswoman.

That opened up a further conversation about the importance

of being involved and giving back to the community, and another seed was

planted. Lane is passionate about aviation, and I have no doubt when he

finds a career in the skies, that someday he will be attending a Gala and

will think back on his time in Clubs with fondness, as he supports a new

generation reaching for their own Great Future, Whatever It Takes.

Yours in service,

Ron McHenry

CEO/Executive Director






THANK YOU SUPPORTERS ...4-7, 14, 17-19, 23, 25, 28, 37-38



TEEN VOICES ...12-14










Photography in the 2019 Annual Report was contributed by Sarah Arquitt, Cloud 9 Photography,

Sattva Photography, and Tammy Findlay.

LeVisage Wellness Center & Spa

Bob’s Burgers & Brew

John Rentschler

All About Hearing

Boyd & Ginny Bode


Stiles Law Inc., P.S.

Donald & Colleen Slack

Roger & Kerri Helgeson

Crawford Garage Doors

Michael & Debbie Headrick

Homer & Rosette Dawson

Randy Geoghegan

Jonn & Anne Lunsford

Warren & Linda Walz

Rallye Auto Sales, Inc.

Lisa TenEyck

Alyeska Design, LLC

Edco, Inc.

Jeremie Serrato

Dennis Parent

Andrew Mayer

Kristin Schmidt

Alaska Airlines

Patrick Dougher

Kerry & Kimberly Dean

Andrew Flores

Geoffrey & Rise Hirsch

Skagit Valley Marine Corps League-Detach.


Avalon Golf Links

Ellen Kaiser

Christine Youngquist

Eric & Emily Schuh

Rite Aid Foundation KidCents

Jill & Daniel Boudreau

Entertainment News NW

Sharon Wright

James & Julia Moores

Alex Cobb

Albert & Sue Berger

Darrell & Kitty Mintz

Bernadette Halliday

Central Moving & Storage

Ken & Jenni Morrison

Claude & Marilyn Flagg

Peggy Stowe

Jordan & Kimberly Joy Mellich

Boundary Bay Brewing Co.

Brayer Insurance

Pat Hammond

Corion Landscape

Barb & Casey Thompson

Michael & Kelsey Stannert

Kendall & Nancy Gentry

LaDonna Krautkremer & Dennis Cullen

Carol Herbert

Matthew Boespflug

Jennifer Berdine

Ryan Pflueger

Kaptein’s Ace Hardware

John Silvia, III

Roland and Ramie King

Monica Craig

Coconut Kenny’s

Mary Ryan

Justin & Katey Von Hagel

Swinomish Casino & Lodge

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Dr. Teak Martin

Chuckanut Brewery

Whitney Eskes

Tara Dowd & Steven Nelson

Frank Marzec

Germaine Kornegay

Christ the King Church - Anacortes

Brad Windler

Sue Matto


Mike & Barb Matheson

Marc & Judy Ambers

Liz & Steve Stout

Island Hospital

Mike & Dana Webb

Paula Brownrigg

Jitterbug Coffee

Tony & Tina Asp

Nancy Andrich

Amy & Eugene Hong

B.J. Larson

Stephanie Cufley

Vicki Stasch

Heritage Bank

Alex Harmon

Sharon Beach

Ann Thompson

Corey Lux

City of Anacortes

Frances Hansen

Mike & Suzanne Casey

Dick Sanders

Donald Bienvenue & Carol Scherer

Pola Kelley

Chuck & Renee Roozekrans

Ian & Michelle Fee

Terje & Jessica Culp

Rachael Ward Sparwasser

Carl & Yulia Garrison

Gabriela Flores

Hampton Inn & Suites

Pat Grenfell

Dan Milfred

Aslan Brewing Co.

Erwin Stroosma & Kathy O’Connell-Stoosma

Anne & Jack Middleton

Jason & Bobbilyn Hogge

Jessie Edwards

T Ray’s

Michelle Eaton

Tom Griffin & Lani Donohue

Wallace & Associates

Ed Perry

Ipolitas Dunaravich

Michelle Worley

Hugh & Stacy Pierce

Farmers Equipment

Anacortes Rotary Club

Michael & Jennifer Harlan

TruckVault, Inc.

Susie Bell

John Forsyth

Amazon Smile

Carol Scanes

Kathleen & Jim Payant

Jennifer Hickman

Scott and Venise Dills

Mike & Laura Taylor

Tony Smith

Dear Friends,

Having just finished up my second year as Board Chair, I have reflected

upon my term and all that our organization has accomplished. I was honored

to serve alongside my amazing fellow board members, our fantastic

and tireless staff, our wonderful volunteers, and community partnerships.

Through a combined effort of all, we added two Club sites in Concrete and

then two more sites in Burlington. These additional sites allow us to provide

much needed opportunities to our youth, especially those who need it most.

In addition to expanding our reach, our organization took major strides

toward increasing safety, programming, staff training, and strengthening

our organization through board development and succession planning for

key roles in the organization. It is because of your continued and generous

support that we were able to accomplish all of these things. Thank you.

I was honored over the last year to participate in Youth of the Year judging

for the Sedro-Woolley Club, and as a guest speaker for Career Launch. I

also attended our state Youth of the Year Award Ceremony. Seeing firsthand

the impact our programs and staff have on our youth is the biggest

reward of all. I encourage all of you to attend our events, volunteer in our

Clubs, or take a Club tour so you can see the impact of your support on

our members.

Our new board chair, Tina Asp, is a true asset to our organization and

highly motivated to continue our mission and implement our strategic plan.

I look forward to my continued service on the board and working with Tina,

our fellow board members, our staff, volunteers, and community partners in

providing opportunities for our youth.

Respectfully yours,

Holly Shannon

2019 Board Chair

Carson Law Group


Save the Dates


19th or 20th

Tickets at:


Ruth Richardson

Debra Peterson

Erinn & Scott Welliver

Fred & Sharon Fisher

Jim & Mary Jermyn

Dean Snider

Kurt & Brittany Swanson

Debbie and Josh Wolfe

Evan & Heather Greenlaw

Brock & Jenny Veltri

Rhonda Tingley

Don & Gena McDermott

Chuck & Toni Ruhl

Burlington-Edison School District

Ferry Sreet Antique Mall

Marni Shockey

The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue

Foundation, Inc.

Simply Yards Landscape & Design

Teresa Johnson

Bart & Patty Smith

Steve Leckenby

Kim & Shane Walley

Warren Gilbert

George & Suzanne Santino

Kristi Coy

Kevin & Debbie Anderson

Tina Shields

Mark Miller

Jim & Joanne Hallett

Dale & Susan Ragan

Brock & Katherine Stiles

Anthony & Kimberlee Smith

Jason and Valerie Locke

Josh & Stephanie Hoines

Northwest Linings & Geotextile Products, Inc.

Kevin and Ginger Harris

Lorenzo’s Mexican Restaurant

Tye & Jill Hodgin

Monte Petersen

Columbia Distributing

Helen Baumgartner

Benjamin & Crystal Eddy

Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

Barbara Dahlstedt

Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods

Kristine Cleaves-Wollan

Dustin & Dreabon Knowles

John & Denise Hanstad

Lynn Oliver

Envy Salon

Kyla Whiton

Ann Fran and Rich Sandeen

By Design Auto Group, Inc.

Wycoff Insurance

Anthony’s Restaurants

Frontier Ford


David & Mary Lynne Courtney

Marci & Matthew Fankhauser

Beta Sigma Phi

Diana Pearson

John & Mary Ferlin

Claudette Gubrud

Jerry & Elsie Annett

Peter & Laurel Browning

Bryan & Carol Harrison

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Not only are these visits an opportunity for our organization to give voice to our needs, it’s also meaningful

for our youth, who are eager to give tours of their Club and ask all their questions about government service.

Advocacy is a critical part of Club work.

Partnering with a broad and diverse base

of stakeholders is the key to sustaining

Club operations over time and deepening

the organization’s ties to

the community. Advocacy

focuses on increasing

public awareness and

support for the critical

work that Clubs do in

preparing our young

people to succeed. This

is most evident in planning

long-term projects or initiatives that require

community-wide support.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County has been

incredibly fortunate to celebrate strong support

from local, state, and federal representatives. This

plays out most clearly in special opportunities that

[S]trong ties to our representatives has

given a stronger voice to our youth, as

they comment on the experiences they

face, and their goals for the future.

we’re able to provide to our kids, specifically, targeted

academic mentoring interventions, great

food & nutrition access, and our six 21st Century

Community Learning Center Club sites in Mount

Vernon, Burlington, and


More generally, strong

ties to our representatives

has given a stronger

voice to our youth,

as they comment on the

experiences they face,

and their goals for the future. Workforce development

& skill training opportunities, mental health

challenges, and the opioid crisis continue to stand

at the forefront of these concerns—impacting

youth across Skagit County, from Concrete to Anacortes,

Mount Vernon to Sedro-Woolley. In every

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Top left: Sen. Keith Wagoner eats lunch with Sedro-Woolley Club members. This page: Rep. Rick Larsen discusses Club operations with Clubs’ CEO

Ron McHenry & Sedro-Woolley Program Director Jamie Street while Club staff Desni Fonoimoana leads an art project with Club members. 2019

Youth of the Year, Kyla Whiton poses with Sen. Liz Lovelett at the Anacortes Club. A community forum with Rep. Rick Larsen. Rep. Carolyn Eslick

shares with a group of Concrete Club members.


representative visit, Club members speak to how

these challenges impact their personal situation.

It’s always exciting to bring the Club voice to

local, state, and national government—to bring

light to the lives and experiences of our kids. And

related to this work, strongly reviewing the legal

& administrative impacts that local, state, and

national initiatives have on Club operations, and

our ability to serve kids, is something that we’re

quick to address. As a complex organization, serving

a diverse youth & family population, we see a

charge to advocate strongly for the best laws. State

Days of Advocacy in Olympia, and National Days

of Advocacy in Washington, DC, gave a consistent

lens to this work.

Proud to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County

(360)757-2740 • steppingstonesgarden.com

The Clubs were fortunate to host

state representatives Keith Wagoner,

Liz Lovelett, and Carolyn Eslick

in their district Clubs, along with

national Rep. Rick Larsen in 2019.

The Clubs were fortunate to host state representatives

Keith Wagoner, Liz Lovelett, and Carolyn Eslick

in their district Clubs, along with national Rep.

Rick Larsen in 2019. These special visits in Anacortes,

Sedro-Woolley, and Concrete all provided

an opportunity to bring local partners together for

constructive conversations on not only the specific

challenges facing our youth, challenges for Club

operations, and how Clubs are making a difference,

but also general collaboration around community

health, and increased local opportunities.

We are appreciative of all the work our local, state,

and national representatives do in government, and

look forward to continued work in strongly advocating

for our kids, and the success of Clubs.


Promise Big. Deliver Bigger

for the kids of Skagit County

Chad Fisher Construction

cfisherconstruction.com | 360.757.0580

Proud To Support The

Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County


A blustery day, just before embarking on a trip over the pass on their way to the Youth of the Year Retreat. From Left: Patrick Dougher (Sedro-Woolley

Teen Coordinator), Logan T., Olivia E., Paula B., Lauren A., Johanna G., Zoie S., and Kyla Whiton (2019 Youth of the Year & Anacortes Staff member).


In the following excerpts taken from essays written for the Youth of the Year Program, Club teens offer a glimpse

into Club life, their struggles & their triumphs as they look ahead & make preparations for their GREAT Futures.

Zoie is 16 years old and has attended the

Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club since she

was 6 years old. She has always been

very active with the Club, has participated

in the Youth of the Year program for the past two

years, and was recently named the Mount Vernon

Club’s Youth of the Year. Zoie can often be

seen helping the younger Club members by serving

snacks & leading games. She participates in

her Club’s Keystone program, a service program

where her group goes beyond the Club to help

others in need. This year they have been busy

putting together items for the Skagit Valley Herald

Christmas fund.

Right beside her is Zoie’s friend Johanna, who is also

a long-time attendee of the Club. Johanna has participated

in Youth of the Year program every year since

age 14, as well as the Junior program prior. Although

only one participant can ultimately be named Youth

of the Year, the girls do not view each other as competition.

They build each other up and support each

other whether it be triumph or hardship. Although

their backgrounds could be considered to be very

different, both struggled with feeling less-than and

being bullied during their school years.

“I was bullied growing up. They made fun of me for

everything and anything they could—my size, the

way I looked, the fact that I am a tomboy and dress

more masculine,” recalled Zoie.

“Since English wasn’t my first language, I struggled

with something that everyone else knew: basic

English. It didn’t matter that I was fluent in Spanish,

all I saw was that I was different from those

around me and it made certain things harder for

me. I still remember the embarrassment that I felt

every time I got called to go to ELL Speech Therapy,”

said Johanna.


Both girls began to find a safe refuge in the Club.

“At the Club, it was like all the negative stereotypes,

embarrassment, and thoughts about being an outcast

didn’t exist. The staff make sure you are included

with every activity, regardless of your background,”

said Johanna.

“The Boys and Girls

Club was my safe place

because of the way the

staff took the time to ask

me how I was doing and

cared enough to pick up

on the different faces I

make, depending on my

mood. At the Club, no

one was going to make

fun of me and I didn’t

have to be scared of being yelled at. When I was at

the Club, I could just be me,” added Zoie.

Logan, who has been a member of the Sedro-Woolley

Club for 6 years, volunteers at many of the

Club’s fundraising events. At the recent golf tournament,

he was quick to help guests by carrying

their golf clubs up to their carts. Logan is a regular

at the Sedro-Woolley Teen Center. The teen center

there is unique because they have their own

building separate from the younger kids. They take

pride and ownership of their space, which is why

volunteering to help with fundraisers is so important

to the teens there.

“When I walk up the steps and through the blue door

into the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club I can feel

the stress from the overwhelming weight of school

melt away. The Club has become like my treehouse.

A treehouse is a place where friends get together and

share with each other. Tell stories, tell jokes, or even

just hang out in their own space away from the glaring

eyes of the world,” explained Logan.

Patrick Dougher is the Teen Coordinator at the

Sedro-Woolley Club and has been working for Skagit

Clubs since 2005. This longevity has been incredibly

meaningful to Club members. Patrick is a trusted

mentor to many of these youth and a big part of why

they feel safe and accepted at the Club.

“At the Club, it was like all the negative

stereotypes, embarrassment, and thoughts

about being an outcast didn’t exist. The

staff make sure you are included with every

activity, regardless of your background,”

~Johanna, Mount Vernon Club member.

Paula, another Sedro-Woolley Club member is in her

third year of participating in Youth of the Year, and

was recently named the 2020 Skagit County Youth

of the Year. Patrick has been there to mentor her

through the process each year. “Although Patrick is

always making me laugh, he also helps me be proud

of who I am. Whenever

I have bad days,

because I got made fun

of or just felt sad, he was

there to talk to me and

make me laugh. Even

on days where he didn’t

know what I was going

through, he made my

day one hundred times

better than it had been.”

said Paula.

It is through the Youth of the Year program that Club

members develop their own personal voice. They

examine their struggles, set-backs, and challenges

they have overcome. They begin to look towards the

future and discover what they are passionate about.

“I have always been into art. From my kindergarten

finger paintings to my current works, which are

mostly sculptures and drawings, it’s been a part

of who I am. Later in life, I plan to pursue a career

in the arts. I’d like to own my own business and

I am thinking about being a graphic designer or

doing pottery. Being at the Club has shown me how

important it is for me to express my personality in

my daily life. I want to be able to incorporate that

into my career.” said Lauren, who frequents the

Sedro-Woolley Teen Center.

“As a middle child I didn’t always feel like I was heard,

but when I speak publicly I can finally show my voice.

Being the president of Keystone has shown me how

to be a good leader. Going on field trips to volunteer

has showed me I care about helping others.” said

Olivia. Olivia attends the Sedro-Woolley Club and is

in her second year of participating in the Youth of the

Year program. Last March, she was able to attend the

Washington State Youth of the Year Dinner where she

was able to hear youth speak from all over the state.

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Robert Gruber

Virginia Smiley

Susan Wilson & Eric Hall

Monica & Scott Pavlovich

Mark Bentley

Douglas & Mary Lu McFadyen

Scott & Karen Terrell

Leading Edge Property Management

Erik & Debbie Pedersen

Andrea & Edward Fifield

Heath Henderson

Richard & Linda Nelson

Skagit Community Foundation

Bay Baby Produce

Thompson’s Greenhouse

Integrity Safety

Wendy Gray & Mac Madenwald

Jeff & Lori Maulin

The Truss Company

Timothy and Jen Absten

Jesse Ellenz

Mount Vernon School District #320

Frederick & Elaine Morton

Ivett Cano

Sara & Matthew Gill

Audrey Bouwens

Janie & Ken Van Liew

Mark Roe

Laurie Gere

Barrett Financial, Ltd.

Daniel & Charmie Dibble

Janicki Industries

David Ryberg & Joan Penney

Jack & Joan Hilde

Clinton & Kerri Carlton

Dale & Randi Freidig

Cookson Beecher & Dean Harrington

Chelsey & Tiffany Olsen

Judy McManus

Peter Johnson

Dwayne Lane’s North Cascade Ford

Charles Fine Jewelry

Marjorie Kilbreath

Showline Beagles

Bob’s Chowder Bar

The Skagit Casino & Resort

R.W. Baird

Janet Ebersole

Lou Ann Davis

Anne Perry

Mark & Nancy Crawford

Debbie Cassel


Brandon & Carrie Williams

Shirlee Christensen

Alaska Marine Lines

Leroy and Marna Hanneman

Kari & Joe Doss

Jack & Carole Straathof

Tim Schofield

Michael & Susan Cann

Nancy Rytand-Carey & Michael Carey

Bill & Sophia Johansen

Eric & Terry-Jo Norman

Shesha Zavala

Stowe’s Shoes & Clothing

Astrid Aamot

Home Depot

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Through the Junior Youth of the Year program, younger members get an

opportunity to practice writing speeches and speaking in front of large

audiences. Lane, who is 13 years old and in the 8th grade at Concrete Middle

School, is an ambassador for his Club. Last Fall, he spoke to a crowd

of almost 500 at the Great Futures Gala. He shared about the difficulty he

was having with math and how that limited his opportunities to participate

in extracurricular activities at the school. Since the Club opened a little over

a year ago, Lane has been attending regularly. He participated in the Concrete

Club’s first Youth of the Year program as a Junior participant.

“Boys & Girls Club has really helped me in

school. I was really struggling with math. I

couldn’t understand math at all. My mom &

dad heard about the Club that was just getting

started and I decided to go. Soon my grade

moved up from almost failing, to a B+.”

~Lane, Concrete Club member.

“Boys & Girls Club has really helped me in school. I was really struggling

with math. I couldn’t understand math at all. My mom & dad heard about

the Club that was just getting started and I decided to go. Soon my grade

moved up from almost failing, to a B+. Then I was able to move up to

advanced high school math and now I’m able to participate in band at the

school, which I’ve always wanted to do,” Lane shared.

Bella, another Junior Youth of the Year participant, is in fifth grade and is

a member of the Anacortes Club where Andrew Flores is the Club Director

and Kyla Whiton, who was named the 2019 Youth of the Year, teaches art.

“My favorite part about the art room was painting the mural. This is because

I can show my art skills. There’s no right or wrong way to express yourself

through art. Since I started coming to the Boys & Girls Club at the end of

last year, I have learned a lot. One thing I have learned is to have integrity.

I have made mistakes, and choices I probably shouldn’t have. I was able

to talk to Andrew and Kyla and own up to my mistakes. Like everyone, I

am not perfect. Boys & Girls Club has taught me to be the best ‘me’ I can

be,” shared Bella.

Club staff will tell you that it has been a pleasure to get to know these young

Club members that show so much potential and growth. As transformative

as the Youth of the Year program can be for Club members, it also has an

impact on staff and programming. Listening to their stories gives us insight

into the best ways that we can help and support our youth.

To learn more about the Youth of the Year program or how one can give support, visit skagitclubs.org

or contact our Director of Operations, Manny Smith at msmith@skagitclubs.org.




Leadership Staff for Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County had the opportunity to travel to

participate in specialized trainings and professional development in 2019.




group of Club Directors were able to

attend Club Directors Academy, a training

provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of America

(BGCA), for a full week of learning designed

to help staff improve their practices as Club Directors.

The week was divided into 3 focus areas. First, The

Leadership Challenge

focused on five leadership

practices—modeling the

way, inspiring a shared

vision, challenging the

process, enabling others

to act, and encouraging

the heart. Next, Club

Directors focused on the

elements of a high-quality

Club experience, not only

for members but for staff

as well, specifically building a safe & positive environment,

establishing supportive relationships, creating

fun, offering opportunities, setting expectations, and

providing recognition. Lastly, each Club Director created

and shared their vision for their Clubs, as well as

specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timebound

(SMART) Goals.

“Even though I have been working for Boys

& Girls Clubs for eleven years, this was a

life-changing learning experience for me! I

learned strategies on how to be a better leader

for my Club and how to strengthen my team,”

~Christina Trader, Site Director Burlington-LU

Data was analyzed from all of the Skagit Clubs

in order to create a focus point for setting goals.

“Going through that process was interesting

because it showed me areas where we can grow

and improve,” said Andrew Flores, Club Director -

Anacortes. Staff development and support became

a main area of focus. “If Staff has the right kind of

support and tools, this will lead to a better Club

experience for our members.

This showed me a

whole different perspective,

helped me narrow

my focus, and gave me

the tools to help staff

progress as a team.”

“Even though I have been

working for Boys & Girls

Clubs for eleven years,

this was a life-changing

learning experience for me! I learned strategies

on how to be a better leader for my Club and how

to strengthen my team,” said Christina Trader, Site

Director for Burlington-Lucille Umbarger, who joined

the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County after more

than a decade in Snohomish County.


Club Directors felt that the training was also very helpful because they

were able to network with other Club professionals from around the country

and hear what they have experienced. “It was great to experience the

diversity of the organization and it helped to give me a broad perspective

on how important our work really is,” said Flores.

“Working alongside my co-workers and fellow

directors and seeing that we shared the same

vision and goals for the organization was

unifying and strengthened our relationships.

It was a great feeling to know that we shared

the same trajectory and vision,”

~Angela Freeberg, Area Director - Mount Vernon.


The Advanced Leadership Program is an innovative learning experience

that provides transformational growth for Boys & Girls Club leaders

and leadership teams and results in a proven impact on youth and

communities. This rigorous week-long training lead by BGCA facilitators

was an opportunity to analyze our Clubs’ data and identify organizational

needs. Attendees learned how to implement strategies to drive

and measure outcomes that will increase the positive impact on our

Club members and staff in our Skagit community.

Early on in the training, each participant was asked to write their own

vision for the future which set the tone for the team to be able to work

together, and identify areas of growth for the Clubs and determine how

to work towards their vision.

“Working alongside my co-workers and fellow directors and seeing

that we shared the same vision and goals for the organization was

unifying and strengthened our relationships. It was a great feeling to

know that we shared the same trajectory and vision,” said Angela

Freeberg, Area Director - Mount Vernon.

Day two was an intense day of action, digging in and bringing all of

their data together. It turned out to be a ton of data! After looking at

metrics for outcomes, program quality, experiences, and participation,

the team was able to celebrate successes as well as identify some

clear areas for improvement. “My experience at the Advanced Leadership

Program was both rewarding and involved a lot of hard work.

There were times when the amount of data and scope of the work

was overwhelming, but in a good way that pushed us to challenge

ourselves,” said Freeberg.

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Arliss Abbott

Therese Rudzis

Kristina Swanson

Eric & Lynette Johnson

Docking Bay 93

Kinder Haus

Michael & Jamie Whiton

Darrel & Bernice Homan

Nancy & Joe Halton

Temcov Foundation

Kimberly & Robert Valencia

Glen & Susan McInelly

David & Dianna Cornelius

Keith Chaplin

Darren & Renata Maybruck

Dan & Cori Hyatt

Willie Adams

Keegan Kirkpatrick

Gerald & Bonnie Bowers

Josh & Aiden Axthelm

Heather Powell

Sedro-Woolley Police Benevolent Fund

Scott & Laura Breckenridge

Jason Easton

Kurt & Julie Kolmos

Janet Whalen

Ray & Carolyn Bloom

Chloe Crosson

Blade Chevrolet

Vince Oliver

Jack & Nancy Darnton

Mark Kim

Soroptimist International of Burlington

Julia De La Cerda

La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House

Amanda & Josh Cecotti

Cap Sante Inn, LLC

Outback Steakhouse

Carter Haven Properties, LLC

Jennifer Durney

CWS Burlington LLC

Martha Rose


Michael Stark

Iris Carias

Dan & Debbie Boffey

Stephanie Thomas

Carl & Carmen Bruner

Erica & Jordan Carr

Annette Booth

Sara Holahan

Norm Nelson, Inc.

Samish Tyee

Michael & Andrea Rogers

Towne Foundation

Savi Bank

Kathy & Tim Randell

Mark & Gayle Nilson

James & Michele Tangaro

Cathy Petersen

Kiwanis - Anacortes Noon Club

Hugh & Wendy Kendrick

The Encore Shoppe

Ann Rasar

Village Books & Paper Dreams

Robert & Jeannette Papadakis

Levon Matson

Brian Hanrahan & Treva King

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Leanne Shannon

Sherry Hill & Abby Jacobs

Cathy Grant

Justin & April Ward

Mary & Steven Hudson

Debra Jones


Gordon Bruchner

Glenda Herrera

Stefani Castro

Jason Williams

Sherri Gutzmer

Keith Klingensmith

Michael Fredlund

Michael & Lisa Janicki

Alma Pineda

Jaime Michaelson & Michael Broyles

William Overby & Tee Davis-Overby

Erik Pineda

Sara Maloney

Cody & Ed Ellison

Skagit Regional Health

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

Nathan Allen

Forte Chocolates

Josh & Sarah Arquitt

Melissa White

Williams & Nulle, PLLC, CPAs

Bill & Janice Bailey

Paula Shafransky

Rob & Lisa Pate

Van’s Equipment Company

Craft Stove

Tom & Elizabeth Gregerson

Port of Skagit

Susan Duffy

Jim Davison

Ruth Mills

Jayme Street

Peter Swanson


United Way of Skagit County

Ashbaugh Beal

Trustee of the Jerry H. Walton Foundation

Tamara Blunt

Bruce and Senora Farnham

Robert & Jesse Parsons

Janice Hill

Rich & Kristin Hartman

Travis LoGrande

Dominic Pettruzzelli

Christopher & Cassandra King

Darcy Swetnam

Lorenzo Velasco

Christine Tripp

John & Colleen McIntyre

Maggie Potter

Christopher Webb

Andrew Ferreira

Scott & Shari Ludden

Matthew and Stephanie Barrow

Mark & Jody Carabba

Marty & Kristi Martin

Donna Sitts

Dan & Lori Maul


Doug & Gay Woods

Adam & April Jones

AJ Steen

“It was a non-stop process of critical thinking. I think

this experience was beneficial for our team in a lot

of ways, including having a dedicated time to work

with each other on specific elements of our operations

and looking at the big picture. I appreciated the

opportunity to be a part of this development process

and to further my own career development.”

~Andrew Flores, Club Director - Anacortes

Then it was time to get to work, defining goals and responsibilities so

that when the team returned they would be ready with a clear plan

of action. “It was a non-stop process of critical thinking. I think this

experience was beneficial for our team in a lot of ways, including having

a dedicated time to work with each other on specific elements of our

operations and looking at the big picture. I appreciated the opportunity

to be a part of this development process and to further my own career

development,” said Andrew Flores, who also attended the Club Directors

Academy and just completed his first year as the Anacortes Club Director.

The training also dedicates a considerable amount of time for feedback

& reflecting on that feedback. Team members were provided with suggestions

from co-workers on “Behaviors to do more of,” “less of,” and

“to continue,” through an anonymous and comprehensive 360-degree

feedback process. Attendees learn about personality types and behaviors

they commonly exhibit so that co-workers have a better understanding of

each other’s preferred mode of communication, work habits, and how to

work more effectively together.

“It was an honor to be able to meet other participants from other Boys

& Girls Clubs who share the same passion of the movement. ALP truly

helped us bring a stronger relationship together as leading professionals,”

said Brian Gustafson, Area Director - Concrete.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County aims to continue to invest in sending

leadership staff to training and professional development opportunities

like these whenever possible, while balancing budgetary concerns, recognizing

the value they bring in lifting up the organization as a whole. “As

part of our “Opportunity 2021” Strategic Plan, a key area is Strengthening

the Organization. Our Board of Directors and many community stakeholders

that participated in the focus groups that shaped the strategic

plan recognized the value of investing in these endeavors. It positively

impacts the experience of our Club members, and has demonstrated

value in employee retention rates and career satisfaction,” said Ron

McHenry, CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County.


Brett & Eva Fox

Mary Johnson

Patrick & Jean Ward

Mike & Julie Anderson

Troy & Angie Wright

Land Title and Escrow Company of Skagit

& Island County

Matt Lehman

Gary & Claudean Talbert

Keith & Rebecca Short

Nate Wolfe

Jeff & Linda Hendricks Family Foundation

Quinn Livesey

Becky & John Taft

Caitlin & Sven Svendsen

Kenneth Osborn

Jim & Kim Grams

Marjorie Davis

Mike & Dawn Durham

Torolf & Anna Torgersen

Suzanne Radenkovic & Roger Kelley

Dustin & Gabby Small

Tod & Bonnie Lehecka

Ross & Susie Roberts

Windermere Foundation

Jimbo Bob

Peter Goldfarb

Karl & Karen Yost

David and Jessica Levine

Kelli Judnich

Danny Laine

Skagit Island San Juan School Retirees


Skagit Transportation

Sheryl Carman

Bruce & Margaret Evertz

Holly Shannon & Josh Johnson

Best Buy Foundation

Cody Moore

Christ Episcopal Church

Ron & Jan Wesen

Portalis, LLC

Angler’s Coffee

Lisa Strandberg

Jeff & Val Holtgeerts

Pam & Bill Doddridge

Skagit Publishing

Betty Romtvedt

Robert & Rebecca Gates

Justin Walker

Dale & Elaine Gorsegner

Earnest Mayo

Sattva Photo

Sundarah Hammontree

Karl & Debra Pankaskie

Joanie & Steven Moe

Nick & Nicole De La Garza

Howard Huffstodt

CPI Plumbing & Heating

Karen Eckardt

Sandra Garofalo

Carol Lawson Insurance Agency, Inc.

Cloud 9 Photography & Design

Jim & Jana Hanson

Ron McHenry

John & Marie Erbstoeszer

Dick & Susan Straathof

Sarah Crist

Molly Gerhard

Sakura Restaurant

JoAnn Fain

Dave Oliveri

Morgan Hendricks

Don Bates

Dena Kindred

Joel & Jennifer Dean

Dennis & Mary Staberg

Tammy Belisle

Alison and Tim Motts

Larry Paise

Mel & Alice Takehara

Patty Vallejos

Carrie Odlin

Andrea & Eric VanPelt

Ronald & Jamie Mitchell

Julia & Eric Johnson

Julie & Steve Sager

Rick & Leslie Adelstein

Brian & Caroline Davis

Nestle Coffee Partners

Darrell & Elizabeth Heisler

Brianna Brooke

Bill & Diana Anderson

Brenden Jones

Soroptimist International of Anacortes

Lopez Island Creamery

Lydia Bridge

Tom & Debbie Jones

Brian & Keri Ronk

Erik Pedersen Group, Inc, PS

Tammie Sargent

Ian & Whitney Crawford

Tyler & Lauren Breum

Robert & Sonja Hild

Erik & Jennifer Crawford

Quantum Construction Inc.

Brian Gustafson

Tom Taylor

James Landy

Kara Gonzalez

Keith & Jeanette Love

Debra & Douglas Lancaster

Jack Dyer

Lowman House LLC

Jim & Kay Zielinski

Boyd Wells

BYK Construction, Inc

Smiley Insurance Services Corporation

Michelle Hurteau

Mary Cashetta

Brian & Kathy Wolfe

Sally Ryan

Sam Walker

Dennis Vincent

Carrie Wallace

Frank Wagner

Richard Olds

Tim Mikesell

Barbara Holmkvist

Elizabeth Oshiro

Melissa & Hugh Dougher

Holly Parkes

Roger & Mary Ann Mercer

Mike & Victorian Gubrud

Cameron Ostrom-Kelley

Uprising Seeds

Soroptimist International of Sedro-Woolley

Stefano Perruccio

Dana Andrich & Brian Tiland

Burlington-Edison Kiwanis

Robert Coffey, MD

Lee & Leslie Wilson

Nels Strandberg & Colleen Craig

Lin & Carla Tucker

William & Wendy Rabel

Jeff and Mackenzie Reider

Marshall and Susan Basham

John Piazza Jr. Construction & Remodeling

Samantha Stormont

Allen & Debby Malarchick

Bob & Marian Sadler

Dan & Laura Fisher

Bryan & Anne Jones

Paul Benz

The Drain Doctor

Jonna Zieber

Amy Oliver

Jim Eberhardt & Kaylene Farley

Debbie & Jim Macy

K&H Integrated Print Solutions

Bill & Gina Gillespie

John Roozen

Eleven Vexler & Richard Brocksmith

Jack Sather

Norm & Michelle LeBret

James & Kim Briscoe

Sam Summerhill

Reisner Distributor, Inc.

Cindy & Todd Anderson

Jeff Swensen

Aaron & Kathryn Starkovich

Erin Long & Michael White

Manny Nevarez

Kimberly Fair

Alice Bohnker Insurance

Anacortes Sunrisers Kiwanis

Mount Baker MG Car Club

Sol & Erin Kohlhaas

Kara Stamback

Bob & Nancy Tracy

Patrice Blakeway

Lori Clark

Sue Harrington

Marine View Cold Storage

Kati Shannon

Taylor Blodgett

James & Cathryn Griffith

Tony & Robin Pestarino

Joshua Anderson Insurance, Inc

Rick & Char Johnson

Whatcom Community Foundation

Les & Fay Huggins

Tim Smith

Jacob Hovik

Kurt & Suzan DelBene

Les Schwab Tire Centers

Tom & Rachael Day

Soroptimist International of Fidalgo Island

Mark & Sandy Hagen

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Youth at the Burlington-Allen Club

are participating in Power Hour

where they get time to work on

missing or late assignments and

get specific tutoring on subjects

they need help with. Grades K-2

were working on math, and 3rd-5th

on reading, spelling, and writing.

Middle schoolers have homework

assignments each night that they

can complete during Club hours.



A new 21st Century Site opened at Allen in Burlington last November serving youth in grades K-8. Hired to

lead operations at there, Ian Grenden reflects on his introduction to Boys & Girls Clubs.


joined the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Staff at the very

end of October, a slight left turn following eight

years of working for different YMCA branches

with a bit of classroom teaching peppered in. On

my third day of work I attended the Great Futures

Gala, before I had even

spent a day with kids at

my Club site, or bought

a bed for my new apartment.

I was placed in

the midst of the final

rush to execute on days

and weeks and months

of preparation that had

started long before I

even thought to apply to

the Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County.

I was introduced to coworker after coworker, directors,

coordinators, specialists, and attempted to

remember every name, job title, and Club location.

“You’ll be working with them regularly,” “You’ll

mostly only see him at meetings,” “She does your

job, but out in Concrete”—it was a lot of information

to take in!

by Ian Grenden, Allen Site Coordinator, Burlington

“Regardless of job title, background, site

location, or length of tenure we are always

working towards the same goals—to provide

safety and quality programming for youth

who need us most, to connect with our

community, and collaborate to be the best

team we can be.”

My first real exposure to my new coworkers and my

new world was a madly choreographed scramble,

all hands on deck bouncing off each other as they

strived to achieve the same goals: raising money

and awareness to increase the quality of care and

resources for our youth,

and demonstrating to the

wider community why

we are worth supporting.

My first thought was

how rare this must be;

Club Directors, volunteers,

Youth Development


Administrators, Site Coordinators,

and Spud Webb

were all in one place

working towards one

singular outcome. I scanned constantly, watching

it all happen. I looked for ways to be helpful;

I cleaned up spills, I transported auction items, I

greeted guests with a friendly smile. I wanted to

show that I was part of this team, even though I still

felt a little like a lost puppy.


In my few months with Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, however, I

no longer feel lost like that first day, but part of a team. I run the newly

opened 21st Century Site at Allen Elementary, collaborating not only with

my own staff but with the classroom teachers, school administrators,

and my counterparts at other 21st Century and traditional Club sites.

Even though I am often on my own at Allen, I always have people to

reach out to. Regardless of job title, background, site location, or length

of tenure we are always working towards the same goals—to provide

safety and quality programming for youth who need us most, to connect

with our community, and collaborate to be the best team we can be.

Since I have begun Club operations at Allen, things are a bit different

than a traditional Club site in that we have a shorter period of Club time

together—yet we make the most of it. 21st Century sites operate within

the schools and the Allen Club serves youth in grades K-8 where activities

are split up appropriately by age and ability. Power Hour is dedicated

homework time where youth can catch up on missed assignments or

get in more practice on what their class is currently focused on. The rest

of the time is used for free choice programs where youth can choose to

take advantage of Triple Play and play games, create art, or challenge

themselves with a STEM project. Recently, we put together a STEM activity

called “Blobs in Bottle”, where kids made their own lava lamps!

In transferring from a life with the YMCA, I have not felt a big shift or

any organizational betrayal that some warned me about. As a young

summer camp counselor, I cared for and mentored youth. As a classroom

teacher, I taught youth. As an Outdoor Educator, I provided quality

programming and new experiences for youth. Everywhere I go I

have been introduced to new methods of empowering and encouraging

youth—each an asset to strengthen my skill set. I have met amazing

people who have dedicated their lives to doing what I have always

sought to do. I am thrilled to be a part of Clubs expanding to serve more

youth in Burlington. I have found a new home with Boys & Girls Clubs

Skagit County and I am grateful every day to be aligned with a team

and community that understands that we are here for the kids and we

are all in this together.


Thomas Lebovsky & Jane Billinghurst

David Huynh

Michael & Jessica Good

Judd & Black Appliance

Kirk Hereford

Jerald Munson

Olive Garden

Emerson Nordmark & Kim Liebscher

Sound Events

Susan & James Fay

Darrell & Stephanie Hooper

Marcus Lum

Renee Sayatovic

Scott & Angie Rutherford

Brian & Elizabeth Soneda

Kelli & Daniel Segars

Carson Law Group, PS

Keith Magee

Pamela Mckeown

Brad & Kristen Tully

Drew Mason

Victoria H Morell

Sarah & Joel Ward

Jim Mead

Danielle Vincent

Shane & Amy Collins

Brad & Katy Worley

Lisa Long

Carolyn & Andrew Conner

Paul & Diane Cocke

Shirley Yap

Michael & Elizabeth Jackets

Colleen Smiley

Dan & Patsy Martin

Rick & Karen Pitt

Michael & Colleen McClure

Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Robert & Jane Hyde

Michael Roach

Philip Cohen & Debbie Amos

Kathy & Keith Thomson

Medina Foundation

Diane Eiesland

Mia DeLeon

Jeff McInnis

Cascade Pizza

Colin & Alisa Sands

Pacific Woodtech Corporation

Jamie & Adam Bird

Ben & Roxi Smith

Elizabeth Hanna

Jarrod Ball

Brian & Kristia Poppe

Willowbrook Manor


Jeff & Mary June Curtis

Georgia Coy

Sheila Countryman-Bean

Rodd & Aimee Frantz

Whidbey Coffee

Margy Pepper

David & Rhonda Heston

Terry Oliver

Isaac & Sarah Williams

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Rebecca & Steve Murray

Ken & Susan Johnson

Bret and Meggin Podnar

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Manny Smith, Director of Operations

Safety of our members and staff continue to be our top priority. In 2019, we worked hard to ensure that our

Clubs and staff were provided with additional tools and training to enhance our awareness, practices, and

preparedness across the organization. Here is a look at what we’ve been up to.



Being a safe place for kids is what we do. To do

this, we have to ensure that we fully prepare staff

with proper education and understanding of what

this means when working with kids. This past year,

a requirement for employment in any position with

the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is to complete

a 13 module Sexual Abuse Prevention training.

The curriculum, developed in partnership Boys

& Girls Clubs of America and Praesidium, covers

a wide range of topics including: How offenders

operate, How to recognize warning signs, How to

intervene, Mandatory Reporting Requirement, and

How to manage high-risk situations. This, in addition

to completing comprehensive annual background

checks, are just a couple of the measures

we take to protect our kids.


Emotional safety is just as important as physical

safety. For the last couple of years, Clubs have

been implementing Positive Action, a social-emotional

learning curriculum that teaches kids that

one way to improve self-esteem is through engaging

in positive actions. To further emphasize this,

we’ve added similar curriculum from Sanford Harmony.

We recognize that our kids live in an ever

changing world, and want to make sure they are

equipped as much as possible to achieve success.


Thanks to our friends at Integrity Safety in Anacortes,

we were able to get nearly 100% of our

workforce trained and certified in CPR & First Aid.

This new partnership will enable us to keep our

staff members prepared through ongoing training

and certification renewals.



All of our Clubs were equipped with Automatic

External Defibrillators (AED). Thanks to the generosity

of Club supporters, we were able to install

this potential lifesaving equipment that is easily

accessible should the need arise.



Led by members of the Board of Directors, this committee conducts

regular reviews and on-site assessments of safety challenges and

needs. Together, the committee works diligently to ensure that we have

the information and resources needed to make improvements that will

better the Club experience for members in a safe way.

Every moment and interaction with a kid has the potential to shape

their future. We take this responsibility seriously, and want to make

sure that all kids who come to our Clubs have the opportunity to reach

their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

Safety is critical in ensuring that this happens.

Join The

Heritage Club

Your support through a planned gift will ensure

that future generations of our children will have

the opportunity to live successful lives in a safe,

positive and caring environment.

Joining The Heritage Club is easy! Simply communicate

your intentions by printing, signing and returning the

enrollment form available at


or contact Ian Faley at

Consider including

your local Boys & Girls

Clubs in your estate

plans. This planning

might include a will,

charitable gift annuity,

a trust arrangement, a

real estate gift or a life

insurance policy.

ifaley@skagitclubs.org or 360-419-3723 x7.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Baird & Associates Real Estate, Inc.

Allstate Foundation

Arty & Elinor Nakis

Right Way Plumbing, Heating, A/C Inc

Lyle & Kim Hildahl

Jason & Jill Hilde

Alex McKinlay

Katie Stamwitz

True Tone Audio

Mike & Pam Baron

Johnny Janicki

Cynthia Simonsen

Alexa Bush

Davis Busadre

Debbie & Darrell Cornelius

Bret Pugmire

Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon

Rod & Karen Carter

Little Caesars Pizza

Phil & Tamera Brockman

Dan Berard

Wayne & Amy Barrett

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Coastal Farm & Ranch

Mark & Becky Tournie

Steven & Jan Massey

Douglas & Linda MacGregor

Krysta & Jacob Fast

Sarah Hanson

Kara & Justin Symonds

Trident Seafoods Corporation

Rodney Delseg

Concrete School District

Morris and Cheryl Nilson

Karin Wigen

Mary Linnell

Anne Kinney

Russell Edwards

David Flannery

Aztec Self Storage

Tracy Dugas

Jim & Carma DeGroot

Steven Sexton

Ruth Barefoot

Cascade Ear Nose and Throat

Duane & Nancy Clark

Arthur Solbakken

Banner Bank

Ray and Yvonne Vermillion

Jim and Marilee Boze

Carol Strandberg

Mike Dyberg & Connie Davis, MD

Mark & Roneih Nelson


Fisher Construction Group

Troy & Sarah Hanson

Raymond Lacko

Albert & Penny Stubbs

Bryer Button

Tim & Cynthia Garrison

Matt Ray

Pat & Karl Essig

William Whittemore

Bob Neumann

Yvonne Bowman

Deb & Jason Brichta

Majestic Inn & Spa

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The unique positioning of our Clubs in Concrete offers measurable data that shows how Clubs transform lives.

Our Clubs have been doing great work in

communities for nearly 25 years, but in

opening services for the first time in Concrete,

a unique

opportunity was presented.

Instead of simply

working within the

constraints of resources

currently available, Club

leaders flipped the script

and looked at what was

truly just needed to

make a difference. This

could’ve easily gotten out of hand, but the staff

was responsible for developing the intervention so

as to not waste any taxpayer or donor resources.

However, it did allow for increased investments in

Even before the end of the first year, we knew

anecdotally that positive change was happening.

Club members and families reported better

grades, attendance at school increased, and

there were fewer behavioral challenges.

core elements believed to make a difference. These

could be easily replicable in other communities if

the intervention worked, once additional resources

were identified to do so.

As part of being a 21st

Century Community

Learning Center that

is federally-funded, an

external evaluator must

be engaged to look at

all components of the

program and execution,

and provide a report as

to effectiveness. There is a lot of information synthesized

during this process. At existing locations, some

data points are decently informative, but because


there’s no true control group, much of it seems like

an exercise to simply check off a reporting requirement.

In Concrete, because of the isolation and lack

of alternative services for students, a control group

is somewhat built-in. With greater confidence, we

could tie work with specific members to results like

never before.

Even before the end of the first year, we knew

anecdotally that positive change was happening.

Club members and families reported better grades,

attendance at school increased, and there were

fewer behavioral challenges. The School Superintendent,

Wayne Barrett, who was also in his first

year in Concrete, spoke with conviction at the

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Annual Breakfast in March. His

words of confidence, and narrative of what he’d

seen personally to date, confirmed that Clubs were

headed in the right direction.

In August, Club leadership received the first evaluation

report on the outcomes realized through the

initiative. Data sets that were examined included

parent surveys and interviews, teacher surveys

and interviews, state standardized test scores,

attendance patterns, discipline referrals, and more.

In all areas, improvements were made. With a

strong secondary focus of building participants

Social-Emotional Learning Skills, it was exciting to

see participant growth in “Child Learning to Interact

with Peers” and “Child Learning to Interact Posi-

tively with Adults.” This was further underlined by

reflective scores from parents on “Positive Impact

on My Child’s School Day Behavior.” Fewer disciplinary

referrals mean less time out of class for

students who already risk falling behind their peers.

With the opening of the Allen School program

in Burlington this year, the same methods

are being implemented, and additional

strategies are being tested to increase student

performance even more.

Scores on the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA),

which Washington State uses to benchmark student

progress in Math and English/Language Arts (ELA)

showed significant gains across the Board. In Math

at the Elementary level, Washington State scores

increased by one point for all students, while Club

participants increased by 6, despite Concrete non-

Club participants decreasing by one point. In Elementary

ELA, Washington State scores again increased

by one point for all students. Non-Club participants

saw their scores increase as well, by 7 points. However,

once again, youth attending the Club posted

the highest gains, jumping 20 points in a single year.

At the secondary level, ELA scores for Club and

non-Club participants raised significantly, though

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Bianca Urbina

Roger and Julie Heim

Jeanne Wright

K Lee Johnson

Worthington Foundation

Farmstrong Brewing Company

Kimberlee Anderson

Diane Bergsma

Alex and Ingrid Thieman

Roger Peterson

Jennifer Wilson

Steve Perry

Ben & Frei Burton

Ray & Carol Larsen

Kellie & Steve Cargile

Keith & Rosemary Kaholokula

Emily Griffin

Jeremy & Jamie McCullough

Martha & Harold Clure

WA State Boys & Girls Clubs Assoc.

Peter & Tricia Cisneros

Mollie Janicki

Amanda Hubik

Bart & Holly Bunnell

Porterhouse Pub

James & Alice Bohnker

Amanda Sloan

Sam Chebeir

John & Rebecca Spurling

MOD Pizza

Megan Walker

Kathie Roll

Zak Van Winkle

Lisa Beitler

Jeff and Linda Frizzell

Michael Schweigert

Jennifer Benson

Ardis & Roberta Parker

Natalie Johnson

Randy Schillinger

Ed & Cheri Kaptein

Mike & Shelly Moser

Marathon Foundation, Inc.

Mt Baker Ski Area

Jack & Stephanie Hamilton

Jody Baker & Fritz Rud

Donald L. Fenton

Susanna Alway

Bryon and Shawna Mengle

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Barbara Legas

Andrea Shick

John & Katy Janicki

Richard & Diane Merry

Brad Methner Insurance Agency

Apothecary Spa

Paul Carter

Jayne Branch & Lee Strick

Roger Family

SB Venture Group

K.C. & Angela Freeberg

Animal House Pet Grooming

Jason Solie

Scott & Brittany Holley

Tanya & Anthony Sanger

Stephen & Sharron Sauder

DreamChasers RV

Holly Swanson & Tammy Findlay

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Club participants edged out just a slightly better gap. All students

closed to within two points of the Washington State average, which

is great for the community as a whole. Math at the secondary level

really jumped for Club participants—a 400% increase! While non-Club

participants saw just the slightest decrease, Club participants outperformed

their peers by six points.

At all Club locations, there is an emphasis in Academic Success, and

our members consistently do better than their peer groups. However,

the additional resources obtained through the 21st Century Community

Learning Center grant provided an obvious, and immediate, direct

return on investment greater than seen before. It is hoped that with this

information, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County can secure additional

resources for all Clubs, both privately and through public funds,

to replicate the intervention methods used in Concrete. This includes a

lower staff-to-child ratio, increased planning time for staff, additional

investments in advanced program development training, key specialist

positions, and most of all, better direct wrap-around supports for participating

students through coordinated collaboration.

With the opening of the Allen School program in Burlington this year,

the same methods are being implemented, and additional strategies

are being tested to increase student performance even more. Two

new Social-Emotional Learning programs are being piloted for different

age groups, and enhanced STEM and Workforce Development

activities are on the horizon. This allows Clubs the ability to be the

most responsive to student needs, and finely tune the balance of

program methods used.

To learn more about the program development and execution of 21st Century Community

Learning Centers and how increased investments in Traditional Clubs can directly impact the

positive trajectory of Club members and their Academic Success, please contact CEO Ron McHenry

at 360-419-5244 or rmchenry@skagitclubs.org.



The 2019 year-end totals are generated internally,

and come before a complete audit is conducted.

Clubs, in accordance with IRS regulations and

generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP),

operate in an accrual accounting system. The

I-990 is filed each year with the IRS, typically

in late summer. These and all recent audited

financial statements are available for review at the

Administration Office in Mount Vernon or can be

requested electronically from Sarah Arquitt, Director

of Administration, at sarquitt@skagitclubs.org.

As in all years, Personnel wages and benefits

comprise the vast majority of expenses for the

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. It is our

professionally trained staff who work on the front

lines with our Club members where the greatest

difference is made. Training & Professional Development,

embedded in Personnel & Benefits costs,

saw increases as provided for in “Opportunity

2021”, our community-based Strategic Plan. The

greatest impacts were for Club Directors and their

teams that engage our Club members directly,

more than doubling previous investments.

Proud supporter of

In Income, a strong year for unrestricted personal

contributions, continued success at the Great

Futures Gala, and a record-breaking Keys for Kids

event in June provided for the resources necessary

to end the year with a small surplus that will

be reinvested into our mission: to enable all young

people, especially those who need us most, to

reach their full potential as productive, caring,

responsible citizens.

*Figures are rounded to the nearest dollar


Membership Dues

Miscellaneous Income

Earned Income

In-Kind Contributions


2019 Year-end financials *

Donations & Contributions

Events & Fundraisers

Grants & Other Investment

Total Income: $2,393,773








Program Administration Supplies & Equipment






Finance & Administration Fees


Personnel & Benefits

Program Delivery

Fundraising Expense

In-Kind Expense

Total Expense: $2,355,323
















The 2019 Great Futures Gala provided Club

staff with some great insights through participant

feedback. As expected, the favorite

part for most guests is the interaction with

Club kids and teens through the games. What

attendees may not know is that the counter to that

is true as well. Club members really enjoy working

with the public.

As Lane, one of our Concrete members who also

spoke during the auction said, “I really enjoyed the

opportunity to meet the millionaires and billionaires

who fund the Boys & Girls Club. It was a little overwhelming

because more people were in that building

than live in my town, but they were nice and

it was fun to help them with the games.” This was

his answer to a question posed by Congresswoman

Suzan Delbene who recently visited the Concrete

Club, about the different opportunities the Club provides

to members. It also opened up a dialogue as to

the make-up of Club Donors. The organization isn’t

aware of any billionaires. There may be a couple or a

few millionaires, but most Club donors are not. They

simply believe in the mission of the Club, and make

that special investment to support kids just like Lane

having opportunities that can be life-changing.

Other feedback that has been helpful in better

shaping the success of the event is understanding

that attending guests enjoy the Live Auction energy

because of the limited number of items, a smaller

Silent Auction, and more of a focus on true philanthropy.

The pre-registration for Express Checkout

increased in popularity in its second year, as those

attending simply walked in, picked up their packet,

and continued into the fun and fellowship the Great

Futures Gala Social Hour provides.

The biggest slam dunk of the night, all puns intended,

was the engagement by Club alum Anthony “Spud”

Webb. Staff had a feeling the experience might be

a little different that night based on his visit to the

Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club earlier that day.

The Club teens assembled were excited to meet the


legendary NBA Slam Dunk Champion, but not prepared,

perhaps, for his story. What really clicked

for them all was when he started talking about

the Turnkey Boys Club in Dallas, TX where he had

attended so many years prior.

That night, as Spud Webb shared his

story and answered questions from the

audience of nearly 500, it resonated again.

They appreciated how down to earth

Spud Webb was, and that he credited so

much of his success to his time at the Club.

During his engagement with the Club kids, he

reflected that the Club he attended was just like

the one in Sedro-Woolley. A simple building, small,

with no gym. Still, he had learned to play Basketball

there, in a covered area just like the one in

Woolley. Here was someone rich and famous, who

had started in nearly identical roots to those sitting

before him, asking him questions. Imaginary

obstacles to success melted away as they further

realized their #GreatFuture was in their own hands.

That night, as Spud Webb shared his story and

answered questions from the audience of nearly

500, it resonated again. They appreciated how

down to earth Spud Webb was, and that he credited

so much of his success to his time at the Club.

His comments made a real impact and confirmed

that Club staff and volunteers were the keys to

that success, providing guidance and mentorship

that stuck with him for his life. The Boys & Girls

Clubs of Skagit County works hard to replicate

that work and success each and every day, and

thanks to such a supporting community, more

than 5,000 kids and teens access activities and

programs annually.

Opposite left: Spud Webb gives the keynote address.

This page top-bottom: Lane, a Concrete Club member shares how the

Clubs have helped him improve in math. Youth greet guests as they come

in for dinner. A couple of Mount Vernon members help a guest play the

games. 2019 Youth of the Year, Kyla Whiton addresses the crowd.


What is happening in this photo? No, we aren’t pulling Rob’s arms off, although Board members can attest to the

feeling of being pulled in 10 different directions. At a recent Board retreat, Board members and Staff participated

in creating and acting out quick skits all in the spirit of learning to work together, and of course, fun!



Board members at the Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County get things done. In fact, Paul

Zdunek, Vice President of the PACWEST

Region of Boys & Girls Clubs of America

recently helped to facilitate

the Board retreat

and afterward commented,

“Most of the

time I go to these things,

the most I can hope for

is a plan of some sort

that may or may not be

executed on. The speed

at which these Board

members have complex

dialogue and set out actionable items is encouraging.”

Local Club staff feel the same way.

Rob Martin joined the Boys & Girls Club Board in

January 2017. Through strategic planning, and his

During meetings, Rob balances an

ability to find humor in nearly every

situation, with asking tough questions

as needed and sharing his passion for

building a sustainable Club organization.

early involvement, it was quickly realized that Mr.

Martin would make a good candidate for the organization’s

first Board Leadership Succession plan. His

acceptance, to serve as the Board Chair for 2022-

23, allowed both Staff

and Board Leadership

an opportunity to make

considerations beyond

the present, and prepare

Rob, Tina Asp, and Holly

Shannon for their respective

terms, better than

any preparations prior.

During meetings, Rob

balances an ability to find humor in nearly every

situation, with asking tough questions as needed

and sharing his passion for building a sustainable

Club organization. He champions Club Tours,

reminding all as to their importance in providing our


investors with a direct way to see their return and

learn something new about the Clubs they support.

He brings his decades of expertise as a non-profit

business leader in providing mentorship to staff in

the organization, including Ron McHenry, CEO.

This fall, Rob learned there was a need in the kitchen

at the Sedro-Woolley Club for assistance in preparing

snacks and meals until a replacement could be

hired. It should’ve come to no surprise that the very

next day, Rob reached out to let staff know that

he’d acquired his food handler’s card on his own,

and would like to spend a few days a week helping

out. He cut vegetables, portioned out fruit, did the

dishes, and made some mean tacos. A Michelin

star as a chef may not be in his near future, but he’s

certainly earned the respect and admiration of staff

and his peers.



Congratulations to Paula Banda from the Sedro-Woolley Club who was named the

2020 Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year!

If one were to make a case of why to support

the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Youth of the Year

Dinner is it. The dinner, held annually, is the culmination

of the Youth of the Year program, where

one youth is selected as the Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County Youth of the Year. Since the beginning

of the school year, Club members ages 14-18

have been preparing for this night. Yet, the preparation

doesn’t end here, nor is it the end. For many,

it is the beginning—the beginning of new horizons

discovered by our Club members.

For many of our Club members, the Youth of

the Year program is a journey of self-discovery.

Through essay writing, members explore their

past—sometimes a deeply personal and difficult

process. They ask themselves the questions: “who

am I?”, “what shaped my beliefs?”, and “what

For many of our Club members, the Youth of

the Year program is a journey of self-discovery.

Through essay writing, members explore

their past—sometimes a deeply personal

and difficult process. They ask themselves the

questions: “who am I?”, “what shaped my

beliefs?”, and “what is important to me?”

is important to me?” Through this, participants

develop their voice and then they learn to use it.

By practicing their speech in front of their peers,

they work on honing their public speaking skills—

memorization, cadence, eye contact, and the little


things, like dealing with an unruly microphone stand. Each participant

chooses a Club staff as a mentor to guide them. Additionally, they gain

valuable feedback at the Youth of the Year Retreat, where several Club

organizations in Washington State come together for this purpose. It’s

the judging process where, ultimately, one candidate is chosen. This

panel of judges is selected from the community and given standards

for scoring. Anyone who has volunteered as a judge will say it’s a

tough job to choose just one!

Their backgrounds and experiences were varied,

but the underlying themes were the same. At the

Club, they feel accepted. At the Club, they can be

themselves. They feel supported and safe at the

Club. Their friends at the Club are like family.

At the dinner, attendees heard from five Youth of the Year Program

participants, as well as Kyla Whiton, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit

County’s 2019 Youth of the Year. Their backgrounds and experiences

were varied, but the underlying themes were the same. At the Club,

they feel accepted. At the Club, they can be themselves. They feel supported

and safe at the Club. Their friends at the Club are like family.

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Page 36: (L to R) 2020 Youth of the Year participants, Olivia E., Paula B., Lauren A., Logan T., and

Johanna G. (not pictured: Zoie S.).

Page 37: At the Youth of the Year Retreat in snowy Ellensberg, WA. (back row L to R) Manny Smith

(Director of Operations), Zoie S., Logan T., Patrick Dougher (Teen Director- Sedro-Woolley). (Front

row L to R) Kyla Whiton (2019 Youth of the Year), Johanna G., Lauren A., Paula B., and Olivia E..

Page 38: Paula Banda delivers her speech at the Youth of the Year Dinner.

Paula Banda, center, reacts to receiving the Cardinal Award for Club Excellence, a 2-year

scholarship to Skagit Valley Community College, presented by Anne Clark, Executive Director of

the Skagit Valley College Foundation, and the SVC Cardinal.

Rayna Bolanos

Danielle & Michael Russell

John & Julie Small

Troy & Joyce Kunz

Deb Castle

Anthony Young

Christine Johnson & Neal Ishihara

Anne & David Clark

Rich Oickle

Frances McCarthy

Perdue Farms Inc

Lynne Jordan

Karl Wolfswinkel

Anacortes Elk Lodge #1204

TRICO Companies, LLC

Donald & Margaret Campbell

Sarah & Adam Nuanes

Neal Swanson

Andrea Harmening

Jim & Joyce Anderson

E & E Lumber

Cargill Incorporated

Colleen Sargent

Ian & Theresa Faley

Rosalie Matsumoto

Christian & Trina Carlson

Kristin Knopf & Brian Hanners

David & Barbara Bostrom

Donnie & Kristen Keltz

Christina Jepperson

Melissa & John McCanna

Hal’s Drive-In

John Adamson

Mark & Deborah Green

Jesse James

Manuel Smith

Dan & Sandi Sims

The James & Geraldine Godfrey Foundation

Catherine & Richard Price

Cynthia Brune

Sierra Pacific Foundation

Louis Auto Glass, Inc.

Highwaters Media

T-Mobile USA, Inc

Desni & Josh Fonoimoana

George Reeves & Rosann Wuebbels

Julie Buchanan

Donald & Ora Jonasson

Tony Keller

Car Care Clinic Gateway Transmissions, Inc.

Tina Sowe

Steven & Rhonda Huggins

Swinomish Golf Links

Jack & Shirley McIntyre Family Foundation

Brandon & Laura Carter

Roger Bassett

Mud Pond Koi

Kris & Jonathan Callis

Debbie Shaffer

H. Coleman McGinnis

PACCAR Technical Center

Joe Jones & Tess Bisby

Riverside Health Club

Chad Paulsen

Eric Johnson

Tyler Koble

B&R Distributors, Inc.

Justin Albright

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John and Shannon Cousineau

Barb Weymouth

Eagles - FOE #2069

American Family Insurance

Hair & Body Mechanix

Chad Fisher Construction, LLC

Ken & Florence Dahlstedt

Dwayne Lane’s Skagit

Wendie Granberg

Jacqueline Zoolkoski

Denny & Denise Lowery

Aaron Murphy and Amanda Wolf

Safway Services LLC

Karie & Blake Arney

Steve & Patty McQueary

Sara Wilson

Kenneth & Robyn Saunders

Oyster Bar

Patsey & William Blunt

Steve & Felisa Hoglund

Kristi & John Chambers

Mark & Pam Estvold

Jerald & Carol Zavalney

Steve & Krista Verbarendse

Bill & Susanna Epler

Don Wick

Laura Millhouse-Perez

Mary Grybeck

Theresa & Rich Sundance

William Ziegenhagen

Mary Jayne Wiles

Bryce Nickel

Rob Martin

The Plumbing Guys, Inc.

Carl’s Towing

Sandra Paciotti

Calico Cupboard Cafe & Bakery and Seeds

Bistro & Bar

Nick & Gina Walsh

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Burlington Rotary Foundation

Columbia Bank

Gregg & Lea Davidson

Dave & Barbara Cox

MJB Properties, LLC

Bert Clay

Mike & Dianne Crawford

Skagit Valley Food Co-Op

Travis Binschus

Justin & Kylee Dowe

Mark & Mary Kiser

Joseph & Debra Newby

Authur Palmer

Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurants

Brett and Misty Pehl

Jeff & Erin Burkholder

The Cambia Employee Giving Campaign

Rob & Rachael Woods

The Spiel Foundation

James & Beverly Mowrer

Enchanted Florist

Zuleica Sanchez

Seon & Stephanie Wright

A Washington State survey found that 67% of Club members say that

the Club saved their life. When one hears these members share their

personal stories, they gain a fuller understanding of how important

Clubs are for youth.

This year we are thrilled to congratulate Paula Banda from the Sedro-Woolley

Club, who was chosen as the 2020 Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit

County Youth of the Year. Paula, now 17, was also the Youth of the Year

in 2017. One incredible benefit offered to our selected Youth of the Year

candidates is the 2-year full scholarship for Skagit Valley Community College

valued at $9,000. Anne Clark, Executive Director of the Skagit Valley

College Foundation, who announced Paula as the winner at the dinner,

also revealed that the College is now an accredited 4-year school offering

Bachelors Degrees in Environmental Conservation, Applied Management,

and Health Management. Youth of the Year candidates also receive an

additional $1000 in scholarship funds that can be used at any institution

for post-secondary education. Paula will now look forward to the State

Youth of the Year Dinner this March where the State candidate will receive

$5000 in scholarship funds. No matter the outcome, Paula will have

many opportunities to continue her education after high school, and is

well on her way to a GREAT future.



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