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2020 Mid-Year Report


Hendricks Family


~Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year Candidates

The Jeff & Linda

Hendricks Foundation

is proud to support the

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County




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My annual report letter to you all at the beginning of this year was full of

excitement, momentum, and hope. We made great strides in furthering our

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

reach their full potential, as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 2020

provided us all with a twist we were not expecting.

When the virus hit our community, we were only days away from our Annual

Breakfast. This event not only allows fellowship time between board, staff, and

donors, but it is the wrap–up for our “Whatever It Takes” campaign and allows

us all to celebrate the meaningful contributions made to our organization.

Our amazingly talented staff and volunteer group ventured into the unknown

and brought to you our very first virtual event. This event was more successful

than we could have imagined. We raised more than $75,000 during our

campaign and virtual event, over 75% of the pre-coronavirus goal. During a

time when so many were hit with uncertainty in their lives, you all stepped up.

You gave. You championed the cause that our Clubs represent and allowed

us to open services for the children of essential workers right at the beginning

of this pandemic.

While the everyday activities and the experience of our Clubs is different now,

we have been able to provide services to our Club kids throughout these trying

times. Because of those who have continued to support our Clubs, we were

able to provide an average of over 4000 meals per week to the children of our

community. Thanks to support from the Jack & Shirley McIntyre Foundation,

iClubhouse.org was created. Our staff pivoted to provide a virtual platform,

iClubhouse, to enrich the lives of all our Club kids. If you follow us on social

media, you may have seen some of the fun and informative videos and

activities our iClubhouse team created.

The amount of work our staff and volunteers have put into our programs

this year is above and beyond what has ever been asked of them before.

Their creativity, attention to detail, and passion for our cause has allowed

us to provide the children attending in-person Clubs a fun, enriching, safe

environment to just be kids.

Times are tough right now, but this organization and community gives me

reason to smile. Thank you for helping us create that positivity within our

community and continuing your support of our Clubs. I also want to thank our

Board. Each board member has given more than they planned this year and

has done it with incredible dedication and grace. I am proud to be a part of

this amazing group and honored to serve alongside each of them.

With best wishes and our sincere gratitude,

Tina Asp

Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, 2020 Board Chair

President – Elect


Retired – Chinook Enterprises

Vice President – Historical


Farmers Insurance – Mike Gubrud




Stiles Law



Retired – Library Services /




Carson Law Group

Past–President – Emeritus


Booth Insurance/Allstate Insurance Co.



MVSD Superintendent


Barrett Financial, LTD


Hotel Services Group, LLC


Retired – Education


Shell Puget Sound Refinery


Janicki Industries


Retired – Skagit Valley College


Simply Yards Landscaping


Pacific Woodtech


Dyberg Aviation


The printing & mailing of

this report was donated

by K&H Integrated Print




What does it look like to change a

life? Boys & Girls Clubs are more than

just a safe place to go to after school.

Through Clubs, interests are being

ignited & mentors are making an

impact. At Clubs, youth have access to

programs that include tutoring & tech &

health & fitness & arts & music, & the list

goes on. At Boys & Girls Clubs we don’t

do just one thing, we do Whatever It

Takes to meet the needs of every kid

who comes through those doors. We

are here to create opportunities for

our youth & we know YOU are here

too. Thank YOU for joining us in doing

Whatever It Takes to provide Great

Futures for our youth!

Kimberly & Robert Valencia

Sedro-Woolley School District

Jim & Mary Jermyn

Arthur Solbakken

Dwayne Lane’s North Cascade Ford

Andrew & Heidi Velin

Scott and Venise Dills

Mia DeLeon

Jim and Marilee Boze

Josh Fetty

Keith & Jeanette Love

Building Changes

Roland and Ramie King

True Tone Audio

Tom & Sandi Browne

Steve & Patty McQueary

Michael & Jessica Good

Carl’s Towing

Jill & Daniel Boudreau

Kevin and Ginger Harris

Arlyn Livingston

K&H Integrated Print Solutions

Von & Elizabeth Kuehn

Michael Fredlund

Dear friends,

This has been anything but a normal year for everyone. Normally, our Mid–Year

Report would be finalized in early July, and in your hands before the start of the

school year. As one might expect given the circumstances, our timeline was

amended to first prioritize our daily operational needs. However, we felt it was

important to still generate an issue for our stakeholders. Without your support

and engagement, we could not have been as responsive to community

needs, and it is important to me that we are transparent about our actions, and

demonstrate stewardship, no matter what circumstances are.

Within this issue, you’ll find a lot of information about what has been happening

with our organization and how we’ve engaged to support our kids, teens, and

families. It is by no means an exhaustive account of all that has transpired, as

that would fill a book, and we simply can’t catch everything. Also, not everything

is specifically related to COVID operations. While it has certainly been our focus

the last six months, we are still a mission–focused business that has operational

strategies to execute to better the delivery of services regarding our mission: to

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

potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Thank you for being a part of our family and setting us up for success. Because

of you, we were able to access vital resources for our initial emergency response,

and continue to be innovative and solutions-focused, working collaboratively

with other organizations and agencies, in the most sustainable and effective

way possible.

I have been moved and humbled many times throughout the first half of the

year, and know I will continue to be in the future. It is incredible to witness how

various stakeholders have rallied around youth and families in our community

to not just ensure basic services are provided, but to continue finding ways to

make a difference to lessen the potential negative long-term impact on youth

development. Thank you, for the opportunity to serve, and represent Skagit

County as your agent to focus on the health and well-being of those in the

community who need us most.

Thank you,

Ron McHenry

CEO/Executive Director










iCLUBHOUSE ...10–11






MY CLUB HUB ...20–21


John Adamson

Rachel Porter

Kris & Jonathan Callis

Daniel & Florence Doudna

Lorenzo’s Mexican Restaurant

Tina Shields

Joe Jones & Tess Bisby

Christ the King Church - Anacortes

Lisa Perry

Mike & Julie Anderson

Apothecary Spa

Debbie and Josh Wolfe

Kristin Schmidt

William & Dolores Thomson

Raymond & Debbie Goda

Mark & Debora Green

Ian & Michelle Fee

Marine View Cold Storage

Steven Elliser

Natalie Johnson

Sarah & Adam Nuanes

Bret Pugmire

United Way of Skagit County

Deb & Jason Brichta

Larry Paise

Burlington-Edison School District

Jason & Sarah Mehlum

Andrew Ferreira

Brown McMillen Real Estate LLC

Bill & Susanna Epler

Kati Shannon

Aztec Self Storage

Nancy & Joe Halton


Jody Baker & Fritz Rud

Karl & Karen Yost

Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Carrie Wallace

K Lee Johnson

Jason Solie

Shirley Yap

Patrick Dougher

Betsy Kimball

Jim & Sabrina Enright

Melissa & John McCanna

Enchanted Florist

Jack Sather

Kelli & Daniel Segars

Brett and Misty Pehl

Rob & Kim Miller

Nick & Gina Walsh

Lorenzo Velasco

Tom & Rachel Day

Sharon Beach

Marci & Matthew Fankhauser

Craft Stove

Porterhouse Pub

Marjorie Kilbreath

Brian Balopoulos

David & Dianna Cornelius

Eagles - Skagit Valley Auxiliary #3242

Darrell & Kitty Mintz

Kiwanis - Anacortes Noon Club

Nestle Coffee Partners

Bart & Patty Smith

Rich & Kristin Hartman

Lyle & Kim Hildahl

Kristi Coy

Peter & Laurel Browning

Tom & Cathy LaCroix

Kristine Cleaves-Wollan

Columbia Bank

Frank Wagner

Rick & Karen Pitt

Sierra Pacific Foundation

Liza Bott

Holly Parkes

Jack & Nancy Darnton

George Reeves & Rosann Wuebbels

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Donors continued...

James & Katherine Duffy

Wayne & Amy Barrett

Michael & Andrea Rogers

Sakura Restaurant

Brock & Jenny Veltri

The GoodCoin Foundation

La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House

Chuck & Renee Roozekrans

Boeing Employees Community Fund

Cameron Ostrom-Kelley

Scott & Brittany Holley

Mimi Chimera

Sundarah Hammontree

Jerald Munson

Amy Oliver

Rick & Char Johnson

Temcov Foundation

Sara Holahan

Dan Berentson

Dana Benjamin-Allen

John Rentschler

Zak Van Winkle

Outback Steakhouse

Farmers Equipment

Albert & Penny Stubbs

Carl & Carmen Bruner

Gilbert & Gilbert Lawyers, Inc.

Naun & Perpetuo Gallardo

Kari & Steve Ranten

Samantha Stormont

Kimberlee M Ray

Dale & Randi Freidig

Albert & Sue Berger

Robert & Jeannette Papadakis

Alice Bohnker Insurance

Christina Jepperson

Coconut Kenny’s

Tim & Cynthia Garrison

Sol & Erin Kohlhaas

Dave & Barbara Cox

Danielle & Michael Russell

Mark & Mary Kiser

Lynne Jordan

Debra Jones

Warren Gilbert

Justin & Kylee Dowe

Dominic Pettruzzelli

Bob & Marian Sadler

Michelle Eaton

Jacob Hovik

Heidi Pless

Lisa Beitler

Christine Youngquist

John & Denise Hanstad

Monica & Scott Pavlovich

Nate Wolfe

Tony Smith

Brianna Brooke

Mary Johnson

Sherry Hill & Abby Jacobs

Matthew and Stephanie Barrow

Dennis & Mary Staberg

All About Hearing

Mike & Laura Taylor

Mill 109 Restaurant

Quantum Construction Inc.

Alejandro Rosalez

Mary Jayne Wiles

Whatcom Community Foundation

Beta Sigma Phi

Liz & Steve Stout

Kathy Brown

John & Tanna Huntley

Holly Shannon & Josh Johnson

Travis McGrath & Christine Cleland-McGrath

Jonn & Anne Lunsford

Tamara Blunt

Bianca Urbina

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Greetings Skagit family,

By way of introduction, my name is Bill Overby. I have been privileged to serve

on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County for four years.

Prior to that it was my pleasure to help my communities through careers in

public service (as a park ranger for 32 years in our State Park system) and

another 18 years directing the Criminal Justice Program and Academies at

Skagit Valley College.

There is no doubt that this year has brought forward new safety challenges on

multiple fronts, including those with the COVID–19 pandemic, and the increase

in tensions related to social injustices across the country. Combined, these

challenges have created new opportunities for organizations such as the Boys

& Girls Clubs to find innovative solutions to overcome and continue towards our

goal of building great futures in Skagit county.

As the Chair of the board–led Programs & Safety committee, I have been

tasked with the responsibility of providing guidance, insight and accountability

in ensuring that we maintain a high level of safety standards. These standards

impact the physical health and well–being, as well as the social-emotional

health of our Club members and staff. The committee meets regularly,

on a monthly basis to revise and advise on safety protocols and works

collaboratively to ensure that the organization is equipped with the necessary

tools and resources to operate in the most effective and safe way possible.

We are best–practice focused, emphasizing safety for the kids and our staff as

our highest priority.

In these unique and unprecedented times, while we cannot predict what is to

come, the Skagit community can trust that we will adjust and react swiftly to

ensure that we can continue to provide such valuable programs for our kids,

and a supportive and safe working environment for our staff. As a board, and

as an organization, we are truly committed to doing whatever it takes to keep

our community safe.

Very Best Regards,

Bill Overby

Programs & Safety Committee Board Chair

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is blessed

with abundance when it comes to partnerships and

collaborative efforts to best serve kids and teens in Skagit

County. Historically, the strongest elements are with area

School Districts. In fact, many peer Club organizations are

envious about the connection the organization has. This

advancing work has greatly benefited the young people

we serve, collectively.

From strong data-sharing agreements in nearly every

School District that allow Club staff to case manage

academic advancement and proactively provide

the necessary supports for a student to succeed,

to sharing space, working together to expand food

program services in a continual delivery method, and

advocating for the needs of those we serve together,

innovation and remaining solutions-focused is something

we all rally around.

When others in our industry were tested in their relationships

when schools closed abruptly on March 17th, schools and

community–based organizations like the Clubs, YMCA,

and others in Skagit County found a way to make things

work, together. In Sedro–Woolley, because the Clubhouse

was not well-suited for serving youth safely and effectively,

the School District opened their doors, and a “Pop–up

Club” was started at Mary Purcell Elementary, meeting the

community’s needs.

With the Sedro–Woolley School District providing safe

spaces, support services including health screening,

cleaning and sanitization, breakfast and lunch, and

staffing to assist with remote learning activities, costs

to families were able to remain affordable and ensure

those who needed us most had access. Superintendent

Brockman and his team were incredibly responsive

to finding ways to make it all work, and each time a

challenge presented itself, what was best for the kids was

the lone guiding principle.

As Clubs increased the operational response to the

COVID–19 crisis, the organization soon faced more

challenges. Staff couldn’t be hired fast enough, and

in Mount Vernon, like Sedro–Woolley, the Club facility

constrained an ability to serve youth effectively. From that

circumstance emerged a new partnership, with Children

of the Valley (COV). They had staff wanting to work, and

a campus of modular classrooms ideal to the separate

cohort structure Clubs designed for health and safety.

Clubs had the technical expertise and capacity for the

administrative function and costs related to PPE and

supplies. The staff came together, working alongside one

another, to provide 11 hours of programming each day

that from the outside appeared to be a single program,

it was so seamless.

The greatest takeaway from these highlights, and the

many others that have developed as a result of these

challenges, is that as a community, we are all in this

together. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is grateful

and appreciative for everyone that has responded in such

a way that has allowed the mission to flourish, despite the

circumstances: to enable all young people, especially

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

productive, caring, responsible citizens.



Donors continued...

This year has brought new challenges never before seen in many facets,

including with Club operations. Pandemic conditions impacted our standard

operating model, forcing into a deeper innovative mindset that would allow

us to continue reaching towards our mission. Resilience is a cornerstone of

what we hope to instil in our members and their families. Modeling that in our

organization is the surest way to get that message across. Here are a few of the

things we’ve done to ensure that we continue to provide valuable services to

the Skagit Community:


Early on it became apparent that we would need to establish a clear safety plan

for operations that would insure proper mitigation protocols to minimize the risk

of contracting or spreading COVID–19 among kids and staff. In consultation

with partner organizations, and the Skagit County Health Department, a Safety

& Health protocol manual was developed and immediately implemented at all

levels of Club operations.


We value our partnerships with local school districts and organizations as we

all work towards providing services to the Skagit community. In March, we were

able to partner with the Sedro–Woolley School District to offer full–day childcare

options for families of essential workers. Additionally, we established a similar

partnership with Children of the Valley and Bethany Covenant Church, allowing

us to offer full–day essential worker childcare in the Mount Vernon area.


Our continued partnership with local school districts allowed us to further

expand our childcare operations. In addition to Mount Vernon and Sedro–

Woolley, we were able to resume our summer operations in Burlington,

Concrete and Anacortes. This provided even more opportunities for kids to take

advantage of valuable programs that included social emotional learning as

well as academic support focused on decreasing learning loss.


We recognized that the issues of food insecurity saw a dramatic increase with the

onset of the pandemic, so we found a way to respond. Early on, in partnership

with Bethany Covenant Church, we launched a meal distribution program to

supplement what local school districts were providing. This program continued

through the summer, and allowed us to provide over 25,000 evening snack and

dinner meals to the Skagit Community.

Our commitment to the valley is unwavering, even in the most difficult of

times. Through determination to stay on our mission of reaching those who

need us most, we challenged our resilience and found ways to do whatever

it takes to ensure that we honor the trust and investments that the community

has put in us.

Car Care Clinic Gateway Transmissions, Inc.

Judy Hjort

Elizabeth Crenna

Christina Barnes

Carly Boon

Phil & Susan McCloud

Marjorie Davis

Paul Benz

Peter Swanson

Bill & Sophia Johansen

Elizabeth Fletcher

MJ Tyler

Donald L. Fenton

Andrea Harmening

Audrey Bouwens

Jack McKee

Bryan & Anne Jones

Erica & Jordan Carr

Northwest Linings & Geotextile Products, Inc.

Randy Schillinger

Allen & Debby Malarchick

Erik & Jennifer Crawford

Tom & Debbie Jones

Bernadette Halliday

Nathan Allen

Bobbi Castro

Alexa Bush

Roger & Kerri Helgeson

Jim Eberhardt & Kaylene Farley

Mary Perry

Wallace & Associates

Allstate Foundation

Villaorba, LLC

Melissa & Hugh Dougher

Jeff & Mary June Curtis

Jim Davison

Jerry & Elsie Annett

Village Books & Paper Dreams

The Drain Doctor

Mary Cashetta

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Keith & Rebecca Short

Aslan Brewing Company

Mark Miller

Julia De La Cerda

Betty Anne McCoy

Safway Services LLC

Elizabeth Oshiro

Emitt & Karin Hamm

Jennifer Benson

Brayer Insurance

Sysco Seattle, Inc

Skagit Island San Juan School Retirees Association

Chris Mills

Don & Marie Ibsen

Kim & Shane Walley

Randy & Leslie Howard

American Family Insurance

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Teresa Johnson

Bob Neumann

Sara Wilson

Maggie Potter

Jeff and Linda Frizzell

Carl & Lacey Aylesworth

Pat Grenfell

Jaime Michaelson & Michael Broyles

Benjamin & Crystal Eddy

Gerald & Bonnie Bowers

Seattle Seahawks Foundation

Olive Garden

Sedro-Woolley Police Benevolent Fund

Brandon & Laura Carter

Paula Shafransky

Rachael Ward Sparwasser

Jim & Kim Grams

Lopez Island Creamery

Robert & Robyn Nylander

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Donors continued...

Karl & Debra Pankaskie

Lisa Strandberg

Larry & Susan Forsythe

Mike Price

Nate & Elisa Strachila

Ray & Carol Larsen

Farmstrong Brewing Company

Richard Olds

Steven Sexton

Dave Wilder

David & Lisa Svaren

Emily Griffin

Jeanne Wright

Gretchen Eide

Cody & Ed Ellison

Michael & Kelsey Stannert

Paul & Diane Cocke

Alison and Tim Motts

Renee Sayatovic

Janice Hill

Industrial Machine Tools, Inc

Children of the Valley

Susie Bell

Melissa White

Clinton & Kerri Carlton


Mt Baker Ski Area

Jason & Bobbilyn Hogge

Lori Clark

Jessica & Josh Treat

Denny & Denise Lowery

Mark Reed

Christine Tripp

John & Jinny Henage

Randy Geoghegan

Bruce and Senora Farnham

Jennifer Wilson

John & Colleen McIntyre

Pam Tofte

Barbara Holmkvist

Monte Petersen

Dwayne Lane’s Skagit

Peter Johnson

Mike & Suzanne Casey

Right Way Plumbing, Heating, A/C Inc

Wendie Granberg

Julia & Eric Johnson

Jennifer Hickman

Lowman House LLC

Jeff Ritter & Rachael Garcia

Mount Baker MG Car Club

Carrie Odlin

Troy & Joyce Kunz

Fred Buckenmeyer

Dale & Susan Ragan

Showline Beagles

SB Venture Group

Richard Vannoy

Norman Vigre

Kathie Roll

Trident Seafoods Corporation

Soroptimist International of Anacortes

Justin & Katey Von Hagel

Colleen Sargent

Brad Gould

The Skagit Casino & Resort

AJ Steen

Anthony & Kimberlee Smith

Shane & Amy Collins

Andrea & Edward Fifield

Bill & Janis Bailey

The Truss Company

Jesse James

Burlington Rotary Foundation

David & Patricia Jorgensen

Bob’s Chowder Bar

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jim & Laurie Swenson

When the COVID–19 crisis came onto the horizon, the Boys & Girls Clubs of

Skagit County was quick to respond. Our entire team was re–assigned to a

five–team structure with each team focusing on a different way to address this

crisis. One of those teams was the iClubhouse team. They were tasked with

virtualizing the Boys & Girls Club, in which the team dove in whole–heartedly.

They created videos to engage our community’s youth and started planning

for the day when we would launch live sessions through Zoom. On May 11th,

that session happened! 4 kids between 10 and 12 years old came together

for an hour of fun, games, and prizes, and iClubhouse became a reality. Over

the coming weeks, those 4 young people kept coming back for session after

session. Soon, they were joined by more kids, tweens, and teens, one all the way

from Tuscan, Arizona. We began to see friendships blooming and a sense of

belonging and identity–forming as youth participated in art projects together,

played games, did science experiments, and got to know each other better.

Then the feedback started coming in, “I would be in every session if I could,” one

teen stated. Another member said that iClubhouse took the social out of social

distancing. Heather Carrigg, the mother of one of our members, had this to say,

“I just wanted to thank you again for getting the iClubhouse going. Aidan has





been enjoying it! We have a whole “school day” going at our house and Aidan

is ALWAYS done with all his work early so I’ve been letting him just sign up for all

the sessions he wants...which has almost been all of them!” Week by week we

continue to progress and the dream of iClubhouse grows.

On June 12th, iClubhouse hosted its first teen night where seven teens connected

with each other, laughed, played games, and had a blast. It was one of those

moments where you saw an inclusive community forming right before your

eyes. The following Friday, June 19th, iClubhouse hosted it’s first Virtual Family

Fun Night where families came together, played Bingo, heard from Community

Resources and had a fun evening. We are looking forward to using what we

learned from these events to make future events even stronger!


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As we look to the future, there are many possibilities for

iClubhouse even after this current crisis has ended.

Families who are home schooled or live in more remote

areas of our county may not have the same access

to Clubs or opportunities as those who live in larger

communities or attend public schools. iClubhouse

would help bridge that gap and allow these youth to

experience what it’s like to be a part of the Boys & Girls

Club. It could also function as a precursor to physical

Clubs opening up in new communities as it would

introduce those community members to what Clubs

offer. Another exciting possibility is that of partnering with

juvenile correction facilities. Imagine the sense of identity

and support that iClubhouse could offer the young men

and women in those facilities! Not only would social–

emotional learning and a sense of belonging be gained

during their iClubhouse sessions, but a renewed hope

for the future. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

found that most of the contributing factors to resilience

and the ability to counter many of the effects of childhood

trauma, which most if not all youth in these facilities have

experienced, revolves around having caring adults in

your life. That is exactly what iClubhouse is all about. In

addition to all of these benefits, they would receive a

supportive network that could continue even after they

are released as they could be connected to a nearby

Club. Another possibility revolves around children in foster

care. So often foster kids lack any sense of consistency in

their lives as they are shuffled between schools, families,

social workers, group homes, and sometimes even cities.

iClubhouse could create a level of consistency. No

matter where a child was physically they could log in to

their Clubhouse and interact with their friends and the

staff members they’ve connected with. There is so much

potential bound up within iClubhouse to further serve the

young people who need us most and we cannot wait to

see where it leads us!



Adopted in 2018, “Opportunity 2021” provides a framework of focus for aligning priorities with

specific objectives. The development of this strategic plan included many stakeholder groups

and input from the Board and staff. Once the primary goals and objectives were drafted, staff

worked to develop indicators which could be tracked directly related to “Opportunity 2021”. With

the first year of work completed, progress or challenges can easily be identified.

Priority 1: Reach More Youth

With the opening of the Concrete Boys & Girls Club sites at the end of 2018, which was not

originally anticipated, the total goal for 2020 was reached at 18,000 sq ft of dedicated space for

Club Use. This metric and goal will likely be updated at the December Board Retreat, to ensure

stretch goals remain so more youth are reached. The initiative that resulted in the Concrete

Club starting also realized early goals set for the end of 2019 in the numbers of new youth

served. More recently, a new Club program in Burlington will further advance this number, so a

similar review will occur.

Priority 2: Increase Program Quality

Big wins in this priority area include reaching all 2018 metrics set forth and in many cases beating

them. The organization is on pace to provide at least 3 Assessments per Site this year, which

positively impacts our commitment to a Continuous Program Quality Improvement Cycle. This

year, there is a big increase needed to reach goals set forth for staff training in Basics and

Methods, but leadership is confident these goals will be met.

Priority 3: Strengthen the Organization

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County takes pride in continuing to prioritize professional

development for staff and volunteers. This is important to ensure adaptability to the changing

needs of kids and teens served, but also to ensure the organization is being as efficient as

possible and providing appropriate stewardship of community resources. The desire to increase

external training opportunities to middle managers and front–line staff is both to improve

program quality, but also strengthen the organization. When people feel invested in, they are

more likely to stay longer — of significant importance from the hard cost point of view of turnover,

but also the cost of a relationship of a supportive adult in the life of a Club member.

Focusing on increasing the number of people who come through our doors and participate in

Club Tours provides our youth with opportunities to engage with the public, gain confidence,

and develop speaking skills, but also to inform stakeholders as to the incredibly complex

strategies being implemented each day to further the positive outcomes of Club members.

Through increased participation and advocacy, more people are likely to become aware

of how resources can change lives, and share their stories which will ultimately benefit those

served. While the 2018 goal was reached, this is an area that needs significant work to reach

ambitious goals set for 2019 and beyond.



Opportunity 2021

2018 Goal Progress to-date 2021 Goal




14,430 18,000 21,500

Increase Sq. Ft of Dedicated Club Space


45.4% 100%

% of Program Staff Trained in Basics

10% 22.7% 35%

% of Program Staff Trained in Methods

1 1 2

Number of Assessments Conducted per Site



34% 50%

% of non-Admin Staff attending Training outside of Skagit County (1+ Yr Emp.)

30 42 500

# of Club Tours for first-time attendees


Donors continued...

MOD Pizza

Erik & Debbie Pedersen


Gordon Bruchner

Susan Coberly

Ken & Susan Johnson

Jason Easton

Janis Kuiken

Scott & Angie Rutherford

Steve & Felisa Hoglund

Soroptimist International of Fidalgo Island

Travis Binschus

Duane & Nancy Clark

Doug & Gay Woods

Diana & Alan Wynn

Ron & Jan Wesen

Authur Palmer

William Overby & Tee Davis-Overby

The James & Geraldine Godfrey Foundation

Bob Harpeng

Chelsey & Tiffany Olsen

Greg & Katherine Olson

Dustin & Dreabon Knowles

Kerry & Kimberly Dean

Jack Dyer

James & Cathryn Griffith

Gabriela Flores

James Ramos & Chrystal Delphia

Brenden Jones

Karin Wigen

Cynthia Brune

Matt Ray

Kara Stamback

Monica Craig

Sarah Crist

Adam Schechter

James & Michele Tangaro

Kathy & Tim Randell

T Ray’s

LaDonna Krautkremer & Dennis Cullen

Cory & Angie Swatzina

Home Depot

Karla Klein

Medina Foundation

David and Jessica Levine

Kenneth Osborn

Christopher Webb

Marc & Judy Ambers

Evy Kuehn

Brian & Keri Ronk

Cassidy & David Dent

Ann Rasar

Erik Pineda

John & Carmen Voth

Alex McKinlay


Sarah Rothenbuhler

Matthew Boespflug

Amy & Eugene Hong

B&R Distributors, Inc.

Amanda & Josh Cecotti

Simply Yards Landscape & Design

Scott & Shari Ludden

Banner Bank

Chuck & Toni Ruhl

E & E Lumber

Bill & Susan Henry

Jerry & Carol Whitfield

Barbara Legas

Skagit Valley Marine Corps League-Detach. 1043

Judd & Black Appliance

Ross & Susie Roberts

Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon

Manny Nevarez

Steve Perry

Molly Gerhard

Earnest Mayo

The Encore Shoppe

Jayme Street

Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs is eager to organize our annual Great Futures

Gala. The event in the past has included dinner, an auction, and an opportunity

for our community and stakeholders to gather at an event that focuses on the

mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs — to enable all young people to reach their full

potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. This year, of course, we were

hit by an unexpected roadblock that compromised the likelihood of this major

fundraising event.

Like every struggle we face at the Clubs, we looked this one in the face and

said “Whatever it Takes!” With strategic planning and an innovative approach,

we developed a plan for a virtual event for November 6, 2020 to celebrate

our Clubs, communities, and generous donors. This one–of–a–kind event will

include a silent auction, a live auction, stories from our Club kids, and a Gala

in the box, so attendees can bring the Gala to their homes. In addition, we’re

thrilled to have our celebrity guest speaker and former club member, Jackie

Joyner-Kersee, join us for the digital evening!

Jackie Joyner–Kersee is a six time Olympic medalist, named “the Greatest

Female Athlete of the 20th Century”, as well as a Boys & Girls Clubs alumni. After

her athletic career, Joyner–Kersee built her life around philanthropy, becoming

a powerful public speaker and relentless advocate for children’s education.

She established the Jackie Joyner–Kersee Foundation in 1988 in order to provide

youth, adults and families with the resources to improve their quality of life. It is

with great excitement and gratitude that we have Joyner–Kersee joining us the

night of the Gala this year to share her story and experience.

It is with the continued support and optimism of our amazing partners, donors,

and gala committee that we are able to dream up such an event. Alongside

many other plans this year, a plan B was put into action. Though virtual, we are

hopeful for the outcome of our event and that it will still achieve its main goal

of supporting great futures!


Join the Heritage Club

The Heritage Club is an association of friends of Boys

& Girls Clubs from all across the country. Like you,

these people seek to ensure that the future needs

of our nation’s youth are met by including their local

Boys & Girls Clubs in their estate plans. This planning

might include a will, charitable gift annuity, a trust

arrangement, a real estate gift, or a life insurance


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

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

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Hello I am Paula Banda. I am currently 17 going into my senior year of high

school. Ever since I could remember my favorite subject in school has been

English, I have found the subject to be a creative outlet for my thoughts and

arguments. The love I have for English helped fuel my passion for becoming a

lawyer. I want to make my own little mark in the world. I decided the best way I

could do that is through helping others with one of my strongest traits, arguing.

Although I am busy with school and work, some things on my bucket list are

skydiving, going to a Rex Orange County concert, and going swimming with

sharks. I like to keep myself busy by playing my orchestra and band instruments,

writing arguments for debate, and helping my school with all of our upcoming

events. My life is pretty jam packed at the moment, but if I get a chance to travel

anywhere, I would love to visit Greece.


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Being a senior you are excited, yet sad, for all of the

upcoming events in your life. Ever since middle school, I

dreamed about what being a senior would entail. When

this school year started, all those activities and excitement

went down the drain. Although our school is trying their

best to keep some traditions, it is not the same. We have

already missed out on senior sunrise, football games, and

painting our parking spots. To top it off, all of this year’s

seniors might not see our class in person one last time.

Although this year has already had a rocky start, my

classmates and I are trying to make the best of this

situation. This year I decided to join our ASB board. Being a

part of ASB makes me feel like I’m still a part of our school. I

am grateful that I still had experienced high school for the

last three years, so I kind of got the hang of everything.

Being a part of ASB, I get to help and ease our freshman

and transfer students into our new normal.

As far as actual classes, I am doing well, but struggling

to find the motivation to do all of my work. Sitting in zoom

classes from 8:00 AM–2:50 PM is draining, and I find it hard

to keep focus. I will be honest, a majority of the time I’m

doing most of my work in bed. I know I’m not being very

professional, but it is very easy to just stay in bed and still

do what is needed for my classes. Although I have always

had a drive to do well in school, these online classes are

starting to make my future aspirations feel a little out of

focus. I am still very set on what I want to do with the rest

of my life. I just hate not having the in person support

from our counselors on things like college applications,

scholarships, and the small things like check–ins on how

we are doing. I understand that our school is trying their

very best to help and support us in every possible way

they can, but COVID–19 hit us so fast and unexpectedly.

It takes time to adjust and change just about everything.

This pandemic may have hit us out of nowhere, but I am

still trying to live and do school as normal as possible. I

may always be complaining about how I wish I could

sit in a classroom and be with my other classmates, but

I do believe this pandemic has brought us closer as a

community. COVID–19 has made us find ways to still be

connected and stay in contact with each other, so we

don’t lose bonds and human connection. Both of which

are is vital, especially during these times.

Pictured: Paula (second from the right) with the superintendent and vice principal of the school board.


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Occasions arise when you have the opportunity to recognize the work of

tremendous people. It is with great delight that we recognize Dr. Bruner, and all

that he has done for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County.

Dr. Bruner has been on the Boys & Girls Club board for over a decade. He has

been a tremendous advocate for all of the efforts to ensure partnerships with

local school districts and with the education community throughout the Valley.

He has supported the initiatives throughout the clubs, and it has been incredible

to see the growth and the strength of all that goes on. This year Dr. Bruner retired

from his esteemed career at Mount Vernon School District, and we’re delighted

and pleased that he stayed on with the clubs.

Beyond his work as an educator, and his support of the clubs as a board

member, and as a partner, Dr. Bruner has provided significant mentorship in

reviewing policies that define the work of the clubs. The work of a board member

is challenging; it takes time & commitment to do well. Dr. Bruner has brought

this to bear with reviewing safety policies, with guiding club leader ship as we

address issues of opportunity, and helps as your concession plans for its next

major step forward.

Thank you, Dr. Bruner, for your service!





What a year it has been. Changing everything that we do, in response to

the pandemic, and ensuring healthy and safe protocols. The clubs remain

committed to the support and welfare of our youth, and as we have responded

to providing childcare, meals, and virtual mentorship to best serve those in

need as most, our operations have changed accordingly.

One of the most visible changes, externally, has been our events. This year

our 25th annual golf tournament, scheduled for mid August was postponed

until 2021. This was an incredibly challenging decision, but we understood the

ramifications. Our title sponsor, Blade Chevrolet, was not just understanding,

but lead the way in hosting our for the kids campaign, in place of life then.

This great initiative helps generate resources for the efforts, and kept our

camaraderie alive as many of us deal with the challenging situation. Many

partners salon signed us, remain committed to serve our kids, support many

families affected by pandemic and closures, I remain committed to getting

principle of supporting opportunities & building great features.

The show will go on! We are excited, and look forward to holding our 25th annual

golf tournament and celebration, next year during 2021, and not just enjoying

a great day of golf, but hosting a party. A dinner, live music, and festivities will

follow our normal tournament, as we get together for a hallmark event.

Join us August 2021, as we do whatever it takes for the kids. The work of the clubs

is more critical, now, than ever before, and events like our golf tournament help

make that possible. The countless partners, advocates, community members

help in sure the ongoing support.




all photos taken from past years' golf tournaments, pre-covid.

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Boys & Girls Clubs across the country have been leaders

for many years in being data–informed organizations. In

tracking everything from attendance to demographics,

program participation and outcomes, and behavior

incidences and responses, having this data in a centralized

system provides staff with tools to be best equipped to

serve those youth who need the Clubs most. The Boys &

Girls Clubs of Skagit County, along with just over half of

all other Clubs, use a system called VisionMTS (Member

Tracking System). In use for more than a decade, it has

been a staple of a series of platforms used to implement

best–practice youth development strategies. There are

two other systems which have a significant number of

Club organizations using them, and a few more that are

truly specialized for the Clubs served.

In December 2016, after hearing from local Club

organizations for many years about the need for an

upgraded system that better reflects current and future

needs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced they

were embarking on a new venture to facilitate the

creation of a common member management system.

Not long after, Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County CEO Ron

McHenry was asked to serve on a small working group of

24 local Club professionals from all over the country, to

participate in the building and roll out of this new system.

During the first few meetings, it was becoming clear that

the project was going to be much greater than anyone

originally anticipated, and at the first retreat of the full

group in 2017, it was decided that to truly benefit Clubs

and strengthen the local organization to best serve their

communities, multiple systems should be integrated.

Not only would this simplify the process of training and

different departments using different software programs

that did not integrate, but it could also lessen soft and

hard costs, overall.

Originally, local Clubs were slated to adopt this exciting

new software in the late fall of 2020. However, because


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of a need to expedite online registration and the program response due to

COVID–19 being fluid, it was recognized that MyClubHub could provide great

relief and the flexibility necessary to best serve families. Thankfully, there was an

opportunity to accelerate the timeline for adoption, and the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Skagit County spent the summer completing a data migration and build out,

and went live with the system to the community on Monday, August 17th, 2020.

The implementation has not been as smooth as the water on Big Lake during a

calm day, as MyClubHub is still in the pilot and build phase. As Chief Operating

Officer Manny Smith often states, “It is somewhat like finishing the build of an

airplane while flying it in the air.” One might question taking on such a challenge

given current circumstances, and the fact the organization has already on–

boarded several other new software platforms, some previously planned for,

some a necessity for business continuity through remote work environments, but

as always, the mission came first. Whatever would make things easiest and safest

for the families served must take priority.




There is still a lot of work to be done on MyClubHub for the system to reach its

full potential, but it is already improving communication with families, giving

them options not available before, like being able to login and see their child

checked into a Club program, real–time. Over the next few months, the donor

platform of MyClubHub will go live, and create an enhanced experience for

our investors and other stakeholders as well. Individuals will be able to set up

and edit communication preferences, quickly register for volunteer opportunities

they are interested in, review their philanthropic giving history, and more. In fact,

registration for a virtual Donor/Community Update held at the end of August was

facilitated by the MyClubHub platform. Because the system integrates so well

into other functionalities, the user experience was greatly enhanced.

Boys & Girls Club staff are already looking forward to the next major software

upgrade within the system, as a key new Program Management module goes

online. The update will allow Club staff to more readily access outcomes data

for individual students, track participation in various intervention and prevention

curriculum, and develop “prescriptions” for participation targeted to an individual

child based on their needs. A dashboard that is designed specifically for the

staff position logging into the system displays prioritized information that is easy

to understand and act upon.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County could not have taken on MyClubHub

alone as an organization. The development has cost millions of dollars and

taken thousands of hours of staff and development time over the last few years.

The software platform is simply the latest example of the benefit of belonging to

the federated Boys & Girls Club movement, which has allowed Boys & Girls Clubs

of America to invest the resources to bring it to fruition and benefit millions of kids

and teens across the country and on military bases around the world.

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Starting a new job comes with an expected set of challenges: learning new

processes and procedures, getting to know your co–workers, settling into a new

routine, but throw a global pandemic in the mix and you have an entirely new

set of obstacles. As for Alex, Rachel, and McKayl — the three newest members

of the Club’s administration team — this was the reality of their first few months

with the Clubs.

Just after starting their respective positions, the three made their transition from

work desks surrounded by colleagues, to setting up their new at–home offices.

“It was a whirlwind of onboarding and I was just getting to know everyone when

COVID–19 hit. It was just enough time to put names to faces and understand

some of the programs,” said Rachel. “When I got the news that we would

be working from home for an extended time, a sense of panic set in. Would

I be able to effectively learn a new role without the in–person support of my

co–workers?” said McKayl.

Despite the unexpected onboarding process, the women were impressed by

the amount of support they received from Club leadership as they navigated

this new normal, along with the Club’s ability to rapidly respond to the growing

needs in the community. “It is truly heartwarming to see how quickly & effectively

the organization was able to pivot to be there for our community. I’ve experienced

a rollercoaster of emotions, but witnessing our positive impact has filled my heart

with happiness & gratitude,” said Alex.

“We are very fortunate to work with a team full of hardworking and motivated

people. That has really helped me to stay focused and continue learning

everything I can,” said Rachel, “working at home during COVID–19 made it





so that we had to jump on board quickly. It has made me feel confident in

my ability to do the job.” This boost of confidence can be attributed to all the

women have accomplished in their new roles. From launching a county–wide

food program to hosting a number of virtual fundraising events, the women

have had a lot to celebrate during their first few months working with the Clubs.

“It’s hard to pinpoint a single accomplishment, but the expansion of our food

program to serve all children with food insecurity is astounding,” said Alex.

“The highlight of the last few months, for me, was successfully putting together

our first virtual event in place of our Annual Breakfast. Working on my first Club

rachel olson, mckayl barrows, and alex stoffel on a VIRTUAL TEAM meeting.

fundraising was one thing, but making it a virtual event for

the first time ever was definitely a challenge,” said McKayl.

“I was so proud of everyone when we pulled it off with

success! Working on this team throughout COVID–19 just

speaks to the organization’s commitment to do Whatever

it Takes for our kids — even if that means navigating the

world of online fundraising for the first time.”

Although Alex, Rachel and McKayl have settled into their

new roles from home, they’re more excited than ever to

get back into the office and spend time visiting the Clubs

and meeting community partners.

“I can’t wait to be in the same space as my co–workers,

especially partaking in office banter,” Alex said.

“I’m most excited for getting to see my co–workers in

person! I can’t wait to have a brainstorming meeting

where we don’t have to worry about our screens freezing

due to bad internet connection,” said Rachel.

“I’m really looking forward to our first in-person event for

a chance to see my co–workers and meet more of our

community partners. I think we will all be in need of a big

celebration after this and I can’t wait to see everyone

there,” said McKayl.

Overall, the women agree that although working from

home amidst COVID–19 at the start of their positions was

challenging, it also gave them a newfound resilience and

the ability to quickly pivot to the needs of the organization

at any given time. They look forward to growing with the

organization and continuing to do Whatever it Takes for

the youth of Skagit county.













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Les Schwab Tire Center

Charles Fine Jewelry

Rob & Rachael Woods

Cathy Grant

Alaska Airlines

Heath Henderson

Paula Brownrigg

Norman & Patricia Dahlstedt

Steven & Jan Massey

Debra Peterson

BYK Construction, Inc

Cindy & Todd Anderson

Rodney Dalseg

Uprising Seeds

Julie Buchanan

Becky & John Taft

Gerald & Leanne Maskell

Meredith Baker


Cory & Naomi Ertel

Ashbaugh Beal

Sattva Photo

Burlington-Edison Kiwanis

Tye & Jill Hodgin

Jeff & Val Holtgeerts

Mills Electric

James & Pam Hoyle

Joshua Anderson Insurance, Inc

Ed & Cheri Kaptein

Keith Klingensmith

Lin & Carla Tucker

Highwaters Media

Maia Halvorsen

Cargill Incorporated

Martha Rose

John and Shannon Cousineau

Jack & Shirley McIntyre Family Foundation

Tara Havard

Port of Skagit

Mary & Steven Hudson

Amanda Sloan

Amanda Hubik

Baird & Associates Real Estate, Inc.

Neal Swanson

Stephanie Thomas

Mike & Pam Baron

Daniel & Charmie Dibble

Ann Dursch

Tracy Dugas

Dennis Parent

Joanie & Stephen Moe

Hoquiam Brewing Company

Land Title and Escrow Company of Skagit &

Island County

Carolyn Howe

Douglas & Linda MacGregor

Don Wick

Boots Bar and Grill

Christopher & Cassandra King

Matt Lehman

United Way of Whatcom Count

Justin Walker

Alex Harmon

Astrid Aamot

Mark & Tammy Burris

Mary Poppe

Brian & Kathy Wolfe

Kevin Jones

Elizabeth Hanna

Robert & Jane Hyde

JJ Pawn

Justin & April Ward

Shelley’s Shack

Erinn & Scott Welliver

Little Caesars Pizza

Nicholas Stowe & Carolyn Moulton

Tina Sowe

Dustin & Caitie Henry

Fred & Dixie Burnett

Erica Pickett

Sue Matto

Central Moving & Storage

Cascade Pizza

Roger & Mary Ann Mercer

Jeremy & Jamie McCullough

Manuel Smith

Jessica Pedraza-Perez

Sherry Hendrix

Jesse Ellenz

James & Julia Moores

Amazon Smile

Sakata Gives

James Jensen


Alex & Ingrid Thieman

Gary & Claudean Talbert

Annette Booth

Soroptimist International of Burlington

MJB Properties, LLC

Chloe Crosson

Cascade Ear Nose and Throat

Keith Magee

Marshall and Susan Basham

Sarah & Joel Ward

Dennis Vincent

Norm Nelson, Inc.

Anne Perry

Rachael Sylte & Ben Heckendorn

Kathleen & Jim Payant

Gary & Bernice Santiago


Quinn Livesey

Dr. Teak Martin

Marilyn Mitlyng

Patrice Blakeway

Barbara Dahlstedt

Josh & Stephanie Hoines

Jason and Valerie Locke

Dustin & Gabby Small

Michael & Colleen McClure

Jeff & Lori Maulin

Mike Dyberg & Connie Davis, MD

Mel & Alice Takehara

Pacific Woodtech Corporation

Michael Stark

Davis Busadre

Marnie Taylor

Whidbey Coffee

Mark & Pam Estvold

Animal House Pet Grooming

Steve Leckenby

Ronald & Jamie Mitchell

Stephen & Sharron Sauder

Jeff & Linda Hendricks

Skagit Tradition Realty, LLC

Nancy Andrich

Ian & Whitney Crawford

Brian & Kristia Poppe

Phil & Tamera Brockman

Danya Wolf

Marni Shockey

John & Mary Ferlin

Mary Linnell

Dave Oliveri

Mark Roe

Timothy and Jen Absten

Helen Baumgartner

Lakeside Industries

Josh & Aiden Axthelm

Robert & Rebecca Gates

Kara Gonzalez

Kirsten Hansen

Swinomish Golf Links

Ray & Carolyn Bloom

Sara Maloney

Windermere Foundation

Seon & Stephanie Wright

Tom & Elizabeth Gregerson

Shesha Zavala

Draper Valley Farms

North Coast Credit Union

Jessica Mucha

Ruth and Dean Smiley

Mount Vernon School District #320

Mary Hudson

Wycoff Insurance

Johnny Carino’s

Anthony Young

Tim Schofield

David & Rhonda Heston

Scott & Laura Breckenridge

Erica Littlewood

Hampton Inn and Suites

James & Kim Briscoe

John & Julie Small

Darrell & Sherilyn Skiles

Mike & Dianne Crawford

By Design Auto Group, Inc.

Kevin & Jennifer Korthuis

Fisher Construction Group

Dan & Laura Fisher

Dan & Debbie Boffey

Roger and Julie Heim

Joseph Bee

Kristin Knopf & Brian Hanners

Danielle Vincent

Patty Vallejos

Josh & Marna Carpenter

Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods


Eric & Emily Schuh

Doug Thayer

Vicki Stasch

Dan & Margie Semsak

David Riddle & Joy Cangemi

Dan & Cori Hyatt

Cody Moore

Dean Snider

Mary Ryan

Sam Chebeir

Skagit Ready Mix/Smokey Point Concrete

Stiles Law Inc., P.S.

Diane Eiesland

Brad Windler

Rod & Karen Carter

T-Mobile USA, Inc

R.W. Baird

Lisa Long

DeWaard & Bode

Cheryl Bishop

Hair & Body Mechanix

Aldi Kllogjeri

Susan Wilson & Eric Hall

Caitlin & Sven Svendsen

Majestic Inn & Spa

Mark & Sandy Hagen

Adam & April Jones

Blade Chevrolet

Richard Crerie

Robert Hoare & Tye Roth

Ron McHenry

Kara & Justin Symonds


Sheryl Carman

Jennifer Berdine

Anacortes Elk Lodge #1204

Aaron & Kathryn Starkovich

Anthony’s Restaurants

Ken & Florence Dahlstedt

Andrew Flores

Doris Benson


Roger Bassett

Phil & Nancy Schober

Torolf & Anna Torgersen

Robert & Jesse Parsons

Ruth Barefoot

Michael & Susan Coker

John & Rebecca Spurling

Brett & Eva Fox

Forte Chocolates

Towne Foundation

Dean & Becky Kummer

Jeff Swensen

Fred & Sharon Fisher

Victoria H Morell

Worthington Foundation

Jeff McInnis

Jeff & Linda Hendricks Family Foundation

Coastal Farm & Ranch

Barrett Financial, Ltd.

Kellie Cargile

Heritage Bank

Marathon Foundation, Inc.

Carole Scanes

Mike & Shelly Moser

Kirby & Shirley Bertholf

Carolyn & Andrew Conner

Gap Foundation

Skagit Community Foundation

Anacortes Sunrisers Kiwanis

Rebecca Schlaht

Stacey Salyer

Rallye Auto Sales, Inc.

Soroptimist International of Sedro-Woolley

Johnny Janicki

Jim & Joanne Hallett

Joyce Nagel

Steve Lipe

Tanya & Anthony Sanger

Dan Berard

Jerry & Eva Fader

Julie & Steve Sager

Nels Strandberg & Colleen Craig

Chad Fisher Construction, LLC

Kari & Joe Doss

Arty & Elinor Nakis

Van’s Equipment Company

Cathy Petersen

Debbie & Jim Macy

Jitterbug Espresso

Mark Peek

Mark & Jody Carabba

Karie & Blake Arney

The Spiel Foundation

Skagit Regional Health

Glen & Susan McInelly

Donald & Colleen Slack

Louis Auto Glass, Inc.

Dena Kindred

Sharon Wright

Brad & Katy Worley

Jennifer Tompson

Best Buy Foundation

Peggy Stowe

Roger Peterson

Judy McManus

Ivett Cano

Jim & Kay Zielinski

Morgan Hendricks

Lisa TenEyck

Frontier Ford

Josh & Sarah Arquitt

Kendall & Nancy Gentry

Jamie & Adam Bird

State of Washington

John Piazza Jr. Construction & Remodeling

Hugh & Stacy Pierce

Tod & Bonnie Lehecka

Pat Hammond

Perdue Farms Inc

Tim Mikesell

Michael & Jennifer Harlan

Boyd & Ginny Bode

Morris and Cheryl Nilson

Anne & David Clark

Carol Herbert

Darrell & Elizabeth Heisler

Eric & Terry-Jo Norman


Thank you K&H Printing for your

in–kind donation. Every year, the

publication of our Mid-Year Report

is made possible with the time and

generosity of K&H.

Another special thank you to all

of our donors who help make this

publication possible. It is with the

support of our community that we

continue to build great futures!


Dwayne Lane's auto family, boys & girls clubs of Skagit County sponsor.





trico companies, boys & girls clubs of Skagit County sponsor.


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.


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