Monthly Archives: May 2013

Family PLUS Night June 5

Members "fishing" at last year's final Family PLUS Night.

A Member goes”fishing” at last year’s final Family PLUS Night.

The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club’s last Family PLUS Night of the school year is taking place this coming Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. All Club Members and their families are  invited to join us for  our Carnival Night for fun games, prizes and a barbecue. As alwyas, Family PLUS Nights are free events. Please contact Club Director Phil Prud’homme at (360) 428-6995 or pprudhomme@bgcskagit.org with questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

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SMART Girls help at Club store

The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club Power Hour store was a great success this month in part because the SMART Girls are learning some important skills as assistant Power Hour store operation managers. For every minute that Members do their homework, reading or another educational activity during Power Hour, they are awarded points that can be used to exchange for various fun items from the Club store. As assistant store operation managers running the club store, the SMART Girls are working on the systems that make a small business run effectively such as team work, leadership skills, balancing a register, and customer service.

SMART Girls takes place every Friday from 5:00pm – 5:30pm. Power Hour takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30pm – 5:00pm.

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Club supports Friendship House

Sedro-Woolley Club Members stuff 1,000 envelopes for Friendship House's upcoming fundraiser.

Sedro-Woolley Club Members stuff 1,000 envelopes for Friendship House’s upcoming fundraiser.

Members from the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club partnered with the Friendship House on Thursday, May 23rd. Three Sedro-Woolley groups – Keystone Club, Torch Club, and SMART Kids – participated in stuffing 1,000 envelopes and affixed labels for the Friendship House’s spring fundraiser. The Friendship House, located in Mount Vernon, consists of homeless shelters and a Community Kitchen. For 26 years, they have been feeding, sheltering, and clothing those in need.

Sedro-Woolley Club Members have been hard at work on service projects throughout their community all school year. At our Family PLUS Night on June 13th, members will be presented with the Presidential Year of Service group award for accomplishing over 500 hours of community service since September 2012. If you have questions about our Service Learning programs, feel free to contact us at (360) 856-1830 or email Unit Director John Garman at jgarman@bgcskagit.org.

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Members board Regal Express

Regal Entertainment Group

As part of Regal Entertainment Group’s Summer Movie Express, Regal is treating the La Conner Boys & Girls Club youth to enjoy blockbuster hits and beat the heat this summer. Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Regal Entertainment Group is providing the Club with a grant to help cover expenses like transportation, snacks and low-cost tickets for its members.

The La Conner Boys & Girls Club is receiving one of 80 grants that will be awarded this summer by Regal Entertainment Group. As part of the initiative, Regal Barkley Village Stadium 16 IMAX & RPX located in Bellingham will  offer La Conner Club members $1 admission to a predetermined G or PG rated movie, which may include such anticipated summer films as  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island or  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

For Club Members, the Regal Summer Movie Express program also provides an opportunity for fun with a purpose—including the chance for the La Conner Boys & Girls Club to implement at least two learning activities that incorporate the Regal experience. The Club will select from such activities as establishing a book club, reading movie-themed book, and taking a tour of the theater and projection rooms.

“Regal Entertainment Group is proud to partner with local Boys & Girls Clubs through these grants to cover their costs such as transportation,” said Russ Nunley, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Regal Entertainment Group. “Regal believes that this summertime series for kids helps to instill a love of movie-going in the next generation.”

“Our Boys & Girls Club members are absolutely thrilled to participate in Regal Entertainment Group’s Summer Movie Express,” said Kendrick Davis-Pittmon, La Conner Club Director. “The number of youth we expect to serve in the La Conner & Swinomish communities may double during the summer months, so we’re always extremely grateful for opportunities that combine fun with engaging learning activities that help our youth stimulate their minds and prevent summer learning loss, one of our biggest goals.”

The La Conner Boys & Girls Club will be one of four Clubs in Skagit County opening their doors this summer. Monday through Friday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, June 24 – August 15. Free lunch & snacks will be provided to ALL youth (regardless of Boys & Girls Club membership) living in the La Conner and Swinomish communities ages 1-18.  For more information about the Regal Summer Movie Express or other programming at the La Conner Boys & Girls Club, contact Club Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672 x. 23

About Regal Entertainment Group

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 6,558 screens in 520 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia as of May 24, 2012, with over 211 million attendees for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2011. Our geographically diverse circuit includes theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We operate multi-screen theatres and have an average of 12.6 screens per location, which is well above the North American motion picture exhibition industry average. We develop, acquire and operate multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets throughout the United States. Additional information is available on the company’s website at www.REGmovies.com.

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Family PLUS Night recap

Jacob and Kayleb at May's Family Plus Night.

Jacob and Kayleb at May’s Family PLUS Night.

Tuesday, May 21st was Family PLUS Night and Open House at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club.   Joining us for Taco Tuesday were 95 Members and their families. We also hosted our first ever golf challenge that consisted of a chipping challenge and three-hole putt-putt course. Members and their families also participated in Eva Perry’s cartooning class. Eva is has been volunteering for Power Hour at the Club since December 2012. After our nightly announcements Club parents participated in a presentation from Sedro-Woolley Safe Homes Network which allows local parents to network with other families to promote standards of safety to ensure proper supervision of their children as they visit their friends. They were also able to take part in a brief Healthy Foods Survey from United General Hospital’s Community Health and Outreach Program interns. The survey seeks to analyze and promote healthy eating and advertisements in Eastern Skagit County. To round out the evening, Members planted a watermelon seed to take home and cultivate over the summer. 

If you have any questions about our Family PLUS Nights program or are interested in attending the next event on June 13th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, call the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club at (360) 856-1830 or email Unit Director John Garman at jgarman@bgcskagit.org.

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Torch Club at the Food Bank

Sedro-Woolley Torch Club sorts rice for over 200 families.

Sedro-Woolley Torch Club sorts rice for over 200 families.

Torch Club Members from the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club volunteered at the Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Woolley on Wednesday, May 22nd.  The Helping Hands Food Bank serves an average of 650 families each week, and their numbers keep growing. By volunteering their time and energy, Sedro-Woolley Torch Club Members have the opportunity to make an impact on their community. This is the sixth time Sedro-Woolley Members have volunteered at the food bank since September 2012, and they managed to package enough rice for over 200 families, allowing their yearly rice distribution to reach over 1500 families. A big thank you to Michael Frazier, the new Director of the Helping Hands Food Bank, for inviting Sedro-Woolley’s Torch Club to return and assist in the great work that the food bank does.

Sedro-Woolley Club Members have been hard at work and spread throughout their community all school year. Helping at the local Food Bank is one of several service projects that Club Members have participated in as they work towards their Year of Service.  At our Family PLUS Night on June 13th, Torch Club Members will be presented with the Presidential Year of Service group award for accomplishing over 500 hours of community service since September 2012.  If you have questions about our Service Learning programs feel free to contact us at (360) 856-1830 or email Unit Director John Garman at jgarman@bgcskagit.org.

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Club supports women’s health

BayView Walk'nRun

Celebrating after the run.

On Saturday, May 18th the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club joined women from all over Skagit and Whatcom Counties in the 31st Annual Bay View Women’s Walk & Run. This event helped to support Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services and Women’s Health Issues. Sedro-Woolley Club Member Katie Davis took first overall in the two mile run with Adriana Timblin taking first in her age group. While many participants ran to support the cause, a few of our Members also ran in remembrance of Ann Votava Stiles who was close to many of these young women above and an active community and Club supporter. 

If you have questions about our Healthy Habits, SMART Girls, or Sports and Fitness programs contact John Garman at 360-856-1830 ext43 or email jgarman@bgcskagit.org.

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Anacortes Says Goodbye

Patrick

Club Members and Staff pose with Patrick

The Anacortes Club said its final goodbyes to longtime Club Staff Patrick Greenlaw on Friday, May 17th. Patrick started working at the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club in October 2000, when the Club first opened its doors. Patrick has worked for the Club in almost all capacities, from Program Assistant, to Program Lead and, for the last six years, as Teen Coordinator. We are very excited for Patrick to begin his new job at Dakota Creek Industries, right down the road from the Anacortes Club. Thank you to Patrick for your 13 years of dedication and service to the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club.

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La Conner Family PLUS Pizza Night

Family PLUS

Family PLUS

The La Conner May Family PLUS Night was a huge hit. Take & Bake Pizza Night gave families a break from having to decide about and pay for dinner. With five Club Members helping out our Staff, they prepared over 30 pizzas. This event served 86 people from the La Conner Community. Thank you to all who came out to make this event happen.

Our next Family PLUS Night will be June 14th at 5:00pm. We will be having a barbeque and honoring our awesome Volunteers as well as our Youth of the Month and end-of-the year award winners. For more information about our Family PLUS Night please contact Unit Director Kendrick Davis-Pittmon at (360) 466-3672 or email kdavis@bgcskagit.org.

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Family PLUS Night – May 21

Sedro-Woolley Game Room Fun

Sedro-Woolley Game Room fun.

Join us Tuesday, May 21st at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club for our Family PLUS Open House. Dinner and games for the family, plus an update from Strengthening Families, a program from United General’s Community Health and Outreach Program. Highlights of the evening will include announcing June’s Youth of the Month, and an exciting Golf Challenge. 

Dinner starts at 6:00pm. Bring a friend and get the scoop on what’s happening at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club.

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