Monthly Archives: August 2013

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Enrollment for the 2013 – 2014 school year will take place at our Clubs in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley starting on September 4.

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Fall 2013 Program Guide


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Mount Vernon Club Remodel

Mount Vernon rennovationLowe's

Thanks to the Lowe’s Foundation Making Dreams Program, the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club is getting a makeover. Starting on August 12, Mike Crawford, a member of our board of directors, and Dale Klein, a retiree formerly with Fisher & Sons, will be taking charge of the remodel process.

All the materials are being provided by Lowe’s, and the Club is relying heavily on volunteer labor to help with the moving, tearing down, building and touch-up processes.  Thank you to Lowe’s and all of our volunteers for their help in creating a new, modern space for our Mount Vernon Members. We are very excited to see how the final product turns out. 

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BNSF donates to Club

BNSFThe BNSF Foundation recently donated $50,000 to the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club.

Courtney Wallace, BNSF regional director, Public Affairs, and David Conover, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, first met to discuss the possibility of a donation this past spring.

“I got to know the director at the Boys & Girls Clubs, and he let me know about the opportunity. I helped present why it was a good idea and how we could really help a community that was supportive of the railroad,” said Wallace.

The Club, located in Mount Vernon, Wash., has only been open two days a week because of difficult budget cuts. “Our goal was to get the Mount Vernon Club open full-time.  We talked about what funding would be needed to have five-day-a-week planning,” explained Conover.

Conover emphasized the BNSF Railway Foundation donation’s positive impact on the Club. “Mount Vernon is a community that has an economically disadvantaged group of families and kids who need that consistent after-school care,” said Conover.

The donation will also enable the Club to handle the increasing number of kids who utilize its resources. “Previously, our attendance was 30 to 45 a day, and because of the renovated space, our attendance can be high as 120. This would not be possible without the foundation’s donation. It’s going to have a huge impact on the lives of these kids,” he added.

The Mount Vernon Club will be open five days a week from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning Sept. 9. It will also offer teen nights on Fridays from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

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Behind the Scenes at the Regal Summer Movie Express

Summer Movie Express

Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema assistant manager gives a brief history of the theater industry.

This week during the Summer Movie Express trip, La Conner Club Members watched Racing Stripes (PG).

Afterwards, they were given a behind-the-scenes look at how the Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema is run. One of the assistant managers explained how in recent years, cinemas moved from having giant film reels and an attendant working each theater’s projector to having 16  fully automated machines that control everything from the commercials we see prior to a movie being shown, to the lights being turned down. Instead of the giant reels, every movie is sent to theaters in a digital form resembling a hard drive. 

One of the coolest features Members learned is, for 3D movies, the projector lens uses a 3D amplifier. So, both the machine and viewers are using a pair of 3D glasses. 

Summer Movie Express

Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema Assistant Manager is showing how the digital projectors work.

We want to send a big thank-you to managers Jamie, Tami, and the entire Regal Barkley 16 IMAX & RPX Cinema staff for working with the La Conner Club to make the summer extra special.

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

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Natural Wonders Week

Club Members acquainting themselves with students from Japan.

Club Members acquainting themselves with students from Japan.

Natural Wonders Week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club has been magnificent with 83 youth and Teen Members participating.

Members were surprised with a visit from the Mount Vernon Japanese Compass USA Exchange Program. 18 girls from Tokyo, Japan came to the Club to educate and play with our Members. The girls taught our Members how to make origami jet plane, space ships, balloons, frogs, hearts and rings. Afterwards, the girls showed our Members how to write their names in Japanese using all three forms of their alphabet. They concluded their visit with several rounds of tag and duck, duck, goose.  

Members also participated in a Nature Hunt during Project Learn and created several natural art pieces using things they find in nature as their medium for Arts & Craft. 

The theme for Week 8 is Tropical Paradise, so get ready for our Luau BBQ on Thursday, August 8th to celebrate this amazing summer.

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Design Tech: Get aMAZEd

Design Tech: Members Get AMAZED

Club Member Alex’s finished maze.

Design Tech: Members Get AMAZED

Club Members in the Technology Lab located at La Conner Elementary.

Today in the technology lab, Members designed their own mazes. By using the computer program PowerPoint and the AutoShapes tool, some pretty awesome mazes were made.
Here’s how you can design a maze at home:
1. Open up PowerPoint.
2. Select the Box Tool, then click and drag it to create a large box on the blank slide.
3. Choose one spot on the box to be the start, and another to be the finish.
4. Make two text boxes, write “Start” in one, and “Finish” in the other and position the appropriate box at the right point.
5. Next, use the line tool to draw lines and create obstacles between the start and finish points. 
6. Double-check to make sure there is, in fact, a route to finish the maze.
7. When you’re finished, print out your maze and trade with another family member and complete each other’s creations.
The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Club Tech programming for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
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July 2013 Investors

Thanks to the following individuals, businesses, and foundations for Investing in Our Kids:

Anacortes Lodge #1204 B.P.O.E, Anacortes Rotary Club, Josh & Sarah Arquitt, Carrie Balser, Boggs Plumbing, Julie Buchanan, Christopher & Jennifer Cram, Rick & Angela Davidson, Rachel Eastburn, Bruce & Margaret Evertz, John & Mary Ferlin, Jeanne Frank, Jack & Claudette Gubrud, Law Office of Tyler J. Claus, PLLC, Macy’s Corporate, Linda Sue McCracken,Dan Mitzel, Mount Vernon Rotary Club, Deanna J. Nickerson, North Cascades Health Council, Melissa Pearson, Nick & Nikki Petosa, James Pierson, Reisner Distributor, Inc., Madeleine Roozen-Cook, Terrance & Julie Rousseau, Gandace Schecter & Trever McGhee, ServiceMaster Cleaning by Roth, Skagit County Child and Family Consortium, Skagit State Bank, Christine & David Stafford, Kim & Steven Stafford, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Becky & John Taft, The Markets, LLC, United Way of Skagit County, Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program, Dianna Whitney, William Whittemore, TRICO Companies, LLC, Worthington Foundation, Sharon Wright, Charles Yousling, and Robert & Valeri Zwick.


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Get Dirty Week

Members learning how to use natural resources around them to create masterpieces.

Members learn how to use natural resources around them to create masterpieces.

Get Dirty Week at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club has been quite messy with 83 youth and Teen Members participating.

Members started their week creating mud paintings by combining dirt and acrylic paint. For Project Learn, Members created their own building blocks to build a mud house. First, Members made their own mortar using dirt and water. Then, they created small bricks using dirt, straw and ice cube trays. Members also enjoyed movie day with popcorn and played in the rain during our Triple Play activities.

The theme for Week 7 is Natural Wonders, so get ready to be awed and amazed by magnificent Mother Earth.

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Design Tech: Physics in Motion

Design Tech

Tech Program Assistant Christina takes a look at the work of Club Members Josie, Annie, and Eliza.

Yesterday during Design Tech, Members had the opportunity to draw, test, and travel down a virtual sledding path by playing Line Rider, a popular online game that demonstrates the laws of physics in action. 

Design Tech: Physics in Motion

Frank shows off progress on his virtual sledding track.

As Members started working on their test tracks, they encountered a problem: as creative as they wanted to be, it had to be physically possible for someone to ride a sled along their track. For example, if their track starts out by going up immediately, the sled will just fall off the back. As such, Members learn about the importance of principles like momentum. Once their tracks were completed, Members took turns showcasing their creations on the SMART Board in the technology lab, located in the La Conner Elementary School.
The Boys & Girls Club of La Conner is excited to offer Club Tech programming for our Members ages 6-18 thanks to the generous support of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
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