Monthly Archives: January 2014

MV Kiwanis Donates $5000

Youth Services Chair for the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club, Josh Anderson presents the donation to Mount Vernon Club Director, Vesta Anderson

Youth Services Chair for the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club, Josh Anderson presents the donation to Mount Vernon Club Director, Vesta Anderson

The Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club recently donated $5,000 to support the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club. This generous donation will help fund outcome-driven Targeted Programs at the Club including Career Launch, NetSMARTS/NS Teens, Youth of the Month, and recognition for the Club’s Power Hour Pro each month.

Career Launch is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier development program, providing a range of services to help Club Members develop the skills essential for workforce success.

NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club Staff. Topics include personal safety, shopping safety and ethical use of the Internet. This year, Club Members have had over 62 visits to this valuable program.

Youth of the Month and Power Hour Pro are part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County’s recognition program. Sponsors like the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club help reward and recognize the achievements of outstanding Members each month.

Thank you to Josh Anderson, Youth Services Chair for the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club for presenting the donation at the Club, and thank you to the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club as a whole for helping Skagit Raise Great Kids.


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MV YOM – January 2014

Clarissa R., age 9

Clarissa attends Centennial Elementary School and has been a Member at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for three years. 

Clarissa is always outgoing and helps others around the Club whenever she can. She is the Vice President of Torch Club and can’t wait to outrun her Sister as President.

Clarissa R.

Clarissa R.


Nolan R., age 9

Nolan attends Little Mountain Elementary School and has been a Member at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for four months.

Nolan is always eager to participate in a variety of activities such as Arts & Crafts, Triple Play, SMART Moves and Power Hour. He also is often overheard encouraging his fellow Members to participate with him. 

Nolan R.

Nolan R.


Jose “Bobby” C., age 18

Bobby attends Mount Vernon High School and has been a Member at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for 13 years. 

Bobby is always striving towards success. He’s often found helping tutor younger Members during Power Hour or helping Staff at the front desk or even helping out with concessions. 

Jose "Bobby" C.

Jose “Bobby” C.

Power Hour Pro
Jissel S.
, age 11

Jissel attends Madison Elementary School and has been a Member at the Mount Vernon Club for one and a half years.

Jissel has taken her homework dedication to the next level. You will always find her tackling her homework first thing when she enters the Club and she works well beyond the Power Hour time-frame. On the occasional days she doesn’t have homework, she will help other Members with theirs.


Jissel S.

Jissel S.


Artist of the Month 
Rose F.
, age 10

Rose attends Jefferson Elementary School and has been a Member at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club for four months.

Rose is an avid artist. She always puts her heart and soul into her work and encourages her fellow artist to do the same. She is also this months Fine Arts Competition Winner. 

Rose F.

Rose F.

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3 ON 3 Teen Bball Tourn.

3ON3 Basketball Tournament

Teen Basketball Tournament is open to all middle & high school students.

The La Conner Club is hosting a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Feb 21 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Open to all middle school and high school students. Entry fee is $10 per team or $4 for a single player. Coed or single gender teams accepted. 

The winning team will receive a special prize. Door prizes will be given to all participants who register.  

Get your team together and register by Feb 18th by calling *360) 466- 3672 or visiting The Club. Contact Teen Coordinator, Kurt Wambaugh with further questions.

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LC Parents’ Night Out 2/14

Parents Night Out

Kids ages 5-12  are invited for a fun night at the La Conner Club on Friday, February 14th from 5:45-8:30 p.m.

Ready to have a fun night away from the kids on Valentines Day? Take advantage of  the La Conner Club’s Parents’ Night Out on Friday, February 14th. We’ll have fun with your kids while you do whatever you want. 

Parents’ Night Out includes a healthy spaghetti dinner and dessert. Kids will also get to take part in fun activities including: capture the flag, crafts, Kinect Fitness, and Just Dance 2014.

Even better, it’s all at the fraction of what you’d pay a babysitter. 

Parents’ Night Out is offered for any student  ages 5 to 12. Cost is $10 for the  first student and $5 for each additional student in the family. All proceeds will go towards Academic Success and Character & Leadership  programming at the Club.
Drop Off: 5:45pm | Pick Up: 8:30pm
For questions contact Program Director Leah Vazquez or Membership Coordinator Nikki Brooks at (360) 466-3672
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MV Feb Family PLUS Night

Come join the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, February 13, for our February Family PLUS Night. We will have a fun filled evening of Valentine’s Day crafts, pizza dinner and gift bags to recognize our National Children’s Dental Health Month.

If you have any questions please contact us at (360) 428-6995 ext. 31. or email us at   

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Torch Club Guest Speaker

Torch Club

Willow teaches Torch Club members to gently handle animals

FAMCOn Thursday, January 23rd, the Anacortes Club welcomed Willow Sterba from Fidalgo Animal Medical Center to our Torch Club meeting. The Anacortes Torch Club’s service focus this year is care to animals. As part of that, Willow met with members about animal care, how to approach an animal, and when you should take your animal to see a veterinarian. To help show Club members the appropriate way to gently handle animals, Willow brought Napoleon, an adorable fluffy bunny, for each Club member to try their new skills on.

Thank you to Willow and Napoleon for taking the time to come and meet with our Anacortes Torch Club!

Torch Club meets each Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00pm and is for Club members ages 10-12.

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Teen Tri-Wizard Tournament

Tri-Wizard Tournament

Teens celebrate the end of the Tournament

On Friday, January 24th, the Anacortes Club held its own Tri-Wizard Tournament during its After Hours Club for teen members ages 12-17. Based off of the popular Harry Potter series, teens enjoyed a night of wizarding fun and activities. After being sorted into one of four houses by the Sorting Hat, teens formed a team with their house, which they competed with throughout the night. The first challenge they faced was a game of Muggle Quidditch, based off of the popular sport played in the books. Next teams competed in an obstacle course, trying to reach the golden egg at the end without being pelted by yarn balls thrown by opposing houses. Finally, teams battled it out in a scavenger hunt around the Club, before celebrating their fun filled night with a warm cup of Butterbeer (a delicious concoction of butterscotch syrup, cream soda and butter.)

After Hours Club is each Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00pm for Club members 7th grade and up.

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MLK Day on the Hill


Teens prepare to leave for Olympia

Teens from the Anacortes and Mount Vernon Clubs took a trip to Olympia on Monday, January 20th, for MLK Day on the Hill. The Boys & Girls Club Washington State Alliance and partner Washinton Mentors put together this amazing day in Olympia in which Club teens from around the state met with the Lieutenant Govenor and State Legislators, as well as received a tour of the Capitol building. Lunch was provided by Subway before teens attempted to complete a scavenger hunt around the Capitol. Skagit teens and staff were honored to be apart of such an amazing and fun filled day at our states Capitol.

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Anacortes Teens at EMP


Teens try out Sound Rooms at Seattle’s EMP

Anacortes Arts FestivalOn Friday, January 17th, Anacortes Teens took a field trip to Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP.) Teens and staff spent a few hours exploring all of the many exhibits at the EMP, from large photos of celebrities to a Sci-Fi exhibit. Some teens tried out the Scream Machine, a photo booth that captures you mid-scream and projects it on the wall of the Science of Fear exhibit. The final stop of Club Teens at the EMP was their Sound Stage, where teens and staff joined together to join a band named “The Flannels” and were able to perform a song in front of a “live” studio audience. After the EMP teens enjoyed a quick dinner at the Seattle Center and were able to see the Seahawks themed decoration of the Space Needle at night. This trip was made possible with funding from the Anacortes Arts Festival Foundation.

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SW Teens go to Gleaners

Back Row: Jasmine, Jacenta, John, Patrick and Nathan. Front Row: Hunter, Jazzelle, and Gina

Back Row: Jasmine, Jacenta, John, Patrick and Nathan. Front Row: Hunter, Jazzelle, and Gina

Six Teens from the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club went to Skagit Gleaners the morning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Skagit Gleaners is an organization that helps families by allowing them to get free groceries in exchange for volunteer efforts. The Teens helped to sort and clean produce, fold clothes, and pick up litter around the outside of the building.

After the work was done and Gleaners staff and volunteers had gone through the shop, the Teens were allowed to do a little shopping of their own. They found lots of healthy fruits and vegetables to take home with them. The Gleaners even donated to some snacks to The Club. 

Teens enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of something that has such a positive impact on the community.  They had such a good time they didn’t even mind having to get up at 7:00 in the morning.

Special thanks to George Weed and everyone else at Skagit Gleaners for giving Club Members the chance to build the Priority Outcome of Good Character & Citizenship.

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