Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sedro-Woolley Youth of the Year

Dinner with Friends - Sedro-WoolleyDinner with Friends was recently hosted by Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Members at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center on Thursday, November 20th. Approximately 100 community members gathered to hear Club youth present a program that recognizes their fellow Club Members with awards in several key programs, most notably, Youth of the Year.

The process for the Youth of the Year program began at the Club level with Club Members preparing their speeches and then presenting to a panel of judges. Each candidate went on to share their speech at their Club’s Dinner with Friends event, where the winners were announced. Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club is thrilled to announce Madisen Cork as their Youth of the Year. Madisen has earned $250 in scholarship money and will go on to speak at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year event on January 29th, 2015. Additionally Gabbie Timblin was named Junior Youth of the Year. The Junior candidate will continue on in the program as well, gathering experience and knowledge for their future run for Youth of the Year. All participants of the program gain valuable experience in public speaking and the opportunity to be awarded for their growth as Club Members.

Club Members were also given recognition in the following categories; Artist of the Year went to Michael Worley, the Spark Award for service to community went to Jazzelle Elias, the Sportsmanship Award went to Cameron Moses, and the Boy & Girl of the Year went to Alejandro Padilla and Gabbie Timblin.

The Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club took this opportunity to award the Staff of the Year to third year Club staff Colton Staker. This award was voted on with secret ballots by Club Kids. Colton has led many of the targeted programs at the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club that include Healthy Habits, Passport to Manhood, and Triple Play. Colton can be found all throughout the Club, but has made the biggest impact with the teens.

A Special Recognition Award was given to Mike and Dianne Crawford for demonstrating excellence in their community. The Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club intends to make a long lasting tradition with the “Mike & Dianne Crawford Service Award” to show appreciation for their dedication to the Boys & Girls Club and Sedro-Woolley youth. Mike and Dianne helped to begin the Boys & Girls Club movement in Skagit County back in 1999 and continue to promote and support the movement to this day.

We’d like to thank all those that supported our Club Members by attending this event. We hope to see you all at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Youth of the Year event to be held on January 29th, 2015, where we will announce the County-wide candidate that will win $500 in scholarship money and go on to the State Competition.

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North Cascade Ford supporting Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club

Cascade FordFord recently donated $77,500 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, Oregon, northern Idaho, Montana and Alaska for the Holidays. Check presentations took place at two of our Clubs on Monday, November 24. The Ford Fund donated $1000 to our Mount Vernon, Anacortes, and Sedro-Woolley Clubs.

Sheila Countryman-Bean of Dwayne Lane’s North Cascade Ford visited our Sedro-Woolley Club with the Ford Fund check. We are excited to announce our new partnership with North Cascade Ford, as they have just committed to be the Title Sponsor of Warmth in Winter, a fundraiser for Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club to be held on February 7, 2015.

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Service Clubs Begin in Anacortes

Keystone Leadership (left to right:) Karen Gallardo, Evan McKay, Jacky Ramirez, Alberto Yabuy

Keystone Leadership (left to right:) Karen Gallardo, Evan McKay, Jacky Ramirez, Alberto Yabuy

The Anacortes Club began its first sessions of Keystone and Torch Club this week! Keystone and Torch club are the Boys & Girls Club’s service learning programs. Each club brings youth together to participate in service both in and out of the Club. This year our programs will each focus on completing a National Service Project.

This year, in support of the new Keystone focus area of Teen Outreach and the BGCA teen membership initiative “Race to the Club”, Keystoners nationally chose Teen Outreach as their project theme. “Teens Lead!” is the title for this year’s project. Challenging Keystoners to design a community service project that will mobilize all the teens in their community to make a difference.

In Torch Club this year the National Project is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program. The theme for the 2014 National Project focuses on caring for and creating awareness for the environment, primarily focused on saving energy and helping to fight climate change. The name, chosen by Torch Club members, is ENERGY STAR® Heroes: Be Your Own Amazing.

Each club is led by Club members who have been voted into their leadership roles. The 2014-2015 Keystone Leadership is Treasurer Alberto Yabuy, Secretary Jacky Ramirez, Vice President Evan McKay and President Karen Gallardo. The 2014-2015 Torch Club Leadership is Treasurer Ainsley Willingham, Secretary Paige Winters, Vice President Mia Willoughby and President Izabelle Wells. 

Check back often for updates from these two great clubs!

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Youth of the Month – November 2014

Alasdair H., age 8

Alasdair attends Fidalgo Elementary and became a Club member in 2012.  He is constantly making staff and other members smile with his incredible imagination and charisma. Alasdair recently took his love for airplanes to new heights with a personalized trip with Alaska Airlines, with whom he was named their #1 fan. We are so proud of him!




Izabelle W., age 12

Izabelle (Izzy) attends Fidalgo Elementary and became a Club member in 2012.  As the child of a staff member, Izabelle has really stepped up and taken leadership of the Club. Recently voted in as Torch Club President, Izzy is often found volunteering around the Club, whether she is helping with snack, leading kids inside off of the bus, or helping with nightly cleaning. Izabelle has been a huge help!




Kandyce B., age 12

Kandyce attends Anacortes Middle School and has been a Club member since 2011!  While we did not see much of Kandyce in the last year, she has made a huge comeback at the Club! Gaining entrance to the Teen Center this year, Kandyce has been participating as often as she can and helping wherever needed. If a staff needs help, Kandyce is always the first to volunteer her time and energy to get the job done. 



Homework All-Star
Mileen G.
, age 9

Mileen attends Fidalgo Elementary and has been a Club member since 2011.  Having recently won  the 2014 award for Academic All-Star, Mileen is an obvious Homework All-Star choice. Each day in Power Hour you can find Mileen working hard to complete her daily assignments. When she does not have homework to complete she will still visit Power Hour to play an educational game with staff or friends! 







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Scream & Scamper 5K raises funds for La Conner Boys & Girls Club

ScreamScamp2_forwebsiteThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County’s Scream & Scamper 5K, presented by Heritage Bank was held on Saturday, Oct 25 in La Conner, WA. Runners and walkers braved the rain in an array of fun & original costumes, many of whom were participating in their first 5K race.

The sun began to peek out as the first racer, Jadyn Lee blazed across the finish line. Club Director and race organizer, Kendrick Davis was thrilled to see Club Member, Jadyn take first place. Jadyn is also a participant in the Brooks Running Club, one of La Conner’s Targeted Club Programs.

There was more to celebrate. The Bee Ladies, Leana Hagen & Darcy Silvest won 1st place for best team costume. The Spirit Award was given to Frank Willis who raced pushing his two boys in a stroller.

The proceeds from the race will help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County’s La Conner Club. We are grateful to our many sponsors and volunteers for making this fundraiser a success. We want to congratulate all of our racers for doing an awesome job. Their passion and energy made us proud, and we are so excited to hear about their enthusiasm for next year’s race!

Race photo gallery and results can be found at the Scream & Scamper 5K Facebook Page.

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SMART Girls Define Friendship

SMART GIrls Friendship Session

SMART Girls is a program that encourages positive self-esteem, and healthy relationships with adults & peers.

Participants of the La Conner  SMART Girls program know the importance of friendship:

A friend is someone to confide in, someone to laugh with, someone to cheer you up when you’re feeling blue. A true friend helps us to be the best person possible.

When groups talk about friendship, they often discuss what qualities to look for in a good friend. It is also important to take a step back and look at the kind of the friend you want to be, to discuss what qualities we each possess that make us good friends.

The SMART Girls started off by creating an adjective list on the whiteboard, calling out ways that they are each good friends. Some of the words were kind, nice, courageous, trustworthy and beautiful on the inside. The Girls also discussed how some words that might be used to describe a friend can have more than one meaning. One member offered the word strong and explained how she felt emotionally strong, that others’ opinions wouldn’t sway her from her own and that she sticks up for her friends.

Next, members broke into pairs and conducted ‘Friend-terviews’, interviewing one another then noting any similarities or differences between each of their answers. Questions included “What would you do with a million dollars?”, “What is your favorite thing to do after a long day at school?”, and “What are three words that describe you?”.SmartGirls_CLR

The La Conner SMART Girls are always excited to get up and get moving, so the session concluded with a trust exercise, where each girl had to direct another blindfolded Club member through an obstacle course. The girl giving directions couldn’t touch her partner, but had to use only her voice, and the blindfolded girl had to trust that her partner was paying attention and was being honest with her directions. There were a few challenges that required a pair or two to start over, but by the end, each pair had successfully made it through the course.

SMART Girls  explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults. This program is held on Thursdays at 4:30pm. For more information about SMART Girls please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672.

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Members Are SMART About Medicine

The SMART Kids program is designed for members ages 6-9 and is held on Tuesdays at the La Conner Club.

The SMART Kids program is designed for members ages 6-9 and is held on Tuesdays at the La Conner Club.

Most kids know that medicines can help us to feel better when we’re sick, but not all kids know that medicines can also hurt people if used incorrectly. Today, La Conner SMART Kids explored this topic.

First, members learned that medicines are drugs that are good for us, often prescribed by a doctor. Next, members brainstormed all of the reasons that a doctor might suggest a medicine. The list of ideas included disease prevention, to cure a sickness, for diabetes, and to stop pain.

Some youth were surprised to learn that too much of a medicine can make a person sicker, as can taking an expired or old medicine, or taking someone else’s medicine. This is why it is important to only accept medicine from certain people. For example, it’s best to let a parent or trusted adult decide how much aspirin is appropriate for a headache, not a fellow club member.SMART Mover

After the discussion, the SMART Kids enjoyed a fun twist on the classic game of musical chairs. Papers were placed on the ground in a circle with different types of medicines or foods written on them

SMART Kids gives Club Members the skills and training to stay healthy in all aspects of life. By learning to respect ourselves and each other, and to resist peer pressure, Members learn how to safely resist unhealthy substances.

SMART Kids is designed for members ages 6-9. The program runs every Tuesdays in the Dr. Kenyon & Siddy Knopf Education Center from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. For more information on SMART Kids or any other programming related to Healthy Lifestyles please contact the Club at (360) 466-3672 or

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LC Youth of the Month – November

Sofia, age 7

Sofia has had a great first couple of months at the Club. She is new to La Conner but has jumped right in and made many friends. While at the Club, Sofia gets involved in Power Hour, Project Learn activities such as Lego Challenges, and Triple Play games, like Line Tag. When asked what her favorite thing is about the Club, she said it is playing Fire in the Jungle and building with Legos. Sofia has dreams of helping sick animals and hopes to be come a veterinarian when she grows up.




Christian, age 8

Christian began attending the La Conner Boys & Girls Club at the beginning of this past summer. Since then, he has made a positive impact on the Club, showing great sportsmanship during games and demonstrating excellent manners. When at the Club, Christian is most often found in the Knopf Education Center during Power Hour, or outside playing Triple Play games. When asked what his favorite thing is about the Club, he said it is playing Dodgeball and Ping Pong. Christian has a strong interest in animals and would like to become a Zoologist. His current favorite animal is the Desert Hawk.




Fabian, age 14

 Fabian has spent the past 7 years involved with the Clubs. Since the opening of the Teen Corner at the LC Club, Fabian has been in attendance almost everyday and has gotten involved in many teen activities. Fabian’s favorite thing about the Club is the trust between the staff and the teens, and the freedom that the teens are allowed. He enjoys heading outside to shoot hoops with his friends and challenge others to a game of Madden 25 on the Xbox, which is his favorite thing to do at the Club. Fabian is set on creating his own future and has made a goal for himself to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 throughout his high school career, before heading off to college.



Homework All-Star
Jeremiah, age 7

Jeremiah has been attending the La Conner Club for 2 years. When at the Club, he can be found in a number of places, including the Education Center working on homework, playing with Legos in the Gamesroom, or in the gym playing Triple Play games. When asked what his favorite thing is about the Club, Jeremiah said that is it Power Hour, because getting his homework done early at the Club means that he has the rest of the afternoon and evening to play! In the future, he would like to become a scientist and work with animals. Jeremiah’s favorite animal is the monkey!




Triple Play MVP
Ellie M., age 9

Ellie has been a member of the Club for 2 years.  She is very involved in Club activities, including SMART Girls, Triple Play games, Power Hour and the La Conner Brave Heroes Torch Club, of which she is the current president. When asked what her favorite thing is about the Club, Ellie quickly replied that she enjoys the Daily Challenge and playing basketball and volleyball. As a natural athlete, Ellie is committed improving her game and becoming the best athlete she can be. Ellie would also love to go on tour with Taylor Swift.

Ellie M.

Ellie M.


Artist of the Month 
Emma, age 10

Emma has been attending the La Conner Club for 2 years. She is one of the first to get her homework done every. Emma loves heading outside to play, attending Torch Club meetings, and venturing into the Art Room. Emma’s favorite thing to do at the Club is work on art projects, she especially loved the recent sculpture challenge. When asked what she’d like to do in the future, Emma said that she would like to be a great athlete and excel in sports like archery and golf.



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