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Bannister will lead Boys & Girls Club

Taylor Bannister

Taylor Bannister

Original Article taken from the Anacortes American posted on August 26, 2015.

After a six-month search, the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club has a familiar face as its new club director: Taylor Bannister.

Bannister is an eight-year employee with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. She has served as program director in Anacortes and, for the last six months, as the interim club director, after long-tenured director Angela Freeberg switched to Mount Vernon to take on the struggling clubhouse in that community.

Each of the three finalists would’ve served the club well, but there was something special about Bannister that really set her apart, said club Executive Director Ron McHenry.

“Taylor didn’t simply want a job with our organization as a club director,” he said. “She wanted to be the Anacortes club director.”

The search was conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, on behalf of the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club, and at no cost to the local organization.

With the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County in the top 10 percent of growth for clubs nationwide, and exciting new initiatives that lead youth development on the horizon for the young organization, the candidate pool was strong and featured professionals from all over the country, according to a press release.

It took three rounds of interviews to cull the field down to three who would be interviewed by a final panel that included Anacortes Police Chief Bonnie Bowers, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Hamilton, and Gary Robinson, the director of Anacortes Parks & Recreation.

With Taylor Bannister’s selection, club leadership is a family affair, as her husband Noah serves as director of operations for the organization. Prior to this, Noah supervised all club directors, so the organization has restructured and McHenry will assume that role for the clubhouse.

“With a capital campaign in Anacortes on the horizon that will already require my attention, and Mr. Bannister working to open two new locations in Mount Vernon this fall, adding expanded food programs, and increasing technology infrastructure, this repositioning also makes sense for the long-term growth strategy of the organization,” McHenry said.

At the start of September, Taylor Bannister will be joined by a new program director, Andrew Worcester, who has spent the last two years in Seward, Alaska, working in clubs. Worcester will bring a new perspective to the clubhouse, which is seeing record numbers of youth in programs.

He has a master’s degree from University College London, and experience working in rural communities with at-risk youth populations.

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Tesoro foundation donates $150,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs

Keys for Kids Tesoro Check
Photo by Sarah Arquitt. The following article is from the original posting from The Anacortes American on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County received a surprise $50,000 check from the Tesoro Corporation’s foundation at its recent Keys for Kids fundraiser — and two more will be coming.

Tesoro has pledged to donate $150,000 over three years.

The Tesoro donation was in addition to the $30,000 raised at Keys for Kids to support the operations of clubs in Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley.

The Tesoro funds will create a Tesoro Learning Academy at each club, allowing for the purchase of two dozen computers that will be used for STEM education enrichment and support activities to ensure the academic success of club members. The money will also go to additional training and professional development for staff, an increase in staffing to provide more one-on-one educational assistance, and an incentive-based field trip for teens next summer.

More than 45 youth will travel to universities, colleges and trade schools in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana to become inspired to take their post-secondary future into their own hands. The week-long trip will also feature a stop in Yellowstone National Park.

“In our meeting at Tesoro, James (Tangaro) and Matt (Gill) never asked how Tesoro had been recognized for their previous investment of $40,000 in 2014,” said Ron McHenry, executive director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County. “Instead, they focused on the results and wanted to know how kids lives had been impacted with the money. Their values and commitment to the community align with those of the Boys & Girls Club, and we appreciate their support, investment, and confidence in our ability to make a positive change in the lives of the youth we serve.”

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