Monthly Archives: September 2015

Youth of the Month – September 2015

Jose C., age 9

Jose attends Mount Erie Elementary and became a Club member just this past summer. He loves to participate in Triple Play games and is always getting staff out at Bump. Jose is quick to help out around the Club and always shows a positive attitude with whatever he is doing.

 
Jose

Jose

     

Kloee B., age 10

Kloee attends Fidalgo Elementary and has been a Club member since 2011. Kloee is an absolute delight to the club with her quick smile and poisitive attitude. She is always trying to help out around the club and serves as a great role model to everyone around.

 
Kloee

Kloee

     

Damon L., age 15

Damon attends Anacortes High School and has been a Club member since 2014. Positive and friendly, Damon always demonstrates his sportsmanship to those around him, whether it be on the basketball court or at the foosball table. 

 

Damon

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Sedro-Woolley Eagles BBQ raises funds for the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club

L to R: Patrick Dougher, Teresa DeMoss, John Garman, Hallie Simpson, Chris Seidel and Bill Wartchow

L to R: Patrick Dougher, Teresa DeMoss, John Garman, Hallie Simpson, Chris Seidel and Bill Wartchow

Recently the Sedro-Woolley Eagles Aerie 2069 presented representatives of the Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club with a check for $1,485.41. The Eagles hold an annual BBQ fundraiser on behalf of the Clubs during the 4th of July weekend. Eagles Trustee Bill Wartchow, heads up the committee for the BBQ fundraiser each year and is a seasoned grill-master. 

This fundraiser does more for the Boys & Girls Clubs members than just provide financial support. Members of the Club’s Teen Center are active participants at the BBQ, helping to serve and prepare the food. Club members learn valuable job skills and gain a sense of accomplishment and ownership while helping raise funds for their program.

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Anacortes Club Kids Treated to Pacific Northwest Feast at Local’s Home

Allen home crab feastIn August, 13 Anacortes Club members selected based on summer attendance and a positive attitude were treated to a feast courtesy of Tom and Pam Allen. The Allens have opened their home to Club kids for many years to celebrate the end of summer with a lunch of fresh crab, oysters and pizza. Afterwards the kids went out to explore the beach, dig for clams, and play a game of water balloon toss. Field Trip Coordinator, Josh Isozaki could not believe his great fortune as the Allens continually replenished his plate with more oysters. “I felt like the luckiest guy in the world” Isozaki said. The Boys & Girls Club of Anacortes would like to thank the Allens for their gift and for making it such a special day.

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Summer Brain Gain Learning Program culminates in Seattle trip for select Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club Members

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For six weeks this summer, 15 Mount Vernon Club members participated in Brain Gain, a new Boys & Girls Club program designed to combat summer learning loss. Brain Gain curriculum has provided youth with fun learning experiences through hands on projects such as creating posters, building dioramas, and writing skits and songs. Each week of the program had a fun new theme to introduce a variety of topics to members. These themes visited areas related to the environments, inventions, other cultures, space and more. Club members learned about their unique skills and qualities (their “super powers”) and the importance of being part of a team to accomplish a goal.

Enrollment for the program was open to youth entering grades 1-5. Participants took a pre and post test for assessment and the data was sent to Metis Associates, headquartered in New York City a partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The data will be available to the parents of participants and Club Directors near the end of the year. 

The last day of the program concluded with a fun celebration. Members invited their parents and families to the Club to watch presentations, prepared by Brain Gain members, and enjoyed refreshments. After the festivities, several families stuck around to join their children for a game of foosball or air hockey. 

Summer Brain Gain participants were further rewarded for their hard work with a trip to Seattle. Club members started the day with a trip to the Seattle Aquarium, then got to ride the Great Wheel and enjoy the views of Seattle. As an added bonus, members also visited the famous Gum Wall at Pikes and explored Pike Place Market. 

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Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club Members visit new principal at Cascade Middle School

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Sedro-Woolley Boys & Girls Club kids of the Dahlia Club presented a large dahlia with a “Congratulations and Good Luck for the School Year” poster to the incoming principal, Laura Davis, of Cascade Middle School. The kids were all very excited to meet Principal Davis and had some questions prepared, such as: “Where did you move here from?” and “Do you have any hobbies?”. Volunteer, Cookson Beecher assists the kids with growing dahlias and arranging bouquets every year.

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You’re Invited to Dinner with Friends

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County provides a GREAT Summer for kids 

Mount Vernon Club members on the bridge at Newhalem Gorge

Mount Vernon Club members on the bridge at Newhalem Gorge

To say the summer for members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County was jam-packed with fun field trips this summer would probably still be understating it. “We did it all this summer”, said Josh Isozaki, newly hired Field Trip Coordinator for the Clubs. “I am exhausted, but I had the time of my life. I kept saying ‘I can’t believe I get paid to do this!’. The kids had so much fun!”. Thanks to the philanthropy of many members of the community, the Clubs were able to schedule many exciting and educational trips for youth this summer. 

As just one of their many trips, Sedro-Woolley youth were able to attend the annual Shellfish-tival at Taylor Shellfish Farm located off of Chuckanut Drive where Members actively engaged in conservation activities such as; learning about water runoff, marine life, recycling, and salmon habitat. A touch tank, shell painting and bird feeders were popular hands on activities as well. 

In an epic mass, members from all four Clubs combined to see the Minions movie. The movie tickets and popcorn was all donated by Victoria Hazzard. 

In August, 13 Anacortes Club members selected based on summer attendance and positive attitude were treated to a feast courtesy of Tom and Pam Allen. The Allens have opened their home to Club kids for many years to celebrate the end of summer with a lunch of fresh crab, oysters and pizza. Afterwards the kids went out to explore the beach, dig for clams, and play a game of water balloon toss.

A small group of members from each of the Clubs came together to enjoy a day at Wild Waves. Younger kids loved the Pirate’s Cove area and the roller coasters were a favorite among the Teens. 

Members of the Mount Vernon Club visited the Arlington Fly-In. One of the highlights—an amazing exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II, featuring a rebuilt North American Aviation P-51 Mustang. 

Mount Vernon Club members also enjoyed an educational trip to the Gorge Overlook Trail and Electricity Plant in Newhalem, hiking a short trail to view the many beautiful waterfalls.

And that’s not all! Earlier in the summer members visited other Clubs in Washington State (Bellevue, Sequim, and Wallingford), went to a Mariners game(with tickets donated by Mount Vernon Council member Josh Anderson), and enjoyed the Seattle Zoo, Northwest Trek, and The Trampoline Fun Zone.

Now that school is back in session, Clubs will be focused on some of their regular Targeted Programs, like Power Hour(homework help), Keystone & Torch Club(Teen leadership), and Youth of the Year(recognition & scholarship program for members). Club members will still be getting out on special outings on weekends and after-school to participate in learning activities and volunteer in the community.

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Members attend the Shellfish-tival at Taylor Shellfish Farm

Taylor Shellfish 11As just one of their fun-filled Field Trips this summer, Sedro-Woolley Members were able to attend the annual Shellfish-tival at Taylor Shellfish Farm located off of Chuckanut Drive. Along with a fun (and muddy) beach walk our Members were actively engaged in conservation activities, learning about water runoff, marine life, recycling, and salmon habitat to name a few things. A touch tank, shell painting and bird feeders were popular hands on activities as well. Thanks to Taylor Shellfish Farm for putting on a great, educational event for the community.

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Where has the time gone?

One would think that a deficit of blog entries might mean that nothing was really going on in our Clubs this summer. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. 

I have to admit that as I begin to compose this that I’m feeling a little guilty. My intention in creating this was to post every couple of weeks, and I certainly give my staff a hard time for not updating their web posts and social media, so I suppose I owe myself some disciplinary action of some sort. 

The last three months are just a whirlwind. It really kicked-off with our Keys for Kids event at the end of June, followed shortly by a week in Los Angeles, CA with our Washington State Youth of the Year, Justice Lively. He represented our community and state quite well, but fell just shy of earning the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year. It was perhaps in his loss that I became most proud of him; during the announcement, as the look of shock and disappointment registered on so many of his peers’ faces, Justice simply beamed his trademark smile, and as his arms seemed to grow by a matter of feet, he reached out, brought all his new friends in for a hug and provided comfort. That is the type of young men and women we are growing in Skagit County, to lead further generations through humility, perseverance, and strong modeling of positive character traits.

In early August we learned that an application to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Washington for funding that would establish two extension locations at Mount Baker and LaVenture Middle Schools in Mount Vernon was successful. We are one of just five agencies that were awarded funding, from more than 22 applications, in a highly competitive field. Just days later, as we huddled underneath a pavilion at Avalon Golf Links because a freak weather event had interrupted our 20th Annual Golf Tournament, we received a call from our friends at the Tesoro Corporation. Back in June, at our Keys for Kids event, they announced a $50,000 a year investment for three years to support STEM programs in our Clubs. At their Foundation Board meeting, it was decided to increase that investment – to $130,000 annually. The transformational possibilities are significant, and will allow us to grow our capacity and develop stronger infrastructure so that we can serve our current members better in this area, but also take our programs beyond the walls of our Clubhouses. 

So, there it is. We’ve been a little busy, and somehow, we managed to also serve more than 30,000 meals to youth this summer. Our organization continues to grow and thrive thanks to the leadership of our Board of Directors and support from our community. We’re receiving attention from all over as a Boys & Girls Club agency on the rise, which just pushes us to work even harder on behalf of the 1,500+ youth we serve each year.

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