Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, Board of Directors receives “League of EAGLES” Award

The Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County is one of just fifteen organizations in the Pacific Region to be honored with the “League of EAGLES” Award. Reaching the milestone is a significant achievement, and is a testimony of the dedication and commitment of an organization’s Board of Directors and executive leadership to serving the youth of the local community at the highest level. The award recognizes the work of the 2015 Board of Directors, under the leadership of President Stephanie Hooper, local community leader, and owner of Bayside Specialties, Inc. “This award is most encouraging and an honor to be shared by many!”, says Hooper. “It is truly a reflection of the past and present dedicated leaders of our Board, Staff, and Volunteers; all of the committed people who have built this strong organization, providing us the opportunity to fulfill the Boys & Girls Club mission through positive impact in young lives that leads them to become productive, caring, responsible citizens.” The other officers of the Board honored include: Mark Lawrence, Vice President; Mike Gubrud, Vice President; Becky Taft, Treasurer; Carrie Wallace, Secretary; Annette Booth, Immediate Past President; Mike Crawford, Past President, and; Maggie Potter, Past President. Members Dr. Carl Bruner, Kelly Tuohig, Pat Barrett, Karen Ray, Tom Pasma, Mark Lione, and Holly Shannon round out the leadership team, who provided guidance, direction, and oversight of the most significant growth in organizational history.

The award will be presented to Mrs. Shannon and Mr. Lawrence, who will be attending the Pacific Leadership Conference for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Scottsdale, AZ this September. The recognition is just one of several recent successes and accolades received in the last year. Last fall, CEO Ron McHenry earned the Spark Award, given to one CEO in the Boys & Girls Club movement, the same day Board leadership accepted the Gateway to Impact Award for leading the movement in increasing the number of youth served at a record pace in just one year. Because of the significant growth and potential for even greater success, McHenry was provided a scholarship from the national Club organization to attend an intense post-grad program at Harvard University through the Kennedy School of Government in partnership with Harvard Business School. The organization is also participating in a Leadership Symposium as one of two representatives from the vast Pacific Region, and recently received an invitation to attend a School Partnership Forum in Miami, FL, courtesy of The Council of Great City Schools.

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