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Interested in volunteering? Consider a club tour of one or both BGC facilities to see what might interest you. Contact the unit directors for info. Port Angeles: Ashley Woolsey awoolsey@bgc-op.org 360-417-2831 Sequim: Dave Miller dmiller@bgc-op.org 360-683-8095 What’s in it for volunteers? In most cases, volunteers feel rewarded by seeing the kids they help become healthier, happier, more successful children, especially those in challenging circumstances. Handing a child a treat for completing a homework assignment and receiving a big smile and a thank you is powerful motivational fuel. Knowing you are contributing to the children’s successful academic Judo sensei Ben Sanders coaches Alayna Marazon, 9, in getting her opponent, achievement and lifting them up Carter Hayes, 8, to the ground. Nicole Fern, 15, looks on. toward a successful future can bring a rush of satisfaction. All BGC programs are designed to be conducted nationally and In his class, children learn to << VOLUNTEER from 9 are vetted and approved by youth control their bodies and minds. development experts with BGC of He teaches them to try their Since they started working together in late 2017, Rhodes’ read- hardest and be competitive without America. Not all volunteers interact directly with the kids; however, all being a poor sport, and to never ing skills have improved beyond volunteers undergo background and let failure stop them from trying recognition, and she is quickly Motor Vehicle Report checks and again. He encourages them when catching up to her age group. sign conflict of interest agreements. they struggle and praises them Ben Sanders started working at the clubs in the 1970s as a paid club when they succeed. Steve Deutermann is the board director. Now, as a ninth-degree black Paschal and Sanders are beloved president and chief volunteer offibelt, he is the Sequim club’s volunteer examples of volunteers at their cer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the best, helping kids learn and grow master judo instructor. He teaches Olympic Peninsula. their self-confidence. the Blue Dragon judo class. 10

Lifelong Journey • JULY 2019

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Special Sections - Lifelong Journey July 2019  

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