Dear Friends of the Clubs,
You are receiving a revised version of this month's Good News Newsletter.  Unfortunately, we missed spelled the name of someone who is a true hero to our kids. But we correct our errors, aiming to be transparent and accountable to readers and our supporters. Thank You.
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Good News Newsletter  | August 22, 2017
In This Issue
Board Meeting
Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, Sept 20, 11:30am - 1:00pm

HARC Admin
3155 E. Grant Road

 Please continue to bring auction items for Steak & Burger Dinner and the Club Kid Raffle!

Board Mixer at Wildflower

When: Wednesday, Sept 6
5:00pm - 7:00pm

7037 N Oracle Road

 Please continue to bring auction items for Steak & Burger Dinner and the Club Kid Raffle!

Save the Date
26th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner
When:  Sunday, October 1st
Where: Casino Del Sol
Time: 5:00 - 7:30pm

Forks & Corks
Hosted by Aaron Skoczen

When:  Sunday, Sept 17th
Party with a Purpose Signature Dinner with Coach Lute & Kelly Olson

When:  Sunday, November 19th
Where: Wildflower
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
Happy Back to School Month everyone.
After growing our BGCT Club membership by 50% during our successful 2017 Summer Session, we are now fully focused on delivering an outstanding 2017-2018 August-May curriculum to our youth.
In support of that effort, I am thrilled to report that Fiesta Bowl Charities has just announced they will fund a grant for $47,900 to provide a new truck, trailer, 200 chairs, and 20 tables to enable us to support our many events including Thanksgiving and Holiday meals for members and their families and the wrapping of all of our vans with bright, positive messaging! This grant called "Transporting Great Futures" is very exciting and provides the Clubs with items we have needed and wanted for many years.
I am also excited to announce that Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson has been selected as a 2017-2018 STEM Center of Innovation site! Tucson is one of only four sites selected to receive funding this year through a National partnership with Raytheon. The grant will enable us to oversee and complete grant-funded site renovations at our Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse to create a state-of-the-art flexible STEM Center of Innovation. The program will enable us to bring on a STEM Program Coordinator who will focus on implementing growth-focused, project-based, evidence-informed STEM programming to reach teens, with an emphasis on military-connected youth and females and engage local Raytheon professionals as mentors and program volunteers.
Also, Linda and Stuart Nelson, our 2017 Youth Impact Award recipients, are renewing and expanding their support of our 2017-2018 Finding Your Voice Program and Arts Program at FEM.  This year the program will be enhanced with a part time Program Specialist that will help to facilitate the program throughout the year in the Clubs and work to include more of our youth in this very special program.
Special thanks to now Past-President Bruce Suppes and outgoing Board of Officers for their leadership and many contributions to our organization's success over the past 18 months.  You have all been wonderful to work with and had a tremendous impact on the growth of BGCT.
Congratulations to Lisa Bayless, our new Board President and to our newest Officers.  We are excited to have you lead us and continue to build on our current momentum.
"Be the change you want to see in the world".   Mahatma Gandhi
Thank you to our special donors, sponsors, community partners, Board members and BGCT staff for inspiring me every day with their commitment to make a difference in the lives of our youth and community.

Debbie Wagner, CEO
In the News
Endowment Gift Marketing Yields Impressive Results

August 16, 2017 -  Board Member Sue Miller-Tully with Board President Lisa Bayless, CEO Debbie Wagner and Planned Giving Chair Tom Robertson at the announcement of Mr. and Mrs. Tully's endowment gift.

Since BGCT started marketing endowment gift opportunities this year, the Clubs have received three significant endowed gifts in support of the organization's signature Youth of the Year Program. Endowed gifts are placed in BGCT's Investment Fund and allowed to grow over time while paying out an annual return to support a program in perpetuity-not just in the year in which the gift is given.
At the August 16 Board meeting, Board President Lisa Bayless said, "I want to thank Tom Robertson for his leadership to bring Endowment Giving opportunities to our attention." Robertson, a Board Member, previously served as Board President and is Senior Vice President, Presidio Group Wealth Management.  "Tom's determination to grow our Investment Fund and create permanent sources of program funding for our youth is invaluable," she said.
BGCT was fortunate to receive an endowed gift earlier this year from Patricia Blomfield, mother of Emeritus Board Member Mark Irvin. The Mark Irvin City of Tucson Youth of the Year Endowment Fund will cover the annual programming expenses associated with the Youth of the Year competition. This endowment was a first for a Club nationwide.
At the meeting, Bayless announced that Tom Robertson recently facilitated a generous gift from Catalina Rotary Club of Tucson to establish The Catalina Rotary Club of Tucson Youth of the Year Scholarship Endowment Fund. "This means we have an ongoing source of scholarship funds for a Youth of the Year Clubhouse winner every year," she said. Catalina Rotary Club of Tucson president Dr. Anita McDonald also was instrumental in securing this important gift, and BGCT wishes to acknowledge her support as well.
To add to this impressive trend of new endowed gifts, Bayless announced that BGCT has just received another endowed gift to create yet another Youth of the Year Scholarship. "Just as with The Catalina Rotary Club scholarship, this generous gift will cover the full cost of one scholarship per year, and the best part is that it will last forever," she said. Board Member Sue Miller-Tully and her husband, John, are the donors to The Sue and John Tully Youth of the Year Endowed Scholarship Fund. "Sue, on behalf of all of us, especially the kids, thank you and John for your foresight and generosity," Bayless said.
Endowment funds create a permanent source of annual income for a specific program. The amount required to fund an endowment at BGCT is based on an annual earnings projection of 4%. A program costing $1,000 per year would require an endowment of $25,000, for example. A donor may fund an endowment over time with multi-year gifts. Endowment funds may be named in honor of the donor at the donor's discretion. To learn more about endowment giving opportunities, contact Development Resources at 520.308.3334 or 520.308.3332
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Elects 2017 Slate of Officers

2017 Board Officers: Board President Lisa Bayless, President Elect Brittany Kagele, Treasurer Julie Butcher, Secretary Tamra Briley, Counsel Ali Farhang
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson's Board of Directors elected its new Board Officers for 2017-2018 at its Board meeting on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. This new Board of Officers will serve the organization for 18 months.
The Board elected the following slate of officers to lead the organization in 2017:

Board Officers
Board President - Lisa Bayless
President Elect- Brittany Kagele
Past President - Bruce Suppes
Treasurer - Julie Butcher
Secretary -Tamra Briley
Counsel - Ali Farhang

Executive Committee Chairs
Finance Chair - Julie Butcher
Fundraising Chair - Tamra Briley
Communications Committee Co-Chairs - Tom Thaller & Kelle Maslyn
Program and Personnel Committee Chair - Ilene Sipe
Facilities Committee Chair - Aaron Skoczen
Planned Giving Committee Chair - Tom Robertson

Lisa Bayless Assumes Helm of BGCT Board of Directors

Incoming Board President Lisa Bayless recognizes Bruce Suppes for his outstanding service at the August 16 Board of Directors Meeting.

Veteran Board Member Lisa Bayless was officially installed as Board President at the BGCT Board of Directors Meeting on August 16, 2017. She follows Bruce Suppes, who led the Board from January 2016 through July 2017.

Bayless has served in numerous Board leadership roles since 2006, including as Chair of the Board Development Committee and chair of many signature events that consistently surpassed their fundraising goals. She has been instrumental in improving and expanding Club programs, as well as facilitating meaningful personal development opportunities for Club youth with area organizations and institutions such as the University of Arizona.

In accepting the Board President gavel from Suppes, she praised his extraordinary leadership during an ambitious and successful transition for the organization.

Bayless is the daughter of Joan and Charles Bayless of Tucson. She has extensive knowledge of the Tucson community, having spent much of her childhood and adult life in the area. Following graduation from Green Fields County Day School, she attended Bates College in Maine, earning a degree in Economics. She later earned a Master's in Social Work from Boston University. After working in both Boston and New York City, she returned to her native Tucson 11 years ago, joining Long Realty, where she has distinguished herself among the company's Top 1% of all Tucson-area sales associates. She is married to Jeff Stitt, and the two enjoy traveling abroad to destinations off the beaten path to experience unique cultures.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson plays major role in Mayor's Mentoring Initiative

Youth Club Members and Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse Director Marcus Twine prepare to participate in the Mayor's Mentoring Initiative PSA on Thursday, August 17.

Monday, August 21,2017 - Mayor Johnathan Rothchild promoting Mentoring Initiative at press conference.  Mayor Rothchild photographed with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson's Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse Director Marcus Twine, VP of Programs & Operations Karin Malbrough, Club Member Corvell Littleton, Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse Director Daniel Miranda, Club Member Sergio Gamez, and CEO Debbie Wagner.  

On Monday, August 21, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced an initiative encouraging more Tucsonans to partner with agencies making a difference in the lives of our young people. "If we can keep young people in school, and if we can get young people to involve themselves in extracurricular activities, and if we can move young people toward graduating high school and then on to post-secondary activity, whatever that may be, that makes for a stronger community," Rothschild said.

He sees this mentoring push as complementary to other initiatives, such as fundraising for Literacy Connects' Reading Seed and its recruitment of in-school reading coaches, and Steps to Success, a partnership with Tucson Unified School District to knock on doors of recent high school dropouts and encourage them to reconsider graduation.

The mayor's office has found that many mentoring organizations in our city don't have enough men of color stepping up for young boys. So while this is a call to the entire community, Rothschild is especially asking this specific demographic to volunteer.

"It always helps if somebody has walked a mile in those shoes," Rothschild said. "One of the things about this call-out is it can take place on all sorts of levels - from troubled youth to kids with great potential to go forward to university - if they just have somebody who can help guide them."

Getting involved is easy. The mayor's office has compiled a list of about 10 organizations that already match Tucson's youth with mentors. At you can peruse that list and find a fit for you. Fill out the form and you'll receive additional information about organizations of interest.

Click Here for full article from the Arizona Daily Star

Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson One of Four New Sites to Receive STEM Grant from Raytheon

One of only four national sites selected to receive funding this year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson's Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse will be the new home of the Raytheon 2017-2018 STEM Center of Innovation!
The new center will provide Club teens and military youth access to advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. A fully dedicated STEM expert will offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help youth program participants develop their STEM skills and critical thinking. In the U.S., STEM jobs are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as those in any other field by 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Centers of Innovation are funded through Raytheon's $5 million, multi-year commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, part of Raytheon's recent $10 million pledge to support military families and veterans.
"Military families go where and when they are needed, managing through social and academic transitions with each new post. The Centers of Innovation are designed to ensure that the excitement of STEM creativity and problem solving provides a constant source of inspiration," said Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Chairman and CEO. "Ensuring that our military children have easy access to a stimulating learning environment is our collective responsibility."

The life of a military family is unique. On average, military families move six to nine times before their children graduate high school - about three times more often than civilian families (see infographic). Boys & Girls Clubs of America aim to bring consistency and continuity to their lives; the club atmosphere provides continuity for military children, whether living on or off a military base.

"Boys & Girls Clubs in local communities and in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on military installations offer a safe and engaging place for military kids and teens to help address the unique circumstances that they navigate during formative years," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. "With Raytheon's support, we'll be able to impact more of our military heroes' kids to help them achieve great futures in areas of science, math or wherever their interests take them."

About Raytheon 
Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

Fiesta Bowl Charities Awards Clubs "Transporting Great Futures" Grant

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is thrilled to announce Fiesta Bowl Charities' latest gift, a grant in the amount of $47,900. The extremely generous grant, "Transporting Great Futures" will allow the Clubs to purchase a new truck and trailer, tables and chairs, as well as the opportunity to wrap the Clubhouse vans in a branded design.

Through this grant the Clubs will be able to save on the expense of costly rentals for Clubhouse special events like Thanksgiving Dinner, community dinners and other holiday celebrations, leaving more money in the budget for programming and Clubhouse specific needs.  The truck and trailer will allow the Clubs to transport and safely store the table and chairs, making it easy to create a mobile Club experience.  The branding of the Clubhouse vans will be very impactful, as a means of sharing our mission throughout Tucson.  

"The entire BGCT family would like to express its deepest gratitude and appreciation for once again choosing to support the Clubs and its mission to create great futures for Tucson's youth," said Debbie Wagner, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
The mission of Fiesta Bowl Charities is to champion charitable causes across the State of Arizona by enhancing the efforts of nonprofit organizations. The Fiesta Bowl has proven to be more than just a football game, contributing more than $2 million to Arizona nonprofits this past year. Fiesta Bowl Charities is proud to support the Boys and Girls Clubs, as the work of both groups continually impact the lives of Arizona's youth.
Mark Your Calendars for Henderson Learning Center Ribbon Cutting!

In honor of the extraordinary contributions of Louise & Dale Henderson to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, we are naming our multi-purpose meeting room at the Harold Ashton Resource Center the Louise & Dale Henderson Learning Center. Over the years, this space has served many functions, including for Youth of the Year competitions, the Finding Your Voice workshop, and educational presentations by community leaders.
This space continues to be a hub for all kinds of learning activities at BGCT. We are honored the Hendersons are allowing us to link their name, which is synonymous with learning, with the Clubs in this permanent way. In so doing, they hope to plant seeds among current and future generations of donors.
Please join us at the formal ribbon-cutting for the Louise & Dale Henderson Learning Center at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, here at the Harold Ashton Resource Center at 3155 E. Grant. The brief ceremony will be followed by food and conversation, and several of our Club members and alumni will be attending. I hope you are able to take this opportunity to thank the Hendersons in person for all they have done to advance the Clubs. Please RSVP to Monica Galaz at Thank you!
Look for Your Name in the Honor Roll of Donors!

BGCT has published its 2016 Honor Roll of Donors, which will soon arrive in your mailbox. It also is available at

The Honor Roll lists all those individuals who supported our Club kids with a financial contribution during the 2016 calendar year. Companies and foundations also are included, as are members of the esteemed Heritage Club, which recognizes those who have included BGCT in their estate plans.

Every gift counts, and every gift is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your generosity to ensure BGCT achieves its mission to provide young people in our community, especially those who need us most, with a clear path to reach their full potential and pursue their dreams.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson will host its 26th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner presented by Casino Del Sol on Sunday, October 1st from 5 PM - 8 PM.

On this special occasion, Club Members dine with our guests and are treated to wonderful meals and raffle prizes. This year, all of our Clubhouse Youth of the Year Honorees will be awarded scholarships for having overcome adversity, largely due to their affiliation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

In addition, our "Click for Kids" Award - the highest form of recognition for fundraising achievement within the Clubs - will be presented to Jeannie and Cole Davis. We will also recognize our second annual recipients of the "Youth Impact Award," Linda and Stuart Nelson.

Funds raised from this event will enable us to provide Tucson's kids with a safe place to go after school, quality programming, and a caring professional staff.

The evening will feature:
Pre-party   *   Cocktails   *   Auction   *   Live Music  *   Inspiring Youth

Click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets

Thank You to Our 2017 Sponsors
Presenting - Casino Del Sol
VIP Pre-Party - Taco Bell / Tacobocci
Club Kids Pre-Party Sponsor - Taco Bell / Tacobocci
Awards Presentation - BMO Harris Bank
Program Sponsor - Cox Communications
Kid Raffle - Arizona IMG
Silent Auction - Banner University Medical Center
Kids Back Pack Sponsor - University of Arizona
Benefactor Update from Julie Butcher and Laurie Wetterschneider

As you can see below, we have $85,442 yet to raise to reach our goal for 2017 Benefactor.  We know that many of you are working on other areas of BGCT fundraising.

Here are a few ideas as to how you can ALSO raise Benefactor Funds between now and the end of the year:

+Go through your Holiday Card list and send a letter to each of your friends and family (sample letters will be resent to all Board Members for you to use)

+Go through your check register and see all those businesses to whom you have written checks (also look at your credit card statement), and contact everyone you have spent money with

+Check the BGCT list as to your past donors and make sure that all have given this year

+Always let your friends and business associates know about your involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs!  Do not be afraid to ask them for support as not asking is the same as a NO!  Remember what you do helps over 6,000 at-risk Tucson youth to have a safe and productive place to spend their after school hours (and during the summer)

**Tell the BGCT story
**Ask for the Gift
**Thank the donor
**Build relationships

Julie Butcher and
Laurie Wetterschneider
Co-Chairs 2017 Benefactor Campaign
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson

Julie: 970-381-8600
Laurie: 520-429-0449