Katie Schenck has been a part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue for almost seven years. As a kid, she played basketball and soccer and enjoyed the atmosphere so much that she remained involved and became a volunteer staff when she turned 15. Her hard work as a volunteer eventually led to a paid position as a summer camp counselor, where an average work day consisted of taking pies to the face during staff pie eating contests, leading group trips to the beach and dressing up as a Scuba Steve.
When she began, summer camp sessions at our Main Club had only 62 campers. With her guidance and enthusiasm, the program has grown significantly and now averages about 130 campers per week. As recently as 2008, the club had 275 kids that signed up for two-week sessions of summer camp, and last summer it boasted about 400 kids every week at all sites. Much of this is thanks to her love for Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue.
Here’s how a few of our staff members would describe her…
“Cheerful! Happy! Helpful! Smiley!” Melissa Brzusek, Resource Development Coordinator
“Helpful” Brian Hughes, Tech Coordinator
“AWESOME-she has the patience of a saint and always is helpful”- Ryan Scott, Vice President/COO
Katie now serves as Membership Coordinator and she is awesome at her job. Whether she’s processing scholarships, tracking membership, or answering questions from parents, her patience and hard work does not go unnoticed. She’s the first person you see in the morning at the front desk, where she starts each day with a smile. Members of the club often share stories with her as if they have been best friends for years. For example, yesterday, our one-time Zumba instructor came to Katie after teaching a tango class and was excited to show off her moves, putting on a performance in the main lobby. “There is never a dull moment here,” Katie says.
When asked where she sees herself in ten years, Katie says that since the club is growing so fast and now offers more opportunities to move up in the organization, she plans to stay indefinitely.
“I do see myself at the club in ten years but if not, then I definitely see myself still working with kids in some way or another.”