The BIG eNews  
October 2012
In This Issue
Mentor of the Year
Spotlight: Bellewood Acres
Upcoming Activities
Try This: T-shirt Printing
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Don't forget, the BIG Sock Hop Auction & Gala will take place November 3rd, 2012. You don't want to miss it, so register now if you haven't already!

Lots of great items will be up for bids, from vacation packages to gourmet treats. You don't want to miss out!
We Love Menchie's!
BBBS-NW says a BIG thank you to Menchie's! Last week, they held a fundraiser for us, donating 20% of all purchases on 10/9 to us. Over just a few months, Menchie's has become one of our biggest supporters, so stop by the store at 1070 Lakeway Drive and grab some of their delicious frozen yogurt. You'll have a smiley day, guaranteed!

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Stan Chronister Named Mentor of the Year


We are proud to announce that our very own Stan Chronister, long-time board member and Big Brother, has been named Outstanding Mentor of the Year by Washington State Mentor. His years of enthusiastic devotion to his Little Brother "Charlie" (name changed) serves as an example of truly admirable mentoring. 


Stan is great at relating to Charlie on his level, communicating positively and thoughtfully. He picks age-appropriate activities, and regularly introduces Charlie to new experiences. In the time they have been matched, Charlie has grown much more confident and articulate, and his sense of humor is thriving. Stan provides the one-on-one attention that Charlie craves and needs, and says that he enjoys himself immensely during their time together.


Stan is always willing to go the extra mile, for Charlie and for BBBS-NW. In addition to his hard work as a mentor and board member, he is one of our best community advocates, frequently giving his time to speak on our behalf. Congratulations, Stan, for this well-deserved award, and thank you for all that you do.


This Local Business Makes a BIG Difference!
Bellewood Acres

Fall in Washington means that apple season is in full swing, and there's no place better to enjoy it than at Whatcom County's own Bellewood Acres. Owned by John and Dorie Belisle, Bellewood offers many varieties of delicious apples, as well as an array of apple-based treats. 


Attractions like the charming gift shop, tours of the farm, and the new Bellewood Bistro keep visitors returning year after year. In fact, our September match activity was held at Bellewood, where several lucky matches enjoyed a tour and tasty samples. We are so grateful to Bellewood, one of our best and most consistent local supporters!


Now is the time to plan your own visit to Bellewood Acres! Pick your own apples or pumpkins, sample spirits from their brand-new distillery, or just enjoy some delicious cider in a beautiful setting. Bellewood is located at 6140 Guide Meridian, and their website can be found at



Upcoming Activities
Match Activity: Challenge Course by Warm Beach Camp.

Match Activity: Tour of Rocket Donuts.
Forum/Match Activity (GIRLS ONLY): Session with author and life coach Cami Ostman.

Match Activity: BBBS Holiday Party.

Call your Match Support Specialist for more information or to RSVP to any of the above activities.
Try This Project: Print Your Own T-Shirts!

Ever wished you could find a shirt with a picture of a skydiving dinosaur on it? How about a city made of bananas? Well, you're in luck! Using this technique, if you can draw it, then you can wear it! (Adult supervision highly recommended.)

You will need:
A white t-shirt
Good quality crayons 
Fine-grain sandpaper
An iron

Step 1: Draw the picture or design you want on the sandpaper, going over it twice for as much color as possible. Keep in mind that whatever you draw will be reversed on the shirt!
Step 2: Place sandpaper, colored side down, on the front of the t-shirt. Place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so it won't bleed through.
Step 3: Lay a paper towel on the sandpaper and iron, on "cotton" setting (or medium-high), for at least 30 seconds. You can lift a corner carefully to make sure the color has transferred.
Step 4: Remove sandpaper, lay a couple of paper towels on the design, and iron briefly to remove excess wax. Run shirt through the dryer for 20 minutes to set color, and you're done!


Thank You
To our In-Kind and Program Supporters!

Menchie's, Bellewood Acres, Christ the King Church.