Andrew Chase, director of the Olympia branch of Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County, has been selected to lead the new Yelm location slated to open in September.
In an email to the Nisqually Valley News earlier this week, CEO Chris Woods announced Chase had accepted the position following an interview. Woods previously told the NVN that the hiring committee had interviewed three candidates for the position.
Chase will bring his six years of experience with the Boys and Girls Club, two years of which he’s spent in Olympia.
Woods said it’s going to be a great opportunity for Chase to return to the community where he grew up.
“Having grown up in Yelm, I look forward to this opportunity to lead the new Yelm Club and give back to the community that helped shape me into the person I am today,” Chase said in a press release.
Chase is a graduate from Yelm High School, holds an associate’s degree and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University.
The new Yelm Boys and Girls Club will open on the first day of school and will serve many of the students within Yelm Community Schools during non-school hours. This will be the sixth location opened in Thurston County.
The program will operate out of the old city hall at the corner of Railroad Street and Yelm Avenue.
The club will host in-person registration for parents and their children, ages kindergarten through eighth grade, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, and Friday, Aug. 23.