On April 18, the team made a trip out to a beautiful farmhouse to present to the Skagit Community Foundation. The SCF has been one of our most generous donators, contributing $5,000 to us annually for the past 3 years. At the presentation, we got also got to hear from the Theater Arts Guild, featuring a rousing rendition of "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie, the Skagit Audubon Society with two of their famous owl mounts, and The Bread Lab from WSU which showcased their new portable bread oven and some delectable scones.
During our time at the SCF meeting, we talked to many of their loyal members, and even let some of them drive our FTC robot around the room. All of our team members were busy bringing around members of the SCF for us to talk to and answer their questions about FIRST, competitions, our robots, and our team. We were surprised to hear that many members of the community had never heard of FIRST, but we were enthusiastic in explaining its values of Gracious Professionalism and its positive effect on our team.
We were able to explain to kids and adults alike that in FIRST, competition is not tearing people down, but building them up by helping them improve through cooperating with other teams. To our team, the concept of Gracious Professionalism and FIRST itself has been valuable in creating affable and innovative STEAM leaders. Overall, this was a great experience for our team to learn about other organizations in our community and thank the Skagit Community Foundation for their generosity and helping us continue as a club!