The merry month of May has come to an end, and will soon be followed by the close of the school year. Here at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena we're preparing for and looking forward to our busy summer session, which starts June 10. But we can't forget all the wonderful activities our members participated in this past month. Read on for all the details and thank you for your continued support of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena . . . the place where great futures start!
GREAT ADVENTURES & GOOD TIMES
Blue Rays Make A Splash At Season's Last Meet
The Blue Rays hosted their last swim meet of the season this month, taking on the La Verne Gators and the Santa Anita Family YMCA from Monrovia on May 5. More than 70 people, including 47 swimmers, attended the meet at our Slavik Branch. Although the smallest of the three squads, our Blue Rays swam very, very well with every member taking home at least a third place ribbon! Notable times included: Maddie S. (7-8 age group) with a time of 1:54.44 in the 100-meter IM; Sebastian V. (9-10 age group) with a time 35.84 seconds (a personal best) in the 50-meter freestyle; Hope S. (9-10 age group) with a time of 38.31 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle; Faith S. (11-12 age group) with a time of 27.49 seconds (a personal best) in the 50-meter freestyle; Chloe L. (7-8 age group) with a time of 48.63 seconds in the 50-meter butterfly; and Jenna G. (9-10 age group) with a time of 1:12.88 (2nd place and a personal best) in the 100-meter freestyle, and a time of 33.01 seconds (1st place and another personal best) in the 50-meter backstroke. Great job everyone!
Our own Mackenzie-Scott Dance Team was a special guest of the City of Pasadena at its Cheer and Dance Day on May 18 at Memorial Park. Our troupe, in their matching Hello Kitty uniforms, had a great time showing off their moves during the exhibition. The girls received many compliments from the audience, and several parents said they wanted to enroll their children in the Club just so that they can be part of the team!
BGCP Staff Member Honored
Mario Maytorena, branch director for Mackenzie-Scott, was honored this month by the League of United Latin American Citizens (Greater Pasadena) with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Mario was honored for "serving the community and pouring out his heart for them," according to Sole Teramae, Council Organizer, and Norma Valenzuela, LULAC President. LULAC's mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. The award was presented at the LULAC Leaders in Education & Scholarship Awards at Washington Middle School on May 11. Please join our staff, members, and Board of Directors in congratulating Mario on this wonderful honor. We are all very proud!
Keystoners Participate in the "Big Help"
Nine of our teenage Keystone members spent a day hiking in nearby Eaton Canyon while helping clean up the trail they were traversing--part of the Keystone Big Help National Project. For the Big Help, a national service initiative of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our teens planned, organized, and participated in an environmentally focused volunteer activity. Outfitted with latex gloves and trash bags, the Keystoners cleaned up a four-mile section of trail in the canyon for their fellow hikers to enjoy.
Budding Entrepreneurs Visit YAHOO!
One dozen of our members, ranging in ages from 10- to 13-years-old, visited YAHOO! in Burbank to present business plans as part of the YAHOO! E-Mentoring Club. Three months ago these members were each paired with a mentor from the company in order to devise the plans, which focused on creating a Boys & Girls Club from scratch. Members learned where to seek funding, how to advertise their events and their club, how to hire staff, how to balance a budget, and learned what real Boys & Girls staff responsibilities encompass. They presented their proposals in front of fellow Club members and YAHOO! executives, who proclaimed each plan a success.
Slavik Recognizes Members of the Month and Members of the Year
To mark the end of the school year, our Slavik branch held a celebration May 23 to recognize all the boys and girls who were named Member of the Month throughout the year. Staff presented certificates to some 45 members for their hard work and accomplishments in various areas at the club, including education, aquatics, sports, games room, and technology. Our 2013 Youth of the Year, Steven Galvan, also addressed our kids, encouraging them to stay members of the Club. For his being named YOY, Steven received a plaque that will be displayed at the Club. The event concluded with a special dinner of pizza and chicken provided by Shakey's.
ONE Big Thank You!
Thanks to you, our 2013 annual campaign, It Just Takes One, was an overwhelming success! More than $80,000 was raised--including a $25,000 match from the OneWest Foundation--through individual donations. These monies will help offset general operating expenses and allow us to continue providing state-of-the-art computer centers; educational games, projects, and activities; recreational swimming and swim lessons; sports and athletic programs; field trips, and nutritious snacks for our members. Most importantly, this support will give our members a chance for a brighter future. Thank you, ONE and all!
Souplantation Hosts Healthy Habits souplantation
Club members participating in Healthy Habits were treated to a special field trip to Souplantation on May 22 where they learned about nutrition and kitchen safety. Later, at the restaurant's pizza station, members were able to create their very own pizzas which they enjoyed immensely. They also played games with the staff and were visited by the Souplantation mascot, Mr. Sweetie the Tomato. Each member took home a name tag, gift bag, and great memories of their visit.
Stanford Alums Select Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena for Global Service Day Project Stanford
Our thanks and gratitude goes out to the Stanford Alumni Club of Pasadena, which selected the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena to be among the worldwide venues benefiting from the association's Global Day of Service on May 18. More than 40 members of the local Stanford Alumni Club pitched in at our Mackenzie-Scott branch, taking on painting, sorting donated books for distribution to other Boys & Girls Clubs, and gardening. In the garden, the volunteers cultivated, fertilized, and mulched 10 planting beds, filling them with bell peppers, hot peppers, corn, strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelons, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, artichokes, sunflowers, sweet peas, mint, thyme, rosemary, and oregano. They also planted a lemon tree and made other improvements to the garden area, readying it for the summer. We are honored to have been chosen for this global "Done in A Day" project.
Mackenzie-Scott To Host Free Water Safety Camp
& Girls Club of Pasadena is one of only 10 Clubs--and the only one in California--to be chosen to partner with the foundation for this program. The camp will comprise swimming lessons, classroom instruction, hands-on activities, and interaction with first responders from the Pasadena Police and Fire departments and the American Red Cross. What's more, three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Rowdy Gaines will be on hand during for the camp's Awards Ceremony on the final day.
This FREE camp is open to all children, ages 5-9, whether or not they are a member of the Boys & Girls Club. To sign up for this very special opportunity, please call (626) 798-3925 or (626) 449-1953.
BGCP Fashionistas Strut Their Stuff June 1
Our SMART Girls will be looking very smart indeed when they present their first ever fashion show on Saturday, June 1 at noon at the Mackenzie-Scott branch, 2020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. The girls will model outfits they have created using clothes from their own closets as well as thrift store treasures. The show will feature segments including Dress Up Time, Thrift Shop Remix, My Style, My Way, and School Girl Rock. SMART Girls is a program that provides our 8- to 18-year-old members with a safe setting in which to explore the health and social issues unique to them, while helping them build self-esteem and develop confidence to make the right choices in life. In preparation for the show, our SMART Girls members have been reading magazines, watching videos, practicing their cat walk, and expressing their thoughts on what fashion means to them.
Summer Fun at the Club!
School is almost over and that can only mean one thing: the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena is gearing up for our summer session! Summer at the Club offers parents a fun, educational, and affordable option for summertime activity. Technology centers, educational games, recreational swimming and swim lessons, water safety classes, field trips, health and life skills, nutritional snacks, and much more is on tap for members.
Summer Session runs from Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, August 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $75 for children ages 6-12 (teenagers are free), with scholarships available. Early drop off (8:00 to 10:00 a.m.) is an additional $5 per day. For more information, contact our Slavik Branch (3230 E. Del Mar Blvd.) at (626) 449-1953 or our Mackenzie-Scott Branch (2020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) at (626) 798-3925. To enroll online, visit our website at www.bgcpasadena.org
Save The Date for Black Tie & Burgers!
Mark your calendars now for our 5th annual Black Tie & Burgers fundraiser on Saturday, October 19. The event will take place at a private home in Pasadena and will feature live and silent auctions, music, and excellent burgers. Monies raised through this event will fund the programs and activities that help our kids build self-confidence, develop character, and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become caring, responsible, compassionate adults.
The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. To learn more about our programs and services visit us at: www.bgcpasadena.org.
Volunteer Today! Becoming a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena is a wonderful way to give back to your community and to mentor children in a fun and exciting way. Visit our website and download our volunteer application.
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