c . o . n . n . e .c .t . i . o . n . s Autumn 2009
Martin County‟s future leaders start at the Boys & Girls Club! If you entered a Club branch this summer, chances are you‟ve seen responsible pre-teens and teens ushering younger Club members to their next activity, answering phones, cleaning up and working hard to help the staff. These civicminded youth are our beloved Junior Staff members — an elite crew of dedicated volunteers who are learning valuable job skills, This summer’s gaining self-esteem Junior Staffers and leadership dressed up and experience — all while created rebeing a big help this sumes for a summer! day of interviews at the These young John & Marge people had to work to Bolton branch get the “job!” In Port Corporate Board Salerno and in other of Directors branches, perspective Junior Margaret Cole, co-founder Staffers created resumes and Peter S. Pauley, president dressed for success for Kathy Adair interviews with their site Marian Carpenter coordinators. Audrey H. Charlson Thankfully, it wasn‟t William C. Cox, Jr. Dr. Charles A. Falcone ALL work! In Hobe Sound, for example, the Junior Lawrence Flinn, Jr. Lynn Frank Staffers visited the Stuart Robert S. Kramer, Esq. airport as part of a career Jane Krebs exploration program. And as J.D. Lewis IV a big reward for their help, Elizabeth H. Marsh the Junior Staff took a day Valerie McNeely Charles V. Moore cruise to the Bahamas! Being Leonard S. Platt a leader sure pays off! Jane Pratt Robert Ranieri Richard Sands Rachel Scott Eleanor R. Seaman Art Stall Ralph B. Vogel William F. Whitman Frederick C. Witsell, Jr. David A. Wojcieszak
Making a difference this summer The trained youth development professionals at Boys & Girls Clubs work hard to make a difference in the lives of the children who attend the Clubs during the summer and after school — but did Members of the Torch Clubs painted and you know the landscaped as part of the Great American difference these Clean-up in East Stuart. children make on our community, too? Throughout the summer, Club members gave back in many ways. In Indiantown, teens ran games for younger children during a YMCA summer fun day. In Palm City, members cleaned up trash from Leighton Park. East Stuart youth painted and landscaped the Gertrude Walton Child Care Center as part of the Great American Clean-up, volunteered with the Community Black Heritage Festival and did trash pick-ups in their neighborhood. In Hobe Sound, Club members participated in a trash “scavenger hunt” along the Loxahatchee River in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. And this fall, the Port Salerno members will continue their “Adopt A Grandparent” program to really make a difference in Martin County!
From the desk of the Executive Director: Wow! We‟ve have a wonderful summer, with all five of our Clubs at capacity with many new members! While we continued to “tighten the budget” this summer, we still had lots of fun with exciting programs and events. We shot water rockets, learned how to be safe in hurricanes, fire and water with the American Red Cross and held many popular Family Fun days! With our extensive staff training just completed, we‟re ready for our after-school program, starting Sept. 8th. With the continued great needs of our families, we promise to work with our non-profit partners to help during this challenging time! ~~Anne AnneMcCormick McCormick
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East Stuart renovations shine up the Club
Making a water rocket with the help of volunteers from Pratt & Whitney at the Cole-Clark branch is as easy as…
Been to the East Stuart Club at the city of Stuart‟s East 10th Street Recreation Center lately? Thanks to the generosity and drive of Kali deWindt and her father, Dana, the Club has been the spot of a major Inspirational signs now hang behind the transformation! Along with new front desk coats of peach, blue and light green paint and bright white wainscoting, the front desk area was completely redone to include a marble top and two nice windows. A new office for the Tykes & Teens therapists was created to make room for a new soundproof recording studio! We received funding from Soroptimists International and CHARACTER COUNTS!, but we are still in need of an additional $5,000 to complete the recording studio project. Still, the Club will be getting newly refurbished billiard tables, a new fish tank, a sitting area and running track. The Grand Re-opening A marble-topped front desk is just one will be on Sept. 25, major improvement at East Stuart! and you are invited!
1: Use old plastic soda bottles and used cardboard to construct the rocket. Decorate the rocket and let the glue dry
gather with all your friends outside the Club.
overnight! 2: Connect your rocket to a device that shoots water using compressed air brought by the Pratt & Whitney engineers and
3: Stay a safe distance away… and
We‟re Cole-Clark branch member Tyler Baum, 9, shows off a rock cake he made as part of the culinary club held this summer. The Hobe Sound chefs will get a boost from plans for a new kitchen here! Details to come!
watch „em go! These water rockets New partnership brings food, services were able to shoot up to 200 feet in the air, and they taught We are excited to announce a new members a cool science lesson collaboration with House of Hope, Whole Child while also using environmentally Connection and Healthy Start, great local agencies friendly, reused materials! What a that will bring food and services to the families of fun way to stay cool this summer! Club members! Thanks to the Safety Net Challenge funding cookin‟ this summer! received by House of Hope, Club members in East Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Port Salerno will receive bags of food items to take home to their families for free. This adds to an already successful program with the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Meanwhile, Whole Child and Healthy Start are partnering with the Clubs to help parents gain access to low-cost health and wellness resources. Together, we are hiring a new staff member to work directly with children in Palm City. Plus, a trained staff member from Whole Child and Healthy Start will visit the Cole-Clark branch in Hobe Sound twice a week to provide needed resourced to families. What a great opportunity for our families! 2
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Volunteer Spotlight Fish on!
There are a LOT of great things we can We are excited to announce the Michael say about Paul Shields Memorial Inshore Fishing Tournament to Capobianco, a volunteer benefit our Palm City branch! at the John & Marge The event will kick off with a Captain‟s Reception at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp at 7 Bolton branch in Port Salerno for seven years. p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25th, with the catch-andHe comes to the Club release tournament beginning immediately three or four days a week Paul Capobianco doing what he afterward. Teams of up to four anglers will fish for does best — helping children! and helps with snook, tarpon, redfish and trout. All anglers and homework. In fact, he‟s the one we go to for tricky their families are then invited to the awards math and English questions! Mr. Paul has patience ceremony at the River Palm at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and a truly caring disposition, which makes him Sept. 26th. especially wonderful with the older Club members. Co-chairmen R.J. Ferraro and Bob Zaccheo said the tournament is named in honor of Shields, a He‟ll stay for hours just to be with a child he is boyhood friend with a strong moral character like the mentoring. This year, he also brought in pots, seeds kind the Clubs encourage in young people everyday. and soil and gave every member a little plant to grow There are still opportunities for sponsorships at home. Last year, his project was woodworking. He pre-cut boards and helped the boys in Port Salerno or team registration! Interested in learning more? create and paint birdhouses. But even beyond his Log on to www.fishforthekids.org to download a creativity and generosity with the children, Mr. Paul registration form and see a list of our generous sponsors. The best part? Club members fish for free! is a big help to staff as well. He‟s quick to help with maintenance needs and so much more. His volunteer hours are even matched by donations from his School employer, Pratt & Whitney! For being such a vital member of our Boys & Girls Club family, we salute Supply drives are a Mr. Paul and thank him for all he‟s done!
We‟ve been so fortunate this year to be the recipient of a number of great school supply drives. Staples, Publix and Wilmington Trust bank all did a great job 8-year-old Ericka Valentin of Indiantown organizing bags helps deliver backpacks filled with school of school supplies, donated by Wilmington Trust supplies for us. It‟s hard to overestimate how crucial these pens, paper, notebooks, calculators and more are to us. Many of our Club members are unable to afford these needs. And our staff use these items every day as part of Power Hour, our tutoring and homework help program. We can save the funds we would use on school supplies for other critical needs, like the cost to bus students to the Club straight from school! 3
We‟re so proud! For the second year in a row, we won an Honor Award from the Florida Area Council! Our Crocodile Explorer environmental program was named the Board members Rob Ranieri, Jane best educational Krebs, Rachel Scott and Lynn Frank join our staff in accepting program by a Boys & the award recently in Tampa. Girls Club in the state!
Welcome! We are pleased to announce that Bob Zaccheo, a long-time supporter of the Clubs and a Tykes & Teens therapist who works in our East Stuart branch, will be the next Palm City branch board president. Thanks, Bob and his son, Liam, now 7 Bob, for all you do!
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Scripps Treasure Coast Newspaper photographer Deborah Silver took this great shot of a Palm City branch member meditating after exercising. Staff said, “OK! Everyone breathe!” This peaceful one sure did!
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AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM BEGINS: 9/8 GRAND RE-OPENING: Sept. 25 at East Stuart THE MICHAEL SHIELDS MEMORIAL INSHORE OPEN: Sept. 25-26, River Palm Cottages
Pairing with United Way’s Martin Volunteers, an army of UPS employees recently spent the day sprucing up the Indiantown branch. They painted the interior of the homework room and hallway, and they also trimmed the bushes out front. The Club looks great for the after-school program! 4
RANCH ROAST: Info about this Indiantown branch benefit is coming soon! 15th ANNUAL GALA: Jan. 29, at Jupiter Island Beach Club