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c . o . n . n . e .c .t . i . o . n . s Spring 2010

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Congratulations Anthony, our Youth of the Year!

The changing of the guard

We are proud to announce that a panel of distinguished judges named Port Salerno's Anthony Darnell Smith as the 2010 Martin County Youth of the Year! After a grueling deliberation process, the four judges determined that Anthony's 2010 Youth of the Year Anthony exceptional poise and Darnell Smith with Executive leadership earned him Director Anne McCormick the honor of representing Martin County in Sarasota, where he and his fellow nominees will travel to compete with other Youth of the Year throughout Florida in April. This year’s judges were: John Gantt, a John & Marge Bolton branch board member; Corporate Board Bob Quam, of the Treasure Coast of Directors Forensic Treatment Center; Eve Margaret Cole, co-founder Samples, Martin County Charles V. Moore, president columnist for Scripps Treasure Kathy Adair Coast Newspapers; and Thelma Marian Carpenter Washington of the Gertrude Audrey H. Charlson Walden Center. William C. Cox, Jr. Anthony, who was Kali de Windt Dr. Charles A. Falcone president of the Junior Staff in Lawrence Flinn, Jr. Port Salerno last summer, has Lynn Frank been a member of the Club for five Robert S. Kramer, Esq. years. He loves working with kids, Jane Krebs and he plans to be a youth Elizabeth H. Marsh Valerie McNeely development professional when Peter S. Pauley he graduates college. We'd love to Leonard S. Platt have him work right here!

Welcome Charles V. Moore as new board president!

Jane Pratt Robert Ranieri Richard Sands Jean Laws Scott Rachel Scott Eleanor R. Seaman Ralph B. Vogel William F. Whitman Frederick C. Witsell, Jr. David A. Wojcieszak Bob Zaccheo

With great excitement, we welcome Charles V. Moore as the new president of our Corporate Board of Directors. Mr. Moore, who has served on our board since 2007, was a member of the board overseeing the Boys Club of New York. An investment counselor by trade, his involvement has brought crucial expertise and dedication to the mission for Charles V. Moore meaningful change in the lives of young people. We expect him to follow in strong and supportive leadership of our previous president, Peter S. Pauley, whose belief in the Clubs’ mission has helped us through these difficult economic times. Peter continues to serve on our board, and we greatly appreciate all he’s done. Thank you, Peter, and welcome, Charlie!

Reaching her full potential

Nickiesha with Mat Churchey

A former Youth of the Year, Nickiesha Radway recently visited her “second home.” At 28, she has graduated Dartmouth and is now completing her first year in law school at University of Detroit Mercy with the plan to practice labor relations.

From the desk of the Executive Director: Thankfully, we've made it through this extra-chilly winter and (like you, I imagine) are ready for summer! Camp registration begins April 12th , and we're again expecting high demand for our low-cost program. Membership is just $250 for an entire summer full of fun field trips, art projects, community service initiatives and educational events! Especially as unemployment reaches 14%, we never turn a child away for a parent's inability to pay. Your donation could help send a child to camp! Call us today at (772) ~ Anne McCormick 545-1255 to see how you can make a child's summer GREAT! ~ Anne McCormick


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Digging in the dirt — new gardening projects teach love of plants and healthy eating habits There’s an easy way to get children excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables — have them grow their own! And that’s exactly what we’re doing in Hobe Sound and Palm City. At the Cole-Clark branch, we’ve benefited from the generosity of Ros Clark, Nola Falcone and Val McNeely, as well as the Jupiter Island Garden Club, volunteer architect Bert Krebs and Jenkins Nursery. With their help, we’ll be able to greatly expand the children’s vegetable garden behind the gymnasium, as well as install better landscaping, a potting bench and create flower and butterfly gardens, too! Work is expected to be completed by summer. Already, children here harvested tomatoes and fresh herbs, which they’ve used to create healthy and tasty dishes in our new kitchen! In Palm City, we’ve just begun working with Garden Club Cole-Clark branch members Tyrique Lewis and of Stuart and Keep Martin Beautiful to construct a teaching Romina Quispe, both 9, show off their harvest. garden there as well! The plans for their garden are still under development — but they hope to create both a vegetable and a butterfly garden. The passive area will be located safely behind a new fence next to the Club, and plants for landscaping near the fence were donated by Palm City Growers. Come by and see what’s growing!

Thank you, Women Supporting the Arts!

Teens for Jeans initiative collects old denim for those in need

Thanks to grants from the Arts Council of Martin County’s Women Supporting the Arts, our painting and art education program allows Club members new ways to express themselves. Here, Daisy Brancaleone, 9, and Sarah Herbst, 10, are having a great time being creative!

Spearheaded by Kathy “Max” Adair, children collected 868 pairs of jeans, which they’ll be donating to those in need here and in Haiti. Here, members of the John & Marge Bolton branch in Port Salerno show off the 724 pairs they collected alone!

The making of men: Passport to Manhood program keeps boys positive and strong Boys at the Club learn how to grow into men with our Passport to Manhood program, which focuses on self-respect, responsibility and community service. In East Stuart, these boys “Dress for Success” on Tuesdays to teach them the importance of looking your best. The boys work with positive male role East Stuart Club members models and go on fun field trips. With this (and cousins) Marcus Coleman Rep. Tom Rooney (in hat, next to Program program, created by the Boys & Girls and Keyshawn Coleman, both Coordinator James Davis) stopped by to support the boys in Passport To Manhood as Clubs of America, these young men make 11, use a little elbow grease for a Club fundraiser. they gave out free turkeys for the holidays. Martin County a better place to live! 2


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Our 16th Annual Gala was bright and fun! Photos: 1. John and Debbie Textor 2. Cole-Clark branch members perform a lively dance routine. 3. Lia Reed, Tina McPherson, Sophie Mellon and Michelle Reed 4. Peggy Cole, Abra and James P. Wilkin 5. William and Barbara Whitman 6. Peter Duchin, who performed with his orchestra 7. Harry and Anne Marie MacArthur 8. Eleanor Seaman and Suzi Strawbridge 9. Betty Marsh, Linda Kaugher and Marty Cox 10. Vincent and Alicia Wolfington 11. Ann Jones, Peter S. Pauley and Audrey Charlson 12. Sara Stroh, Sophie Mellon and Pat Bassett 13. Suzanne and Charles V. Moore

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Volunteer Spotlight

Gala co-chairwomen Audrey Charlson and Tibby Allen

We are thankful to announce that we raised significantly more this year at Gala than last year, thanks in large part to the successful live and silent auctions! We couldn’t have done it without Chairwomen Audrey Charlson and Tibby Allen, as well as Auction Chair Ann Jones, Hospitality Chair Eleanor Seaman and the rest of the committee. Thank you to all!

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It might look silly, but the Indiantown branch’s Keystone Club — a group of teenagers who participate in community service activities — take volunteering seriously! They’ve recently helped out at the Indiantown Lions Club Flea Market and prepared food and painted faces at Indiantown’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance event.

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Cole-Clark branch 11500 S.E. Lares Ave., Hobe Sound East 10th Street Recreation Center 724 E. 10th St., Stuart Indiantown branch 14555 S.W. 174th Ct. John & Marge Bolton branch 4731 S.E. Flounder Ave., Port Salerno Palm City branch 1150 S.W. Martin Downs Boulevard

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County’s Heritage Club invites others to join the growing number of members, spouses and friends who have included the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County in their estate plans. For more information about opportunities, as well as tax and charitable benefits, please call Renee Booth, Director of Development, at (772) 545-1255.

Mark Your Calendars! SUMMER REGISTRATION BEGINS: April 12 GOLF TOURNAMENT: April 23 at Willoughby Golf Club to benefit the East Stuart branch GOLF TOURNAMENT: May 8 at Indianwood Golf Club to benefit the Indiantown branch GATHERING OF GODDESSES: May 21 at the Mansion at Tuckahoe to benefit the Palm City branch SUMMER PROGRAM BEGINS: June 21 4

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