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DEVONSHIRE PALS POLICE ACTIVITY LEAGUE SUPPORTERS Volume 1, Issue 1

June 2007

GIVING YOUTH A BRIGHTER TOMORROW LORRAINE NEW

CAPTAIN SEAN KANE

President’s Message

I

am excited to be a part of the Devonshire Police Activity League Supporters (PALS) organization. It is a well-known principle that devoting attention, training and mentoring to the children of today will make tomorrow’s future brighter. This is true for the child as well as the community at large.

Welcome to our first edition of the

Devonshire PALS newsletter. You’re going to love it! Our editor, Mary Ann Conron, and her crack team of reporters have put together a fabulous compilation of the latest news about PALS, Explorers and Jeopardy.

There are so many influences on a child today, with the constant barrage of peer influence . . . some good, but most not. The ready availability of alcohol, drugs and other illegal substances and activities of the peer group sometimes present a vacuum that many cannot resist. Again, I am excited to be involved in the Devonshire PALS and will offer my support to this tremendous effort. Every effort with the children today will yield the greatest benefit in their continued success by remaining free of negative influences and remaining on a positive path. I encourage all to embrace the efforts of PALS. ■

Devonshire PALS has important and interesting stories to tell. Everyday we’re helping at-risk youth to do better in school, gain new experiences, and build positive relationships with law enforcement. With so many opportunities for kids to get into trouble, do graffiti, use drugs and commit crimes, it’s good to know that our PALS participants are learning, having fun and involved in positive activities with caring LAPD officers. Through this newsletter and our speakers bureau— which has thus far made more 40 community presentations!—we are determined to spread the word about Devonshire PALS. continued on page 2

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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Captain Sean Kane

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Monte Carlo Night

1

President’s Message

5

Golf Application

2

Safe Haven for Learning

6

Speaker’s Bureau

2

PALS Kids Testimonials

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Membership Update ■ Contact Us

3

Capital Campaign Update

8

Photo Galley

4

Devonshire PALS Golf Tournament

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Contact Us

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President’s Message

from page 1

Every month at meetings, PALS board members hear about the incredible impact LAPD Devonshire PALS is making on at-risk children and teens and the quality of life in our community. It’s now time to broadcast those stories to you—our friends and supporters—so you can share in the news of our success. Devonshire PALS is strong only because of the unique partnership it has with the LAPD, at-risk youth and the community. With this newsletter we hope to keep our partners informed and share ways you can make a difference in PALS and in the lives of the kids we serve. ■

TESTIMONIALS FROM

PALS KIDS

One of the things I like about PALS is. . . . “The field trips are fun and the tutoring helps me to do better in school.”

Christian Luvian

“I like the Birthday Parties and learning to use the computer.”

OFFICER ELIZABETH SANDOVAL

Ruby Rodriquez

Safe Haven for Learning

“PALS is awesome. Officer

The Devonshire PALS Youth

Sandoval takes us on exciting

Center provides a safe and enriching environment for youth during out-of school time. The challenges of today’s youth are different from those of past generations. Development of youth, and providing them with the services and tools they need to mature into productive adults, has become a deep concern for this community. Building skills and competencies of our youth while preventing risky behavior has always been the primary goal of the PALS Youth Center.. The Youth Center is available for children between the ages of 7 to 17.

field trips.”

The Center’s programming focus is on academic programs including tutoring, art programs, crafts and computer assistance. Opportunities are also available for organized physical activities such as dance, sports, marital arts and social activities such as field trips and club meetings, All programs are under the control and supervision of Police Officers and trained volunteers.

more clearly. I have met some

Vanessa Murillo

“I get to work with computers and meet new friends.” Jennifer Rodriquez

“The tutoring helps me to understand my school homework

good friends.”

Herb Castro

“The field trips are fun and the tutoring has been very helpful.”

Maintaining effective programs and activities is essential to ensure that young people are prepared to successfully transition to adulthood and have the opportunity to develop their potential and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition.■

Merlen Rodriquez

OFFICER SANDOVAL & PALS KIDS

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GREG BAKER & STAN BRYANT CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS

Capital Campaign Update

This is an exciting time for all of us involved with the Devonshire PALS new youth center capital campaign. Thanks

to the leadership of L.A. City Councilmember Grieg Smith and his outstanding staff, Devonshire PALS was awarded a $1 million federal grant earlier this year. His entire staff team has been incredibly supportive of Devonshire PALS, and we owe a special debt of gratitude to Mitch Englander, Chief of Staff and John Lee, Chief Legislative Deputy. Their behind the scenes efforts were critical in bringing about this magnificent grant. We are pleased to report that the campaign has now secured $2.3 million from 270 grants and gifts. We are especially proud that the Devonshire PALS board and campaign leaders have given $460,000 to this project. We are thrilled with our progress, but we are still focused on fund raising. We know at least $200,000 is still needed to support the construction and start-up of the new center. The design of the 5,500 square foot youth center is finished and detailed construction drawings are halfway completed. Our facility plan was submitted to the city’s planning department last month and we are making our way through the approval process. We still have a number of steps ahead of us before construction can begin, but we know our dream of a new center for at-risk youth is just around the corner. Our capital campaign is more than an effort to raise funds for a building. It’s about changing lives of at-risk children and teens. It’s about building character, reducing crime and keeping kids out of the juvenile justice system. With the community’s help we’re giving youth a brighter tomorrow. And we can’t think of a more important gift than that. ■

PALS NEW YOUTH CENTER

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SALLY BARNES

PETER KRETEP

GOLF TOURNMENT CHAIR

PALS Goes

Monte Carlo… Again!

The 2006 Monte Carlo Fund-raiser,

Hottest Game in Town!

Please join us for the LAPD Devonshire PALS 28

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Premier Golf Invitational, with the “BARBARA MCINTYRE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, PRESENTING SPONSOR.” The tournament is scheduled for Monday, JULY 16, 2007

This golf tournament is the only major fund-raiser for the pals programs and all proceeds go directly to the youth of Devonshire PALS. Barbara McIntyre was a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Devonshire PALS and spent many years of service to these children. There are several ways to contribute to this event, as described on the sponsorship flyer. Use the form on page 5 to register early! Participation is limited. Please join us to make this our most successful golf tournament ever. Tell your friends too! ■

Mail your registration form to: Devonshire PALS P, O, Box 8056 Northridge California, 91327 or e-mail to sallyab@sbcglobal.net

co-hosted by Devonshire PALS board members Nancy Cartwright and Rose Goss, instantly earned the accolade: “Best party ever in the North Valley. How good was it? Not only did the 2006 th party, held under the stars on a perfect September 30 , raise over $100,000; it became an instant part of the history of dedication by Devonshire PALS supporters that helped secure the generous $1,000,000 grant from the City of Los Angeles. “There’s never been a party like this in Northridge,” said Lorraine New, President of the Devonshire PALS, “Never!” North Valley Honorary Mayor Ms. Nancy – known to the world as the Voice of Bart Simpson – Cartwright opens her house once again in 2007 for an even bigger party. “Think Beverly Hills in the San Fernando Valley,” she said. “We are going to do it again and the best is going to be even better.” The signature activity will once again be the Texas Hold –Em Poker Tournament but this year there will be not just one, but prizes for five seats to World Series of Poker Tournaments. The top winners will also receive surprise extras that are truly priceless. “Once again we’ll have our great poker tournament,” Nancy continued, “though we’re opening it up to far more players by bringing the price to play way down. All the great gourmet food, free drinks, awesome dessert bar, cigar lounge, host Tom “SpongeBob” Kenny and the great people will be there again, but we’re adding a bigger variety of top notch entertainment, dancing and celebrities.” The auction will be greatly expanded as well and will feature one-of-a-kind collectables that will make the top bidders the talk of the town. continued on page 6

Monte Carlo Night Sept. 2006 Aaron Viles & magicians Mickey Silver & Stan Gerson

PORTER RANCH GOLF COURSE

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The Hottest Game in Town! MONDAY, JULY 1 6 , 2 0 0 7

PORTER VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge ALL INCLUSIVE FEES: $200.00 PER PERSON

Continental Breakfast Lunch  Dinner REGISTRATION: 7:30 am

$10,000 PUTTING CONTEST 9:00 am

SHOTGUN START: 10:00 am Fill in your foursome with our “Adopt-A-Cop” program. INFORMATION (818) 349-1706 www.devonshire-pals.org

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Monte Carlo… Again!

MARYANN CONRON

Speakers Bureau

This is the “don’t miss it” event of 2007. Be there on th Saturday, September 29 wearing those nice party clothes. The cost to enjoy the evening under the stars is the same as last year but this year there will be a cap on entrants and it is expected to sell out early. Bring friends and save your seat at the tables or just come and dance! Donation per party-goer: $250.00 Additional donation to play poker for prizes: $250.00 More information contact. . . .

meeting, seminar, or event? Our speakers include community leaders, business professionals and police officers who are interested in sharing their expertise in gang deterrent programs and crime prevention among our youth. A typical presentation ranges in time from 25 to 30 minutes and includes one to three speakers, a 6-minute video show, display table and handouts about our youth programs. The program is offered at no cost to your organization. If your group would like more information on scheduling a presentation, please contact me at mconron@socal.rr.com.

CARTWRIGHT ENTERTAINMENT, INC. Lori Litchfield (818) 882-7336 Email: kretep@aol.com

Devonshire PALS has been changing lives and building futures for children, youth and families for over 30 years. The leaders of Devonshire PALS are now developing a dynamic plan to expand its programs and create a larger new youth center in the North West San Fernando Valley. With the growing numbers of unsupervised children, it is crucial that we establish a new youth center to help children avoid the negative influences of gangs and the criminal activity that gang members engage in. The need for more PALS programs is greater than ever.

Monte Carlo Night Sept 2006

“Gang problems can be solved with more cops and more and better intervention, and prevention programs.” Chief William Brattton Los Angeles Police Department

THE DREAM TEAM Peter Kjenaas, Janelle Hynes, Lori Litchfield, Nancy Cartwrigh

Monte Carlo Night Sept 2006

Looking for a speaker for your next

We would enjoy the opportunity to tell your members about it. ■

ANAHIEM ANGEL’S TREVOR BELL Nancy Cartwright, Rose Goss & Guests

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PROGRAM CHAIRS

JOAN Z DANKO

Membership Update

Capital Campaign Greg Baker Stan Bryant

To be an active board member of PALS, the following membership requirement is essential:

Golf Tournament Sally Barnes

“Membership Dues”

Membership

This prerequisite, in addition to our members attendance and participation in PALS’ activities, is definitely required.

Joan Danko Monte Carlo Night Nancy Cartwright Inc.

Therefore, I am please to announce that the response from our members was dynamic and it gives me sincere pleasure to announce that we have reached our membership goal of 100%.

Newsletter Editor Mary Ann Conron Co-Editor - Gary Washburn

Our President, Lorraine, thanks you and I thank you.■

PALS Awards Banquet Sophie Barcy Reference Manual & Publications Sandy Halter

CONTACT US Speakers Bureau & Public Relations Mary Ann Conron

MAIN OFFICE Devonshire PALS Youth Center 19100 Parthenia St. Suite 6 Northridge, CA.91324 OIC Officer Elizabeth Sandoval Officer Richard Sauer 818-772-1717 Web Site: www devonshire-pals.org

Scholarships Richard Beltran

PALS BOARD OFFICERS President

ADVISORS Captain Sean Kane Captain Bea Girmala

Lorraine New Vice Presidents Greg Baker ■ Sophie Barcy ■ Sally Barnes Mary Ann Conron ■ Joan Danko

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Sgt. Maria St. Pierre DEVONSHIRE PALS Officer Elizabeth ‘Dandoval Officer Richard Sauer

Secretary Anne Gaynor Corresponding Secretary Sandy Clysdedale

EXPLORERS Officer Amie Guardado

Treasurer

JEOPARDY Officer John Hardin

Judy Nutter Parliamentarian Dick Ashnault

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MEET PALS KIDS

MEET THE EXPLORERS

Devonshire PALS P, O, Box 8056 Northridge, California 91327

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Mailing Address Street Number and Name City, State 98765-4321


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