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Long time San Diego news anchor and Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Board member Loren Nancarrow, passed away December 28th after a brave 10 month battle with brain cancer.  

For almost 30 years, Loren educated and enlightened viewers with his vast knowledge of Earth and its climate on ABC 10 News, CBS 8 News and Fox 5 News.  Loren was an outspoken conservationist and environmentalist, a weatherman, anchor and reporter.  Loren was also a 5-time Emmy winner, 4-time Golden Mic winner, and co-authored four organic gardening books.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Center for a Healthy Lifestyle is instituting a scholarship for children in Loren’s name.  This scholarship will teach healthy living to children and teens and inspire youth to live healthier lives through cooking, gardening and fitness.Loren and his family committed their lives to educating and growing youth in a way that had a positive, powerful impact on generations to come.
   

Loren will be greatly missed, but his smile and love for the outdoors and nature will continue on forever.

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CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
 
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Multiple Branches Host Canned Food Drive This Holiday
"It’s so great to see the kids not only thinking about those less fortunate, but using their own money to purchase items for the homeless!"
- Margo Byrd, Del Mar Afterschool Supervisor 
 
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Holiday Adopt-a-Child Program Impacts 123 Local Youth

Every year the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito runs an Adopt-a-Child program for the holidays for less fortunate kids and teens that attend the La Colonia Branch in Eden Gardens, the Harper Branch in Solana Beach and the Griset Branch in Encinitas.  This year was a huge success!

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EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
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ImageMakers Photography Program - Register Now!
ImageMakers is a Nationwide Photography Program offered in partnership with Sony International. In this four week session, students will use Sony compact digital cameras, SLR Digital interchangeable lens cameras and video cameras to capture images and events around them. 

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Trevor Newquist, Former CVMS Athlete, Now Coach
He could have given up on sports after not making the 7th grade basketball team, but instead he worked even harder for next year’s tryouts. Trevor’s hard work paid off and when he made the 8th grade basketball team which then led him to become a three sport high school athlete ultimately propelling him to go to college and play colligate soccer. Now he is training for a professional soccer tryout while coaching Big 8 Basketball here at the Club.

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SPORTS, FITNESS, RECREATION & HEALTH
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Del Mar Fitness Program
The Del Mar Branch has begun to take fitness to the next level.  Not only does the club participate in “Triple Play,” where members learn about sports and play in a team setting, but have recently began “Wednesday Fitness.” 

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Swim Nationals and Junior Swim Nationals Recap
Coach Joe took RSD swimmer, Michael Cohn, to the United States National swimming championships held in Knoxville, Tennessee in early December. Michael did an exceptional job, representing our team at this prestigious meet. 

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Winter Age Group Championship Swim Meet 2013 in Coronado
RSD Swim Team successfully defended its championship title at the Winter Age Group Championship Swim Meet in Coronado December 20-22. RSD won the team title out of 30 teams. We had many standout performances and exceptional races.

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We Need Your Help. You Can Make a Difference.
The Issue
Due to the high level of interest in our Aquatics Programs, pool usage, and normal wear-and-tear, we have reached the useful lifetime on some key components and must replace them. These requisite components have kept the water and pool conditions in high quality over the past seven years, including the heaters. The replacement costs on the heaters alone are estimated to be in excess of $120,000.

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Winter Swim Lessons
Only in San Diego can you take advantage of outdoor winter swim lessons. Sign-up now! 

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THE ARTS
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Youth Arts Academy New Website
Have you been to the Youth Arts Academy website lately? It has recently undergone a facelift and is easier to navigate! Browse what YAA has to offer in music, dance, photography and theater - YouthArtsSD.org

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Take a Dance Class at the Youth Arts Academy!
At YAA, we provide our students with a well rounded dance program while maintaining artistry and technical standard. Our studio gives dancers a fun and safe learning environment that stimulates students to achieve their personal best. Check out what dance classes are being offered and register now!
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COMMUNITY RELATIONS
 
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Sony Chip-in-for-Kids
Want to play alongside the pros during the finals of the Farmers Insurance Open PGA Tournament? The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is providing you with that opportunity! Sign-up today to play in the most unique charity golf tournament around, Sony Chip-in-for-Kids - Sunday, January 26th! 

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Be Someone, For Someone – Volunteer Today!
Your time and talents can make a big difference for BGC San Dieguito Members! Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors, tutors, coaches, art and computer teachers and more – you tell us your interests and we’ll match you with a Boys & Girls Club near you. Just one or two hours each week can make a real difference in a young person’s life. As a volunteer, it can make a real difference in your life, too. Find out how you can help. 

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DPR Foundation Awards the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito a $50,000 Grant
The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito is thrilled to announce that DPR Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant in support of the Clubs efforts at its La Colonia Eden Gardens Branch in Solana Beach.  The DPR Foundation exists to help children who fall short of their potential due to socio-economic challenges. 

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Breakfast with Santa at the Griset Branch
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa? Over 100 people gathered at the Encinitas Griset Branch to celebrate their 3rd Annual Breakfast with Santa for the Holidays! Those who attended were able to make rainbow looms at their craft table, take pictures with Santa and dance to DJ Danny with 35 Productions! FUN just might be an understatement…

A big thanks from the outstanding businesses in our community for the donations; Chick-fil-A, Lions Coffee, Cap’n Kenos, Subway, the residence in Marriott in Mission Valley, as well as the Griset Board Members, Staff and Keystone members!                            

 


FACE OF THE FUTURE
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Meet Maddie Unruh 
1st Grade Member at the Ocean Knoll Outreach Center

Maddie is a very positive role model. Although she is only in first grade, she is always the first one to do the right thing. She loves arts and crafts and always has a smile on her face. When roll call is taken, Maddie is always sitting quietly, facing forward, ready to listen. She is willing to lend a helping hand whether it is in cleaning up or sharing a toy. She is the type of friend everyone wants to have!

“We are lucky to have her at our club!” – Afterschool Supervisor

 
MEET WHO'S LEADING OUR FUTURE
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Vee Poffenbarger, Teen Room Supervisor at the La Colonia Branch
Vee has the difficult task of controlling a room full of 20 to 30 teenagers and persuading them to sit still long enough to complete their heavy workloads. Yet despite the hurdles associated with convincing 30 teenagers crammed into a small room together to do their work, she takes on all her challenges with determination and a positive attitude. Vee truly cares about the success and happiness of the teens in the program, and it is noticed and greatly appreciated by the teens, parents, and other staff members. Recently, one of the students who one might describe as “willful” wrote Vee a note expressing extreme gratitude and love for all she had done for her. It is reactions like this and the improvement in the students grades that show just how valuable Vee is and why she deserves to be recognized for all she does. 
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” –Nelson Mandela
FROM THE CEO'S DESK
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David H. Crean
CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
"This is a time of year infused with a spirit of giving, reflection and introspection as 2013 has come to an end and hopes for a new beginning in 2014. The New Year brings new ideas and desires for us to make our lives, and those of the many children we serve at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito  go from good to better and from better to best with the goal of creating Great Futures for those who need us most.  

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