Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme

2013 YEAR-END FUND DRIVE

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 17, 2013

2013 YEAR-END FUND DRIVE

There’s still time for YOU to change a child’s life

Dear Friends:

You care about young people in our City and County. You’ve proven that through your generous support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. That’s why I’m reaching out to ask for your help again before the year ends. Please make a generous, tax-deductible year-end gift today, as we struggle to keep our clubhouses open for all kids, especially those who need us most Oxnard and Port Hueneme kids are in crisis. One in five children live in poverty. Three in 10 won’t graduate on time, if at all. They need our help more than ever!

Your generosity helps shape young lives — changing them for the better every day.

The boys and girls are counting on you, and us, to keep them safe. They are counting on our programs and activities in 2014 and beyond that help them stay in school… stay involved in their communities… and stay on track toward a great future. Thank you for making a life-changing, year-end investment in the future of our youth.

With gratitude,

Tim Blaylock

Chief Professional Officer

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Give the gift of a great future-support your local Boys & Girls Clubs!

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

Give the gift of a great future – support your local Boys & Girls Clubs!

Have you been looking for a way to make a generous gift to the Boys & Girls Club? If you are already making annual gifts and would like to do more, the good news is you can this year. If you are over 70 ½, you can transfer up to $100,000 from your IRA to charity in 2013 without paying any federal income tax. And this gift may be made over and above the other charitable gifts you already made for 2013. Your gift can be made simply by notifying your IRA plan custodian of your intent to make a current transfer to us. You will feel good knowing that you were able to make a generous gift from your IRA this year. For more information on how to make an IRA rollover gift in 2013, please contact Kelly Ventimiglia at kventimiglia@bgcop.org.   You can also visit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme website for other ideas on planned giving: http://www.clubgift.org.

Club News Highlights-December

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

Club News Highlights — December

  • Our volunteer recognition dinner was October 24; we recognized volunteers for outstanding service to our members.
  • Our keystone club stuffed 3,500 bags for the Santa to the Sea race.
  • We presented our six month statistics at the County Board of Supervisors meeting, it was well received.
  • We will be holding a Toys for Tots event from 9-11 a.m. on December 23.
  • Our Voices of Hope music performance will be Friday December 20th at the PAC, 7:00.

Have you Remembered Your Boys & Girls Club in your will, Trust or Estate Planning?

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

Have you Remembered Your Boys & Girls Club in your will, Trust or Estate Planning?

You may wish to name the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme as a beneficiary on an insurance policy or other financial instruments. Our legal title:  For the Sole Benefit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme 1900 West 5th Street, Oxnard, CA 93030.

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

Message from Tim Blaylock, Chief Professional Officer

Thankfulness is not an emotion that comes around once a year, during the holidays in November and December. Thankfulness is a state of mind that should be present at all times . . . even trying times.

I’m a grateful person. It takes very little for me to feel grateful, and when I feel grateful, it’s intense.

That’s my attitude. It’s chosen, and I work on it daily. Not only do I benefit from being grateful, but my community benefits, too. Indeed, being grateful helps us form and sustain the most important relationships in our lives. And though there are obstacles to being grateful — grouch-like thinking, distaste for acknowledging our dependency on others, the business of life — it’s well worth the effort, with scientifically proven results.

For example, grateful people, compared with their less grateful counterparts, tend to be happier and more satisfied with their lives, less envious and materialistic, in higher quality relationships, in better physical and mental health, more pro-social and generous, and more resilient.

Gratitude, therefore, is beneficial to our health, and is an important trait to have in good times and bad. The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 gave psychologists a rare opportunity to study factors that may protect people from the physical and emotional consequences caused by disaster. Barbara Fredrickson, a leading scholar in the study of human strengths and virtues, and her colleagues followed a group of people before and after 9/11 — assessing their frequency of positive and negative emotions. They found that of the 20 emotions assessed, gratitude was the second most experienced, after compassion. The people with at least moderate amounts of these positive emotions were less likely to experience depression after the terrorist attacks.

Further, a study of newspaper accounts about what children were thankful for before and after 9/11 found that themes of gratitude for basic human needs — family, friends and teachers — increased after 9/11. Thus, whether you’re an adult or a kid, gratitude may foster coping, adjustment and resiliency in bad times.

I’m not suggesting that people who’ve been hurt by a tragic incident should feel grateful — that would be insulting and invalidating. Instead, I’m suggesting they try to be grateful in spite of it.

Even if you’re just going through the motions, expressing gratitude is a good way to influence your thinking and subsequent behaviors. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “We are what we think about all day long.”

As the holidays approach I’m thankful for my staff who is forever striving to care, mentor and guide our youth to success every day.  I’m grateful for you – parents, youth, donors, volunteers, partners and all who support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. You enable us to do this work that we love. And I’m eternally grateful for my Board of Directors, my family and friends. Thank you everyone!

Last opportunity to Win a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

Last opportunity to Win a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

There are only four days left of our Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle! Get your tickets now — $30 each. Help youth succeed in school, the community and life! Proceeds will benefit the Club’s youth development programs and services.

Tickets are available at the Martin V. Smith Clubhouse, 1900 West Fifth St., Oxnard or from any BGCOP board member. The drawing will take place on Dec. 20 at the MVS Boys & Girls Clubhouse. Tickets can be purchased up until 1 p.m. on Dec. 20. The winner does not need to be present to win.

This opportunity is thanks to a partnership with Ventura Harley-Davidson, which donated the motorcycle. For more information on the raffle, contact the Club at 805-815-4959 x200 or visit www.bgcop.org/2013harley.

Harley raffle

 

BGCOP teens attend Teen Nick HALO Awards

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

5th Annual TeenNick HALO Awards - Backstage And AudienceJoanna Garcia of the Club never imagined she’d be at the Hollywood Palladium or on national television representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. But there she was last month, along with 29 others from BGCOP at the Teen Nick HALO awards.

A total of 100 teens representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of America were chosen to attend the annual awards ceremony put on by HALO, an organization that stands for Helping and Leading Others that recognizes teens who are committed to encouraging good behavior and citizenship among our nation’s youth.

“When we arrived at the Hollywood Palladium, I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Joanna writes in her article on BGCA’s myclublife.com. “I never imagined myself at a place like this, let alone getting the opportunity to represent BGAmber Holmes HALO awardsCA on national television. The venue was beautiful inside. Everything — the neon colors, the high-energy music playing and the teens from all over Southern California — was so awesome to be part of.”

Another BGCOP member, Amber Holmes, was sent by BGCA’s myclublife.com to the Orange Carpet, where interviewed award honorees and many celebrities as they arrived at the show.

To read more about Joanna’s experience at the Halo Awards and see pictures of Joanna and Amber, read Joanna’s article, HALO Awards: Service Celebrated! On a star-studded night, BGCA and TeenNick team up to honor community service. (http://www.myclubmylife.com/Recreation/Pages/halo-awards-service-celebrated.aspx)

 

 

Our Best Overall Gala Dinner and Auction

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

Our Best Overall Gala Dinner and Auction

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 24th Annual Don Facciano Kids Auction our best overall Gala Dinner and Auction! The Black and White Gala did more than just celebrate our 59 years of service to youth, it helped us raise more than $ 282,000 for the 9,000+ kids we serve at 18 Club sites. BG Club Gala-150

More than 300 people attended the event, which included a gourmet dinner, cocktails and wine, along with silent and live auctions. Auction items ranged from exotic vacation getaways and sports memorabilia to electronic equipment and children’s toys.

Our presenting sponsor was Alexander Buick GMC Cadillac. Other major sponsors included City National Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals, S.L. Leonard & Associates, HUB International, Sunbelt Enterprises, Bill and Elise Kearney, OXY, Quality Packaging & Supplies, Inc., Sysco, Saalex, Herzog Wine Cellars, MMPR, Pacific Coast Business Times, The Port of Hueneme, Haas Automation, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, DMI, Dullam Nursery, Rabobank, Smucker’s, Southern California Edison,  Southern California Gas Company, Staples Construction Company

“Having such loyal community members, leaders, volunteers and staff come together and truly rally for our kids, shows how much they care for our kids, and reaffirms that the work we are doing is worthy of their support.” said Tim Blaylock, the Club’s chief professional officer.

BGCOP Celebrates Club Alumni with New Hall of Fame

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 16, 2013

Tim Blaylock Freddy Saldana and Richard Duarte 1Tim Blaylock, Freddy Saldana and Richard Duarte

BGCOP Celebrates Club Alumni with New Hall of Fame

At last month’s Kids Auction, the Club honored three esteemed Club alums by inducting them into the newly created Hall of Fame. The honorees include Judge Manuel Covarrubias, former Oxnard City Councilman Andres Herrera and Freddy Saldana, the first Oxnard Club member in 1954.

The Hall of Fame is located at the 7th street Clubhouse in a prominent area so today’s Club members can be inspired by each honored alumni’s contributions every day.

“We are very proud of our alumni and their accomplishments. Our first three inductees are remarkable men and good role models for our members,” said Tim Blaylock, BGCOP Chief Professional Officer. “When we meet alumni out in the community, we’re always so impressed and proud of the adults that they have become.”

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Manuel Covarrubias was a member of the Oxnard Boy’s Club on 7th Street from approximately 1958 to1965. Manuel received his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1977. He worked as an attorney for Channel Islands Legal Services and also was in private practice. He was appointed a Superior Court judge in 2002, and has served in Juvenile Court (Delinquency) since 2005. In 2012, he became a presiding Juvenile Court Judge.

Bay Area resident Freddy Saldana was the first member of the Oxnard Boys Club when it opened in 1954. Freddy was a member from 1954 to 1963. A U.S. Army veteran, he attended California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, graduating with a degree in electronic and electrical engineering. He worked with International Business Machines (IBM) in San Jose for 36 years in various capacities including development programmer, programming manager, programming planner and product manager. In 2009, he retired. He gives back to his community some of the benefits that he received from the Boy’s Club staff by coaching youth football for the past 32 years. Saldana read the Boys Club Code at the dedication ceremony on July 11, 1954. His first paid job was at the Club, and he was “Boy of the Year” in 1961.

Former Oxnard City Councilmember and mayor pro tem Andres Herrera, owner of HAV & Associates, joined the Oxnard Boy’s Club in 1955. Andres is a graduate of UCLA, where he was a three-year starter as a defensive back in football. He built a career as an executive manager for Northrop Corporation and the National Broadcasting Company. A BGCOP supporter and advocate, he is active in the community, serving on many boards and was on the city council for 12 years. He was a round table representative to the Bush and Obama administrations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). He is a member of the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame and received the leadership award by El Concilio del Condado de Ventura.

The Club invites all its former members and alumni from other Clubs who are living in Oxnard or Port Hueneme to join its alumni network. The network enables alumni to connect with each other –to build new friendships or rekindle old ones –and to positively impact today’s Club members. Register for the alumni network (http://www.bgcop.org/getinvolved/alumni.htm.)  or www.positiveplace4kids.org/getinvolved/alumni.htm.

2014 Youth Winter Basketball- review flyers for more info

Posted in Uncategorized by BGCOP Staff on December 10, 2013

2014 Youth Winter Basketball 2014 Youth Winter Basketball(s)