Dear Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Supporter:
Happy New Year to our families and friends! As we move into the New Year we are looking forward to new changes and opportunities.  A special Thank You to our past Board President, Rodney Strom as his passion and dedication to the Club has been truly inspirational!  Moving into 2018, we have a transition in leadership at the board level.  Our new incoming Board President is Phillip Nichols, our Vice President is Anita Beers, Nancy Kay will remain our Secretary and Mark Wetzel will remain our Treasure. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with our wonderful Board of Directors as each member brings their own passion and strengths that truly comprises a strong team. Together our Board of Directors and Leadership Staff will provide programs and activities, so that our local youth will be inspired to great futures, thanks to our investors! Happy New Year's! Sincerely, Monica Rose, Executive Director

Board of Directors
Anita Beers 
Jason Chaind
Nancy Kay 
Wendy Kerr  
Chris Miller 
Dylan Sacco 
Dr. Keith Snow-Flamer   
Rod Strom
Ryan Sundberg 
Betsy Totten
Mark Wetzel 

President: Phillip Nicklas

Save the Date!  
Soroptimist International Girls Career Fair

Vines by the Sea
Pierson Park, McKinleyville
April 21st, 2018, 1:00pm-5:00pm


Simpson Family Fund Donation 

We would like to give a huge thank you to the Simpson Family Fund for their incredible donation of $50,000 for our Klamath Club! "This donation represents a longstanding commitment to bettering the communities where we do
business," Green Diamond Resource Company President Douglas Reed said. "Providing youth with personal growth opportunities, such
as those offered at the Klamath Boys & Girls Club in Klamath, will help guarantee a better future for us
all,." Starting in January, our Klamath Club will be opened for elementary aged youth. 

Teen Center Christmas Party

Our Eureka Teen Center members had a very special Christmas party thanks to our friends at O'Reilly Autoparts! O'Reilly donated $250 to spend on our members Christmas gifts to ensure an extra special holiday season at the Club. Each member was given a gift, specially picked by the staff members to suit each child's needs. The presents included gift cards, Bop-It games, Magic the Gathering cards, and so much more. Thank you to O'Reilly for making this such a memorable Christmas for our youth!

Clubhouse Coat Donations 

A very special guest was able to drop off 15 girls coats to our Clubhouse members this month! Charmaine Lawson, mother of Josiah Lawson who was the former president of Brothers United at Humboldt State University, collected and then donated coats to our Clubhouse members as a way to give back to the community in her son's honor. Thank you Charmaine!

New Trend Wireless Weekend Donation Drive

We had a spectacular  event on December 15th with New Trend Wireless! Executive Director Monica was able to accept donations all day from customers at U.S. Cellular-New Trend Wireless. Every donation was matched up to $500, and was entered into a drawing to win a JBL Charge Speaker! Thank you to everyone that donated!

Coats for Kids

We are so fortunate to have worked with Katy Boham of Benchmark Realty for the second year in a row to deliver coats for our members in these cold winter months. We have collected nearly 500 coats to distribute to our members and their families this year. Winter can be an especially difficult time for families to buy new winter clothing. With this coat drive, our youth will be covered throughout the winter and into the school year. Thank you Katy!


Acts of Service, Days of Fun

Keystone is a Boys & Girls Club of America program, designed for members ages 12-18 and  affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service. Our Eureka Keystone members, most recently, put on their entrepreneurial caps for the Trucker's Parade, wherein they cooked and served hot dogs, hot chocolate, and popcorn to parade-goers. Our McKinleyville Keystone has decided to take on ecological acts of service, making their club a movement for environmental impact. Members participate in community gardens, organize community clean-ups, and try to find ways to make their Club more "green". This is one of our most successful and longest running programs, helping members realize their full potential and develop new skills that they can take with them into their great future. 

New Year, New Supplies

As we are headed into the new year, we are in need of some new supplies to keep our programs fully stocked! New supplies allows our programs to continue to grow and change to meet the needs of our youth. A new blender can further a passion for the culinary arts; basketballs and soccer balls allow for members to participate in organized team sports; paintbrushes and crayons fuel a budding artist. If you would like to make a donation, you can visit our Amazon Wishlist or contact our Administrative Assistant Amber Larson at office@bgcredwoods.org or (707)-441-1030.

McKinleyville Youth of the Month
Quin Maynor

My name is Quin. I am 14 years old, grade 9, though, most of the kids who come to the McKinleyville Teen Center think I volunteer and am around 16 to 17. I have been at the teen center for over five months now and have climbed my way through Junior Staff and have become head of it. I enjoy listening to music, playing chess and video games and spend most of my free time doing so. I have spent thousands of hours online and some of my closest friends are there. I find that the Teen Center is a similar environment to online in that everyone is there to have fun and hang out. I have had a great time this month and hope to have another one next month.

Staff of the Month
Amber Larson, Administrative Assistant

Amber is our new Administrative Assistant! Amber was born and raised in California, recieving her BA in psychology from California State University, Northridge before relocating back to Humboldt County last year. Amber is the youngest in her family, with three older brothers, who all live in California as well. When asked why she loves working at the Club, Amber said, "I feel lucky to work at the Boys & Girls Club because I get to work with truly inspiring people on a daily basis. My co-workers are genuinely wonderful individuals, that deeply care about the youth in this community. I can't help but feel that I'm part of something really special whenever I see the staff and kids smile".


Thank you to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for their generous donation to the Club and CASA of Humboldt from their "No-Shave November" challenge! 


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