Monica Spear_ Executive Director by yaohongm


   of Greater
    PO Box 236
  Santa Barbara                                                                                             Volume 7, Issue 8
     CA   93102

                                                                                                             September 2009


Leadership                       1
Santa Barbara Center             2
                                               Monica Spear, Executive Director
Goleta Valley Center             3
                                                A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
Outreach & Teen                  4                                                                          -Henrick Ibsen
New Counselor!                   4
                                     Leadership seems to be the theme of the summer, for me personally, for our staff and volun-
GirlFriends Club                 5
                                     teers, and for our organization as a whole. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to recog-
                                     nize not only the importance, but truly the necessity, for each of us in our various roles to step
What’s Happening…                6
                                     up and serve our girls, families, and community in a manner that requires honesty, courage,
                                     flexibility, resourcefulness, sensibility, and creativity.
2009 Staff
• Monica Spear                       In my opinion and experience, the biggest challenge of leadership is to understand the differ-
   Executive Director                ence between the day to day management of the organization and the long-term vision for the
• Melisa Gleason                     organization, and act in a manner that empowers oneself and others to ensure both aspects of
   Program Director                  the organization are progressing. In a non-profit of our scope and size, it can be very easy to
• Scott BonDurant                    become distracted and absorbed in the many daily inquiries, issues, challenges, needs, ideas,
   SB Center Director                etc., and although important to acknowledge and address these things, it’s even more impor-
• Kristina Webster                   tant to “be still” in both thought and action before determining the next best steps that will
   GV Center Director                both keep the organization healthy, and will continually move the agency toward the common
• Karla Corrales                     and larger goal of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
   Gymnastics Director
• Jen Bowman                         There are many recent examples of effective leadership within our organization, including
   Outreach & Teen Programs          several of our staff members and managers who have led Girls Inc. of GSB through a summer
• Gina Bell
                                     of reduced resources and greater need, while still having a visible and lifelong impact in girls’
   Counseling Coordinator
• Jesse Crete                        lives; board and committee members who have taken their roles as leaders seriously in volun-
   Assoc. Development Director       teering even more time, talent, and treasure to ensure GIGSB remains fiscally and program-
• Dacia Ostlund                      matically sound, and that we are progressive in our thinking and development; family and
   Quality Assurance Manager         community members who have identified areas of need and have volunteered to contribute in
• Juanita Sevilla                    creative and cost-effective ways to meet those needs; donors who have thoughtfully consid-
   Business Manager                  ered the history, significance, and lasting impact of Girls Inc. of GSB and have given gener-
• Lynn Lindley                       ously, while also challenging us to stretch each dollar to maximize the impact of their gift and
   Finance Manager                   the value for every girl.
• Beth Cleary
   PR & Admin. Coordinator           Thank you for YOUR leadership. As a supporter of Girls Inc, you serve as a role model, and
• Al Roberta                         it is your honesty, courage, flexibility, resourcefulness, sensibility, and creativity that inspires
   Director of Operations            ALL of us to be strong, smart, and bold.
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                        Santa Barbara Center (SBC)
                     Scott BonDurant, Center Director
It’s been a busy, fun-filled month at the Santa Barbara          Summer also brought the first ever Girls Inc. Pirate
Center, as the summer winds down and we start getting            Day. Activities included a costume fashion show along
ready for the after school program.                              with create-your-own eye patches and treasure maps,
                                                                 and even pin-the-patch on the pirate. In the afternoon,
                                                                 the girls received free passes to the Santa Barbara
                                                                 Natural History Museum and the Butterflies Alive!
                                                                 Exhibit. Thanks to Zora Charles for her generous do-
                                                                 nation of passes to these exhibits! What a great experi-
                                                                 ence for our girls!

The SBC Car Wash fundraiser was a big success this               SBC girls loaded up their backpacks, sleeping bags,
year, with the girls all working hard selling tickets to their   and bug spray for this year’s Dare to Do Camp at
friends, families, and neighbors. Our oldest girls showed        Camp Whittier. Fun activities included a rock
entrepreneurial spirit by going to Scolari’s market and          climbing wall, color war competitions, and the always
setting up a ticket sale table with hand-painted signs, red      popular night hike. Camp wrapped up with a big all-
Girls Inc. flags, and even a self-written car wash jingle.       girl campfire celebration, where the girls sang songs,
The girls and staff washed many vans, trucks, cars, and          told jokes, and made s’mores. The campers came back
even a bicycle or two and had a lot of fun while helping         tired, a little dirty, and happy, having made new friends
out their own Center. Great work!                                and overcoming new challenges.

The girls also had a blast at Mustang Water Slide Park           Guest instructors from local non-profit Everybody
in Arroyo Grande. Over 50 thrill-seekers made the long           Dance Now! and had the chance to show off their stuff
bus trip to SLO County for a day of relaxing in the pools,       on a field trip to the Friendship Center Assisted
slipping down two 600-foot waterslides, and challenging          Living Facility in Montecito. Girls Inc. girls per-
the 50-foot half pipe.                                           formed two routines and had a great time meeting the
                                                                 staff and many of the residents. Thank you to all our
To celebrate our theme of Careers and Life Planning,             volunteers who helped make this day possible!
the SBC hosted a Career Fair and had five professional
women from Santa Barbara come speak to our girls. Each           We celebrated another great summer with our end of
one set up a booth with pictures from their work, brought        summer Family Night Potluck. Our parents brought a
some tools of their respective trades, and passed out            wide variety of delicious dishes from arroz con leche to
handouts with more information about their careers.              pasta casserole and fruit salad. Highlights included a
Included in this mix was a make-up artist, a neuro-              ukulele sing-along performance of Somewhere Over
psychology PhD student, a photographer, a personal               the Rainbow and a hip-hop routine by the second-
trainer, and a firefighter. Huge thanks to all of our vol-       graders.
unteers for teaching our girls about some amazing career
options that lay ahead!                                          We also put the finishing touches on the summer with a
                                                                 Friday afternoon barbeque. Many, many thanks to the
Early August in Santa Barbara means Fiesta and our girls         members of the Kiwanis Men’s Club of Santa Bar-
got in on the fun. Many Girls Inc. girls were out in the         bara, who provided grills, hot dogs, hamburgers, and
community all week, dancing in various private dance             even tri-tip for the staff!
troupes and participating in the festivities. Troupe             It was a delicious way to
director Antoinette Lopez came to our Center to perform          conclude a great summer.
and get us into the spirit. We walked a few short blocks         Here’s looking forward
to State Street to watch the parade again this year, and our     to a new school year of
girls had a blast, taking pictures, admiring the floats, and     inspiring all our young
of course, throwing confetti on staff members.                   women to be strong,
                                                                 smart, and bold!
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                    Goleta Valley Center (GVC)
                 Kristina Webster, Center Director
The Goleta Valley Center had a very full and fun filled
ten weeks of summer with 264 girls enrolled and an
average of 122 attending daily. We also have 184 now
enrolled for Fall and the number keeps climbing every

                                                             I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank all of the
                                                             amazing Goleta Valley Center staff for all of their hard
                                                             work this summer. The staff at GVC was truly
                                                             exceptional and made coming to work each day a down-
                                                             right blast in some instances! Kudos to all for your contin-
                                                             ued humor, provided laughs, and most of all for showing up
                                                             each day ready to face new challenges and have fun. Thank
                                                             you for being such good sports on dress up days, long days
                                                             at water parks, afternoons of washing cars, blowing out
                                                             over 200 eggs for fiesta, volunteering for getting dunked in
                                                             a dunk tank, and for figuring out how to work cotton candy,
                                                             popcorn, and snow cone machines. Thank you again for
                                                             all that you are and all that you do!!! Congratulations…
This summer we were once again given the privilege of        you survived Summer 2009!
partnering with some very special people in the
community to provide amazing opportunities for our
girls. We’d like to thank Page O’Brien Jazinski for
providing three of our groups with golf lessons! Page
met with the girls at Sandpiper and Ocean Meadows golf
courses once a week to teach the ins and outs of golf.
The girls were thrilled to have the opportunity to play at
Sandpiper while winning raffle prizes and partaking in
chips and salsa.

We’d also like to thank the J.A.M.S. program for part-
nering with us this summer to provide music lessons to
some of our girls. Girls had the opportunity to learn how
to play ukulele and dance the hula. A huge thank you to
Courtney from J.A.M.S. for playing at our end of sum-
mer Family Luau!

This year’s Dare To Do Camp at Camp Whittier in the
Los Padres National Forest across from Lake Cachuma
was a great success. Thank you to the Santa Barbara
Foundation for providing funding for this amazing
opportunity for 35 girls from both the Santa Barbara and
Goleta Valley Centers.
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Outreach & Teen Programs                                                   Gymnastics
Fun in the Sun positively impacted the lives of 185                                         Our Summer Gymnastics
local children this summer! FITS came to an end on                                          Camps were very successful
Friday, August 7th with exciting celebrations at both of                                    this year, serving 179 camp-
our school sites, Ellwood and Franklin. Ellwood hosted                                      ers. Every child did a fantastic
a Fun in the Sun “Prom”, while the Franklin site had a                                      job! Parents were impressed
Summer Carnival. Other program highlights included two                                      will all the new skills their
Family Nights with performances and skits by all the kids,                                  children achieved throughout
two Parent Education Nights with presentations by the                                       the summer. Many girls have
Diabetes Resource Center, field trips, dental and eye                                       signed up for our regular year-
screenings, kayaking, games, fishing trips, gardening,                                      round gymnastics as a result
reading enrichment activities, as well as teaching the Girls                                of their successful summer
Inc. curriculum in the subjects of science, culinary arts,                                  activities!
sports, art, team building, and prevention. We also
launched our first ever “Leadership Development”
component of the program. The Leadership group learned         Team girls are also very excited about this years compul-
what it means to “give back” to their community. They          sory season. We plan to attend preliminary meets in
also took tours of three of our local colleges, worked on      Burbank, Orange County, and Camarillo. We are going to
their writing skills by journaling, and worked on resumes.     have another AMAZING year!!!

Our first ever You Grow Girl event is quickly approach-        -Karla Corrales, Gymnastics Director
ing! Please note that there has been a date change and
the event will be taking place on Saturday, October 24,
2009 at our Goleta Valley Center. This event will bring                         Counseling
girls in grades 4-8 plus their parents or guardians together
for an empowering day filled with workshops, lunch, and        Hi my name is Gina Bell and I am the new counseling
activities. There will be workshops and classes aimed          coordinator for the Santa Barbara and Goleta Centers. I
specifically to the girls and others aimed towards the par-    am very excited and honored to have been given this
ents and/or guardians. Partnering agencies for this event      position and look forward to bringing many new and
include Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, Girl Scouts of    exciting things to counseling!
California’s Central Coast, and the Santa Barbara Rape
Crisis Center. For more information on the event, please       I’d like to give a great big thank you to Nicole Llamas,
email me at                          our outgoing Counseling Coordinator, and Jeffery Jared
                                                               who will be leaving us in September. Both have been a
Project Learn and Lego League are kicking off. Project         vital part of the counseling center. In addition, Jeffrey,
Learn is intended to engage elementary school age chil-        as a male therapist intern, represents a very strong, smart
dren at Hollister Elementary School in science by making       and bold male role model that many of our clients lack in
it fun and interesting. Lego League is an exciting pro-        their lives. We wish them both all the best!
gram in which teams of girls ages 9-14 learn about how
women in science, math, engineering and technology ca-         The counseling center in conjunction with both the Santa
reers think and work by taking on a number of challenges,      Barbara and Goleta centers will be giving parent educa-
including building and programming a working robot.            tion workshops starting in October. The workshops will
The Girls Inc. Lego League team will then compete with         be held every other month on the first Wednesday of the
their robot towards the end of the year. This year’s chal-     month from 6-7pm. We will alternate the workshops
lenge and competition theme will be announced on Sep-          between the Goleta and Santa Barbara centers and there
tember 3rd and we are very excited to find out what it is!     will be childcare available. Our first workshop will be
                                                               held Wednesday October 7th at the Santa Barbara Center
                                                               and the topic featured will be bullying. Stay tuned for
-Jen Bowman, Outreach and Teen Programs Director               information on outreach programs, group counseling and

                                                               -Gina Bell, Counseling Coordinator
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                  GirlFriends Club Happenings
          Jesse Crete, Associate Development Director

                                                                   Friedenthal, Jack Joshua, Dan Zimmerman, Larry Perpoli, and
                GirlFriends Club!                                  Justin Claveria.
             “The happiest business in all the world
        is that of making Girlfriends.” - Anne S. Eaton          Tickets are $20 for GirlFriends Club Members $25 for General
                                                                 Admission and include finger foods, desert, mocktails, and of
We already knew that when girlfriends get together, amazing      course, the concert. All GirlFriends Club Members will be in-
things happen – but even we’ve been surprised by the response of vited to the GFC Lounge, where they will be treated like VIPs
our GirlFriends to the newly launched GirlFriends Club!          along with the performers. Doors open at 7pm and the perform-
                                                                 ance is from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets may be purchased online at
To date we’ve had a Founding Member Tea in March, our Gen- the GFC Website, at either Center, or by calling 805.963.4757.
eral Member Launch in June, a GirlFriends Getaways, Gardens,
and Great Wine Social in July, and August hosted both the won- Get out your dancing shoes and plan on joining us for a night
derful Tao of Tea Event as well as our GirlFriends Club Launch of amazing music!
Encore – and we’re just getting started!
                                                                 GirlFriends for Girls Inc. Girls:
The GirlFriends Club boasts over 120 members: over 36 Found- In the coming months the GirlFriends Club will also have a num-
ing Members, 5 Corporate Founding Members, and a plethora of ber of opportunities to get involved with our Girls Inc. girls.
General Members. At every event, Girl-                                                  Both Centers will be hosting their annual
Friends Club Members have brought their                                                 Halloween parties in October and their
girlfriends and our membership has grown.                                               annual Family Thanksgiving Dinners in
We’re always interested in adding even                                                  November. Volunteers are needed for all
more special women as General and                                                       the events and GFC Members are invited to
Founding Members – there’s still time to                                                attend the Halloween Parties. Also in No-
sign-up (see below for details on how).                                                 vember, the Santa Barbara Center will be
Our members are truly the foundation of                                                 hosting a Rummage Sale and is looking for
the GirlFriends Club!                                                                   both donations and volunteers. If you’re
                                                                                        interested in any of these opportunities,
What’s Next:                                                                            please either email or
SAKS Presented by MasterCard: a spe-                                                    call the GFC Hotline at 805.963.4757 x14.
cial MEMBERS ONLY event at Saks
Fifth Avenue on September 17th. This is                                                 GirlFriend Club Offers:
an exclusive free event for our members                                                 In addition to all the fun events hosted by
where they will have a chance to see an                                                 the GFC, Members receive some amazing
amazing fall must-haves fashion show,                                                   offers. Our Corporate Founding Member,
receive great gifts, share some lovely food                                             The Canary Hotel, is offering GFC Mem-
and beverages, and have a rare opportunity                                              bers ridiculously low rates on all their
to shop at Saks “after hours”. Please email                                             rooms every day of the week as well as or call the GFC Hot-                                                 discounts at Coast, the restaurant down-
line at 805.963.4757 x14 for more infor-                                                stairs. For more information go to the GFC
mation or to rsvp.                                                                      website:

DIVAS for a Cause: On Thursday, September 24th, the Girl-          GirlFriends Club Member, Sue Cook, President of Cruise Bar-
Friends Club will be presenting DIVAS for a Cause: a Musical       gains, has organized a cruise through the British Virgin Islands
Benefit for Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara. Popular local     on the private sailing yacht, the Arabella. The cruise is May 2 –
“Divas” and musicians will come together under one roof, one       8, 2010 and the cost is only $1,150 per person (based on double
night only, for a performance benefiting the Santa Barbara Cen-    occupancy/excludes airfare). Call Sue or Amy at 800.213.7777
ter.                                                               to make your reservation with a refundable deposit of 25% by
                                                                   September 15th. Cruise Bargains will be donating 10% of their
This rare and special concert will feature well known and ad-      commissions to Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara.
mired local female performers, “Divas”, including: Lois Mahalia,
Irene Fredericey from Soul City Survivors, Rachel Thurston from    To learn more about the GirlFriends Club, become a member, or
King Bee, Santa Barbara native Nicole Lvoff, LA-based singer-      find out more information on any of these events, please go to our
songwriter Joy Burnworth, and Mari Martin from Area 51. Per-       website: or call the GFC Hotline
forming to an All-Star Santa Barbara Band comprised of George      at 805.963.4757 x14.
                          What’s Happening…
                   Melisa Gleason, Program Director
I would like to begin by thanking all of the amazing staff that inspired our girls and boys this summer,
showing up each day enthusiastic and ready to do almost anything. I would especially like to thank
Kristina Webster, Danielle Casale, Scott BonDurant, Annabel Padilla, Jen Bowman, and Karla
Corrales for preparing such amazing activities and ensuring that our children have the best summer of
their lives. It was a truly phenomenal summer with Carnival Day, Car Washes, Beach Field Trips, and end
of Summer Parties – congratulations to all!

There has been a huge surge of organizations and individuals wanting to collaborate with Girls Inc. We
began partnering with a program called JAMS, to provide musical opportunities for our girls. This summer
the girls learned to play the ukulele and drums. The girls performed for their families and friends at the
end of summer party singing Jason Mraz’s song “I’m Yours.” Our collaboration will continue in the fall
providing Violin Lessons to our 5th, 6th and 7th graders at our Santa Barbara Center and to our 3rd and 4th
graders at the Goleta Valley Center.

We are also excited about a new partnership with Santa Barbara Blazers basketball . The Blazers will be
using our Goleta Valley Center gym as their practice home and our girls will be given the opportunity to
play and learn from these amazing athletes and coaches. We are so excited to provide this to our girls as
many parents have reported that they would like to see more skilled basketball coaches teaching our girls.
Thank you to Head Coach, Carrick DeHart, for contacting us!

We have also been in touch with Peggy Mack, an Antioch Professor who teaches Survey Research Meth-
ods and Statistics. She will be working with Dacia Ostlund, our Quality Assurance Manager, and myself
reviewing our evaluations (programs, girls, organizational) and helping us create a system to gather
appropriate data. We will be meeting at the end of September and I look forward to reporting more about
this in the upcoming months.

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