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                  Big News                                               of Bath/Brunswick
                                                                       Serving Southern Mid-Coast Maine
                                                                                 Fall 2009

                               BBBS is pleased to present
                            new fundraising initiatives in 2009!

                                   The BIG Show
                                    On Friday, June 26th Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick was
                                 pleased to host our first annual variety show fundraiser, “The Big Show,” at
                                the Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center in Bath. The show boasted an
                                          array of local talent that included performances by: Jesse
                                     Sherwood, The Ballet School & Merrymeeting Ballet Caravan, The
                                   Woodside One Wheelers, Maxx Ater, Antonio Garreton of Zumba, Tom
                                 Ryan, Celia Whitehead, Jesse Fienberg, Josephina Gasca, Carter Ruff, The
                                   Red Dragon Jugglers, Fred Cantu, Kristin Korda—Maine’s Outstanding
                                  Teen 2009, and several performers from New England Youth Theater and
                      o Ou         students of Studio 48. A Big Thank you to these talented individuals for
              k You t ors
         Than t Spons                               making The Big Show a great success!
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            a nd Fr
                             Sharon Drake Real Estate                             John Ater, Come-
                           Bath owned & Bath Operated                                   dian
                          Commitment to the Community

             The Little Swing Mini Golf Fundraiser!
Sunday, August 23rd the staff and Board of Directors were very pleased to
    host our first annual “Little Swing,” Charity Mini Golf Tournament
Fundraiser at long Shot Golf Center in Brunswick. The event included 18
   holes of mini golf, lunch sponsored by Domino’s Pizza and Shaw’s in
Brunswick with an in-kind donation from Hannaford Brunswick, ice cream
 sponsored by Cote’s in Brunswick, and music sponsored by Jack Shaw &
            Son’s was provided by Smokey Hicks R&B Review.

                        Teams of four joined us for the day
                           and raised pledges. Numerous
                        golfers raised donations above and
                          beyond the minimum requested
                          amount and helped to make the
                         event a great Success and lot’s of

Caitlin Prindall pictured above left earned special recognition as the highest pledge earner!
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                 The Big Swing
         Charity Golf Tournament

   The Fall 2009 Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament took
    place on Wednesday, September 2, at Sebasco Harbor
   Resort in Phippsburg. The event boasted two chances to
   shoot for the hole-in-one prize sponsored by Bill Dodge
    Auto Group and Scandia Yachts. The closest to the pin
  contest was sponsored by Paper Trails Payroll Service, the
      putting contest was sponsored by Perk Ramsey in
            memory of Robert Ramsey, and the
                                                           Patty Labbe and her team pose in front of
      straightest drive competition was sponsored by                 the hole-in-one prize
               Wellness & Chiropractic Care.

                        Winning teams include Goodall Landscaping - L , with First Gross
                                     and Team Sebasco - R , with First Net
                                 Brian Perkins - Center, won the putting contest

                           Together we raised $19,000! These funds
                            will support Community, School, and
                             Site-Based mentoring programs for
                                      children in need!
                               Thank you to our
                               Auction Sponsors!

                                Home Depot, Topsham
                                     Gas Grill                              Major Event Sponsor:

Bob Smith gets excited about
mentoring and auction items!         Nappy Distributers
                                     Adirondack Chair
              Re/Max Riverside                                                 Event Sponsor:
              Signed Celtics Basketball                                                         Page 2
Community Support & Partnerships
      Special Thanks to Our New 2009 Business Partners for
      Sponsoring These Fundraising Events & Contributing to
                          Our Agency!

                                                      The BIG Show
    Bath Elks Lodge                                           Sharon Drake Real Estate
    Bath Industrial Sales                                    Bath Owned and Bath Operated
    Goodwin Chevrolet                                        Commitment to the Community
    Martin’s Point Health Care                               443-1005        1-800-561-1005
    Pearl Vision
    Slocum Chiropractic
    US Cellular-Topsham

                                                                     John Ater,Co-
                                                                     Available for

         The Little Swing                          The Big Swing
  Charity Mini Golf Tournament
                                             Charity Golf Tournament
Down East Credit Union.
                                                              Brackett Funeral Home
Grace Episcopal Church
                                                              Briggs Advertising
Jack Shaw & Son’s Inc.
                                                              John & Eileen Currie
Quonset Hardscapes, Inc.
                                                              Paper Trails
Smokey Hicks R & B Review
                                                              Wellness and Chiropractic Care
The Montsweag Roadhouse

                              Thank you to Dr. Fredrick Wigand and our friends at Androscoggin
                               Dental Care for participating in the Smiles For Life Campaign, “the
                              children’s charity organization of the Crown Council, a cutting edge
                            group of highly trained dentists. Dentists participating in the Smiles For
                                 Life Campaign offer professional teeth whitening services at a
                             considerably reduced price and then donate 100% of the cost to Smiles
                               for Life to help children in need. 50% of earned proceeds support a
   Harpswell American        charity of the dentists choice and the remaining 50% will be donated to
    Legion Post 171           the Garth Brooks’ Teammates For Kids Foundation.” Thanks again
  Thank you for your                 Dr. Wigand for selecting BBBS/BB as a partner agency!
generous 2009 donation!                                                                       Page 3
                                                                     Montsweag Roadhouse in Woolwich Hosts
                                                                       Breakfast & Poker Run Fundraiser!

                                                                     Thank you to the great people at Montsweag
                                                                   Roadhouse for hosting the fundraising breakfast
                                                                   and Poker Run in September that raised $1,400!
                                                                     This event provided another unique and fun
                                                                        opportunity for community members to
        For the past two consecutive years Arby’s                  participate in our fundraising efforts and provide
   Restaurant in Topsham has supported our agency by                       support to local children in need!
      hosting a highly successful in-store fundraiser.
 Patrons of the restaurant were asked to donate one extra
  dollar with their final purchase as a donation and their
  name was displayed on a pin-up that read “Thanks for
    helping us help kids.” The 2009 campaign raised
$887.00! We would like to say “thank you” to the crew at
         Arby’s and the local community for the
 overwhelming support that our agency receives during
                   this fundraising event!                                      Thank Y

                           A BIG Welcome to our newest board members !

    Dave Frye—is the General Manager of Spare Time              Shawn McMullan—began her volunteerism as a mentor in
  Family Fun Center in Brunswick. He has been supporting           the School-Based program then transitioned into the
the agency for several years through his role in our Bowl For   Community-Based program with her Little in 2007. She is the
   Kids Sake event. He joined the Board of Directors this        Manager of the Old Navy Store in Brunswick. Shawn will
       summer and will assist with fundraising events.                          support fundraising events.

                      Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick Presents!
                                      “Magic on the Mall”
                                       Holiday Social & Silent Auction

                     Magic on the Mall will take place Friday, December 4th at
                                The Brunswick Inn, 165 Park Row.
                  This event is a festive holiday social accompanied by heavy hor d’oeuvres,
                music entertainment, and a silent auction comprised of an array of items from
           local artisans and craftsman. This is a great opportunity to network and spend time with
                       fellow community members in support of mentoring programs for
                 local children in need. All donations and silent auction proceeds will directly
                             support mentoring services. Donated auction items are
                  welcomed. For more information contact Connie Hartley: 729-7736 ex 10.            Page 4
             The Maine Maritime Museum Provides                              BBBS/BB Teams up With CREA for a Day of
           Boat Building Opportunity for BBBS Little!                              Outdoor Education and Fun!
                    Over the summer one of our Little Brothers                   On Sunday, October 25th Bigs and Littles from the
                    attended a youth boat building program held at          Community program took part in a fun social hosted by
                    Maine Maritime Museum. Skyler, a middle                   the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA). Bigs
                    school student, was selected for the opportunity        and Littles enjoyed a tour and presentation at the CREA
                    and joined with three other children in the                        Ecology Center lead by Director Rick Wilson
                    program. Skyler and his mother very                                           that was followed by hiking on the
                    enthusiastically shared that students in the                                     nature trails and a picnic lunch.!
program were taught to read blueprints and each built a small
wooden model of what would be the 11ft, 4in skiff that they were
going to build together. “It took two weeks to build and two weeks
to paint. Then we tried it out for rowing, and we named it The
Nickelodeon,” Skler shared, “my favorite part was building it, we
had to bow the wood by steaming it,” Skyler explained. Skyler had a
great time learning new skills and making friends. His mother
describes the experience as “awesome, a one-in a million chance,
educational, and very interesting, He was so happy and excited
about it, I didn't even have to bug him to get up in the morning!”
                                                                             Quarterly Mentor Training Update
            New Program in the Spotlight!                          On Thursday, October 22nd Community program Bigs joined the
                                                                  staff for a presentation by guest speaker Susan Savell. Susan is the
  In October a new School-Based Mentoring program was                Executive Director of Communities for Children and Youth, a
     started at West Harpswell Elementary School. This                 prevention and positive youth development initiative of the
   program will take place on Monday’s from 12:00-1:00.              Governor’s Children’s Cabinet. She is currently managing the
  Volunteers are needed at this time. If you are interested in    C4CY College Community Mentoring Project that includes seven
    spending time with a child by playing a board game,          colleges and universities throughout the state of Maine. This project
    creating a craft, or simply having a conversation the           is funded by the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
   commitment is one hour a week for the academic year.              Prevention, with the conviction that mentoring is an effective
                                                                     strategy for the prevention of juvenile delinquency, as well as
                                                                  positive youth development. During this meeting Susan shared her
  A BIG Thank You to donor Therese Haberle for the                  knowledge of the Developmental Assets Approach, a study that
       overwhelmingly generous support of our                     focuses on the strengths of young people, not their deficits. Thank
           Community Program matches!                                   you to Susan for sharing her time and knowledge with us.
                                                                       This presentation was greatly beneficial to our volunteers!

                                 Featured Match—Paul & John “Two Peas in a Pod”
Paul Hanley, “never needed a Big Brother (he has one),” he also grew up in a family, “where my dad was
there all the time, and was a mentor for other kids too.” Because of the example that his father set Paul was
interested in becoming a mentor himself. Paul was matched with his Little Brother Jon in January of 2006.
Jon was hoping for a Big Brother who was cool, someone to get him out of the house because he was always
playing on the computer and being lazy,” he wanted to spend time with someone active. The first activity that
they experienced together was riding Paul’s Trikes on the Brunswick bike path. They play racquet ball at the
YMCA, “it’s a great way to blow off steam,” they both agreed. “We do a lot of recycling,” Paul shared, “I
am teaching Jon the power of the free nickel,” they laughed. Jon has a vested interest in computers. He
obtains a computer that already works and cleans out the operating system. Or if he gets a hold of a computer
that doesn’t work he tries to figure out what is wrong with it. “I’ve put together three already,” Jon said,
“That’s also called troubleshooting,” Paul added. Paul is a self proclaimed “scrounger,” he tracks down old
computers that people aren’t using and gives them to Jon to practice on, “I’m learning about this stuff from Jon and
helping him out by finding computer parts.” Over the summer the friends spent a lot of time cutting lawns and talking. “He’s fifteen,
it’s good honest work, and Jon likes it,” Paul said. “Cutting lawns provides a good way to learn the value of working for your pay.”
Jon and Paul have been through a lot together. Paul shared that, “Jon was there when my Dad died and Jon was also there when I
was diagnosed with cancer,” two subjects that the friends maintain an open communication about. “Jon is a go-getter, he has goals
and wants to make money and I like that,” Paul said. And Jon likes Paul because, “He’s just a cool cat from start to finish,” Jon said.
“We like getting together and we are a good combination, two peas in a pod type of thing.” Jon likes that they can talk about
anything and it doesn’t really matter (the topic). The friends maintain a comfortable and respectful relationship.         Page 5
                   Big Brothers Big Sisters
                      Of Bath/Brunswick                                                                 Non-Profit Org.
              Serving Southern Mid-Coast Maine                                                           U.S. Postage
                                                                                                        Brunswick, ME
                                                                                                        Permit No. 141
               85 Maine St
           Brunswick, ME 04011
          Phone: 207-729-7736
            Fax: 207-729-4402

        Thank You to the United Way
             of Mid Coast Maine
  for your continued support of our agency

Board of Directors                                              Fall 2009 Wish List
Larry Lavallee, President
Kelly Klaiber, Vice President               Volunteers are needed for the School-Based mentoring programs at
Dawn Ross, Treasurer                        Woodside Elementary School, Georgetown Central School, Coffin School
John Reddy, Secretary                       Phippsburg Elementary School, West Harpswell Elementary School, and
Alex Armstrong                       Bowdoin Central School. In this program a mentor and child (match) meet once
Don Baker
                                     weekly for on-site sessions at the child’s school. Matches spend time by sharing a
Tom Barter
Dave Frye                            book, playing a board game, having a conversation and other fun activities.
Terry Goan
Eric London                               There is an Immediate need for Big Brothers in the Community-Based
Jay Prindall                              Mentoring Program! Around 25 boys are patiently waiting for the right
Kathy Reed                                match. Please see page 5 for a featured match story.
Shawn McMullen
DJ Shaughnessy                            Healthy Snacks—Children in our School-Based Programs enjoy a snack that
Shannon Sprague                           may include Granola Bars, Animal Crackers, Gold Fish, Graham Crackers or
Richard Terrell II                        Chex Mix and fruit juice. Plastic cups (medium size), paper plates and
                                     bowls, plastic ware & napkins would also be greatly appreciated.
Advisory Board
Patty Kimball
Art Lamothe                               Gently used or new board games (age 6-12), playing cards, puzzles, coloring
Carol O’Donnell                           books. Arts and crafts supplies: construction paper, markers, crayons,
Don Spann                                 colored pencils, glue & glue sticks, popsicle sticks, yarn, pipe cleaner etc.
David Webb
John Wasileski (Honorary)                 Small laminating machine and Velcro for felt tri-fold display board. Self
                                          Seal laminating sheets and cardstock paper.
                                                          **Please Contact Lindsay @ 729-7736 ex.14**

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