San Diego Armed Services YMCA
Serving 9,000 active-duty junior enlisted military service members and their families each month with free programs!
Volume 6, Issue 10
ASYMCA Family Camp at Camp Surf
17 military families enjoyed a weekend of adventure at YMCA Camp Surf this September. Children challenged their parents to a race up the rock wall, explored the sea creatures of the beach, and families bonded together over s 'mores around the camp fire. One family wrote, “This wonderful experience gave my family the opportunity to re-connect and bond in a relaxing environment. We would not have been able to participate, had you not made this possible. You have helped us to create lasting memories and have brought huge smiles to my children’s faces, Thank you!”
Thank you FOCUS!
The San Diego Armed Services YMCA would like to extend a special thank you to FOCUS for their continued support of our military families and their children. Their recent donations include 100 baby blankets for the maternity wards at Naval Medical Center and they have delivered strollers, cribs, diapers, car seats, and books throughout the year. Thank you FOCUS for your wonderful support!
In this Issue Happy Fall!
Youth and Community Outreach
Thank you FOCUS
Family Outreach Special Event
Volunteer Luncheon Welcome Home
Special Event Active Duty Programs
Stars & Stripes Donation NMC events and outings
Wounded, Injured and Ill Programs
Focus Membership Reception
Compiled & Edited by Katie DesBois
Ombudsman and Family Readiness Volunteer Luncheon
On Friday, September 23rd, over 600 gathered to recognize 300 volunteers at this year’s Ombudsman and Family Readiness Volunteer Luncheon. Congratulations Ombudsman and Family Readiness Volunteers and thank you for your continued efforts and hard work for our community!
Photos courtesy of Clint Steed
Active Duty Programs
The San Diego Armed Services YMCA Active Duty Department with the ASYMCA FunMobile welcomed home many ships in September.
USS Higgins USS Chancellorsville USS Preble USS Thach USS Green Bay USS Boxer USS Comstock
On October 1st during the Miramar Air Show, Corey Arkush, ASYMCA Active Duty Program Director, was honored as a Key Influencer. In recognition of all that the Armed Services YMCA does for the San Diego military community, Corey was given the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels. Thank you to the flight crew of the C-130 Fat Albert aircraft for one flight Corey will definitely never forget!
Stars & Stripes Donation Check Presentation
The opening ceremonies of the September 17th Padres game starred the Stars & Stripes Tournament as well as the San Diego Armed Services YMCA. During this game, the ASYMCA was awarded a donation check of $154,691 from the Stars & Stripes Tournament. 100% of this donation will go directly towards supporting local military families. Thank you Padres and Stars & Stripes!
Wounded, Injured and Ill Programs at Naval Medical Center
Wounded, injured, and ill service members at Naval Medical Center enjoyed many excursions this past September. Our wonderful sponsor, Barbara Abel, treated the wives, mothers, and caretakers of wounded warriors to another spa day at the Hotel Del. The ladies enjoyed a break from their busy lives with a massage, lunch, and the good company of others. The ASYMCA took another group of ten wounded service members to experience the exhilarating feeling of Sail Plane gliding over southern California’s high desert. Wounded service members also enjoyed fishing with the San Diego Anglers and had a great time at Military Appreciation Day at the Del Mar Racetrack.
Calendar of events
3-7—YCO Weekly Program Open House 13—KUSI Shopping Spree 25—Computer Giveaway 27—ASYMCA Neighborhood Exchange 27—Volunteer Orientation at NMC 29—Holiday Treasures Craft Fair
1-5—SuperParent Holiday Shopping Day Sign Ups (See Page 5) 10—KUSI Shopping Spree 17—ASYMCA Neighborhood Exchange 22—Computer Giveaway Visit our Website Event Calendar for more events, updates, and free ticket giveaways!
Our Latest donors and contributors…
Quilts of Valor Foundation, Murrieta/ Temecula Chapter Petty Officer Jacob Eriksen American Legion of El Cajon, Post 303 Pizza Port- Ocean Beach MSgt Chad Baker and wife, Kimberly Baker Hewlett-Packard and Ms. Sherry Knight Mr. Kim Zeledon Thank you Ombudsman and Family Readiness Volunteer Luncheon Sponsors Gold Sponsor: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Bronze Sponsors: Lincoln Military Housing, Omni Financial, Pacific Marine Credit Union
Table Sponsors: Daily Disposal, General Dynamics IT, Lincoln Military Housing, Navy Federal Credit Union, North Island Credit Union, Raytheon, Viejas Enterprises, Wells Fargo Bank, USAA
Sempra Energy Foundation YMCA Camp Surf Coronado Rotary Club KUSI Union Bank YMCA of San Diego County
The Country Friends “Art of Fashion”
The San Diego Armed Services YMCA was happy to be a part of The Country Friends 56th Annual “Art of Fashion” this September which raised money to support San Diego charities. Thank you to The Country Friends for your support for our local military community!
Thank you Corporate Partner Members and Major Donors...
Sutherland Management Company
The Spiva Family Foundation
Sign Up for the SuperParent Holiday Shopping Day
Holiday Shopping Day
In appreciation of your off-duty efforts at home, the San Diego Armed Services YMCA presents the 2011 SuperParent Holiday Shopping Day! SuperParents who register for our Program and are selected in our lottery, will get to shop for two gifts for each of the children in their family.
Who can sign up:
Active Duty military families living in our San Diego service area or stationed at a San Diego base, ranking E-1 to E-5 can sign up for our LOTTERY Eduring our lottery enrollment week, Tuesday November 1st at 9am through 9am Monday, November 7th. 7th.
Please note, the WAITLIST will include: all E-5 and below families who register the first week and do not get a lottery spot will automatically be placed on our waitlist E6 and E7 families can sign up for a waitlist spot starting 9am Monday Nov 7th any E-7 and below who missed the initial enrollment can sign up for the waitlist until it closes on November 30th, waitlist spots will be maintained in date order.
How to sign up:
Families E-5 and below may sign up for the lottery on our website during our registration week. After the registration week ends, families E-7 and below can then sign up on the Waitlist. Please see the Event Calendar section on our website at www.militaryymca.org for frequently asked questions and to sign up.
When to sign up:
Registration week for the lottery begins online at 9am on Tuesday, Nov 1st, and ends at 9am Monday Nov 7th. Waitlist sign ups begin online on 11/7 until 11/30. SuperParent lottery winners will be notified by email, with further information later that month. Toy distribution for lottery winners will take place on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 between 9am and 4:00pm.
2010 SuperParent Holiday Shopping Day Photos
Click here or visit our website to see all photos from our 2010 Holiday Program.