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San Diego Armed Services YMCA

Serving 6,000 active-duty


junior-enlisted military ser-
vice members and their
families each month with
over 40 free programs!
February 2009 Volume 4, Issue 2

Welcome!
Our 3rd Annual Father/
Daughter Dance, spon-
The holiday season was busy for sored by TriWest Health-
the San Diego Armed Services care Alliance, took place
YMCA. We’ve filled this Snap- January 31st at the Mis-
shot to the brim with photos sion Valley Marriot. Please
from our Valentine’s Day look for a special edition
Party, our Annual Meeting, featuring pictures from
this fantastic evening!
as well as our Holiday Season
Events.

We hope you enjoy our new


look for our 2009 Snapshot
newsletters. As always we’ll be
sure to bring you pictures and
updates from all of our pro-
grams and events throughout
the year. Enjoy!

February 14th, 2009 marked


Valentine’s Day Party the 2nd Annual Valen-
tine’s Day Party for
Spouses of Deployed Service
Members. Families gathered
at the Downtown USO to
decorate cookies and crafts,
share in songs, games, and a
special raffle, and enjoy an
afternoon of fun amidst a
room full of red and pink.
Compiled & Edited by Katie DesBois
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1/3/2009
The San Diego Chargers honor the
San Diego Armed Services YMCA as Paul Hartley III continues his father’s
non-profit partner (Captain Paul Hartley, Jr. USN (Ret.))
strong support of the ASYMCA by pre-
senting a donation from Rotary Club 33

New Board Members were rec-


Annual Meeting 1.16.09 ognized and dedicated volun-
teers were honored at this
year’s Annual Meeting. The
San Diego ASYMCA would
also like to welcome new
board Chairman
Peter Opsal.

2009 ASYMCA Staff


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Starbucks Coffee for the Troops

The crew aboard the USS KIDD gathered to en-


joy donated coffee and read the heart-felt mes-
sages written on the bags. Thank you Starbucks
and citizens of San Diego!

Holidays at the San Diego ASYMCA Holiday Toy Program

This year was VERY


busy! This page full of
smiles shows just how
much fun we had this
past holiday season.

2nd Annual Monte vista


Holiday Party at
Christmas Party for families the Zoo
Christmas at the Hard Rock

CS Keys Christmas
Party at Tilted Stick w/ Calendar of events
ASYMCA & BIA February
26th—Computer Giveaway
28th—MVP Ronald McDonald’s House

March
20th—ASYMCA/ USO Golf Tournament
26th—Computer Giveaway
26th—Homecoming
28th—MVP San Diego River Park Foundation
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Our Latest donors…


Thank you for your support
this past holiday season…
CS Keys
The Tilted Kilt
The BIA
Starbucks
TriWest
San Diego Chargers
Monte Vista Village
The Hard Rock Café
Wal-Mart
KUSI
Rod Luck
BAE Systems
Warrior Foundation
Foster Farms
USAA
Geico
Qualcomm Employees
The University Club
Magic 92.5 with Jagger and Kristi
The Navy Lodge
Volunteers from USA Federal, NCL, and the USO
Final thoughts...
From the Desk of Executive Director Paul Steffens:
It seems like we were just wrapping up our programs for 2008 and starting to think about the beginning of
an exciting 2009! Well, we are into the second month of 2009 and the year certainly is exciting already.
The excitement is evident in the event pictures in this February SNAPSHOT edition. The excitement is clearly
shown in the smiling faces and energy displayed in the pictures from just a few of our events. Our partner-
ship with the USO for our annual Valentine’s Day Party for the spouses of a deployed service member was
full of smiles and energy. Our Third Annual Father Daughter Dance was a sold-out fun-filled event as young
ladies had the time of their lives with their very proud fathers. There are not too many dry eyes in the Mis-
sion Valley Marriott Hotel Ballroom during the dinner dance. Our thanks go out to the staff at the Mar-
riott for their continued support of this event. Speaking of bringing smiles to military families, local television
personality Rod Luck continues his dedication to helping military families by being the energy behind Christ-
mas at the Hard Rock Café, where military families enjoyed a fun-filled Christmas morning breakfast, com-
plete with Santa Clause and presents. Starbucks Coffee continued their “Buy a Pound for the Troops”
promotion that provides the opportunity for the community to purchase coffee that Starbucks delivers to our
office and we get the coffee to deployed ships, squadrons and ground forces. You can see the smiles as the
coffee is received.

At our annual Board of Management meeting in January, we honored volunteers who made significant posi-
tive contributions to the lives of military families, including many active duty military volunteers. We also in-
ducted new board members who bring new ideas and imagination to the organization that will result in excit-
ing improvements to existing program and the introduction of new programs. We honored Ms. Maria Tag-
gert by presenting her the Susan Davidson Award for her many years of support to the ASYMCA and military
families.

2009 will bring us new and exciting opportunities to enhance the lives of our military and their families. I
don’t need to dwell on the current economic conditions, but, as we start a new year, the economic conditions
do bring increased challenges. The economy definitely impacts young military families as the increasing costs
stress their family budget. We are blessed to be in a “military town” that continued to support our programs
in 2008 despite the economic downturn. We will be imaginative in 2009 in seeking avenues to maintain the
income we need for our programs. We will also continue to be cost conscious to ensure that a minimum of
eighty-nine cents of every dollar we receive goes directly into our programs. We are confident that this
“military town” will continue to recognize the sacrifices our men and women in uniform and their families
make for this great country and continue their support of our programs.

We wish everyone a 2009 filled with health and happiness. We also congratulate Peter Opsal as he assumes
his position as Chair of the Armed Services YMCA and thank Sam Merrick, the outgoing Chair, for all his hard
work and outstanding stewardship of the ASYMCA. God bless our men and women in uniform and
their families.

For more information on how YOU


can make a difference…

info@asymcasd.org
858.751.5755
www.militaryymca.com