Volume 2, Issue 6 8 June 2007 Compiled & Edited by: Leslie Gray

Serving 5,000 active-duty junior-enlisted military service members and their families each month with over 40 free programs!

Welcome!
The month of May brought with it warmer weather and a ton of fantastic activities! The All Services Enlisted Ball is highlighted below, while inside you’ll visit the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament and a couple of outings for our local med hold Marines and Sailors.

Women Marines coo over a new smiling baby at a Miramar Homecoming for HMM-165 (REIN) on 30 May 2007.

All Services Enlisted Ball - 5 May 2007
Right: Guest Speaker Command Sergeant Major William J. Gainey, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Lower right: Maria Taggert, of the ASYMCA’s auxiliary group Avant Garde, is recognized for her many years of service to our local military.

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Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
The ASYMCA 's Annual Volunteer Luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 2, at Admiral Baker Clubhouse. This year's theme was "The Magic of Volunteering!" complete with magicians, goodies, and guest speaker Brigadier General Angela Salinas, USMC, of MCRD Western Recruiting Region, to personally thank ASY volunteers. With new programs and growing volunteer participation, we had 152 volunteers, staff, and supporters attend. Robert Samuel, Patient Recreation Volunteer, was interviewed by KGTV Channel 10 News for his outstanding volunteer efforts. The staff tried to get Paul, our Executive Director, to make the rest of the work day disappear, but alas, Paul is no Houdini. However, the day was still magical! Another huge thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers - we couldn’t do it without you!

Deep Sea Fishing

On 15 May, about 30 Marines and Sailors were treated to a 1/2 day deep sea fishing trip. The event was sponsored by George Mannschreck and Golden Triangle Rotary. Most of the attendees were NMPS reservists. Approximately 25 fish were caught and all attendees were very appreciative of George, Golden Triangle Rotary, and the San Diego Armed Services YMCA for coordinating the outing!

Coronado Golf Outing

Wounded Marines and combat-injured Naval Reservists participated in the 2nd annual free day of golf at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. Left: Director of Development and Public Relations, Brittany Catton, poses with the attendees after a fun filled day!

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2007 Duncan Hunter Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament

Another beautiful morning at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego where, on May 7th, local golfers spent the day playing to benefit local wounded Marines. Above: ASYMCA staff & volunteers register golfers. Left: KUSI News reporter Rod Luck interviews Congressman Hunter’s staffer Joe Browning.

Thank you for your support...
Raytheon Program Achievement Award Annie E Casey - Earned Income Tax Credit Peninsula Women’s Soccer League PepsiCo Healthy Living NOSC

June 9th - NICU Reunion @ Naval Medical Center San Diego 19th - KUSI Shopping Spree 25th - “Christmas You Missed” Event @ MCYC 25th - Computers 2 SD Kids Giveaway 28th - Come Meet Henry & His Friends! Scottish Rite Center July 4th - Big Bay Fireworks Extravaganza 20th - Computers 2 SD Kids Giveaway 27th - KUSI Shopping Spree

From the Desk of Executive Director Paul Steffens:
May was another very busy month with many fun events for military families. The highlight of the month was the Annual All Services Enlisted Ball. Our guest speaker, SGTMJR Joe Gainey, USA, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was most dynamic and left an excellent challenge for everyone as we make decisions in our lives. His challenge was to never allow anyone to tell you that you cannot reach a goal or a dream. The test is whether you can say “NO” to the following five questions each time you want to proceed: 1. Will it hurt anyone else? 2. Will it hurt me? 3. Is it Illegal? 4. It is immoral? 5. Will it bring shame to my family name or the Service I serve with? If you answer all five questions with a “NO,” go for your dreams. If any are answered “YES” take a step back and reevaluate why you need to do what you want to do, get trained, get the right equipment, make the “YES” a “NO”, and go for your dreams. Life is just too short...you are only given one shot, so use it well. Think about it. We thank everyone for assisting us in our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of military families.

Keep chargin! Paul
Local military families enjoy free pizza and soda in “The Park in the Park” @ PETCO Park before the Padres beat the Cincinnati Reds on May 14th. A huge thanks to XX Sports Radio for providing both the pizza and the tickets!

For more information on how YOU can make a difference…
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