This month’s asset builder award goes to one of our hardest-working behind-the-scenes board members. This person does an (often thankless) job with great skill and well-timed humor. He keeps us all in line and is frequently the one to raise pertinent questions and make the rest of the board think. He is a wealth of knowledge and is willing to share what he has learned over the years. Besides all of this, this person is an amazing volunteer who shows up at many WellSpring events ready to help with whatever is needed. Did I mention that he also worked a full-time job as well as served on other boards at the same time? As he is now newly retired and his time as a board member is coming to a close, we hope he will continue to be an active part of Wellspring; keeping us all in line and making us laugh. If you haven’t guessed it yet, this month’s asset- builder is Jon Ducharme. Congratulations, Jon!
Congratulations to our October Asset Builder award winners, Rotary Club of SW Pacific County! Besides being deeply involved as WellSpring volunteers, our local Rotarians have been a driving donation force behind many WellSpring projects. Thanks to generous donations from Rotary, we have been able to host Movies In The Park in the summer, which is free fun for the whole family! They also recently sponsored our Family Fun Night.
You will see Rotary involved in countless programs that help benefit our community in myriad ways, from Shop With A Cop to Christmas Angels, to buying back-to-school clothes for those in need.
Rotary Club, you help make our community a better place, and we salute you!
The Asset Builder award winner for September is Alex Moses! Alex's award was presented by our own Robyn Handley. Congratulations, Alex!
In Robyn's own words...
"We give out these Asset Builder awards once a month to a member of the community we feel has gone above and beyond to promote the 40 developmental assets in youth. These assets include things like, helping to foster personal identity and self-esteem in youth, helping reinforce the importance of school, and promoting positive values within youth. This month’s asset builder- Alex Moses- has gone above and beyond to promote the 40 development assets in one particular youth- her mentee- Mya. Alex has been mentoring Mya for about 5(!) years now and, in my opinion, this award is long overdue. Alex and Mya are an awesome match and have a ton of fun together; Mya has told me before that it’s like Alex is her real sister. Alex has been mentoring Mya since Mya was in second grade and Alex has said before that she will be there for Mya when she goes to prom too. Alex and Mya try lots of new things together, including learning how to golf at the Cove’s youth golf program, running the color run 5k, and learning about the importance of recycling and the environment with a STEAM project they did together. Alex is one of Mya’s biggest cheerleaders and makes it very clear that she believes that Mya can do anything she puts her mind to. We want to recognize Alex for the amazing impact she has had, and continues to have."
Congratulations are in order for our August 2019 Asset Builder, Peninsula Golf Course!
Doug and Angie Brown visited the peninsula on vacation, fell in love with the Peninsula Golf Course, and became the new owners! Since that time they have made community giving part of their business, and have sponsored the Rotary Golf Tournament and hosted a golf camp for kids.
The Browns are part of a nation-wide initiative known as Youth On Course. Youth On Course is based on the fundamental belief that golf teaches important social, mental, and physical skills, and that each round is filled with learning potential. Youth on Course is designed to help make golf affordable for youth... kids can play golf at hundreds of participating courses for $5 or less.
A huge thank you to Doug and Angie Brown for contributing to our community, and for embodying the ideals of WellSpring!
Hats off to a very special member of our community! Josh Lefor with Long Beach Police Department was awarded WellSpring's July Asset Builder award. Who better to present this award than our very own Chief of Police Flint Wright?
Josh works as an officer with LBPD while also volunteering as a Big Brother with Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) in Ilwaco. Robyn Handley, Program Manager for BBBS, shared some kind words about Josh:
"I first came to know Josh when he applied to be a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I remember during his interview Josh mentioning to me that he wanted to be a mentor because as a police officer he often had to work with kids during really tough situations and he wanted to show them a different side of police officers. Since then, Josh has gone above and beyond this original statement. His mentee thinks that Josh is the absolute best and beams with pride when Josh comes to see him while wearing his uniform. He has made a difference for other youth as well who initially are fearful when they see a cop and come to realize what a cool guy he is. Even beyond this, Josh helps work with high-school aged youth who want to job-shadow a police officer. I have heard these students talk fondly about job shadowing him and leave that experience inspired to pursue the career. As I looked through the 40 developmental assets I couldn’t think of someone who helped foster these more than Josh. Thank you for all you do!"