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The Art of Giving

Tree Musketeers is one of the organizations set to benefit by the proceeds of a free charity art gala hosted by artist, philanthropist and world-renowned dermatologist Howard Murad, M.D.
Join us at the free charity art gala hosted by artist, philanthropist and world-renowned dermatologist Howard Murad, M.D.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Bl. Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Dr. Murad is a dedicated philanthropist, providing extensive and wide-ranging support for numerous charitable organizations. He will be donating his own original art to be auctioned off with the proceeds from each sale going to the charity of the buyer’s choice. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails! Walk away with an exclusive gift bag (while supplies last)! Support Tree Musketeers!
To RSVP please visit

There’s Still Time to Take the LEAD

How About Over the Holidays?

The summer 2011 LEADers are pictured at their graduation ceremony hosted by the Hacienda Hotel. There’s still time for other South Bay youth age 10-18 who want to become environmental leaders to sign up for LEADership courses this year. LEAD courses offer the opportunity for young people to acquire marketable skills that will serve them well as environmental leaders, as students, and in life.

The Youth Manager Certification series is offered during holiday breaks from school for the first time. Classes are held in TREE MUSKETEERS’ Youth LEADership Center at 305 Richmond St. in El Segundo 10:30 AM to Noon. Youth can choose to participate in one course or all three to earn a Certified Youth Manager certificate. Deadline for registration is November 1, 2011:

  • Nov. 21, 22 & 23 (Mon, Tue & Wed) – Personal Skills teaches the art of personal presentation that is essential to effective leadership. Youth in the Personal Skills course will learn about body language, dressing for success, table manners and more!
  • Dec. 19, 20 & 21 (Mon, Tue & Wed) – People Skills gives insights into meeting new people in person, on the phone or in cyberspace; team dynamics covers group formation, team building, group sabotage and peer pressure; and the class on leadership & conflict addresses who leaders are and what they do while avoiding conflict.
  • Dec. 27, 28 & 29 (Tue, Wed & Thu) – Organizational Management is when kids learn things they never knew they needed to know and how to mobilize others. In Organizational Strategy they learn to define a vision, mission and goals for themselves or a group. When Kids are Boss explores business behavior and how it works at TREE MUSKETEERS. Project Management is when budgeting, timelines and tapping resources are covered.

Tree Planting Supervisor Training is available on two Saturdays, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. It starts with two hours of classroom time about the benefits of trees, youth leadership in the field, supervising volunteers and the basics of tree planting. Following a lunch break, everyone convenes on Memory Row for field training. Each of the more than one million trees planted under TREE MUSKETEERS programs was supervised by a trained youth leader. Join the Tree Team!

Click here for the enrollment form and find more details on the LEAD page or call (310)322-0263.

Chevron – A Partner for all Seasons

When surprising Tree Musketeers with an extra $15,000 contribution for 2011, Rod Spackman, Manager of Chevron Public Affairs said, “We at Chevron Corporation hope our support will help to ensure your continued success.” Lily Craig, spokesperson for Chevron’s local refinery added, “We know it has been a challenging year for nonprofits. We are happy to be in a position to lend a hand for an organization that has served the community so ably for so many years.”

Chevron began investing in the work of Tree Musketeers while it was still a Girl Scout project and donations were not tax deductible. The local company was our first corporate partner and has made annual contributions of money, time, and resources throughout our organizational life. This relationship has endured, because Chevron is a conscientious environmental steward. Here are just a few examples.

Chevron and its people have participated year after year in tree planting projects that have turned El Segundo into a green oasis in the South Bay. Arbor Day participants cannot help noticing Chevron’s unmistakable spirit at the annual March events. Significant sponsorships, fielding a large team of employees and their families, treating everyone to lunch, providing T-shirts and a planning team member are just some of the ways Chevron helps get the job done.

Chevron provided a member to the committee chaired by Tree Musketeers that drafted El Segundo’s waste management plan in 1991. By far, Chevron was the most forthcoming corporate citizen with internal information and commitment to the cause of reducing the city’s solid waste disposal by 50%. Folks working on the same plan for other cities were unsuccessful in convincing their refineries to try a then new catalyst that would vastly reduce solid waste. We found that Chevron was already using it. Chevron also plunged ahead with waste audits and purchasing policies requiring that 100% of its paper be recycled. Chevron’s environmental conscience put into action is significant in El Segundo’s standing with an 83% solid waste diversion rate and recycled water usage of 63% citywide.

A former member of Tree Musketeers’ board of directors, a science teacher, once took a summer job at Chevron. As a staunch environmentalist, he had mixed feelings about working for an oil company. But then one day while sitting in his office, alarms began to ring. His boss ran in, threw a hard hat at him, and said we’ve got a spill. Let’s go! Our director’s imagination ran wild. As it turned out, about a cup of oil had dribbled out of a hose while it was being disconnected from a truck. They scooped up three cubic feet of soil and treated this small event with all the seriousness we would expect of a major incident. Our director left that summer job proud to have worked at Chevron, a company that conducts its business with the highest priority on health, safety and the environment.

Tree Musketeers tall and small share that deep respect for Chevron and are forever grateful for its generosity.

Join or Renew your Ralphs Community Contribution Registration!

Thank you to our loyal supporters who have registered their Ralphs club cards for Tree Musketeers to receive donations each grocery shopping trip. If you’ve not yet tried this means of contributing that doesn’t require you to work up a sweat or get out your checkbook, now is the perfect time to start!

September 1, 2011 is the beginning of the Community Contribution Program year, and this is the time when we all must reregister our cards. It’s simple if you just follow these steps:

If You Have Already Registered Your Rewards Card On-Line

(This means that you have already entered your email address and have a password)

1. Log in to
2. Click Sign In
3. Enter your email address and password
4. Click on ‘My Account’ (In the top right hand corner)
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on ‘edit my community contribution’ and following the instructions.

IIf You Have Never Registered Your Rewards Card Online

(For security, these procedures will apply to everyone new to the system)

1. Log in to
2. Click on ‘Create an Account’
3. Follow the 5 easy steps to create an online account
4. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
5. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to and click on ‘my account’ (you may have to sign in again first).
6. View all your information and edit as necessary
7. Link your card to your organization by clicking on ‘edit my community contribution’ and following the instructions.

Once our cards are registered, there is nothing more we have to do and yet, passive contributions trickle in!

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees!

Members of the Youth Management Team wanted to help with the fundraising effort this year. They recognized that a sluggish economy and the resulting decline in charitable contributions were impeding progress on their youth-led programs. Whether supporting kids in Africa who want to join the fight against global warming or caring for the 1,800 local trees dependent upon TREE MUSKETEERS, the work is important.

Ultimately it was decided that they would produce a fundraising video named after the sad fact that “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees.” The two Youth Directors took the lead with Adam Gerard writing the script and Julian Poyourow playing editor. Youth Managers Julia Lee, Talia Gerard, Brandon Wong, Raquel Gerard and Samantha Cano were the talent.

Take a look at this by-kids video, and then send your donation today!

Memory Tree Planting Season Is Here

Tree planting season all over the world varies by geography and coincides with the dormant months for trees. In California, we plant trees November through March. Tree Musketeers hosted the first Memory Tree planting of the season on Sunday, November 20, 2011. Two more opportunities to plant or adopt a living tribute for a special person or event are January 22 and February 26, 2012.

Make your reservation as early as possible since these very intimate plantings are limited to a maximum of 10 trees. Memory Tree reservation form.

Beyond keeping beautiful memories alive (literally), Memory Trees enlarge the community forest by forming a lush passive park and each one is a living clean air machine to help curb global warming. The public is invited to participate.

Tree Service

Our Tree Service team provides the following care:

  • Pruning
  • Selection and planting
  • Mulching, staking and garden clean up
  • Tree and shrub removal
  • Tree assessment and consultation

If you reside in the South Bay call our certified Arborist, at 310.322.0263, for a free Tree Musketeers Tree Service estimate.

7,523 New 3×3 Campaign Trees!

From Romania to Virginia kids all over the world are picking up their shovels and joining the movement. In Kisii, Kenya, Wide Rescue Initiative (WIRIO) is certainly the 3×3 Campaign’s most active partner. Most recently 120 youth, in Kisii, Kenya, planted and registered an additional 2,500 trees. Learn more about what kids are doing for the environmental movement around the world.

Presidential Service Award

In January, TREE MUSKETEERS became a Certified Organization, meaning the volunteer hours you contribute to TREE MUSKETEERS can help you receive one of the Presidential Service Awards. To learn more about how to earn your Presidential Service Award visit

To get started tracking your hours, contact Eileen at She will provide you with the information you will need from TREE MUSKETEERS.