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Make a Difference Day 2016 is Right Around the Corner!

MADD logoWe are holding our Fourth Annual Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 22th, 2016!

Get the flyer here!

TREE MUSKETEERS’ Youth Managers will start up the activities at 9:30am, form the teams, gather supplies and lead their groups out to the median.

Purple Team stands by their contribution to the Community Clean-Up

A big thank you to our sponsor Chevron and we look forward to seeing you October 22th!

 

Another Memory Tree Adoption Ceremony in the Books!

On August 20th, we held our Annual Memory Tree Adoption. We welcomed Wpromote, Jean Chandler, and Nora Gornov as our newest Memory Tree Guardians. We also helped celebrate their loved ones and events as part of the adoption ceremony, and showed them how to care for their new tree friends to help them thrive long into the future.

The tree planting season is just around the corner so if you are interested in planting or adopting a Memory Tree in honor of your loved one or event, please reserve your slot for our first planting of the season on November 19th. Email us at Trees@TreeMusketeers.org for more info or visit our Memory Tree planting page here.

Easy giving – Time to renew your Ralphs’ card!

Ralphs is committed to helping community groups grow and prosper through the Community Contributions Program. It’s the easiest way in town for you to help TREE MUSKETEERS!

September 1, 2015 is the beginning of the Community Contribution Program year, and this is the time when we all must re-register our cards. 

NEW THIS YEAR!! As of September 1, 2016 the Scan Bar letters are no longer valid. The Scan Bar letters will no longer work at the register which makes this a great time for all your participants to create an online account or re-enroll at their online account. While online, it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about all the savings we offer.

Here’s How to Register!

IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ONLINE
NOTE: We have a secured website, these procedures apply to everyone who has not entered their email address and assigned a password.

  1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
  2. Click on ‘No Account’ Register
  3. Follow the 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 www.ralphs.com and click on ‘Sign In’, enter your email address and password.
  6. View all your information and edit as necessary
  7. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
    a. Community Rewards – Enroll
    b. Type in the NPO # for Tree Musketeers (NPO# 82396)
    c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
    d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ON-LINE (This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)

  1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
  2. Click Sign In
  3. Enter your email address and password
  4. Click on ‘Your Name’ (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:
    a. Community Rewards – Re-Enroll
    b. Type in the NPO # for Tree Musketeers (NPO# 82396)
    c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your org

Don’t have access to the internet? Register by calling Ralphs at 800-443-4438.

Youth Manager becomes Alcoa Scholar

Fernando and Gail at city council
Gail Church, Tree Musketeers Executive Director and Fernando Aguilar, Youth Manager at El Segundo City Council Meeting

In 2012, Fernando Aguilar came to El Segundo looking for an opportunity to be a leader in the South Bay Community. He came across Tree Musketeers, and after seeing that young people were in leadership positions here, implementing environmental programs, he decided he wanted to get involved. After volunteering at a few tree care events Fernando discovered our LEAD Courses (Leadership Education and Action Development) – including the Youth Manager Series, Public Speaking and Youth Planting Supervisor classes – and enrolled.

During the LEAD Courses Fernando learned people, personal and management skills. He then participated in the Public Speaking class, taught by Toastmaster International member and long time Tree Musketeers Adult Partner Catherine Magruder. He even delivered an inspiring speech on the loss of gorilla habitat in the wild and what we can do to help during the Annual LEAD Graduation Ceremony.

“Tree Musketeers’ LEAD courses gave me the confidence to speak to people about anything, whether it be politics or business. To give a speech in front of City Council is a feeling that will really stick with you.”

It turns out that Fernando has had quite the busy schedule during his time with us. He has been involved in Kiwin’s since 2008 and Boy Scouts since he was 13-years-old. Once he completed his LEAD courses, he was invited to join our Youth Management Team in Fall of 2014 and is now in charge of running the day-to-day activities of the organization along with five other Youth Managers.

“Being a Youth Manager has given me a chance to lead people, big, small and of all ages,” he adds.

Last year Fernando decided to apply to be an Alcoa Scholar at NatureBridge, a program that fosters within it’s participants a sense of place, interconnections and stewardship in nature. We were ecstatic to learn that out of thousands of applicants, Fernando was one of only a hundred accepted Scholars for the Summer 2016 Program. He spent the majority of his time in the program in Shenandoah National Park and below are a couple moments from his trip.

Group Photo - before hiking
Alcoa Scholars Summer 2016, ready for a hike!
with Lincoln
Lincoln Memorial
just beautiful
A stream in Shenandoah National Park
presentation
Fernando & classmate give water quality presentation
waterfall
A waterfall retreat!

 

LEAD Courses have commenced for the summer and we are looking forward to seeing what future graduates will accomplish. Want to attend our LEAD speech contest and graduation on August 15th? Check out our calendar for more info.

Youth LEADership Courses can grant you admission into Yale!

Last Summer our LEAD Classes were filled to capacity so we are bringing them back by popular demand!

LEAD (Leadership Education and Action Development) is a formal learning environment that provides youth ages 10 to 17 with the opportunity to learn skills that will help them succeed as leaders, both in school and in life. Our courses include Personal Skills, People Skills, Management Skills, Public Speaking and Planting Supervisor Training. Check our dates below and then visit our LEAD page to register online.

Not yet convinced? Check out this Q & A with two of our LEAD alum and long-time Tree Musketeers Youth Managers about how LEAD courses and involvement with the organization can lead to acceptance at Yale!

2016 Summer LEAD

The Youth Manager Series are held Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm on the following dates:

Personal Skills: July 11, 13 & 14

People Skills: July 18, 20 & 21

Management Skills: July 25, 27 & 28

The Public Speaking Series will be held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from August 1st – 12th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Did you miss Earth Day?

Did you miss our 2016 Earth Day event? Do not fret! Check out our event gallery below and sign up for future volunteer opportunities with Tree Musketeers!

View our Volunteer Calendar for upcoming event dates and details. Are you a large community or corporate group? Give us a call at (310) 322-0263 and ask for our Volunteer Manager, Charming, or send her an email at volunteers@treemusketeers.org!


A Look Back at Arbor Day 2016!

On March 5th, 2016 the City of El Segundo and Tree Musketeers held their 29th Annual Arbor Day Celebration! Tall and Small volunteers came out to plant over 70 new trees, which replaced large areas of the invasive plant acacia, and to care for Trees to the Sea along Imperial Highway. The tree planting and care were followed up by lunch provided by Chevron, our Presenting Sponsor. We also had beverages and desert provided by other local businesses and a silent auction, raising funds to keep programs like Arbor Day and our Summer Leadership Courses up and running.

During our closing ceremony speeches were made by our co-founder Tara Church, Arbor Day Task Force Member Eric Busch and Scott Houston of West Basin.

Take a look at the great work our volunteers accomplished!

Arbor Day is Almost Here!

Arbor Day Window Poster 2016What is Arbor Day? Arbor Day is a day to celebrate, plant and care for trees. Arbor Day is Tree Musketeers’ largest annual event, with hundreds of volunteers participating.

When is Arbor Day? We will next celebrate Arbor Day on March 5, 2016.  In California, Arbor Week is observed in March. National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, but most states however plan it to coincide with optimal planting season. To know where your state celebrates Arbor Day, visit this interactive map.

AD TShirt PhotoWhat can you do?

Volunteer! Use the form below to sign up to volunteer with us on Arbor Day.

Sponsor a tree! Sponsor the planting of new trees or care for years to come. A donation as small as $5 for children and $10 for adults will get you the official Arbor Day T-Shirt! Check out individual sponsorship levels here.

Sponsor the event! Sponsorship packages are available for $500 to $10,000. How much impact will you have? Become a sponsor here.

Be a Leader!  All volunteer teams will work under the direction of trained Youth Planting Supervisors who are supported by Adult Partners. More are needed, so if you are a trained YPS or APT sign up ASAP!

Arbor Day is all about giving back to the community and its trees – it cannot happen without you! We promise you a day of fun, hope and greening the community.

 

Sign ups for Arbor Day are now Closed. Thank you for your interest!