Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos gets new CEO

 Following a nationwide search, the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos has selected a communications and fundraising veteran with over 35 years’ experience, Cathy Baur, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Baur began her new role at the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos on September 1.

Baur joins the Club from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) where she worked for nearly 12 years; serving four years as Vice President for University Advancement and prior to that as Associate Vice President for Communications. She also served as Executive Director of the CSUSM Foundation Board, a group of community leaders and philanthropists who cultivate and encourage charitable investment in the university. Under her leadership, the University completed its first comprehensive fundraising campaign exceeding its fundraising goal of $50 million with more than $55 million raised when it concluded in 2019.

“We are pleased to have Cathy join the Boys & Girls Club,” said Paul Malone, Boys & Girls Club Board Chair. “Her experience in fundraising and communication will be an excellent complement to our current staff and their expertise in delivering high quality programing to our members.”

In the new role, Baur will have oversight of a staff of 80 and be responsible for all aspects of the Club including strategic vision and growth as well as undertaking a $1 million capital campaign to build out a new site that will serve as the Club’s community resource center.

“The Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos plays such a critical role in our community during the best of times and even more so today as our families struggle in dealing with COVID-19,” said Baur, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join this amazing team and lead the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos as we start this next chapter.”

In addition to her tenure at CSUSM, Baur served as Vice President of Marketing & Sales Support for JPMorgan Chase and also held executive positions at the San Diego Workforce Partnership and Poway Unified School District.

Baur replaces Tish Murry who retired earlier this year after serving more than six years as Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos President & CEO and whose career with the Boys & Girls Club movement was over 30 years.

Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos (BGCSM) is a non-profit youth development organization whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people to become productive, responsible and caring citizens. The organization, which first opened its doors in 1979 at Woodland Park, now serves over 4,000 members ages 6 to 18 at its standalone branch and 12 extension sites at school campuses and affordable housing communities throughout San Marcos and neighboring communities. As part of a nationwide movement of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, BGCSM offers youth programs, developed and run by trained youth development professionals, that emphasize three priority outcome areas: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.  To learn more or support the Club, please visit www.boysgirlsclubsm.org.

Scouts help clean up Escondido Moose Lodge

More than two dozen Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and parent volunteers gathered at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 to work in den and patrol groups to help the Escondido Moose Lodge (#1874) clean up brush and complete tree removal. The volunteer clean-up day was in response to the Deer Springs Fire Prevention District’s ongoing abatement program to try to lower the fire danger in the region.

Cub Scout Pack 662 (Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club) joined the Moose Lodge’s own Pack 640. Also participating were Boy Scout Troop 651 (San Marcos Lion’s Club), Escondido Troop 659, and Troop 760 from the Vista Boys & Girls Club.

More than a ton of greens debris was loaded into two large stake bed trailers and taken to the Escondido recycling yard to be converted into mulch.

Volunteer Day at Monserate Mountain Preserve

By Susan J. Liebes
Fallbrook Land Conservancy

The Fallbrook Land Conservancy resumed its monthly Volunteer Day at Monserate Mountain Preserve this past Saturday, Sept. 5 at the crack of dawn!

Board members and volunteers met at the trail head at 6 a.m. in a race against the heatwave.  We hiked up the trail about a mile to where it meets an access road.  This road is part of the MMP trail system, linking the peak to a lower portion of the trail and creating a challenging 5-mile loop. 

However, this road also provides access to the Preserve for emergency vehicles, including fire and paramedics.  Over the years, the road has degraded due to erosion and it is now overgrown with chaparral, making it difficult for large emergency vehicles to navigate. 

The FLC was recently awarded a grant from San Diego County to make improvements on MMP, including funding to repave this access road.  We are leveraging that funding by enlisting our volunteers to prepare the road for grading and repaving by cutting back overgrown brush. This will allow us to reduce the cost of maintaining the road so we can utilize more of the grant funding for trail improvements, which are also greatly needed. 

Once the road is ready for paving, volunteer work will continue on the trail where we are addressing erosion issues. The next FLC Volunteer Day is Saturday, Oct. 3 at Monserate Mountain Preserve.  Time will be decided based on the weather report but will start between 6-8 am.  Please check the Community Calendar, our Fallbrook Land Conservancy Facebook page, or FallbrookLandConservancy.org for updates.

Stagecoach Sunday going virtual this year

Fallbrook Land Conservancy is taking a break from tradition this year with a week-long series of virtual events designed to bring you all the fun of our popular, community festival to the comfort of your own home. STAGECOACH SUNDAY UPLOADED kicks off on Monday, Sept. 28 with wildlife encounters, tours of our local preserves, and more. The event culminates on Sunday, October 4, at our FLC Facebook page as winners of our GO WILD photo contest are announced.

Learn more at the Community Calendar listing.

Lions Club, Boy Scouts pitch in at Escondido Moose

Boy Scout Troop 651 (San Marcos Lions Club) showed up Saturday, September 5, at the Escondido Moose Lodge to assist with fire abatement efforts. Working with Moose members, the Scouts helped clear away brush, gathered palm fronds being cut down, and stacked firewood.

Fallbrook Land Conservancy Volunteer Day is back!

FLC Volunteer Day is back! Saturday, Sept. 5 at 6 a.m. (please note earlier time to beat the heat) we will meet at the Monserate Mountain Preserve trailhead and hike up about a mile up the trail to work on trimming brush. Tools and training will be provided. Please bring water, sun protection, and a mask to wear when close to others!

County health orders (i.e., coronavirus) willing, this will be an event the first Saturday of each month.

Read more in the Community Calendar.

5th Annual Double Peak Challenge goes virtual

Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation is thrilled to announce that the 5th Annual Double Peak Challenge is back! This year is special in that the race is going virtual which means that anyone can participate from wherever they want! Participants can run/walk the official DPC course, or they can participate from any location of their choosing.

Race proceeds will benefit the San Marcos community through two important non-profit organizations: Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.

Learn more on the Knights of Buena Creek Calendar.

Lake San Marcos Kiwanian elected District Governor-elect

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis announced that member Margo Dutton was elected Governor-elect of the Cal-Nev-Ha District for the 2020-2021 term.

The California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Kiwanis International is composed of 40 divisions spread across three states, with dozens of individual clubs. In turn, those clubs sponsor dozens of Circle K (colleges and universities), Key Clubs (high schools), Builders Club (middle school), K-Kids (elementary school, and Aktion Clubs (special needs adults). In addition, Kiwanis Clubs charter dozens of Boy Scout troops, Cub Scout packs, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Exploring posts. Other youth service organizations sponsored by or receiving financial support from Kiwanis Clubs include 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, JR ROTC detachments, and more.

Recognizing your youth members

Are you familiar with The Congressional Award? “The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans.”

Scouts, Key Club, 4-H, Leos Club, JROTC, police and fire Explorers, library and civic programs, sports leagues, and any organization that includes youth volunteers or serves youth might want to consider steering those young people toward this prestigious yet reachable national recognition program.

Again, from the web site: “Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace, on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals.”

Learn more at www.congressionalaward.org