“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity… it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
For 80 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD) has been serving the youth of San Diego County by inspiring and enabling youth to achieve academic success, build good character and responsible citizenship, and make healthy lifestyle choices. Board Member Jeff Nadeau will Chair “An Evening of Changing Lives” so BGCGSD can provide services that help young people grow to be caring, civic-minded, and successful community members.
10 Things About Jeff Nadeau and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
#1 I grew up in Caribou, Maine, about 15 miles from the Canadian border; it is the most Northeastern city in the United States.
#2 I cannot imagine living anywhere better than San Diego, but if I had to pick, likely Alaska for its natural beauty.
#3 I am definitely a morning person. I like to start the day by being grateful for my blessings (mostly that I woke up).
#4 Whenever I have a free moment, I call my grandkids.
#5 Most people do not know that I go touring with the rock band, Grateful Dead (now called Dead and Company). I attend about 20 concerts worldwide annually.
#6 Other than my family, I have no greater passion in my life than the Boys & Girls Clubs. I believe that EVERY child deserves a chance.
#7 Be kind. We can never be too kind.
#8 I would like to master the art of encouraging people to be more generous and give to those around us who need our help.
#9 Lucas came to Boys & Girls Club for summer camp during a difficult time – his dad had just left on deployment and the Club was new to him. Separating from his mom at drop off, he would often cry and want to stay near the front doors to wait for her to return. Over time. Lucas began participating in activities, even though he still struggled with missing his dad. Encouragement from the staff helped Lucas to meet new friends. By the end of summer, Lucas was eager to arrive each morning and begged to stay longer at pick up. Summer Camp gave Lucas support, encouragement, love and a place where he could thrive.
#10 In the past year, COVID-19 safety concerns, distance learning and social anxiety were all foremost on the minds of parents. Within the doors of the Boys & Girls Club, parents found a place where their child could learn, make friends, and continue to flourish. The success of “An Evening of Changing Lives” will ensure that every San Diego child who needs us will have access to our life changing programs.