Saturday, December 20, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Boys and Girls Club director touches many hearts in Vacaville

club director, 2/25/13

Anna Eaton, left, the executive director of the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, jokes with Kazy Torres, 12, at the Trower Neighborhood Center, Monday afternoon. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

By
From page A1 | February 28, 2013 |

VACAVILLE — The young boy was walking on one side of the street. A young girl on the other. They were involved in a shouting match.

“You can choose to ignore her,” Anna Eaton, executive director of the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, told the boy.

“This is how every fight starts,” he told Eaton, who encouraged him to come into the club.

Within a few minutes, he took her up and spent some time chatting with Eaton. After that, he headed outside to play soccer.

Eaton, who worked for the city of Fairfield for a decade while running its youth theater program, stepped into the executive director spot at the Boys and Girls Club a little more than a month ago. Prior to that, she served as the organization’s director of operations, a post she still holds.

“My biggest challenge is to juggle both roles and get us financially stable,” Eaton said.

Prioritizing is tough, too.

“It’s difficult to determine what’s No. 1 when it all feels like No. 1 to me,” Eaton said.

The Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club offers a variety activities to children ages 6-18. Homework help, career exploration and field trips are just a few of them.

Some of the teens recently participated in the Prison Outreach Program at California State Prison, Solano where they spent several hours at the prison and interacted with inmates.

Over spring break, some of the teens will go on a tour of area colleges.

At Christmas, they held a toy drive and then delivered the gifts to the surrounding neighborhood. The community has been very supportive, Eaton said. The toy drive gave the teens a chance to give back to the community.

Eaton credits her parents for an “awesome” childhood, something she wants others to have. She is active with Starbound Theatre, which serves an at-risk population, and has involved some of the Boys and Girls Club youth in productions.

The club has more than 200 members and averages 35 to 45 youth each day. Most of them come from the neighborhood schools.

Located in area of low-income apartments, Eaton said the center offers an alternative to taking the wrong path. And not just among the teens. Some of the 10- to 12-year-olds are at risk, she said.

The results of efforts by Eaton and her staff are often reflected in report cards that show improvements in grades. Once the youth reach a goal, the bar is raised again. They are rewarded for their efforts.

“I get more than I feel I give,” Eaton said of working with youth. “I feel if you’ve got one shot at helping a kid, it has to be a healthy shot.”

Robert Roberts, 18, credits the Boys and Girls Club staff with getting him on the right path and keeping him there. About five years ago, he “followed some wrong footsteps” and looked at the gang life.

Staff member Mur-Ray Colbert set him on the right path, Roberts said.

“Every time I would come here she would get on me (about my choice),” he said.

Eaton has helped him stay on the right path.

“She’s a good person,” Roberts said. “She makes the club fun every day. She brings a smile to the club. I feel like I can talk to her.”

He did that Monday afternoon, relating the story of his uncle who was killed in a recent motorcycle accident. Eaton offered him an understanding ear and sympathy.

Roberts has “adopted” fellow club member Kozy Torres, 12, as a younger sister. She, too, is an Eaton fan.

“Miss Anna is a good person,” Kozy said. “She is someone you can trust and she makes the best of everything.”

Eaton took over the top job at a difficult time, said Susan Schwartz, who volunteers at the club. Schwartz’s original plan was to spend a couple of hours a week there. Instead, she’s there daily and also helps with the club’s garden.

“She was kind of dropped into the situation and she’s handled it perfectly,” Schwartz said of Eaton. “It’s well-deserved and well overdue.”

“This has been the plan for me all along,” said Eaton, the mother of three. “All along I always knew I wanted to work with kids. The rewards are many.”

Her goals for the next year are to continue developing programs at the club, help it be on more sold financial footing and to recruit more board members. She would also like to serve the entire Vacaville community.

The club has some upcoming fundraisers, including a bowl-a-thon March 23 at Stars Recreation Center in Vacaville and a golf tournament in April. For details, call 446-4680.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • LindaFebruary 28, 2013 - 10:49 am

    The true heroes! Thank you for your great service and contributions to our children in our communities! I salute you!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Creche collection grows in size, popularity

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Handmade Christmas display is man’s labor of love

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
 
Company competition a big win for charity

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Meeting a great role model at any age

By Murray Bass | From Page: B5

Fairfield police log: Dec. 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Suisun City police log: Dec. 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Weather for Dec. 20, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B12

 
.

US / World

Island park in San Francisco Bay closed for weekend

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
No harm caused by flames at Northern California refinery

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Wetter than usual start to new year in California predicted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Hospital to pay $2.2M to settle false claims

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Napolitano named as UC public policy professor

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
Man shocked 20 times during jail booking sues

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 3 Comments

Notorious California graffiti suspect arrested

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
Animal rights activists take California rodeo to court

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

California’s bullet train settles 1 of 7 lawsuits

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies in California at 95

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Theater shooter’s parents plead for his life

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
5 ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
2012 movie massacre hung over ‘Interview’ decision

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Sony on shelving ‘The Interview': ‘We had no choice’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Jury rules for Indiana woman in firing over IVF

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Texas eatery worker gets mink coat from customer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
NY police officer suspended after videotaped punch

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Supreme Court won’t stop gay marriages in Florida

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Lava could reach Hawaii shopping center in 8 days

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Franciscan religious order in ‘grave’ financial crisis

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

.

Opinion

Yes, Virginia, the Santa wish list has gone digital

By Petula Dvorak | From Page: A8

 
Editorial Cartoon: Dec. 20, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
If you want to help the poor, fix the safety net

By Jim Tankersley | From Page: A8

.

Living

Community Calendar: Dec. 20, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Dec. 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: Dec. 20, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B11

Children from wife’s first marriage put father’s ashes in coffin

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B11

 
.

Entertainment

More than 4 million people watched 1st dog telethon

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Kim Jong Un game spoof ‘Glorious Leader!’ moving forward

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7 | Gallery

Marathon bombing survivor in ‘Yes to Dress’ finale

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Kid Rock to perform pre-race concert at Daytona 500

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Actor Stephen Collins denies he’s a pedophile in interview

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
.

Sports

Dodge, Vaca grad Mason lead Southern Oregon to NAIA title

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders haven’t needed much from Janikowski

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
AP sources: Peavy agrees on $24M, 2-year deal with Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Howe’s family reports rapid improvement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Vanden girls open Nike TOC with win on Arizona

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Things to know about Friday’s baseball news

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Rookie receivers making their mark in NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Former boxing champ Ernie Terrell dies at 75

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Gold medalist Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, avoids jail time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

CIF football bowl games headed to Sacramento

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B3

 
Cal men beat Eastern Washington 78-67 for seventh straight win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

This date in sports history for Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

California unemployment rate dips to 7.2 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Chrysler gives in to gov’t, expands air bag recall

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

T-Mobile paying at least $90M for unwanted services

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Sales for holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Marian Kay Zutz

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Judy Zamora Rogers

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Dominic C. Scolaro

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B10

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

 
.

Home Seller 12/20/14

Real estate transactions for Dec. 20, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2

Ask a Designer: decorating with Christmas trees

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2