Chaminade Honors Four New Founders

Chaminade College Preparatory’s West Hills campus was a little more crowded than usual this morning. Instead of the usual 1,200 high school students, there were 2,021 middle and high school students, gathered together to celebrate the school’s annual Founders Day Mass.

Main celebrant, Fr. Martin Solma, S.M., led the Mass and was joined by concelebrants, Fr. John-Paul Gonzalez ’97 of Christ the King (Hollywood), Fr. Jim Mueller, S.M. of Central Catholic High School (San Antonio, Texas), and Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58. Together, the Chaminade family remembered Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and recognized four individuals for the contributions they have made to the school.

This year, Chaminade honored Nancy (Valtin) Leone ’86, Cynthia Snyder, David Poms, and Sandra Poms as founders. Nancy and Cynthia are both 25-year employees of the school, while David and Sandra are longtime benefactors and volunteers. Chaminade President, Rob Webb presented each founder with a medal at the end of Mass.

Founders Day also included a renewal of vows for the Marianist brothers and priests. Between them, Bro. Jack Dempsey, S.M.; Bro. David Betz, S.M.; Fr. Martin Solma, S.M.; Fr. Jim Mueller, S.M.; and Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. have 297 years of religious profession!

Chaminade Students Join Other Catholic High School Students for Year of Mercy Service Event

Last week Chaminade College Preparatory LIFE Team members, Anagette San Roman ’17 and Daniella Torres ’17 participated in a joint service project with other San Fernando Region Catholic high schools at the Fred Jordan Mission on Skid Row.

Students from Chaminade, Notre Dame, Crespi, Louisville, Holy Family, Flintridge Sacred Heart, and Alemany volunteered for the mission’s annual Back to School event. Back to School provides Los Angeles Unified School District students with new clothing, shoes, socks, backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, hygiene kits, and food. The high school volunteers stuffed backpacks with school supplies, and handed them out; as well as passed out clothing and other personal care items.

Following the event, volunteers attended Mass at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in celebration of the culmination of the Year of Mercy.

Chaminade Hosts 32nd Annual Golf Tournament

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The 32nd Annual Golf Tournament was held at Woodland Hills Country Club on Monday, September 19. More than 100 golfers on 28 teams came out to support Chaminade College Preparatory and the school’s tuition assistance program.

They started out the day with breakfast, a putting contest, and perusing over two dozen prizes, including tickets to Disneyland, a spa day at Four Seasons Westlake Village, and signed items from Chaminade alumni athletes Logan Paulsen ’05, Kevin Pillar ’07, and Blake Rutherford ’16. Golfers took to the course at the 11:00 a.m. shotgun start, where they enjoyed BBQ lunches, contests, and beverage service provided by volunteers.

The day concluded with cocktail hour, a live auction, dinner, and awards. Current parent and tournament participant Ron Pivo served as Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer. Thank you to Todd Stevens and Family, Joe Heath and Family, and Drai’s Nightclub Las Vegas for making the live auction the highlight of the evening. After dinner, the tournament awards were announced with Andy Kawatra ’06, Glen Scher and Stuart Fagan taking First Place for the second year in a row.

This tournament was made possible by our event sponsors Community Bank, EPIC and Mike Lynn ’75, Gothic Landscape, Marie McDonough and Family, and Network AutoBody and the Fasone Family. Thank you to our tee sponsors and underwriters, especially to Joe Fabian and the Class of 1982 for sponsoring the beer, gift bag sponsor Great Scott Tree Service, and Tenuta Vineyards for providing tournament prizes.

Thank you to the 2016 Golf Committee (Joe Fabian ’82, Joe Heath, JM Kenny, Jennifer and Kevin Murkey ’94, Erin Sullivan, Tina Miller, Kyle Pearson ’11, and Leah Wagner) for helping plan this wonderful day and to all the amazing volunteers who kept things running smoothly.

The Volunteer Mixers Came and Went but You Can Still Sign-up

IMG_1068Volunteer Mixers have become part of the back-to-school tradition at Chaminade College Preparatory, and last week more than 200 parents attended one both events.

The mixers are an opportunity for new and returning parents to learn more about the different ways they can volunteer at the school. Representatives from various committees were on-hand to answer questions and encourage people to sign-up for an activity.

Thanks to the help of parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends, Chaminade has a robust group of supporters who help to plan events such as the Golf Tournament, Holly Berry, and Chaminade Gala. In addition, volunteers work with Chaminade Boosters to sell uniforms and spirit wear, as well as to cook and sell food at various sporting events throughout the year. Beyond events and Boosters, parents can also help with specific groups such as Robotics, the Performing Arts, The Chaminade Fund, and more.

There are always many opportunities available for all levels of time commitment. For more information on volunteering, please contact the Advancement Office at (818) 360-0615. The parent volunteer form can be filled out and returned to the Advancement Office on the Chatsworth campus.

How to Volunteer at Chaminade

Chaminade C -on Blue- BoostersVolunteers are Chaminade’s superheroes, and every year, hundreds of parents contribute thousands of hours to the school. There are many opportunities to lend a hand, as well as different levels of time commitment.

Chaminade relies on parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends who work in the library, cook burgers at athletic events, plan the Gala, assist with The Chaminade Fund, serve as House Parents, and much more.

To help parents navigate the activities and events which need help, Chaminade will host two volunteer mixers in August:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception
Tutor Center Amphitheater
West Hills Campus

Thursday, August 18, 2016
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Oak Room, Chaminade Hall
Chatsworth Campus

The mixers offer parents the opportunity to meet committee chairs of special events, find out what volunteer opportunities are available, meet other parents, grandparents, and Chaminade’s Advancement team. Both events are open to all parents, and are not campus specific, so whether your child is in middle or high school, you are welcome to attend either event! To help with a head count for food and drinks, please RSVP to one of the mixers by August 12.

If you can’t make it  on August 16 or 18, and need more information, please contact the Advancement Office at (818) 360-0615. In addition, please take a moment to fill out the parent volunteer form and return it to the Advancement Office.