Thursday, July 31, 2014

Youth Lock-Out


Family Camp at Circle V Ranch



The Society’s Circle V Ranch Camp was filled with happy families last weekend at Circle V’s annual family camp, this year with a holiday theme.  A good time was had by all, old and young, big and small!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Society Speaks to Paramount Rotary



Chris Sariego, the Society’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing spoke to the Rotary Club of Paramount yesterday on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles.  The Paramount Rotary Club was a warm and welcoming group.  Next week the Society will speak to the Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, joined by local Vincentians Hilmar Rosenast and Rick Montoya. Rosenast is a past council president of the Society. If you are a Santa Clarita Rotary Club member we look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Final World Cup Soccer Ball Winner



Erik Limon won the final official World Cup soccer ball last week at the Society’s Los Angeles thrift store.  Limon and his friends came in to pick up the ball.  Limon described them as regular shoppers for clothing, bikes and other items.  “My grandmother is like a 30-year-shopper at the store and she told us about it,” smiled Limon.  Congratulations Erik on your new World Cup soccer ball, a $169 dollar value!

That Thrifty Show - St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop

Check out a new online series featuring the Society's LA store...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gift Bags at 2014 Catholics in Media Awards (CIMA) Highlight Society


Broken children are mended here by getting some love

St. Vincent de Paul’s summer Circle V Ranch Camp provides more than wilderness experiences to 1,200 kids.


Sitting on a wood plank bench in the outdoor chapel, Matthew Herrera was seriously thinking how much more comfortable it was then on those big round logs — lots better with no bugs crawling up your legs. For five years he’d swatted them away.

This morning, midway through the week of his sixth summer at Circle V Ranch Camp, he was listening to Father Peter, who he liked a lot, do his sing-song thing — calling out and campers calling back.
Like right now, with the priest saying in “church talk” you could understand, even with his funny Irish accent, “‘The table at which He was plentifully nourished.’ Nourish means to feed. What does nourished mean?”

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Society Speaks to West Covina Rotary



Chris Sariego, the Society’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing, was invited by West Covina Noontime Rotary Club President Mary Ramos to speak to the club about the Society July 17, 2014.  Ramos is also a Vincentian, and the President of Saint Joseph, La Puente, Conference of Charity. Several West Covina Rotarians said after Sariego’s presentation that they look forward to donating used furniture and appliances to the Society’s thrift stores.  For free pickup by truck of your donation please call 1-800-974-3571.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Store Employees Complete Six Sigma



Many of the Society’s Los Angeles thrift store employees completed on July 15,2014 the Lean Six Sigma Class Level I to increase productivity in the store.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Birthday David Fields!

Today is the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles executive director David Fields’ birthday.  Happy birthday David!


Vincentian Alan Bernstein New LA5 President


Vincentian Alan Berntstein, new president of LA5, the Rotary Club of Los Angeles and the fifth oldest Rotary Club in the world, chaired his first meeting of the LA5 Rotary today at the California Club in Los Angeles. Mr. Bernstein is the first African-American to lead LA5 in the club's 106 year history.  
"We are one of the 50 largest of the 34,733 Rotary Clubs in the world. We are also fortunate to have one of the largest Rotary Club Foundations within Rotary International with assets in excess of $8 million, which gives our club the ability to fund many local and international projects and grants," said Bernstein.

The special keynote speaker today was Jeanie Buss, President and Co-Owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. She was introduced and interviewed by the stand-up comedian and weathercaster Fritz Coleman of NBC4.

Born in Los Angeles, Bernstein attended Loyola High School, graduating in 1974. Alan matriculated to USC and studied Business Administration. Alan entered the workforce at Zellerbach Paper Company where he worked for eleven years in a variety of roles and subsequently landed at Pace Lithographers. Alan started as a rookie rep in 1990 and became Director, Client Services and Sales Manager in 1994. His clients include USC, Loyola Law School, Mount Saint Mary's College, among many others.

Shortly after entering the workforce, Alan joined Catholic Big Brothers and was fortunate to find a young man, Derek Jackson and a bond was formed not only with Derek but his little sister Germaine as well. The relationship still thrives today and Alan & Derek were the Keynote Speakers at the National Convention of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in 2013. 

Alan married Stephanie Stern and they were blessed with a daughter, Mikaela, who is currently a sophomore at Santa Clara University. 

Alan is highly involved in his local church, St. Jerome's, as a leader in the Bible Study and as Past President of the Parish Advisory Council as well as the Evangelization Committee and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. 

St. Jerome's Annual BBQ Fundraiser


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Circle V Ranch Camp Hosts Weekend “Family Camp” for All Ages July 25-27, 20

Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California—The public is invited to attend the Circle V Ranch “Family Camp” from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27, 2014. Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center is located just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara across from Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley. Long-time Camp Director Ray Lopez announced, “For those families looking for a taste of Circle V, we invite all ages to experience our Family Camp weekend."

Circle V Ranch “Family Camp” activities available include: archery, hiking, swimming in the pool, arts & crafts, painting, playing games of ping pong, soccer, or basketball, as well as miniature golf. (There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the Circle V Ranch Camp experience.) Campers stay in cabins (accommodating up to ten people.
Fees for the 2014 Circle V Ranch “Family Camp” include six meals, lodging, all activities and supervised fun. A private cabin accommodating up to 10 people in a family or group is $650; sharing a cabin with others is $115 ages 16 or older/$75 for children ages 4-15 and under age 4 free. Shower and restroom facilities are adjacent to every cabin and tent. Reservations and payments for Family Camp are due by July 17, 2014, and are first come, first confirmed. To receive the Family Camp application contact Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez at 805-688-5252 or rlopez@svdpla.org or download the application at  http://www.circlevranchcamp.org/uploads/1/5/4/0/15406224/2014_family_camp_registration_packet.pdf

The schedule for 2014 Circle V Ranch “Family Camp” is:

Friday, July 25, 2014
4:30-6:30pm    Arrivals and camp exploration
6:30pm                        Welcome and family-style dinner served in the Dining Lodge
7:30pm                        Opening Ceremony & Traditional camp-fire skits and games.
8:30pm                        Movie under the Stars
10:30pm          Lights out!

Saturday, July 26, 2014
7:30am                        Camp Wake-up Call
8:00am                        All Gather Together Near Flagpole
8:20am                        Family-style full breakfast served in the Dining Lodge
9:00am                        Free-time
10:00-11:00am            Activity Period #1 (choose from many different options*)
11:00-Noon     Activity Period #2 (choose from many different options*)
12:15pm          Lunch served family-style in the Dining Lodge
1:15-3:00pm    General Swimming and Sunning at the Pool
3:00-4:00pm    Showers & Rest Period
4:00-5:00pm    Activity Period #3 (choose from many different options*)
5:30pm                        Family-style dinner in the Dining Lodge
6:30pm                        Game time
7:30pm                        “Theater in the Dust” skits and songs
8:30pm                        S’mores! (Make marshmallow, graham cracker & chocolate treats)
9:30pm                        Lights out!

Sunday, July 27, 2014
7:30am                        Camp Wake-up Call
8:00am                        All Gather Together Near Flagpole
8:20am                        Family-style full breakfast served in the Dining Lodge
9:00am                        Free-time
10:00-11:00am            Activity Period #1 (choose from many different options*)
11:00am          Packing Up
11:30am          Lunch served family-style in the Dining Lodge
12:15pm          Closing Ceremony with singing, skits, sharing.
1:00-2:00pm    Departures; plan to return again next summer!




About Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center
Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center was founded in 1945 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles and has been located on its current site since 1990 on 30-acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations. Circle V Ranch Camp summer sessions for boys and girls ages 7 to 13 feature six days and five nights of traditional supervised summer fun.

In Summer 2013, more than 1,200 children enjoyed activities including hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, archery, arts & crafts, painting, photography, playing games of baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and songs. (There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience.) Campers stay in cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals are served family-style in the Dining Lodge. The Circle V Ranch Camp fee for six days/ five nights including lodging, all meals, activities, recreation and supervised fun is $425 per child; and “camperships” paid by charitable donations are available for qualified campers. Spaces are still available for remaining 2014 summer sessions. Call 805-688-5252 for information, applications and for more details visit www.circlevranchcamp.org.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Chapel for Circle V Ranch Camp





On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council along with 175 campers and staff celebrated the dedication of a new, outdoor chapel at the Society’s Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center located just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara at 2550 Highway 154 across from Cachuma Lake.

Situated in a grove of native oak and fir trees, the new outdoor chapel seats 200 on 54 benches made of Monterey pine and the altar is made of sycamore; both hand-crafted by John Miller of Goleta. The hand-made redwood cross donated by camp volunteer Paul Melancon of Solvang stands an impressive eight feet high and five feet wide.  The original chapel in the woods only seated 150 on rough-hewn logs. A generous donor made this new facility a reality.

The formal dedication of the chapel was conducted by Father Peter Banks, O.F.M.Cap. from Old Mission Santa Ines in nearby Solvang. Father Banks regularly celebrates Mass during summer camp sessions and was honored to have been asked to celebrate the first Mass in the new chapel. Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez remarked, “What a blessing to have this larger, new outdoor chapel to serve our summer session campers and be available for retreat groups throughout the rest of the year.”

About Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat CenterCircle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center was founded in 1945 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles and has been located on its current site since 1990 on 30-acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations. Circle V Ranch Camp summer sessionsfor boys and girls ages 7 to 13 feature six days and five nights of traditional supervised summer fun. In 2013, more than 1,200 children enjoyed activities including hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, archery, arts & crafts, painting, photography, playing games of baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and songs. (There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience.) Campers stay in cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals are served family-style in the Dining Lodge. The Circle V Ranch Camp fee for six days/ five nights including lodging, all meals, activities, recreation and supervised fun is $425 per child; and “camperships” paid by charitable donations are available for qualified campers. Spaces are still available for remaining 2014 summer sessions. Call 805-688-5252 for information, applications and for more details visit www.circlevranchcamp.org

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

World Cup Ball from St. Vincent de Paul



The Society’s Los Angeles thrift store manager Carla Contreras presented shopper Joey Chavez with an official World Cup soccer ball last week, a $169 value.  Chavez described himself as an occasional shopper at the Los Angeles store. “I just got lucky!” he said.  Two more official World Cup soccer balls are available to be won in the stores’ drawing.  Come down and fill out a ticket!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

General Meeting in Palmdale

Vincentians gathered for a General Meeting of the Society’s Los Angeles Council in Palmdale hosted by St. Mary Conference Sunday June 29.  Many new Vincentians were on hand.  Welcome to the Society!

Photo: New Vincentians and Society leadership.

World Cup Winner at SVDPLA!

World Cup Winner at SVDPLA!

Winner of an official World Cup soccer ball through the SVDPLA drawing for last week, Laurentina Espinoza, picked up her ball today, a $169 value. Espinoza is a regular shopper at the Society’s Los Angeles thrift store. “I know all about the Society,” she said. “You do great works.” There will be a drawing for an official World Cup soccer ball for the next few weeks.  Come down to the Los Angeles thrift store at 210 N Avenue 21, Los Angeles CA, 90031 and fill out your ticket!