Welcome to Summer 2019
Greetings, SCLJG Foundation supporter and happy summer! The ocean temp finally hit 70 degrees, which means summer is finally here. South swells, beach crowds, Junior Lifeguards, and long days are what we wait all year for. Here’s what’s been happening with our San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation and a few things on the horizon.
Thank you for your continued support of our San Clemente lifeguards, Junior Lifeguards, and our Foundation. Have a fantastic summer!
Gudauskas – Positive Vibe Warriors Donate $10,000
Through the years, the brothers have given $70,000, allowing the city to better serve beach goers who visit the stretch of coast at Orange County’s southernmost city.
“I refer to them as our ‘community treasure,’” Greg Hulsizer, president of the San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation, said of the Gudauskas family. “When you listen to them, they talk a lot about their experiences as junior lifeguards, learning about the ocean — not just surfing, but how to enjoy the ocean environment and how to give back and take care of the ocean.” Click Here For Article
Former Guard Jason Gardner Navy Seal
Gardner is a 1987 graduate of Dana Hills High who grew up in San Clemente and guarded our beaches in the late 80’s. He retired March 1, 2019 as a Navy command master chief in the Navy Sea, Air & Land (SEAL) teams. He spent three decades of assigments in places such as Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. Read Fred Swegles’ article in the SC Times here
Foundation Adopts a Channel – Linda Lane
Lifeguards and Junior Guards appreciate first hand the value of a clean ocean. They work and recreate in that water. Lifeguards start the day, while watching the water, by picking up trash, broken bottles etc. from the area around the tower. Although some of the debris is dropped by beach visitors, a lot is washed down from the “watershed” upstream from the beach. Orange County has partnered with individuals, non profit groups like us, and businesses such as Disneyland to help keep the ocean clean for everyone to enjoy. The “Adopt a Channel ” program is similar to the “Adopt a Highway program”. We are proud to be a part of that and hope to pass that healthy ocean ethic on to the Junior Lifeguards.
Gudauskas Family Recognition
The Gudauskas family was recognized by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Meeting. Dane and Tom both spoke and acknowledged the work of our Foundation. The CM and council members Ferguson and Ward were in attendance.
They received award plaques from Congress, the city, orange county Board of Supervisors, and the state Senate and state assembly. In the picture you have congressman Mike Levin, county supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Senator Pat Bates, assemblyman Bill Brough and Councilwoman Laura Ferguson.
Fall 2018 Newsletter!
Greetings and welcome to fall! Yes, fall, which many of us think is absolutely the best time of year at the beach. It also seems like a great time to look back and see what’s been happening with our San Clemente Lifeguards and Junior Lifeguards.
Thanks for a Great Summer 2018
Below check out
- Jr Guard Summer Video
- Jr Guard / Lifeguard Surf Contest
- Shuan Tomson at Surfing Heritage Culture Center
- Jr. Guard Cadets Trip to Catalina
- Kiwian’s Jr Guard of the Year
Jr. Guard / Lifeguard Team Surf Contest
On Sunday, August 26, 2018 the Foundation sponsored a Lifeguard and Junior Guard team surf contest at the pier that was highlight of the summer for everyone. Six teams of three Junior Guards and one Lifeguard were randomly selected. For four hours they competed to the cheers of a large supportive crowd on the beach. Each contestant received a swag bag that included a contest T-Shirt, surf wax that was donated by E-Bodyboarding, a pair of cool socks donated by Stance. Electric also donated a pair of awesome sunglasses that was awarded to the Junior Guard in the championship round with highest scoring wave. Electric sunglasses also donated some T-shirts as well.
Championship Round was between the Shredders and The Sharks. The Shredders took the title.
1st Place – The Shredders: Sean Staudenbaur (Ocean Lifeguard), Chase Mellott (JG), Dylan Kline (JG), and Sophie LeBourgeouis (JG),
2nd Place – T
Click on the link below to see photos from the contest. https://photos.app.goo.gl/2yH1VWvfPZJZx9bg9
Shaun Tomson Presents “The Code – The Power of I Will” for JG’s and Families
On August 18th Shaun Tomson presented his “Surfer’s Code – Simple Lessons for Riding through Life” which teaches the influence of positive values on success in life. A full house (200+) at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center including a floor full of stoked kids were held in awe as Shaun used stories from his legendary surfing career to encourage everyone to have a simple list of 12 “I will do this…” to make good decisions. All children received a free copy of his book “”The Code: The Power of I Will”. Afterwards Shaun stayed late signing books and meeting with his many fans.
JG Catalina Cadet Trip 2018
On August 18th The Foundation sponsored an end of the summer trip to Catalina for the JG Cadets. Seven (7) of our Cadets were able to do a pier jump off the Catalina express mole, tour the Avalon LA County lifeguard facilities and rescue boat from the Lifeguard paramedic crew on duty, snorkel and feed the fish at Lovers cove and the casino dive park, swim at Descanso beach, and play on the inflatable obstacle course at the main beach in Avalon. Three of the Cadets on the trip will be old enough and plan to try out to be a San Clemente City Lifeguard this coming spring!
Jr. Guard of the Year 2018 : Devlin Rowe
On August 10th JG Devlin Rowe was awarded JG of the year sponsored by San Clemente Kiwanis and the San Clemente Jr. Guard Foundation. Devin received a Slyde Handboard donated by https://www.slydehandboards.com and his name engraved on a perpetual plaque at San Clemente Lifeguard HQ.
Spring Grants and Donations
June 2018 The Foundation donated the following items for the San Clemente Jr. Lifeguards
- Sponsored Cadet Jr. Guards end of summer training trip to Catalina.
- Sponsored Jr. Guard competition team for the Regional Championships in July.
- Donated funds for new GoPro Hero5 used for training and annual Jr. Guard Awards Event.
- Donated funds for new Tug Of War rope.
May 2018 The Foundation donated $1,500 for security monitors that display live video feeds in the Lifeguard dispatch from the beach camera’s used to monitor beach and swimmer activity.
In May 2018 The Foundation was featured in the Summer 2018 American Lifeguard Magazine. American Lifeguard Magazine – Gudauskas article
In April 2018 the Foundation Board approved $4,000 grant towards JG Scholarships
In March of 2018 the Kiwanis Club of San Clemente donated $1,000.00 the the foundation in support of the Lifeguards and Jr. Guards.
In January 2018 the San Clemente Lifeguard/Jr. Lifeguard foundation received a $10,000 donation from the Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation.