May 08, 2011

Scouts will retire American flags

Delphi Academy's Boy Scout Troop 555 is conducting a campaign to retire worn out or tattered American flags.

They can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Delphi Academy, 11341 Brainard Ave., Lake View Terrace, (818) 583-1070; or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Verdugo Hills Scout Shop, 1325 Grandview Ave., Glendale, (818) 243-6282, Ext. 102.

The troop will retire the flag in a simple and dignified ceremony. A key component to the Boy Scout program is to learn how to be a good citizen of our nation. Scouts learn the significance of the American flag and how to take care of it.


Burbank YMCA sends money to Japan

The Burbank Community YMCA Service Club sent $3,000 to the Sendai YMCA and Sendai Y's Men Club of Japan to aid people suffering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11.

Upon receiving the funds, an email was sent to the Burbank Y's Men Club with the message from Takao Nishimura, international secretary general, "Please give our thanks to the members of the Burbank club for their prayers and their rapid response to Gambare Nippon! Your generosity will help greatly in the relief work that is being organized in Sendai."

With the support of Y's Men International and the International Executive Officers, Region Japan East has launched a relief contribution campaign called Gambare Nippon. The YMCA and Y's Men's Clubs are working together and are showing their solidarity during a time of great loss, said Burbank Y's Men's Club trustee, Frank Sakata.

According to the National General Secretary, Shigeru Shimada, the YMCA of Japan has formed a special task force to respond to the needs of the disaster areas. The focus of the YMCA will be supporting the victims, children, handicapped, elderly and migrant workers of Japan.

Gambare is a Japanese word used to encourage people: "don't give up and stand up"; Nippon is the Japanese word for "Japan." Visit or or call the YMCA of the USA International Group at (800) 872-9622.

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