Whalen will continue on Emeritus board of Boys, Girls Club

The November elections turned out well for the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

Boys & Girls Club past president and board of directors member Bob Whalen was elected to the Laguna Beach City Council. He will continue to serve the club as a founding member of the Emeritus Board.

"It has been an amazing honor to work alongside and learn from Bob," said Pam Estes, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club in a release. "He has been a transformational leader to the Boys & Girls Club. Bob has empowered our Club to strive and achieve new heights in terms of impact, finances and standing in the community.

"What makes his contributions even more meaningful to me is that they are driven by his personal connection to young people and understanding that a caring relationship in a child's life can make all the difference in the world."

Whalen has served on the Board of Directors since 2004, during which time he lead the board to establishing a balanced budget while building reserves.

He also started the Community Partners Breakfast, where officials from different community organizations came together to share their connections with the club.

He could be found at many club events and fundraisers like Family Fun Night and TLC's Pancake Breakfast.

*

Lots of Toys for Tots from Girl Scouts

A Laguna Beach Girl Scout troop collected more than 200 toys for underprivileged children last week.

Troop 8095 put on a "Caroling on the Trolley" event from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 14 to collect donations for Toys for Tots. The girls sang while riding the trolleys in downtown Laguna.

Toys for Tots is a Marine Corps Reserve program that seeks donations of new, unused toys to give as Christmas gifts for children in need.

The toys are distributed to children in the community they were collected.

For more information about Toys for Tots, go to http://www.toysfortots.org.

*

Students bone up on becoming waste-free

Students learned how easy recycling is and stepped up their efforts to become waste-free.

Waste Management's Michelle Clark hosted a recycling presentation on Nov. 27 for National Recycling Day with the students of the Boys & Girls Club's TLC Branch at Bluebird Park.

"The children are excited to recycle and want to do a good job," said TLC assistant Director Monica Silva in a press release. "They are conscientious of putting trash in the right place and the fact that they are 'helping the Earth' is that much more appealing to them."