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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Club to present awards

The Keystone Club at the Boys and Girls Club will hold an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday in the gym at the Kenai Clubhouse.

The first Nike Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award will be presented to the person at the club who has contributed to sports opportunities for girls. Also, the Nike Swoosh Club awards and recognition will be given to clubhouse teens who have volunteered in sports, clubhouse activities and community affairs.

There also will be food and a pinata. The event is open to all club members, including Boys and Girls Club members, youth referees and clubhouse members.

Homer gears up for soccer season

In addition to the Summer Recreation League in Homer, the Soccer Association of Homer is putting together competition teams for both boys and girls ages 14 to 17. These teams will start in June and compete in tournaments during the summer. Tryouts will be Sunday at the upper field at the Homer High School. The girls tryouts begin at 1 p.m., with the boys beginning at 2:30 p.m. Team members will pay a $15 USYSA fee, plus a $35 competition team fee.

Summer Soccer Camp will be held June 25 through 29. Players ages 6 to 12 meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and players ages 13 to 18, meet from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The cost of the camp is $75, plus a $9 USYSA fee.

For more information, call (907) 235-0610 or 235-6090.

Anchorage class to reunite in July

The Dimond High School Class of 1971 reunion committee has set a date for its 30-year reunion. Functions will be held in Anchorage on July 27 and 28. For more information, contact the Dimond Alumni Foundation at 205 E. Dimond Blvd., Suite 593, Anchorage, AK 99515 or call (907) 566-0955.

Vets high school diploma OK'd

Gov. Tony Knowles signed SB 64 recently that allows World War II veterans or their family members to apply to the Department of Education and Early Development for a high school diploma. The law takes effect July 22.

The new law allows the department to award diplomas to WWII veterans, including Alaska Territorial Guard members, who served during the period of August 7, 1940, to July 5, 1947. Even ex-GI's with a GED can apply. Family members may also apply for eligible deceased veterans.

For more information, call Harry Gamble at 465-2851.

MDA seeking volunteers

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is accepting applications for volunteers to serve as counselors at the MDA summer camp planned for Aug. 4 through 10 at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak.

Counselors serve as companions to campers, youngsters with neuromuscular diseases who range from 6 to 21 years of age. Counselors assist campers with activities of daily life such as feeding, bathing and dressing, as well as helping them to enjoy such activities as arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing and horseback riding. Those selected as counselors must be at least 16 years old and able to lift a child. For more information about volunteering, call (907) 276-2131 or (800) 572-1717.

Walk generates funds, awareness

Some 35 residents took part in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica 2001 held May 5. By walking, the volunteers helped to support the March of Dimes fight to give babies born prematurely a fighting chance at life. A total of $8,500 was raised by the walk. The money will support research and programs that help babies born prematurely.

New brands introduced for group

Camp Fire Boys and Girls, a youth development organization, recently unveiled its new national name and identity: Camp Fire USA.

The changes to the Camp Fire USA brand communicate the organization's relevance and differentiation and position the brand as innovative, progressive and all-inclusive. The complete national launch of the new identity, including a rebranded name for the Alaska Council, will take place in August.

Camp Fire USA's coeducational programs are delivered locally by the Alaska Council and include school-age child care, summer camps, community drop-in centers and the Alaska Rural Program.

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