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Celebrating Ware's 20 years with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County

FALLBROOK – When anyone meets Lisa Ware, they immediately notice her warm smile and sparkling blue eyes. She is the vice president of operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, and this month she celebrates her 20th work anniversary.

Originally from Illinois, Ware, her husband Chris Ware and daughter Jamie Ware moved to Fallbrook 28 years ago when Chris was in the Marines. Lisa's first job with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County was as a site supervisor at Potter Junior High School. Back then, they only had two programs, one each at Ingold and Potter Junior High. Currently, they have 10 sites and continue to grow.

"Lisa's hard work, dedication and understanding of kids has been instrumental in the growth of Boys & Girls Clubs of North County," Allison Barclay, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, said. "We would not be nearly as successful without Lisa, and I cannot imagine a better person to work with."

Ware said a favorite part of her job is that there is always something new and different to do each day. She also enjoys mentoring both the club members and employees. Many of the current employees are former club members and she saw them grow up in the club and mature into responsible, well-rounded adults who now work for the club, Ware said. Another favorite part of the job for her is when her original club members from Potter Junior High School stop by and visit her and the children who now attend the club.

"Seeing our alums work for us and the now adult club members with their own families is living proof that our mission works," Ware said. "I am so grateful and proud that the Boys & Girls Clubs of North County is part of the Fallbrook community."

Ware said she is also excited the club continues to expand. Currently, the Ingold Club House and various sites are bursting at the seams. The club is hiring more staff and promoting current staff to supervisor positions. Ware enjoys seeing her employees move upwards in the ranks as the club continues to create new positions, and her daughter also works for the club as an education coordinator. She has been a site supervisor at Potter Junior High School and was the head lifeguard this summer.

Ware takes great pride in the diversity of the club and the staff members, she said.

"We are truly a reflection of the community we serve and many of our current staff members and site supervisors are club alums which is very gratifying," Ware said. "It is important to expose our club members to as many different ideas as we can to give them a well-rounded experience."

In her free time, Ware likes to teach herself watercolor painting, and she loves to coach. A former athlete herself, she participated in cross-country, track, basketball and softball. She loves to mentor and coach club children. Starting when her daughter was in T-ball, Ware has been coaching for 25 years.

She has a competitive streak and hopes to have more time to coach soon. She said she is proud of the soccer team's undefeated season at the club, and she joked that even when the game is not keeping score, she always knows the score.

Boys & Girls Clubs of North County has a 60-year history of serving the youth of Fallbrook and has many programs planned for the new school year.

For more information about the Club, visit http://www.bgcnothcounty.org or call 760-728-5871.

Submitted by Boys & Girls Clubs of North County.

 

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