“HOOPS FOR THE HOMELESS” WHITTIER COLLEGE STUDENTS

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12 great reasons to help the homeless college students:

1.  You would want someone to help if you were in trouble and needed a hand.

2.  The next person may not choose to help. It’s up to you.

3.  They are people, just like you.

4.  Your chance to help others.

5.  The bright and restored future Because of you.

6.  You have the time and money even if you feel you don’t.

7.  You want to make a difference.

8.  It’s the right thing to do.

9.  It makes you feel good!

10.  They appreciate it and it gives them hope.

11. They can’t change their lives without you

12. Good things happen to you when you do good for others.

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PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND HELP US BUY A BODY COMPOSITION SCALE TO RAISE MONEY FOR HOMELESS STUDENTS!! THANK YOU!!
~DR. ZO, DC [FOUNDER]

 

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GETTING TO KNOW EILEEN RODRIGUEZ; OWNER OF COUTURE SALON AND SPA

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WEBSITE: http://www.CoutureSalonSpa.com

FACEBOOK PAGE: fb.me/CoutureSalonSpaWhittier

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Bio:  I knew at the age of 5 that I was going to do hair and make-up. I was always intrigued by the fashion and beauty industries. When I was in a sophomore at California High School in Whittier, I was accepted into the Business Academy, and there, my dream of owning a salon was born. While in high school I became an entrepreneur as a self-taught Hair and Make-Up Artist working on classmates for Winter Formals and Proms. I was deemed the “Make-up” girl.

In 2008, I graduated with my Associates Degree from Cerritos College and passed the California State Board and received my Cosmetology License. 4 years later at the age of 26, Couture Salon and Spa was born.

I had experienced severe allergic reactions on my hands from using aggressive hair color and discovered that I had been suffering from Psoriasis of the scalp –  which left my scalp irritated and inflamed with painful blisters!! I knew that there had to be something safer for myself and for my clients. Thus, the vision behind a natural concept salon was born and I partnered with companies that delivered natural solutions.

Today we stand as one of the top rated salons in Whittier and we are the only full service salon that offers natural solutions for beauty needs. We have served cancer survivors, expecting moms, clients with sensitivities and more, with some of the safest practices, using only high pure quality grade ingredients with the promise to deliver amazing results.

We will continue to deliver natural solutions for our guests giving them peace of mind when choosing a salon that fits their needs.

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What is your favorite thing about your career?

The thing I love most about my career is that I have the ability to help someone feel better about themselves just by changing up their hair or by simply being their to listen to them. My favorite thing about my company is that we are giving people a choice with natural alternatives for their beauty needs.

What motivated you to start your company?

What motivated me to start my company is I had a vision to create change in my industry. I wanted to bring professionalism back to our industry by building a team of passionate and driven individuals dedicated to using natural alternatives in beauty care. I saw the need for a natural solutions salon in Whittier and I’m proud to be one of the only Salons that offers what we do.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was partnering with My Refuge House, a non-profit dedicated to restoring the lives of young survivors of human sex trafficking and abuse. We have been a proud partner for 4 years and since then I have hosted 2 Women’s conferences, Enriching Your Life’s Soil 2015 & 2016, and 3 other fundraisers where we donated all proceeds to My Refuge House. This year I got to travel to the Philippines with MRH, where I had the opportunity to meet the survivors and educate them on self-care and provided each with a fresh new haircut.

What is the best feature or item from your company?

The best feature about Couture Salon & Spa is all the services we offer, we use only the highest pure quality grade products with organically certified ingredients. We are known for using ammonia-free hair color that is yogurt based, with anti-inflammatory ingredients, making the color process more gentle and much less aggressive on the scalp and the hair.

How would your friends describe you?

My friends would describe me as a funny, go-getter with a big heart who loves her family and the people she serves.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are spending quality time with my family, Traveling, working out and being creative.

List two pet peeves

2 of my biggest pet peeves are dishonesty and selfishness.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I see myself running an advanced training academy for Hairstylists and Estheticians who have just graduated from Cosmetology/Esthetics School. Couture Salon will be the foundation where they can learn how to build a thriving business in the Beauty industry.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

If I can go back in time to change one thing, it would be hiring my Business Coach as soon as I made the decision to open my business.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

God, Oprah, Marie Forleo and Dave Ramsey all of who are mentors and who have shaped me into the Woman I am today.

 

 

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GETTING TO KNOW JIM DAVIS: CLUB PRESIDENT & DEANNE DAVIS: PUBLICITY COORDINATOR [MajorKeys.org]

WEBSITE:   www.MajorKeys.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: Major Keys Square Dance Club

INSTAGRAM: majorkeyssquaredance

YOUTUBE:  Major Keys Square Dance

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We are a fun, friendly, non-profit social organization that has been in Whittier since 1973.  We are excited to share the love of square dancing with everyone and help continue the tradition of California’s official state folk-dance by teaching classes, holding monthly dances, doing demonstrations and special events.

Who are Jim and Deanne Davis?

Jim is the current club president for Major Keys, and Deanne is the publicity coordinator.  We have been with the club since 2010 and we want everyone to have as much fun as we do, and enjoy all the benefits of square dancing.

What are the physical benefits of square dancing?

It is great aerobic exercise, equal to hiking about 3-5 miles. It strengthens and tones muscles and loosens joints, but is low-impact with less risk of injury than other types of sports or activities.  It also improves flexibility, balance and coordination.  

What are the mental benefits of square dancing?

Recent studies show that square dancing reduces the effects of aging on your brain.  The combination of exercise with listening, learning, memory recall, quick reaction time, and social interaction uniquely stimulates the brain’s synapses and prevents the loss of white-matter better than any other type of exercise or mental activity tested.  Square dancing also reduces stress, enhances mood, induces laughter, and provides a mental challenge and satisfaction like solving a puzzle.  It helps develop listening skills, and sharpens your ability to focus and pay attention.  

What are the social benefits of square dancing?

In square dancing you develop a large circle of friends which provides an antidote to isolation or depression. You can forget your troubles as you “dance your cares away.” It develops teamwork and cooperation rather than competition.  It is an activity where family and friends of all ages can participate together. And it promotes a sense of community as people from all different cultures, backgrounds and demographics, whose paths might not otherwise cross, can interact in a fun way and build positive relationships.

What do you like about square dancing?

Jim: It’s easier for me than other types of dancing. It doesn’t matter so much where your feet go, if you start with your left or right foot, or if you are standing with your weight on your toe or your heel.  All you have to do is get your body to a certain place in the formation.  The caller tells you where to go, so you don’t have to remember the choreography.  The other dancers are really helpful too, and we all like to be goofy and have a good time.

How did you become interested in square dancing?

Deanne: When I was a little girl I remember looking over a railing to a plaza down below where a square dance was taking place. I could see the swirling colors and patterns of the ladies’ skirts as they twirled around, while the men seemed to magically float among them on a moving kaleidoscope ocean. The music was playing and everyone was laughing and clapping. I was mesmerized, and from that moment I knew I wanted to square dance.

How does someone learn to square dance?

We offer a beginner’s class on Thursdays from 7-9 pm, starting in September through Whittier Parks and Recreation.  No experience is needed, and no partner is required. It just takes practice. After 18 weeks, dancers are ready to “graduate” at the Mainstream level and will be able to attend dances locally and all over the world.  Some people choose to go on learning more advanced square dance levels.  Most are having so much fun they invite their friends and continue attending class on Thursday nights as “angels” to help a new set of dancers learn Mainstream.  Another beginner class will start in February.  If someone misses the first or second class, they can still join because the lessons are reviewed every week.

What problems do you see in society today?

Our society has become so isolated. People spend so much time connected to electronics and social media.  I wish everyone would just unplug those things once in a while and connect  to real people.  People are designed to live in community and interact with each other. We have so much to offer one another: a smile, a hug, a hand-shake, hearing someone say your name and give you affirmation.  These are simple things that we all need, yet we are starving ourselves of them, or looking in the wrong places.  Square dancing is a way to meet that need for connection in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.

What could Whittier do to help promote square dancing?

Square dancing is so beneficial, I would love to see it offered in schools again.  It would be great as a college PE class, and a fun after-school program or activity for younger students. As a community, I would like to see square dancing taking place in parks or outdoor venues where it would be more visible and accessible to everyone, maybe at a street-fair, at concerts in the park, or at a shopping center.  I wish there was an old barn or building with a big wood floor that could be converted into a dance hall, that hundreds of folks from Whittier would be brave enough to try it and discover they love square dancing!

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GETTING TO KNOW RUDY & MARIA HERNANDEZ; OWNERS OF RMH DANCE

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FACEBOOK PAGE: @rmhdance/DancerRudy
INSTAGRAM: dncrudy & rmhdance
TWITTER: @9dancerRudy
YOUTUBE: DncrRudy
LINKEDIN: RUDY HERNANDEZ
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FACILITIES: (Parnell Park, Whittier Community Center, Palm Park)

 
BIO:  
  • Have been teaching dance in Whittier since 2000.
  • Have been dancing for 27 years.
  • Professional Competitor for 12 years with great success.
  • United States American Rhythm Rising Star Champion, United States American Smooth Rising Star Finalist
  • Competitor with students Pro/Am for 20 years with numerous top teacher awards at various competitions across the United States.
  • Working with The Whittier City School District and Boys & Girls Club of Whittier providing dance to over 400 children a year for the past 17 years.
What is your favorite thing about your career/company?
Getting to work with so many people and watching them accomplish the most basic of
skills to be able to dance.  A very small percentage of people know how to dance (20%) and dancing together is  even smaller (8-10%) Every person we work with is unique in their skills, abilities, attitude and fears. Behind public speaking, dancing is one of the biggest fears of most people!!
What motivated you to start your company?
As a High School Athlete I was fortunate to receive numerous scholarships to play
Baseball and Football at small colleges. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship
to UCLA for Baseball. Unfortunately I was involved in an auto accident which caused
me to break both of my legs. I was hospitalized for 6 months and part of my recovery
 was dance classes. (Prior to that I had never taking formal classes) I fell in love with
dance! It became my studies in College and I haven’t stopped. It took me 3 months of
Physical Therapy 4-5 days a week 1-2 hrs a day to learn how to walk again.  I believe ANYONE can learn how to dance. If I was able to learn to walk again you can
learn to dance. You need the right mentality and great coaching.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Have had lots of personal and professional accomplishments but I believe my greatest
& proudest accomplishment has not yet occurred.  I continue to receive coaching on my own dancing to keep my skills and knowledge to the latest trends and styles.  I push my students to the maximum of their own abilities so that they can achieve their
goals.
How would your friends describe you?
Motivated, funny and hard working
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, Craft Beer & Sports.
List two pet peeves.
Tardiness & Laziness
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
The current Pope, Fred Astaire, Muhammad Ali, Lucille Ball

 

GETTING TO KNOW LISANDRO PLANCARTE, OWNER OF “THE YARD” ~ TRANSFORMATION CENTER

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FACEBOOK PAGE:  The Yard TC

INSTAGRAM:  theyardtcw

 

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What is your favorite thing about your career/company?

The ability to help people to feel better about themselves and live healthier lives.

What motivated you to start your company?

After working with a couple of gyms and experiencing some things that I didn’t agree with I decided to go off on my own. I started off only doing personal training, but after a few months of driving from client to client and to different gyms, I decided to stop doing that and start my own gym. I wanted to create an environment that was full of positivity, where everyone that came felt comfortable and not judged, but most importantly a place where they saw results. With the help of my wife we bought all the equipment I needed and turned my garage into a gym and The Yard Transformation Center was born.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I would say my proudest accomplishment business wise has been going from my garage to a commercial location here in Whittier.

What is the best feature about your company?

The best thing about my gym is the fact that I have created an environment where people feel comfortable and not judged. They know we are here to help and encourage.

How would your friends describe you?

That’s a tough one… From what I have been told, my friends and clients have described me as social and friendly. Someone who cares and is always willing to help. Someone who is passionate and determined about accomplishing my goals and someone who doesn’t see myself above anyone else.

What are your hobbies?

I like going to classic car shows. I also like buying, fixing, and reselling classic cars. I figure that is the easiest way for me to own and enjoy every car I wanted as kid while having one pay for the next.

List two pet peeves.

Friday freeway traffic and when someone suddenly stops right in front of you as you’re walking and you almost bump into them.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I see myself already in a second location and having a staff who can run the gym so I can focus on more ways to provide our clients with a one stop shop type of environment when comes to their fitness needs.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?

Honestly, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Everything that has happened has let me to where I am today.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?

  • My Grandpa that I never got to meet but always hear cool stories about.
  • George Barris famous custom car builder/designer, because I love classic cars and I think it would be cool to be able to have a conversation with him and ask him about all the cars he built.
  • Gary Vee because, in my opinion, the guy is a business and marketing genius that tells it like it is, so he would definitely be able to help me grow my business.
  • Jeff Cavalier because I have learned a lot from him and agree with the way he views and focuses on educating/training people. He is someone I respect and look up to in the fitness industry.

 

GETTING TO KNOW A “FRIEND OF WHITTIER WELLNESS”: ANDREW REYNA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF WHITTIER [ATHLETIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR]

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WEBSITE: Bgcw.org

FACEBOOK PAGE: BGC Of Whittier

INSTAGRAM:  @BGCofWhittier  &  @TheClubBGCW

 

What is your favorite thing about your career/company?
-My favorite thing about my career and my company is that we give our members opportunities to become better people and better athletes by giving them experiences they’ll never forget through our sports programs.

What motivated you to start working at THE BGC of WHITTIER?
– I had just began my first few months of college and my mother was a site coordinator for one of our off site programs at Edwards middle school. She informed me that there was a job opening at our Boys & Girls Club Main Clubhouse to help with the walking program and Power Hour, which is homework assistance time. After a few days on the job they informed me that they would like to place me in the gym to run games, activities and helping with all the sports leagues that our club provides throughout the year. Fast forward 5 years later I became the Athletic Program Coordinator and now coordinate and hire coaches for all of our sports programs at all of our 3 middle school sites including our Main Clubhouse.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
-My proudest accomplishment with the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier was successfully running The Nike Mamba League. Nike and Kobe Bryant’s brand partnered with our club to provide a free basketball league for 60 members. Then two of our teams won both the Boys and Girls division and took home the championship trophy. To make things even sweeter, we watched our kids meet and take pictures with Kobe Bryant.

What is the best feature or item from your company?
-Our best feature is our staff. They all genuinely care for the kids and want to make an impact in any way possible to make sure our members have an awesome experience while being a part of the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier

How would your friends describe you?
-My friends would describe me as active, sporty, honest, loyal, trusting and really outgoing.

What are your hobbies?
-My hobbies include all things sports. Specifically basketball, coaching, working out and attending sporting events.

List two pet peeves.

Disrespect

When people don’t pick up after themselves.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I see myself as an Athletic Director at a High School or college. Organizing, supervising, and coaching the basketball team at the school I work for.

If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
A lot of things that have happened, have made me who I am today, so I wouldn’t change a thing.  But I wish I would’ve taken basketball more seriously and given myself a chance to play college basketball, even if it was at the Junior College level.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Abraham Lincoln
  4. John Wooden

 

GETTING TO KNOW MICHALE McCLELLAN, OWNER OF DYNAMIC TRAINING FITNESS [DTF]

INSTAGRAM:  dynamic_training_fitness

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What is your favorite thing about your career/company?
Helps individuals reach their goals. I enjoy seeing people change their lives by changing their views towards self-improvement.
What motivated you to start your company?
I focus on helping individuals with diet, nutrition, strength and fitness. It’s not about the numbers for me, other facilities and individuals I’ve worked with in the past were focused on numbers, and not a personal relationship with the client.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Achieving black belts in various martial arts.
What is the best feature or item from your company?
It’s personal, smaller classes and we focus on individual attention.
How would your friends describe you?
Caring and easy going
What are your hobbies?
Deeps studies of the plant history, history of mankind, philosophy, martial arts, and weight lifting
List two pet peeves
Inconsideration for others, and racism
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Relaxing on a beach in Tahiti
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
Continued acting career
If you could share a meal with any four people in the world?
Jesus, Mel Gibson, Abraham, Jon F Kennedy

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