EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 12, 2012

Hall to chair YWCA national board

LAWRENCE - Rebecca A. Hall, longtime executive director of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, was recently elected chairwoman of the YWCA USA National Coordinating Board.

Hall, who previously served as board vice chairwoman, was chosen during the YWCA USA National Conference and Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. She will serve in office for one year.

"Becky's experience, acumen and leadership are critical for the YWCA USA as our organization continues to be a key voice and resource for women in communities across the U.S." said Gloria Lau, chief executive officer for YWCA USA in a statement.

As National Coordinating Board chair, Hall will oversee selection of a new national chief executive officer of the YWCA USA and development of national strategies to advance the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

"I am honored and proud to serve as chair of the National Coordinating Board, particularly during this current political climate when the YWCA is strongly advocating for the needs of women and families who might not otherwise be heard," said Hall.

Hall has served as executive director of the YWCA of Greater Lawrence since 1991. She previously served as the director of the YWCA in Haverhill.

Gonzalez, bank launch sweepstakes

LAWRENCE — Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez and Eastern Bank will award one lucky winner $2,500 in cash in the "Mentoring Wins" sweepstakes, which will also generate funds for five youth mentoring programs in eastern Massachusetts, including Family Service Inc. of Lawrence.

Gonzalez and Eastern Bank will together donate $5 per entry for the first 6,000 total sweepstakes entries received to a fund that will be distributed evenly among five local youth mentoring programs.

Gonzalez and Eastern Bank kicked off the sweepstakes with a surprise by making a combined $20,000 donation to start the fund.

The sweepstakes entries could generate an additional $30,000 for a total donation of $50,000 spread evenly among the five youth mentor programs.

The sweepstakes, which runs to Aug. 13, is hosted on Eastern Bank's Facebook page at facebook.com/easternbank. The promotion is open to Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents.

In addition to Family Service, Inc., the other benefiting programs are: Old Colony YMCA of Brockton, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and Children's Friend and Family Services of Salem, Mass.

The five organizations are also featured in a 30-second television commercial, "Being There," which stars Gonzalez and underscores the importance of youth mentoring programs.

That TV spot is now airing on local television and on www.youtube.com/easternbank.

North Andover center sets events

NORTH ANDOVER — The Senior Center needs donations of gently used jewelry, knick-knacks and other small items for its Unique Boutique.

Please leave your gently used treasures at our reception desk anytime.

You can also drop off your used cellphones and ink cartridges for recycling.

New class: Breathing & Meditation Fridays 1 to 2 p.m. $24-6 week session. Call for dates of new session.

Free movies: Every Wednesday during summer 1 to 3 p.m.

Day trips:

Wentworth By the Sea: Friday, July 20. Bus $4. Bus leaves center at 10:30 a.m. Lunch on your own at Latitudes.

Rockport: Thursday, July 26, 9:30 to 3:30. Bus $5. Shopping/Guided Tour of Rockport and Lunch on your own at The Fish Shack. Sign up required.

Steven's Pond Cookout & Day Trip: Friday, Aug. 3, 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free hot dog, chips and soda. Bus $3. Sign up required.

Lobster bake: Tentative date Aug. 24 at The Steven's Estate

Foxwoods: Next scheduled trip, Tuesday, July 17, $30 includes lunch buffet, transportation and Keno. Bus leaves from St. Michael's parking lot at 7 a.m. For more information, call the center at 978-688-9560.