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Summer Love - A Message from Founder and Executive Director Cynthia Brian

The Summer Of Love was something special
We were so young and so free” - Jefferson Airplane

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Fifty years ago was the famous or perhaps infamous “Summer of Love” in San Francisco where over 100,000 young people migrated from around the world essentially launching the global hippie explosion of a counterculture revolution. Maybe you were there or maybe you are the child of a flower child and completely exhausted from hearing about the good ‘ole days of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. The nostalgia surrounding that complex time period is being showcased in multiple museums and exhibits around the San Francisco Bay Area. If you want to take a stroll down memory lane for a flashback of the 60’s, make sure to check out the various events.


School is out, Father’s Day is here, graduations, birthdays, weddings, camping trips, water sports, barbeques, and multiple outdoor activities highlight the summer season. Whatever you do, be safe, smart, and enjoy your family and friends as they are precious.


The Moraga Faire booth was a huge success. Again, our gratitude to sponsors Michael VerBrugge Construction and Realtor Elena Hood as well as authors Brooks Olbrys and Diana Zimmerman. Teen event coordinator, Chelsea Pelchat, did a fantastic job of organizing the day and the BTSYA volunteers were stupendous. Thank you all.

Be on the lookout for a summer event to be announced.


Speaking of events, the 20th anniversary of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 will be September 9, 2019. We want to celebrate in style and are searching for a dedicated and experienced volunteer who wants to chair and coordinate a 20th anniversary party. If that is YOU, shoot me an email, and let’s talk.

If you’d like to be on a committee, email me as well.

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Make sure to check out our new creative community at Web volunteer, Tim Barger, who helped design our website.


Since online shopping has become the norm for so many people, please scroll to the end of this newsletter to make your purchases through one of our partners who will donate a percentage of your total to Be the Star You Are!® All of your favorite stores and brands are represented so that you can buy what you wish while increasing literacy and positive media.

During the summer, make sure to read books and read to your children. “To be a leader, you must be a reader. Read, lead, succeed.” Check out this great article in the NY Times on how to raise a reader.

Happy June, Happy End-of School, Happy Father’s Day, Happy Vacation.

Make this YOUR summer of love.


My virtual door is always open.


Sending summer love,


Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556


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New Designer and Partner - Union and Fifth

Union and Fifth is the newest BTSYA partner who raise money for charity by selling donated and pre-owned designer clothes, shoes and handbags.  To Donate Clothes: Sign up to donate your clothes via Be the Star You Are!® as your chosen charity. Download a free shipping label. They authenticate, photograph, list, and sell your items. Be the Star You Are!® will receive 75% of the sale. You receive 100% tax deduction.

SHOP top brands like Chanel, Louboutin, and more up to 90% off retail.

Cowboy Nonie's Online Boutique


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Two sisters, Amber and Lacy, have launched a new on-line boutique specializing in country chic clothing for women and children. Named as a tribute in memory of their country girl mother who died in May, 2016, Cowboy Nonie’s Boutique boasts beautiful items in sizes 0-3XL because the sisters want ladies to feel confident and sexy no matter what size they wear.  Amber and Lady design many of the shirts, hats, dresses, and onesies.  They proudly have the majority of their merchandise manufactured right here in the USA! Their husbands built them a mobile fashion trailer complete with a fitting room to resemble a small store front making it possible for Cowboy Nonie’s Boutique to travel for home parties, events, festivals, and more. When you want to feel a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n roll, visit their Facebook page.

And soon their web site will be launched at



Calling All Authors!

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Volunteers, radio reporters, supporters, and beneficiaries are invited to submit a short chapter for our third book in the Be the Star You Are!® series. Titled, Be the Star You Are!® for Millennials-Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, this book is bound for greatness. If you love to write and want to participate, please email

for guidelines. Deadlines are fast approaching.


A Father's Day History

By Karen Kitchel

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Sonora Louise Smart Dodd first brought up the idea of a Father's day in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart.  When Sonora's mother died in childbirth with her sixth child, William, who was a veteran of the Civil War, was left to raise the newborn and five other children by himself on a small farm in Washington. Sonora realized how strong and unselfish her dad had been raising his kids as a single parent and she thought there should be a day to pay homage to him and other Dads like him.

 Sonora wanted Father's Day to be celebrated on the first Sunday in June because it was close to her Dad's birthday. Instead the first Father's Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.  In 1966,  President Lyndon Johnson made the third Sunday of June Father's Day, but it wasn't until 1972 that President Richard Nixon made Father's Day a national holiday -- about 60 years after Mother's Day had been made a national holiday.

Other countries also picked up on the idea of Father’s Day. While many followed suit by celebrating it on the third Sunday in June, some decided to honor Dad on different dates.

And what's the best gift you can give if you're lucky enough to have a Dad?  Write him a note and just tell him that you’re glad to be his child. Happy Father's Day to all who hold this very special title!


Some heroes don’t’ have capes. They are called DAD!

Karen Kitchel is a Community Volunteer who is passionate about helping those who are homeless or disadvantaged. She previously served as President of Cheerful Givers, a nonprofit organization, and Director of BI University at BI Worldwide. She can be reached at

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8. Designer Clothes to Buy or Sell with Union and Fifth

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PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556



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