The LCAC Neighborhood Watch

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Layton Community Action Council
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Val Stratford has served as president of Stratford Insurance Group, Inc., in Layton, Utah, for more than 12 years. Val Stratford additionally oversees activities with the Layton Community Action Council (LCAC) as executive director.

The LCAC is a philanthropic organization comprised of adult and youth volunteers from the Layton area. The LCAC maintains a number of valuable community services and programs, including the Layton Neighborhood Watch.

Resulting from a partnership with the Layton Citizen Corps Council, the Neighborhood Watch program has proven to be an effective and affordable method for preventing crime and creating safe residential environments throughout the community. The program has helped to open up lines of communication between homes and neighborhoods and has lowered the rate of break-ins and robberies. Further, the program has helped to forge closer relationships between citizens and law enforcement officers. For more information on the program or LCAC, visit www.laytoncac.org/neighborhoodwatch.php.

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Rotarians Support the Efforts of Shelter Box

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Layton Rotary Club
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An insurance professional with over 25 years of experience, Val Stratford is the owner and president of Stratford Insurance Group in Layton, Utah. Val Stratford’s passion for working with underprivileged youth and community service has led to his involvement with the Layton Rotary Club.

The Layton Rotary Club, part of Rotary International, encourages its members to pursue “service above self.” With that goal in mind, Rotarians actively seek ways to improve the quality of life for those in their communities, both locally and globally.

Rotary International supports the efforts of Shelter Box, a relief organization that provides the essential materials necessary to support a family in disaster situations. The boxes that are distributed to families in need are tailored to fit each situation, including items such as a large tent, blankets, cooking utensils, water purification equipment, basic tools, and children’s activity packs. The organization has helped more than a million people in 90 countries by providing these essential items to people in desperate circumstances.

In addition to raising funds to support the work of Shelter Box, Rotarians around the globe have assisted with local deployment efforts including the accommodation of response teams and training programs.

How the LCAC Helps Youth Through the Layton Youth Council

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Layton Community Action Council
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Val Stratford is the owner and principal agent at Layton, Utah-based Stratford Insurance Group, Inc. An active member of his community, Val Stratford is also the executive director of the Layton Community Action Council, a volunteer non-profit organization aimed at improving Layton. One way the LCAC strives for improvement is through the Youth Council, an arm of the organization designed to get youth involved in bettering their community.

The Layton Youth Council teaches members how to understand government procedure, with kids taking part in an annual day and the state legislature and a statewide conference for Youth Council. The program directly benefits the community, with every member of the youth council having to complete at least 50 hours of service per year. The group’s past activities have included holding a prom for senior citizens, and raising money for the Davis County Domestic Violence Shelter, Safe Harbor.

Members are selected by the existing council after applying and interviewing. The group chooses up to 20 new members every year, consisting entirely of Layton City youth in grades eight through 12.

For more information on the Layton Community Action Council and the Layton Youth Council, visit www.laytoncac.org.

Rotary Members Raise Over $4 Million to Eradicate Polio

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Rotary
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Val Stratford, owner of the Stratford Insurance Group in Layton, Utah, handles a variety of leadership roles, including new client sales and human resources. As a contributor to worthy causes, Val Stratford is a member and former president of the local Rotary Club, a part of Rotary International.

Rotary International’s history dates back to 1905. Over the years its service missions have grown to include the elimination of polio.

Honoring this commitment, nine Rotary members from the headquarters staff raised some $4.4 million to foster research into curing polio. They participated in 2015 in the annual El Tour de Tucson bicycle race, the race taking place over a 104-mile course around the perimeter of Tuscon, Arizona. Over 100 other Rotary members from Arizona and elsewhere also took part.

The nine fundraisers had been training for the race since September. It was a daunting challenge, but their confidence built as they practiced with runs of 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles. Adding to their motivation was a 2-for-1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which brought the total amount raised to $13.5 million.

Youth Court Provides an Alternative to the Juvenile Justice System

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Layton Community Action Council
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Award winning insurance professional Val Stratford is the owner and principal agent of Stratford Insurance Group in Layton, Utah. In addition to this work, Val Stratford has served on several community boards and participated in charitable organizations, including as executive director of the Layton Community Action Council, a position he has held since 1999.

The Layton Community Action Council is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that supports the Layton community. The organization especially focuses its efforts on helping youth, and one of their major projects is the Layton Youth Court.

Founded in 1998, the Layton Youth Court provides an alternative to traditional juvenile criminal justice that can help divert minor, nonviolent infractions like truancy away from the real juvenile court and help prevent individuals from getting a permanent juvenile court record. The program trains high school age people to take on the roles of judges, clerks, and bailiffs, so youth offenders can be put on trial by their peers. These courts do not determine guilt, but do hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions by providing real consequences that are also supportive of the person on trial. Common consequences include community service, peer counseling, and classes that can help provide the young person with better life skills.

Individuals between the ages of 10 and 17 are eligible for the voluntary youth court. They are not eligible, however, if they have appeared in the youth court within the last 12 months, or if they already have a juvenile court record. To date, the court has seen 1,652 cases and has averaged an 86 percent completion rate.

A National Photography Program at Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis

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Boys & Girls Clubs
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Based in Layton, Utah, Val Stratford has worked as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) since 1990 and served as president of the Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents in 2002. Dedicated to community involvement, Val Stratford has also invested time as a board member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis.

Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of Weber-Davis is a group of clubs committed to enabling young people to reach their full potential. Among the roster of clubs are Ogden Teen Club, Odyssey Elementary, The Roy Hope Center, and North Davis Junior High. In order to achieve their mission, BGC implement a number of programs in different areas of development, including character, leadership, career, sport, and the arts. One arts program that operates year-round is the ImageMakers National Photography Program.

The ImageMakers National Photography Program is open to club members between the ages of 6 and 18 and is intended to provide a creative and fun-filled, educational experience that teaches children the basics of photography; it is offered at three different skill levels. Photographs from the workshops have the chance to be selected to join the annual photography contest, or they may be exhibited at BGC’s National Conference.