From the CEO
I love walking through our Y’s and listening to the banter between friends. The good natured chirping back in forth about the favorite football teams and the ribbing about last weekends losses.
Sometimes the discussions turn political depending on whether the TV is on Fox or CNN. But even then the dialogue remains friendly and respectful.
More than a century ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. Dodd, the daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran, was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Washington, her idea came to fruition with the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.
YMCA CEO, Cameron Corder, announced two new staff changes. Daron Dwyer will become the Wellness Director of the Kings Mountain YMCA and Corby Haneline will become the Associate Executive Director of the Ruby Hunt YMCA.
For over 15 years, the YMCA has offered a Black Achiever program. The program has a dual focus; Most notably it focuses on teen academic achievement and career development, but what many don’t know is that it is an awesome leadership development opportunity for adults as well. The Achievers program is nationally recognized and offered at over 1000 YMCA sites across the country.
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On May 9th, over 400 people gathered at the wonderful LeGrand Center for the YMCA’s 18th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast.
20 years is a long time when you are looking forward, but it feels like a blink of the eye when you look backwards.