CEO REPORT Sherman Lake YMCA April 2019 Dear Friends, As CEO of the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center, one of my key responsibilities is to build relationships with individuals and organizations in our community. Finding shared strengths and opportunities in which the Y can be involved is a very rewarding part of my job. The downside of this responsibility, however, is that it often takes me away from our Y and I do not get to see as much of our programs in action. I try to find times to visit a summer cabin in action or a swim lesson, but I do not get around as much as I would like. Just recently, a volunteer and I met with a local foundation to talk about one of our programs at Northeastern Elementary School. The program involves one of our staff members, Tromondae Beck, who is an extraordinary youth development professional. He visits Northeastern twice a week and engages every classroom in character education, teaching our core principles of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility to the students, creating a school culture more conducive for learning. The volunteer is very passionate about the work we do and wants to make sure local funders know about it as well. After our meeting, the foundation asked to visit and watch the program in action, so we scheduled a time. We toured the school and watched Tromondae at work with a class of fourth graders. Tromondae was teaching them a game while discussing winning and losing, helping up an opponent, and how it is ok to get upset if you lose but that there are positive and negative ways to show that frustration. As I watched, it warmed my heart as I directly saw the impact of the work we do. I watched Tromondae put his arm on the shoulder of a young boy who was struggling with the game and encourage him to stay involved. I spoke with a teacher about the impact of Sherman Lake YMCA at the school and she said she loved to watch Tromondae work and pick up ideas she can implement with her students. It has been amazing to hear from their principal, Mitch Hawkins, about the growth that has occurred at the school since the program began.
I left feeling energized and motivated, ready to continue to building relationships within the community because, without those relationships, the program at Northeastern would not be possible. We do life-changing work at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center â€“ whether it is through school programming, summer camp, cups of coffee at the rec center or teaching life-saving skills in the water - and I am honored to do the work we do to make our community a better place for everyone. Zach Klipsch CEO
INTEGRATED EDUCATION Even though we started out with a week of spring break, April was a busy month for our Integrated Education program! We welcomed students from Delton/Kellogg Middle School, Island City Academy, Lincoln Elementary (a makeup from a February snow day date), and Northeastern Elementary. In addition, we completed our Lakeview Schools partnership by welcoming third and fourth grade students from Minges Brook Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Prairieview Elementary and West Lake Elementary for their daylong IE programs through the Guido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation grant. We ended the month with a weeklong group of 6th grade students from Endeavor Charter Academy in Battle Creek. Character Development Learning Institute (CDLI) Our work as a HUB with YUSA CDLI continues as we support the five YMCAs that are involved in the grant program. A new round of grant applications will be coming through in May. In April, Lorrie Syverson reviewed applications for the next Scale phase of the CDLI program. RETREATS We served 139 guests during the month of April with the Southwest Princesses and their fathers joining us for a weekend of fun activities and lasting memories. Western Michigan Universityâ€™s Lee Honors College students spent a night here for teambuilding facilitation and fifty Kalamazoo College students joined us for an overnight and bonding time. To date we have $373,000.00 on the books for 2019. We added an additional wedding for 2019 as well as six day-groups. Weddings and large weekend groups are actively filling in for 2020. We recently promoted Sarah Pennock to Dining Services Manager. She will mark her 15th year of service this year at the Sherman Lake YMCA!
SUMMER CAMP Have you met Hicker, our Sherman Lake YMCA Camp Raccoon Hero? They made a surprise appearance at our Community Open House on April 28! We had a great time that day connecting with both our long time Sherman Lakers and those that are interested in joining our Camp family this summer. Parents and campers alike had the opportunity to experience all of our programs here at Sherman Lake YMCA. Our Summer Camp, Retreats and Recreation Center were all open for the open house and participants had the opportunity to try archery, face painting, climbing, s’mores, swimming, pickleball, view beautiful retreat displays, take a tour, and meet the staff. Some of our ‘GaGa Enthusiasts’ even challenged Hicker to a game! Thanks to all that shared in the fun. Do you know of any young people (18+/high school graduate) with strong character and a passion for working with children? We are looking for a few more great role models to round out our Summer Day Camp team. Working at camp truly is a real job and can help young people prepare for the next chapter in their lives as they head off for college or a career. Staff cultivate many skills working at camp oral communication, critical thinking and problem solving are just a few examples. To learn more about the benefits of working at camp please click here. Feel free to share this opportunity! SUMMER CAMP DASHBOARD Summer Camp Countdown: 54 Days (as of Tuesday, April 30) 2019 Enrollment Numbers: Day Camp - 943 Campers (69% of Budget) 1371 Campers Budgeted Overnight Camp - 556 Campers (56% of Budget) 1000 Campers Budgeted Leadership Camp - 52 Campers (93% of Budget) 55 Campers Budgeted Winter Camp - 74 Campers (148% of Budget) 50 Campers Budgeted
MEMBERSHIP We started the month of April with our Spring Break Pool Event. We had a different aquatics event each day for families to enjoy, including playaking and key log rolling and finished the week with a pool party! Over 100 YMCA and community members enjoyed the events. “Let’s Stick Together” was the theme for our Family Fun Night in April and more than 70 people joined us to play with giant Legos. Our climbing wall were also adorned with Lego hotspots, encouraging the youngsters to go higher and higher. Finally, the smell of our popcorn bar enticed moms, dads and kids to meander down to the Gymatorium to cozy up with their blankets to watch The Lego Movie 2! Our spring session of swim lessons began in April. We added Monday morning lessons to this session’s line up and we are seeing more and more parents eager to take the first step toward water safety for their children. Did you know that children enrolled in swim lessons have an 88% reduced risk of drowning?
FUND DEVELOPMENT Success for Every Child - An Evening of Celebration We invite you to join us on Friday, June 21, 2019 as we celebrate the lives that have been changed at the Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center and the important part you and others have in making it happen! The evening includes a wine and beer tasting, live music, a live auction and silent auction, dinner and dessert. Proceeds from this event provide scholarships for area youth to attend camp where they learn life skills, cultivate values and build relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement. 2019 Awards: LaMothe Volunteer Leadership Award: W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Adamski Family Staff Recognition Award: Sarah Pennock If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact Carrie Hybels at 269.731.3039 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available online. Mark Your Calendars for 2019! Planning for our 2019 events has already begun! Make sure to mark your calendars you will not want to miss any of these great events. Please feel free to contact Carrie Hybels (email@example.com or 269-731-3039) if you would like to be involved: May 19 - Kids ROAR Are you ready to ROAR? Kids ROAR is a Rogue Obstacle Adventure Race featuring mud, water, color, and obstacles for kids ages 5 -14! Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. June 21 - Success for Every Child Benefit An evening filled with fun! The night includes a beer and wine tasting, dinner, live and silent auctions and live music. Sponsorship opportunities are available and donations are welcome. All proceeds will support our scholarship programs. August 3 - Shermanator Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike Participants in the Shermanator can challenge themselves in their choice of a triathlon, duathlon or aquabike course - all with the goal of raising scholarship funds for the Sherman Lake YMCA. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available.