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Y Times YMCA of Greater Houston Employee Newsletter

October 2013 Join our new Facebook group exclusively for Y staff. Visit facebook.com/groups/wearewhy/

Bringing the world to Houston

Clark’s Corner Our new fiscal year began on September 1. Summer classes, camps and pool usage were at all-time highs. All of us have worked to ensure that the children who come under our care not only have a fun, but also have a safe and meaningful experience. Camp Cullen re-opened and will serve more than 4,000 people this year. Not only did our summer campers have a good time, but our weekend usage has surpassed projections. Thanks to those of you who sent your children to camp, as well as those who found campers from within our membership. We’ve raised more than $1 million for the new Trotter Y Sports fields, which are under construction. We’ve kicked off a quiet campaign to raise $1 million for the contstruction of the Miracle League field at Langham Creek, a baseball league for children with special needs. These two projects are all about our top priority--the children. Congratulations to all of you for helping us exceed our Partners Campaign goal. For Operation Backpack, we received 77,000 backpacks, which equips children for a good start in school. Thanks to all of you for your part in making our work possible. Sincerely, Clark Baker, CEO

Max Madero practices presenting the material he learned to the group of 260 Global Change Agents. He later did a similar presentation at the community executive director meeting when he returned.

Going to Prague, Czech Republic as a They also learned to embrace different YMCA Global Change Agent has inspired cultural activities. Once he returned from Max Madero to think globally. Prague, Madero was required to find ways to educate the Foster Y and the Madero, Youth Development Director at the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, association staff members on what he learned, and give suggestions on what represented the Houston association can be applied to the association to at the YMCA’s Europe Youth Festival in make it more internationally-focused. August. As the Y’s largest international event, the He started this by presenting festival seeks to at the community executive make positive “ I felt a deep responsibility meeting in September. social impact to represent Houston with “For me, the biggest takeaway locally and was to think globally in globally. There integrity.” everything we already do,” he -Max Madero are 250 change y, how I took said. “Internally, agents from around the world. Madero was one of 36 change agents chosen from the U.S. “I felt a deep responsibility to represent Houston with integrity,” Madero, 28, said. “I am very honored and feel a sense of duty and responsibility to carry out this role to benefit Houston.” From August 4 to 11, Madero spent his days networking, receiving trainings on youth-focused topics and sharing experiences with other attendees on the role their Y plays in their communities.

See PRAGUE on the back

Who went to the AYP Conference? Staff members recently attended the Association of YMCA Professionals Conference in San Antonio, where they learned professional development skills and networked with other Y staff members from across the region.

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Mike’s Bytes: Daxko offers cool, user-friendly benefits Mike Hodge, Chief Information Officer

Now that our IT department is fully staffed, we are averaging 500 support requests per month. We are also getting ready to launch Daxko, which will make it easier and faster for us to serve our current and potential members. Other cool Daxko benefits include:

Get your free flu shots Roll up your sleeve. This will only take a second. With the fall season coming up, the flu shot vaccine can decrease a person’s chance of getting the flu by up to 50% as early as six months after the shot. Y staff and their dependents who are enrolled in the Y’s UnitedHealthcare plan are eligible for a flu shot at no cost* if done at: • Walgreens • CVS • Target • Rite Aid • Minute Clinic • Mollen Immunization (at Sam’s Club) • WalMart * Claim it as medical, not pharmacy. Other UnitedHealthcare benefits: • Discounts on phone service through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T

• Check-in with either a pre-printed membership card or smart phone

• One database for both membership and fundraising data

• Faster scans for members when checking in

• Great self-help tools with access to network with all Daxko users

• More streamlined online purchase process: simpler and easier to register for programs online

• As members check in: member record will be flagged with a red “high-priority message,” a yellow “lower-priority” message or green “good to go” message

• Self-service online tools: manage account, update membership records and payment preferences • Access member data anytime, anywhere with a login • No restrictions on drafting

• An easier, more streamlined online purchase process will decrease Welcome Center workload for program registrations and new member joins

• Easier to pull reports (self service) • Ease of training new staff members • Check scanners will reduce errors and eliminate hand-typing

Daxko Schedule

• Online registration on the spot: register members for a program in a group exercise class

October 7: Self-paced online training

• AAA discounted memberships for new members

October 14–21: Two weeks of focused training on the Daxko system at the CTREC Hilton Training Academy October 29: Daxko goes live

PRAGUE continued that as having activities that teach kids in our preschool and after school program about other countries.” Houston is a large city where many nationalities, cultures and languages can be found, he said. “We need to step it up internationally,” Madero said. “We do have the Adopta-Family program to help refugees from war-torn countries in need, but we need to find ways to have a more international mindset in our association. It really is just creating a culture of the Y being a global movement.” Madero also pointed out the potential to add more programs for teenagers

between ages 12 to 18. There are not as many programs for that age group as there are for kids up to age 12, he said. “I want programming for that age group to grow,” he said. “We need to emphasize and develop that age group more.” Over the next few months, Madero will attend YMCA conferences where voting on movements and initiatives will take place to direct the World Alliance of YMCAs. He is grateful to be part of this movement. “The fact that we have someone going to this program is awesome,” he said.” I hope I’m not the last one. I hope we can send a teen delegation out there in the future as well.”

During session break, Max Madero, far left, takes a photo with other U.S. Change Agents.

YMCA gives employee potential to grow into career What started out as a summer lifeguarding job grew into a full-time career with the Y. Eleven years later, Juan Nada is now the aquatics coordinator at the Weekley Family YMCA, and he looks forward to coming to work each day. “It feels like home,” said Nada, who is originally from Venezuela. “There are a lot of members I’ve gotten to know over the years that I love seeing. When I go on the pool deck, it’s peaceful and quiet.” Nada is grateful for the potential his supervisors saw in him from the very beginning and for the opportunities they have given him to receive trainings to advance his leadership skills. Juan Nada, aquatics coordinator at Weekley Family YMCA

“The more training you do, the more you want to move up,” he said. “I keep learning more and more. The more I was learning, the more I was getting into it. I like to step in and take care of business.”

Seeking More Stories Have a cool story to tell about employees at your center? It could be featured in an upcoming employee newsletter. Please send stories and pictures to julian.cavazos@ymcahouston.org.

Employee Newsletter- October 2013  

I designed, wrote stories and compiled pictures for the October 2013 issue of the employee newsletter.

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