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YMCA in greenfield 451 Main Street, Greenfield MA 01301 November - December 2012 413-773-3646

OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the YMCA in Greenfield

Our YMCA improves LIves...Everyday. MY Y STORY Whether you come to the Y to work, play or give back, whether you are 5 or 95, we want to know what the Y means to you.

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Whether you come to the Y to work, play or give back, whether you are 5 or 95, we want to know what the Y means to you.

Thank you YMCA in Greenfield! I first got cancer as a teen. I have since struggled with extreme pain, fatigue, and ultimately, weight gain. I now have three young kids, am unable to work, and have a very low income. If it wasn’t for Greenfield’s YMCA and the financial assistance in which they offer, I’d surely be loosing my battle. But I am coming everyday, a couple of times a day, and I finally feel I have a chance to win the battle against disease.

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Include your name only if you wish to be identified with your Y story. If you need additional space or wish to share your experience through drawing or illustration, use the back side. THANK YOU!

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OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the Y YMCA in Greenfield

president’s address Board officers & New Board Members Dan Graves - Board President

On behalf of the Y, welcome and thank you for making the Y part of your life. I am honored to have been asked to serve as President of such a worthy community organization and I know you share my belief that the Y truly changes lives every day through promoting Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

Our Y is blessed to have an incredibly skilled and compassionate staff that helps members of all ages and abilities make their time at the Y the most enriching part of their day. Whether it’s a young child being cared for in our childcare facility, a teen that needs a mentor, a person committed to improving their well being or a community cause that needs a volunteer, our Y is there.

2012 - 2013 Board Officers President Dan Graves Vice President Open Treasurer Mark Donoghue Clerk Byron Ricketts New Board Members accepted 3-year terms Sue Dillon Missy Tetreault Walter Boyd AJ Bresciano

Our Y is particularly sensitive to the financial difficulties so many are facing and believes no member should forgo wellness based on inability to pay. As a result, the Y offers a Sliding Fee Scale which provides a range of assistance based on income and household size. With community support and generous donors, people who never thought they would qualify for a sliding fee scale are finding out that the Y is there to help them through a tough spot. Last year alone the Y awarded over $300,000 in sliding scale aid. One vital part of keeping our Y vibrant is talking about what we do and if you’ve had a staff member or volunteer leave a positive experience on your life or the life of your child, I hope you share that experience. Despite challenges, these are exciting times for our Y as our staff and volunteers continue to work hard to develop quality programs for our members and our community but we can’t do it without the support, input and ideas of our members.  If you have a thought about something that we can do better or an idea about a new program or even a talent that can benefit the Y, please take the time to share.     Someone once said that almost every important lesson that one can learn in life is taught and learned at the Y every day. Whether it’s inclusion, compassion, wellness, self worth or the importance of commitment to a cause, it all happens here at our Y and I look forward to working with you over the upcoming year to find new ways to allow all of that to happen.

Past President, Nancee Bershof and new President, Dan Graves

FYI: court house/ YMCA parking news THE New Court house PRoject will begin in the next 6 months When the new Court House project begins, the Y will be getting a new easement road to our back lower parking lot. Once the new easement is available the Court House parking lot will be fenced off forever. Overflow Y parking will be available in the town’s Hope Street parking lot for a small hourly fee.


OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the YMCA in Greenfield

Volunteers of the year Awards


Y members volunteered 6,688 hours from July 2011 - June 2012 to help achieve numerous goals in our three areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. On May 17, 2012 our Volunteer of the Year Awards Night was held at the Arts Block in Greenfield. We recognized 15 of our volunteers who were leaders in their department and put in a lot of hours.

Gymnastics Volunteer

Y Preschool Volunteer

presented by Kelly Clevenger

presented by Janet Seredejko

presented by Pam Mickiewicz

Youth Leader Volunteer

Child Watch Volunteers

Ambassador of the Year

presented by Dave Garappolo

presented by Janet Seredejko

presented by Dawn Dorsey

Kayla Hamer

Summer Murray

Amber Merritt

Joel Emberley

Aquatics Volunteer

Marsha Staples-Love

Muriel Stundis

150 Hour Club

Membership Volunteer

Membership Volunteer

presented by Jayne Trosin

presented by Jayne Trosin

Thank you to ALL of our volunteers for your hard work and commitment that is put forth on a regular basis.

Not Pictured: Marc Driver, Youth Sports Coach of the Year.

Richard Brunette

The Volunteer 150 Club recognizes volunteers who put in a total of 150 hours of volunteer time in one year. The following volunteers were recognized at the 2012 Volunteer Awards Night for achieving this level. Many thanks for going above and beyond what is expected! Sasha Davidson Phyllis Gebert Jackie Gregory Will Johnson Scott Merritt Doris Shaw

226 hours 154 hours 517 hours 172.5 hours 298.5 hours 152 hours

Doris Shaw


backpacks for kids! For the 4th year, your YMCA took part in the Back to School Backpack Program sponsored by the United Way of Franklin County. We had a goal of filling 24 backpacks – we surpassed that goal and completely filled 26 backpacks with school supplies! Due to your generous donations, 26 children in Franklin County started the school year with new backpacks and supplies. Thank you to everyone who helped with this special project. Whether you donated pencils or filled a whole backpack, you put a smile on a child’s face the first day of school. Pictured is Mariellen Hayre surrounded by the 26 backpacks full of school supplies.

It’s time to clean your closets for the y’s

Free clothing store

October 26, 2012 10-3 pm For the 4th year, the YMCA in Greenfield will be holding a free clothing store on Friday, October 26, from 10 - 3 pm. Please start cleaning your closets now to donate good, CLEAN, used clothing. We are in need of fall and winter clothes (in larger sizes), especially adult coats and jackets and baby/toddler/ children clothes. NO INTIMATE APPAREL PLEASE. We will be accepting clothes Monday, October 22 thru Wednesday, October 24 ONLY. If you can help fold and sort clothes on Thursday, October 25 or “work” the store on Friday, please call Mariellen at ext. 415.

UPCOMING volunteer opportunities We need your help!

If you are able to help out with any of these events, call Mariellen at 773-3646 ext 415.

Thursday, October 25 We need a lot of help sorting and folding clothes for our Free Clothing Store 10 am - 2 pm Friday, October 26 We need “store clerks” to work at our Free Clothing Store. from 10 am - 3 pm October 29 - November 4 “Boomers and Beyond Week” 8 - 10 volunteers are needed to help with different fun events during the week - pool and ping pong tournaments, bingo callers and workers, among other things.

help Feed the hungry The next YMCA sponsored “Community Meal” will be December 18, 2012 Due to the proximity of Christmas, we would like to make this a holiday meal with foods such as a ham, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and vegetables along with the usual salad, rolls and dessert. Signup sheets will be posted by Monday, November 19. Please consider making a dish so that we can help those less fortunate have a nice meal. If you have any questions, please call Mariellen at ext 415.


volunteer of the month: June Penny Ricketts

Penny has been a member of the Y for a number of years. She is on our Board of Directors and the Diversity Committee. She volunteers many hours in different capacities. Most recently, she arranged with her employer, The Home Depot and her boss, Matthew Bess (pictured) to donate several different items to help make our June 15 Parking Lot Party a huge success. Thank you Penny…You certainly deserve to be our June 2012 Volunteer of the Month!

“relay for life” 2012 YMCA Team Members

Penny braved the dunk tank at this years Parking Lot Party.

Do you have an extra hour or more a week or a month? Do you want to feel a sense of accomplishment and feel good about yourself? Do you want to be with a group of people who enjoy what they are doing?

Top Row (l-r): Magda Ponce-Castro, Bethany Jenest, Dawn Dorsey, Jane Kane, Jackie Lankin, Barbara Tardif, Pam Mickiewicz, Bill Hayre and Mariellen Hayre. Bottom Row (l-r) Kirsten Richardson, Kelsey Kane, Al Kane, Wanda Pyfrom, Tyler Willey, Ben Tardif, Tina Newton and Orilla Brunell. Not pictured: Stacie Baumann, Brian Baumann and Jayne Trosin.

The YMCA Relay for Life Team had another successful year. Everyone worked hard to raise money for this worthy cause. Your generosity enabled us to raise $7,724! This was a 32% increase over 2011 and moved us up to the Platinum Level. We look forward to raising even more in 2013. Thank you all for your continued support and generosity.

If so, volunteering at the Y may be the thing for you! We have many great volunteers and are looking for more people to join us. We have openings in sports, helping children with homework after school, people to help with our annual Strong Kids and Families Campaign, Community Meals, Preschool and many other opportunities. If you would like more information on volunteering, please call Mariellen at 773-3646 ext 415.


OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the YMCA in Greenfield

2012 “Kids to Camp” Golf Tournament 300 Camper Weeks were provided to area low income youths! The YMCA in Greenfield held its tenth annual “Kids to Camp” Golf Tournament on Monday, July 16. A total of $29,100 was raised which provided 300 camper weeks for low income youths from Franklin County to attend Y summer camps. The three major sponsors this year were The Rice Family Foundation, People’s United Bank, and General Contractor Mowry & Schmidt. Our YMCA holds this tournament each July to raise money to provide area kids with financial assistance to attend the Y’s summer camps. Five camps were offered this summer including Half Day Sports Camps, Afternoon Camp Recess, Gymnastics Camp, the Y’s 33-acre Camp Apex and several specialty camps; including Karate, Wilderness Skills and Track & Field. “We started the tournament nine years ago because more kids needed assistance to attend summer camps and a golf tournament is a good way to raise money,” said Bill Fitzpatrick, the Y’s Head of Member Services. The 2003 event, which Fitzpatrick organized with the assistance of only a handful of volunteers, raised $1,200. Since that humble beginning over $170,000 has been raised to send low income kids to Y-Summer Camps. “My congratulations go to the Golf Committee for providing such a wonderful opportunity for deserving kids in our area to experience camp,” said David Garappolo, Camp Apex Co-Director. “I’m extremely grateful to the Golf Committee that organized this year’s event,” said Board President, Dan Graves “Without them, this year’s tournament would not have been a success.” Graves extended thanks to the committee members Tina Newton, Jayne Trosin, Dawn Dorsey, Bill Doyle, Bob Diamond, Nancee Bershof, Dick Colgan, Mike Currie, Jane Plumley, Bill Canon and Y Executive Director Bob Sunderland. John Cormican and Peter Kramer Co-Chaired the 2012 tournament. The Golf Committee started working on the tournament in March.

“Summer should be a special time for kids, a time to learn new skills, play, have fun, meet new friends and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Sunderland. “There is no better way for kids to do these things than at one of our many day camps. Each summer more dollars are needed to help area youngsters benefit from the wholesome experience of fun filled days of camp activities. Our camps help children grow, learn and thrive and they practice the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. This summer over $45,000 in assistance was provided to area low-income youth to attend our day camps.” Twenty-three teams participated in the tournament. Subway of North Greenfield, locally owned and operated by Ira and Mary Mitchel, provided grinders for lunch. A social with a raffle followed the afternoon of play. Door prizes and auction followed the social. Some of the auction items included a round-trip flight to Martha’s Vineyard, a painting by John Tomasetti, an overnight package at the Brandt House in Greenfield and restaurant gift certificates. The 103 golfers, along with others, donated $7,300 that day by purchasing mulligans, raffle and auction items. “Each year we present potential sponsors with the question of how many kids would they consider sending to camp, and the responses have been fantastic,” said Sunderland. Thanks to The Rice Family Foundation, People’s United Bank, and General Contractor Mowry & Schmidt along with our 75 other sponsors, raffle and auction donors, players, the Golf Committee and other volunteers, this was a great event. Based on the overwhelming responses, we expect the tournament to continue as a major source of camp funding for deserving youth who might not otherwise enjoy the camp experience. We keep our tournament fee very reasonable. This summer, it was only $95 per player which included lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart and a dinner buffet” said Sunderland.

The 2013 Kids-to-Camp Golf Tournament will be on Monday, July 15 with an 11:45 a.m. shotgun start. Mark your calendar so you can play in this event next summer so even more kids can grow at one of our camps. 6

OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the YMCA in Greenfield

“Kids to Camp” Golf Tournament Sponsors MAJOR SPONSORS

Albatross Sponsors $1,000+ Berkshire Insurance Group Greenfield Savings Bank

Eagle Sponsors $500-999

Berkshire Gas Blanker Foundation David Wendell Associates Facey Plumbing and Heating The Sandri Companies, Inc. Toyota/Ford of Greenfield William F. Doyle, MD Yankee Candle Co. Inc.

Birdie Sponsors $300-499

Crocker Communications, Inc. Dr.’s Bagley, Goodwin & Hrinda Dillon Chevrolet Inc. Edward L Margola CPA Framingham Salvage Co. Franklin Nephrology Greenfield Co-op Bank Mayhew Steel Products Pioneer Saab Volvo Richard D. Smith Inc. Sigda Flower Shop Sun Life Financial The Greenfield Recycling C/O Peter Kramer WTE Recycling, Inc.

Par Sponsors $100-299

Austin Family Eye Care Baker Office Supply Bete Fog Nozzle, Inc. Bill & Phyllis Canon Booska’s Flooring Bresciano Food Service Inc. Brown Motors Inc. Channing Bete Company Cohn & Company Connecticut River Internists Connecticut Valley Oral Surgery Assoc. Curtiss, Carey, Gates, Graves & Goodridge

Detectoguard Inc. duMont Corp LLC Edward Jones, office of Richard McFadden Eye & Lasik Center Florence Savings Bank FM Kuzmeskus, Inc. Foster’s Supermarket Franklin County Cardiovascular Assoc. Fuwa Metals, Inc. George Apkin & Sons, Inc Gilmore & Skole Ins. Agency Inc. Greenfield Dental Associates Greenfield Imported Cars, Inc. Greenfield Radiology Assoc. Jacob Trading, LLC Kennametal Inc, HR Kidder Funeral Home Kostanski Funeral Home Lundgren Honda of Greenfield Margo’s Beauty Shop McCarthy Funeral Home Melanson Heath & Co P C Peter & Cynthia Kramer Plumley Consulting Smith & Associates Locksmith Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home Snow & Sons Landscaping Swift Cleaners Ted & Carole Pennock The Lane Construction Corp. Tri-State Acceptance Corp Welsh Associates Will Pratt, Realtor, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate

Other Cash Donors Pioneer Hearing Services

Gift in Kind Donors

Subway of North Greenfield: Ira & Mary Mitchel (grinders for lunch) The Recorder (“thank you” ad) The Greenfield Grille (gift certificates given to live auction winners) Thomas Mann (golfer “thank you” gifts) WHAI 98.3 and Bear Country 95.3 (radio ads)

Auction & Raffle Donors Adams Donut Shop Andy Rothschild Arbella Insurance Asian Buffet Auto Zone Berkshire East Ski Area Bill & Doris Doyle Bill Levine BJ’s Wholesale Club Boston Bruins Boston Celtics Boston Red Sox Bub’s BBQ Burger King / Quik Foods Inc. Chandlers Restaurant China Gourmet Cleary Jewelers

Country Club of Greenfield Dunkin Donuts (on the Trail) El Greco Café Friendly’s Restaurant Garden Theater Gerry & Martha Ethier Harris Snyder Hartford/Windsor Marriott Hillside Pizza Home Depot Joe’s Café John Tomasetti Judd Wire, Inc. Kevin Piecuch Kim Franks - Snap-on Tools Lamson & Goodnow Lou Bresciano Main Street Hair Design Mark Donoghue Matthew Sheridan Mesa Verde Nancy Baker Ninety Nine Restaurant Pete’s Seafood Restaurant Picadilly Farm Riddell Sporting Goods Co. Ristorante DiPaolo Roosters Bistro Ryan & Casey Sammy K’s Savings Bank Life Ins. Taylor’s Tavern The Brandt House The Gill Tavern The Notch The Rendezvous The Sandri Companies The Wok Tim Farrell Tire Warehouse Tom Bresciano Tom Merrigan Tom’s Hot Dog & Grill Tranquility Hair Salon YMCA in Greenfield Zoar Outdoor

Players Doug Anderson Bill Apkin David Applebaum Fred Avery Joe Bartlett Tom Bergeron Ed Berlin Alan Blanker Carol Bolduc A.J. Bresciano Al Bristol Jane Brown Keith Burch Bill Caines Bobby Campbell Aaron Campbell Tony Canata Joe Canata Lynn Cantell

Rich Carotenuto Don Churchill Susan Coan Kim Coffin Dick Colgan Kevin Collins John Cormican Dave Crisafulli Bruce Cromack Mike Currie Bob Diamond Susan Dillon Tom Dillon Greg Doyle Conan Doyle Bill Doyle Alec Duda Bill Fitzpatrick Tami Gaylor Jack Golden Timberly Grout Lori Grover Jackie Harris Michael Hubbard Don Jalbert Myrt Jaquay-Wilson John Johnston Ryan Johnston John Jones Dion Justin Peter Kramer Ethan Kramer Audrey Labonte Jim Lefleur Corey Lovett Terry Low Brian Luippold Scott Lyman Misty Lyons Fred Magee Dick Mathews Rich McFadden Joanne McGowan Meg Palmeri Bill Patten Mark Petersen Mike Plager MD Winston Powell Dave Puchalski Tim Rice Elise Rice Jay Rice Penny Ricketts Sally Roberts Doug Robinson Steve Roy Ron Sicard David Singer Tracy Sloan Sara Smiarowski Mark Spencer Princy Stotz Darlene Tebaldi Lonnie Tebaldi Mike Trosin Cameron Ward Susan Welenc 7

Family of the year

During our 2011-2012 Annual Meeting on June 26, 2012, the YMCA’s “Family of the Year” award was presented to the Unaitis family — Chris, Dana, Sydney and Allyson. The award is for a family whose members participate at the YMCA with at least one person volunteering. This family represents the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Dana has been active at the YMCA since she was a child. Chris has been a Y member for over 20 years. The children have been involved in swim lessons and youth sports over the years and are now on the Y’s competitive gymnastics team, The Tumbling Tigers.

Chris, Dana, Sydney & Allyson Unaitis

Thank you Unaitis family for being a role model for other families at the Y and in the community.

Girls Day out

Y- Exercise is medicine Program The Y’s EIM Program is starting to change more lives every week. Presently, we are receiving 10-20 referrals per week from over 50 Primary Care Providers for their patients. EIM is a 12 week starter fitness program where the participants are given a lot of “Y-Love” in one of 4 areas: the pool, FSF Program, Nautilus and Group Ex Classes. There have been many incredible success stories of how people’s health has improved. Jim Haine, was one such person. Since starting the EIM Program in November 2011, Jim has lost over 40 pounds. He has been on a diet but also credits some of his loss to the Aquacize class and the Y staff. Tell your friends to ask their doctor for a free referral to the Y’s EIM Program – because Exercise is Medicine.

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Save the Date, January 27, 2013 For the seventh year the YMCA is hosting Girls Day Out. A special afternoon for girls, mothers and grandmothers to come and be pampered, try a variety of Y attractions and more! To be a vendor

at this event or for more information, call Jayne Trosin at 773-3646 ext 448.

Left to Right: Bill Cummings, Walker Miles, Bill Hayre and Harold Brown Our Service Club comes together each month to help around our Y. On October 5, they installed new parking signs in our Main Street parking lot. They also brought two pick-up loads of items to the dump! If you would like to help out with the next project contact Mariellen at ext 415. 8

Adult rec volleyball

Boomers & Beyond week

Every Wednesday from 6:15 - 9:15!

October 29 - November 4

Volleyball is open to everyone, regardless of skill level, and is a great way to practice and get exercise.

A fun, educational, action packed FREE week of Y-activities for those over the age of 50 (Boomers & Beyond). Invite your friends to try the Y this week. • Free Group Ex classes • Free use of cardio & strength machines (Farr Fitness Center) • Free lap swimming & Jacuzzi use • Register for door prizes each day • Free coffee M-F 9 -11 am • Free Blood Pressure checks M-F 9 -11 am • Potluck Luncheon – Monday, Oct. 29 12 - 1 pm “The Crucial Catch” Project (breast cancer screening and related services) • Pickleball Tu & Th 9 -11 am • BINGO! Tu & Th 10 -11:30 am • Free Functional Fitness Assessments (see below) • Ping Pong and Pool Tournaments

Four to six groups of 6 to 8 players will play rotating sets of games. Players are welcome to play all night if they wish, provided everyone gets a chance to play. Our cut off is 32 players per 1.5 hours, we will try to accommodate all. Set-up and warm-ups begin at 6 pm, play begins promptly at 6:30 pm. FREE FOR Y MEMBERS For more information call Dave at 773-3646 ext. 436

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Pick up a complete schedule at the Welcome Center

FREE Functional Fitness AssessmentS & health fair Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Ages 60+ in the gymnasium from 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Bring a Friend Days Or 2 or 3 or more! You could win 50 Y-Bucks. November 12 - 18, 2012 Invite one or more friends to join you for your Y exercise class or workout during these days and you can enter to win 50 Y-Bucks. Guests must be 19 or older. See Welcome Center for more info. If your friend joins, you will get a free Y t-shirt!

This is an annual event that has been very well attended by our”Y” senior participants and the community at large. The functional fitness test for adult’s ages 60+ assesses these six areas: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Lower Body Strength - 30 Seconds Upper Body Strength - Arm Curls Aerobic Endurance - 2 Minute Step in Place Lower Body Flexibility - Chair Sit and Reach Upper Body Flexibility - Back Scratch Agility and Balance - 8 foot up and back

In addition to these tests we will also be offering free blood pressures, fitness consultation, snacks, door prizes and other vendors such Poet Seat Health Care Center will be present. This event is free and opened to the public. For more info call 773-3646 ext. 448



The 2012 Camp season was a great success! Here are some comments we have received from parents that filled out our 2012 Camp Survey:

Letter to the Editor at the Recorder

Amazing Summer at camp apex! CAMP APEX “ It provided a fun and safe environment for my child.” “ I liked that my son was able to spend so much time outside exploring. He liked the camp counselors and I like that he met a lot of new kids.” “ The staff gave my camper a leadership opportunity with support.” “ The whole experience was amazing, the camp was organized with a great staff.” “ [The camp] provided high energy programming with lots of entertaining content.” Gymnastics Camp “ It was very reliable and consistent, best of all my daughter loved it and was always excited to go.” “ Fun for kids, convenient for my household, extremely affordable and a kind and caring staff.” Specialty Camps “ My children were safe, they had fun and were very busy...They were tired at the end of the day. I like that a free well balanced lunch was included.”

My name is Crystal Kimball. My son Jack, who is autistic, has been going to the YMCA after-school and summer program off and on for 7 years. Last September, I found myself a single mom, after my husband and Jack’s father passed away unexpectedly. When summer came, I thought, the Y has a program called Camp Recess at the Y. Jack doesn’t like to be outside in the heat usually. Kara and I had a talk and she convinced me to have faith in her and her staff to get Jack to Camp Apex this summer and let them see how they could get him to flourish. I was nervous and scared thinking: ‘he is not going to like this.’ WRONG! Kara and her staff worked really hard to help him grow; from getting him to go on the super slide, play outside games and, the best part, got him to put his feet in the pool and splash. I never imagined in all the years he would be doing this amazing. He has flourished and the kids at camp are awesome with him. When I would drop him off, they all would take turns saying “hi” and giving highfives. The camp was run so well. No child was looking like they were bored. They were smiling, playing and singing; it was so organized. They did an amazing job with all the kids, especially my son. Just when I can’t be more proud, I am. Thank you Kara and everyone. I would try to name you all but I don’t want to leave anyone out, for you all did an amazing job at Camp Apex.

Y-NIGHTS and 4th & 5th Grade PARTies 1st Saturday of every month (Y-Nights) 3rd Saturday of every month (4th & 5th Grade Parties) Have fun hanging out with friends & dancing to the latest music! There will be raffle prizes, dodgeball, basketball, rock climbing and much more. Only $5! Must have 2012-13 Emergency Card on file. Call Dave at 773-3646 ext 436 for more info.


You will never know how grateful I am for the caring and time you spent this summer making it a less stressful one for both of us and for helping Jack grow in every way. CRYSTAL KIMBALL Athol

OUR VOICE | A newsletter for members and volunteers of the YMCA in Greenfield

Highlights from FY’11-12 July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Program Development

a. We merged Camp Apex and Camp Allen for the summer of 2011. The camp enrollment numbers for the combined camps were less than the two when separate. We under estimated the “indoor kid” factor and the affect of the cost increase from $135 per week to $150 per week for Apex. The summer of 2012 will have Camp Re cess, an afternoon camp, so we can offer a cheaper indoor camp option if parents combine Half Day Sports Camp with Camp Recess. b. We created more Group Ex classes in the Wellness Center and Adams Room over the past year. c. Our gymnastics and swim rentals/lesson contracts increased over the past two years. In March of 2012 we had 195 children taking Y-swim lessons as part of their school day. d. Exercise is Medicine program is growing. Right now (March-May) we are averaging 10-20 referrals per week. We will need some addi tional clerical help in FY 2012-13 to help Dawn Dorsey deal with the rapid growth of this program. Mass Health Care changes will spur this program on even more in 2013. e. The Diabetic Care Program is growing. We just got United Way fund ing ($5,600/year for 4 years) to expand and enhance the program. f. Many of the Water Fitness classes have grown tremendously due to the EIM program. Forty percent of EIM participants are now in aquatic classes.

Facility Improvements

a. We completed a lighting conversion project. There is a two year payback period, FY 2011-12 and 2012-13. After that our electric bill should go down by $5,000 per year. b. We have been working with an engineer who is designing our HVAC improvements that should be done after a successful capital cam paign this May through December. c. We will be contacting WMECO and Berkshire Gas to see if they will contribute some money for the engineers cost described in letter “b”.

Improve Member Retention

a. We created a variety of tracking and staff support methods to im prove our 0-13 month dropout rates. i. Six new phone scripts were written for our evening caller to use. She now calls new members at the 7, 30 and 75-90 day periods. ii. We now have a new member four month scan tracking software that identifies new members who are using the Y less than eight times per month. An experienced Exercise Trainer has been calling these people to try to keep them involved. iii. New members are sent a welcome postcard the day they join and an improved welcome letter is sent out five to seven days later. b. We created a new “Nautilus & Fit Life Center Experience” to allow for more shepherding of members by our staff. January 1 we hired Sarah Scarchilli-Janus to work in Nautilus Monday through Friday from 9 am - 1 pm. It has worked very well, so by September this model will be set up in the Fit Life Center, Nautilus, and Farr Center which will provide a higher staff presence and will create an improved sense of community in the rooms. c. “Listen First” training was done for our staff. d. We are helping new members develop realistic fitness goals and educating them about common pitfalls. This will be improved on as part of “b” starting FY 2012-13. e. We are working on ways to recognize members at key anniversary dates (1, 5, 10 and 20 years). Our “low hanging fruit” is the new member dropout rate, presently at 65%. Our goal is to see this around 60% in one year.

f. Several strategies, procedures and incentives were put into play this spring to cut down on our “summer drop-out” rate. i. Changed from “Joining Fee” to “Health Deposit” which is refunded after 13 months of continuous membership. ii. We now insert in new member mailings “all the reasons to stay a member”. iii. Posters and mailings to strength train twelve months per year are up around the Y. iv. Fun member retention games are provided four times per year.

Membership Growth

a. We continued to ramp-up Exercise is Medicine. EIM started to really grow in January 2012; it should continue to grow as our reputation spreads and health care changes take effect. b. We placed more emphasis on families with kids ages 1-12 and en hanced the one-stop-shopping concept which helps busy families utilize the Y. This ongoing project will be ramped up even more in September 2012. c. We continue to develop more programs to meet the needs of the older and less fit population. This is being done with several new partnerships: yoga for cancer survivors, R.S.V.P. osteoporosis class es, Home Care’s Healthy Living series, Parkinson’s Disease class. d. We continue to educate our community that the Y is not a “gym” but a social service agency dedicated to youth development, healthy liv ing and social responsibility.

Grow Our Volunteer Program

a. One new volunteer group was developed, our new Service Club. Bill Hayre is the leader of the group and will be a member of the Volun teer Development Committee in September. b. Several new volunteers were recruited but we need more. c. We need to rejuvenate and expand our Ambassador Club to make it fun, educational and meaningful. The club is just now being reformed with more clarity. This group will be very helpful for member retention.

Marketing and Member Communication Plan

a. We continue to implement the new national Y branding. Sara Hannon, our graphic artist, is awesome. b. We now have 3,552 email addresses (as of 5/9/12) of current and former Y participants and still growing. c. We are working on a twelve month communication plan. d. We continue to enhance our website and advertise it so more people use it as their primary source of Y info.

Increase All of Our Philanthropic Efforts

a. We need to continue to develop the Jim Allen Leadership Giving Society, those who donate $1,000 or more per year. (growth, recog nition, promotion). b. No new members joined the Heritage Club this year, which is a de ferred giving program. c. Strong Kids & Families Annual Campaign we collected $133,660 in FY 2010-2011. In FY 2011-12 we collected $135,125 (1% more). d. The Kids to Camp Golf Tournament raised approximately $29,000 (about the same as the prior year). e. We are trying to grow the new Red Sox raffle to net $4,000+. The 2012 raffle netted $2,100. f. We are trying to start a volunteer grant writing program. g. We must recruit many new leaders in fiscal year 2012-13 so the same volunteers do not have to do both the Annual Campaign and the Golf Tournament. 11

Non-Profit Org.



Greenfield, Mass.

PERMIT NO. 61 ymca in greenfield 451 Main Street, Greenfield MA 01301 413-773-3646 • Return Service Requested

Register for NOV/ Dec Classes starting oct. 22 Session 2 Program Brochure is available at

YMCA in GREEnfield Calendar


October 22 Registration for Session 2 classes begins (Nov/Dec classes) October 26 4th Annual Free Clothing Drive 10 am - 3 pm October 27 Family Halloween Party in the Gymnastics Center and Gym 6:30 - 8 pm October 29 Session 2 begins: Classes and Programs for the whole family! October 29 - November 4 “Boomers and Beyond Week” – Special events for those ages 60+ October 31 Free Functional Fitness Assessment for ages 60+ (see page 9) 9:00 - 11:30 am November 3 Y-NIGHT for 6-8th graders 7 - 9:30 pm November 12 - 18 Bring a Friend Days where you could win 50 Y-Bucks (see page 9) November 17 4th & 5th Grade party! 6 - 8:30 pm November 22 YMCA closed for Thanksgiving December 17 Registration for Session 3 classes begins (Jan/Feb classes) December 18 Community Meal at Second Congregational Church. Volunteers & food needed! 6 - 8 pm December 21 Gymnastics Classes Holiday Show 5 pm December 24 YMCA closes at 5 pm December 25 YMCA closed for Christmas December 31 YMCA closes at 5 pm January 1 YMCA OPEN 8 am - 6 pm January 2 Session 3 begins

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November-December 2012 Newsletter  

Our YMCA improves LIves...Everyday .

November-December 2012 Newsletter  

Our YMCA improves LIves...Everyday .