YMCA recognizes volunteers and staff
The Twin Pike Family YMCA Board of Directors and staff held the annual membership meeting on March 20 at the Y facility with over 60 people in attendance.
Outgoing Board President Jim Ross welcomed everyone to the event and explained that the annual meeting gave the board of directors, staff and members the opportunity to review the accomplishments of 2012 and recognize key staff and volunteers who contributed to the success of the past year.
Marsha Garrison, executive director of the Twin Pike Family YMCA, updated the attendees on the progress made during the past year with the fundraising efforts for the Phase III aquatics center, stating that there is approximately $200,000 left to raise to meet the Mabee challenge grant.
Marsha emphasized the need for continued support of this project in order to make it a reality.
She shared that during the past year the Y has touched the lives of over 42,700 people through the programs and services offered by the organization. Garrison gave a report on the volunteers, stating that, “More than 285 volunteers provided over 4,119 hours of service to the organization in 2012.
“During 2012, we provided over $493,000 in direct and indirect financial assistance through program and facility scholarships and by subsidizing program costs.”
Marsha also stated, “Last year the Y employed 97 full-time and part-time employees and had an annual payroll of just over $500,000.”
Garrison recognized outgoing board member and board president Jim Ross by presenting him with a president’s plaque and thanked him for his service and dedication to the Y.
Garrison further stated that, “Jim has served on the Y Board of Directors for four terms, held various offices, and has been involved in all three capital campaigns.”
Other program and facility volunteers received recognition awards for their on-going commitment to volunteering at the Y facility. Those receiving awards for volunteering over 25 hours last year were, Becky Graver, Dr. Robert Glass, Julie Dewey, Helen Crew, Nelda Sanders, Huntley Leverenz, Quentin Miller, Charlie Perkins, Mary Perkins, Dell Glass, Dr. Eric Gearing, Shari Eivins, Murrel Warner, Matt Niemeyer, Peter Wright, Crystal Dowell, Rich Wilkinson, Greg Pflasferer, Lauren McBeth and John Rodhouse.
Charlie Perkins was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” for 2012. Perkins has served as the chairperson of the fundraising committee for the Phase III capital campaign, is a current board member, a facility volunteer, and long-time donor.
Staff service awards were also given out. Employees recognized for five years of service were Karen Allen, Amy Becker, Ethel Drew, Lori Henson, Cassie Huckstep-Spangler, Heather Lindsey, Karen Taylor, Dana Wootten and Phyllis Jackson. Employees recognized for 10 years of service include, Benita Asquith, Melinda Brooks, Bob Gast, Kathy Gregory, Lisa Phillips, Todd Seward, Debbie Tophinke, Deborah Triplett, Kay Miller, Karen Omohundro, Noveta Shepherd, Tonya Sheppard and Loretta Woodward. Mackenzie Garrison, Linda Jaeger and Ethel Drew were all recognized as “Employees of the Year” for their contributions to the YMCA and the 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school programs.
The evening concluded with the election of board members. Shari Eivins and Margaret Goodin were re-elected for a second three-year term, and Larry Chamberlain was elected to an initial three-year term.
Outgoing Board President Jim Ross reflected on the success of the past year and announced that Brad Hufty will be assuming the duties of board president.
Anyone wanting more information on the Phase III aquatics project or the Y’s Annual Report can contact Garrison at the YMCA 573-754-4497.