May 8, 2020
Dear Staff, 

I am sure as time passes you are growing more and more anxious to learn how and when we plan to reopen our facilities. I can assure you – you are not alone. We are committed to planning for all potential scenarios, and remain students of the ever-changing information. The only thing I can guarantee today is that when we know – you will know!

I wanted to share a few things today. First, it is with mixed emotions I tell you that Marie Northrup has decided to retire. Marie has been a dedicated steward of our Association for nearly four decades, joining the Y in 1981! Her contributions to our organization have been outstanding, and her ability to combine ever-evolving technology with the ongoing operation needs has helped our organization immensely. Marie is a great friend to many – including myself – and she will be tremendously missed. I’m sorry that after nearly 40 years of service we are unable to give her a proper send off. When this is over, we will all celebrate her. I encourage you to each out to Marie to wish her well before she retires on May 15.

You may have heard about the creation of RocCovid , a regional daily symptom-screening database to help track and combat the spread of the coronavirus. I am proud to share that when we reopen, RocCovid will be used as the main gateway to facility access to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff. As a leading community organization, we are honored to work with our health and government officials on this important initiative.

As a reminder, you can access our Employee Assistance Fund for housing, utilities, and groceries needs. And, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

It’s been nearly two months since I’ve seen many of you and that is a fact that still astonishes me and tugs at my heart every day. I hope you and your families remain well as this crisis continues. 

All my best,