YMCA OF WASHINGTON COUNTY  
April 3 2015 

MESSAGE FROM CEO: BECKY HARKEMA

 

Growing up in Iowa I always remembered March as very windy and being anxious

for a hot summer.  This month was the same.  One Saturday after work I ran to my

family friend's farm, Lance and Kerri Bell, and was just about running horizontal to

the ground due to all the wind.  So, as I write about the words "blowing and wind",

life at the YMCA is blowing fast.  Plans for the new YMCA building project are

occurring fast, more collaborations throughout the community are happening and

more lives are being impacted.  This is the most important aspect to the YMCA. 

The three stories below continue to show this important aspect.

 


HEALTHY LIVING
 

Christina Nash, Senior Program Director at the Wellman YMCA, is offering a program called "Four Weeks to a Healthier You".  She is implementing it with PSI, Inc in Wellman. 

There are 26 participants and it is going great!  The program consists of four, one-hour educational classes together as a group.  Then each participant is set up on an exercise program, which will begin their healthy lifestyle journey.  Participants also have the benefit of trying out fitness classes for free during these four weeks at all of our YMCA locations.  A big THANKS to Christina and PSI, Inc. for getting this program started.

 


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

I am so proud of the Washington Water Sharks Swim Team.  The kids, coaches and parent volunteers have all been amazing!  It is so wonderful to see the kids work together as a team and build their self-confidence.  Eleven swimmers competed in the MYAS Regional Swim meet on March 28-29,  2015.  Fourteen of our swimmers qualified for this meet that was held at the University of Minnesota.  The swimmers that qualified are:  Megan Adam, Kayla  Andrew, Gabriela Anderson, Alijah Beatty, Ben Berhow, Noah Bruns, Reece Mayer, Teague Mayer, Cierra Miller, Greta Sieren, Justin Simmering, Alison Vogel, Brennan Westphal and Audrey Wubbena.

 


SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Annual Campaign began on March 4, 2015 and will end on May 9, 2015.  This campaign raises dollars for scholarships that are given to individuals and families for YMCA programs and memberships.  Our goal this year is $60,000 and we have raised $11,000 in three weeks.  This is all from our fabulous volunteers who are making these important asks!  These volunteers are listed below:       

Josh

Riffel

Chris

Kane
 

Angie

Boyse
 

John

Mangold
 

Amy Schulte

Edie

Nebel 

Duane

Miller
 

Ryan

Woline
 

Clint

Miller
 

Tim

Elliot
 

Luke Horak
Brandon Statler

Amanda

Betz
 

Randy Radloff
Sherry Crowe

Eric

Turner
 

Mike Greiner

Joan

Ross
 

Tish

Yoder
 

Lyle

Zear
 

Erin

Almelien
 

Kathy

Dolan
 

Dennis Hunger

Dave

Sorrell
 

Sara

Bartlett
 

Kathy Salazar

Sandy

Weller
 

Jenna

Grout
 

Jeff Wenger

Ted

Drain
 

Ray

Poe 

Dale

Torpey
 

Kerri

Hall
 

Liz

Hall
 

Greg Wertz
Diana Hartmann

Marcus

Hall
 

Becky Harkema

Jodi

Ebert
 

Sue

Basten
 

Gary Murphy

Ryan

Schlaubaugh

Nicole

Kitchen
 

Larry Chmelar

Pam

Murphy
 

Kathy Cuddeback
Brenda Fishback

Bob

Redlinger
 

Denise Erpelding
Tad TeBockhorst
Phil & Pam Perdock
Bob & Lori Bauer



 

 


Becky Harkema
319.653.2141
bharkema@washingtony.org

Our Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


 

Our Cause

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That's why we focus our work in three areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.