April 2022
Connect. Travel. Serve.
Our Central Atlantic Chapter of YMCA Alumni is planning a spring road trip to Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library In Delaware, Wednesday June 8, 2022. Meet at 10 a.m.
 
Winterthur Museum is an American estate and museum in Winterthur, Delaware. As the former home of Henry Francis DuPont, it houses one of the most important collections of Americana in the USA.

Spend the day exploring the 60-acre garden or get lost in 1,000 acres of rolling hills. We will meet at 10 a.m. and have lunch in the Pavilion Café in the visitor Center. The Café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 (Rain date Thursday, June 9, 2022)
House Tour hours: Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
General Admission Prices: $20 Senior (62+)  Adults $22
Guided Tram Tour Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Please email Program V.P. Nancy Gray and tell her you will be joining us.
Silver Bay in the fall?
The New England Chapter has contacted us about joining them at the Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center on beautiful Lake George, N.Y. Sept. 20-22. Watch for details.
'A spring in our step...'
Greetings!

We are welcoming spring this year with a spring in our step, a smile and hope we will have a great spring and summer ahead of us.
 
Thanks to Vicki Childs for her outstanding contribution to Clippings. She has resigned as editor due to family priorities, but we hope we will see her at some of our upcoming events.
 
Jude Gallaher is taking over as our Clippings editor and our secretary. Thank you Jude and welcome to our chapter board. We can’t thank her enough for her dedication to our chapter and are looking forward to Clippings with her touch.
 
I will be attending the 48-Hour meeting of chapter presidents in St. Louis on May 24-26 to discuss various topics to improve and grow chapter membership. Any suggestions are welcome by sending me an email at barbtaylor42@yahoo.com
 
I also want to say thank you to your board who has kept up our spirits and dedication of keeping our chapter viable and active. We have a great team that is dedicated to our members.
 
Take care, enjoy this beautiful country of ours with family and friends. Please continue to pray for the people of Ukraine.
Barbara Taylor, President
Two for the Sioux: Don't be confused
There are two separate and distinct service efforts underway focused on the Sioux YMCA.

The YMCA Alumni National Service Project plans to build a village of tiny homes adjacent to the YMCA facility in Dupree, S.D. as well as several "twigs" -- small Y branches -- throughout the reservation. The work begins in May with six "waves" or volunteer workers through the fall. This is the largest project in the history of YMCA Alumni and is expected to run for more than three years.

The International Service Corp (ISC), a program of YMCA Alumni, plans to return to the Sioux YMCA Camp Marrowbone with volunteers to help prepare it for the summer camping season.
Gary and Bonnie Graham are our Chapter Chairs for this project and report our chapter was one of three that raised over $50,000 which is the projected cost of one tiny home. So far, YMCA Alumni across the country have donated $515,000 on a Goal of $600,000. Gary is also chair of the national fundraising effort.
 
The focus now shifts to the construction phase of the project. We are encouraging those who are willing and able to travel to Dupree, S.D., to participate in construction. There are six different one-week "waves" from which to choose. You can access registration by visiting the National Service Project Case For Support and clicking to the Project page.
 
Periodic updates from the construction site will be forthcoming once work is underway in May. Many thanks to Gary Graham, Len Wilson, Pete Smith, Alane McCahey, Bob Conley, Allan Shaffer, Barb Taylor, Deb Zvanut, Cathy Fromm, Betteanne Kramer, and all our chapter donors. Thank yous and kudos all around and we hope to see you in Dupree.
International Service Corps, a program of YMCA Alumni, provides professional YMCA assistance to YMCAs in need at home and abroad. The current focus of the ISC at home is to help prepare the Sioux YMCA Camp Marrowbone to provide a good camp experience for this summer's campers. ISC sent a work crew of 22 volunteers to Camp Marrowbone in June 2021 to assist the camp staff in renovations and work.

Your help is needed at Camp Marrowbone near Eagle Butte, S.D. May 31- June 4, 2022. This dynamic week is a life changing experience for YMCA Alumni that will enhance the camp experience for Sioux Y youth. Many youngsters say it has changed their lives for the better. You may register at the YMCA Alumni Website. Select the Serve tab from the main menu and scroll to the ISC information.
 
For more information contact Chair, Wayne Uhrig or Chapter Chair, Debbi Zvanut.
Register now for Reunion '22
Nov. 1-3 in the 'Big Easy'
Please give a shout out to Chair Larry Garvin and his tireless, never-give-up Reunion Committee which has fielded and overcome so many challenges with Reunion '22 because of uncertainties with the pandemic and in rescheduling from January.

But, it's all come together and we'll let the good times roll in New Orleans Nov. 2-4. Click the button below for details and to register and make hotel reservations. Be sure to register before July 31 and you could be one of the lucky 10 to be eligible for win a $100 bill to use during "Dinner with Friends" nights at one of the famous New Orleans restaurants. Register today.
Cooking with Chef Ken;
Mama Mia, he made Scrippelle ‘Mbusse
Chris and I had some painting done in our home recently. The young workman was of Italian descent and saw me cooking in the kitchen. As we engaged in conversation, he shared that his grandmother and grandfather came from Italy, a town outside of Naples. One dish that they made, which his father still makes today, is Scrippelle ‘Mbusse.
He became quite animated as he told me how it was his favorite comfort food. I was intrigued and, after our conversation, I found what seemed to be a good recipe in Italy Magazine. I made it for lunch for him and everyone at our home two days later. He said I hit it and that was quite a compliment to this Irish man.

Looking for something fishy. Our resident chef is working on it. See photo for a sneak peak of next issue's recipe.
Veronica Elias had a birthday! She turned 70 April 7 and was treated to a surprise party with family and friends at the Hotel Bethlehem. Good food, great company and lots of love were on the celebration menu. Her retirement years continue to be good to her!

When Veronica retired from the YMCA in 2012; it was to help her oldest daughter with her premature triplets. She now has 7 grandchildren ages 2-9 with whom she spends a great deal of time. Veronica also returned to playing tennis which is a sport she loved as a young person. She also found time to volunteer with the chapter as Treasurer. Needless to say there is not much grass growing under her feet!
Walt and Cathy Fromm cruised through Central America which included a southbound passage through three locks of the Panama Canal. What an engineering marvel! The photo shows the water leveling from the second lock being emptied into lock one so our ship can move through. They then entered beautiful man-made Gatun Lake.
Barb and Roy Taylor have been traveling to St Lucia in the Caribbean for more than 17 years. They recently returned from another island adventure. It is such a beautiful volcanic Island with excellent weather and lovely people. The Windjammer Resort Villas are built on the side of a mountain which makes the views just spectacular. We take the sunset cruise every year just to be out on the Caribbean. A relaxing, awesome spot in our world.
Join your YMCA Alumni Travel Club for this exotic, fun and historic cruise along the Nile, plus all the bustle and antiquities of Cairo. Dates are April 29-May 4, 2023. Affordable and exciting.

Be sure you have subscribed to Going Places, the YMCA Alumni Travel Club's free newsletter. Next issue is April 15 and will have a special announcement of a brand new winter getaway for 2023.
Central Atlantic Chapter Leaders

President: Barbara Taylor
Membership: Cathy Fromm
Progams: Nancy Gray
Secretary: Jude Gallaher
TreasurerBetteanne Kramer
Hospitality/EAF: Hank and Lois Van Zanten
World Service/ISC: Debbi Zvanut
Clippings Editor: Jude Gallaher
Special Projects:  Gary Graham

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