November 2019

A Fun Reunion; Lots Of News

Roy and I are enjoying the fall after spending a great summer at the shore with family and friends. We then celebrated the beginning of the fall season by attending the YMCA Alumni Reunion in Louisville, Ky. The committee’s hard work was reflected throughout the entire reunion. 

The highlights started with a steamboat river cruise on the Ohio River on the historic Belle of Louisville where we were able to connect with friends and meet new ones.  (Photo below: Roy Taylor and Walt Fromm aboard the Belle. )
The next morning started with interesting workshops dealing with travel, technology, and membership. The afternoon was highlighted by a fabulous choice of tours which included Churchill Downs , which we did, two bourbon distillery tours, the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum. Everyone seemed to enjoy their choice. 
Thursday morning there were more workshops. It was during the general session that we honored a true friend and colleague, Len Wilson , with the prestigious F. William Stahl Award. Len is an active member of our chapter. 
Lou Falk , YMCA Alumni Eastern Vice President, will be turning over the reins to Larry Garvin of the C.B. Willis Chapter in Florida. We want to thank Lou for his outstanding leadership and friendship. He has been a joy to work with. (Photo right: Lou on DominicanRepublic Homebuilding service project trip.)

Larry will have the huge responsibility of chairing the committee for the Reunion '21 which will be held in the East Region. We are looking forward to his leadership. Congratulations, Larry.  
J ean Carmichael , current YMCA Alumni National Secretary , is our new Presdent-Elect , taking office in January 2021. President Dale Packer has one more year on his term. (Photo left: Jean Carmichael. )

Barb Taylor, President
Christmas Party, Picnic: Join Us
Our annual Chapter Christmas Party will be held again at Lambertville Station , Lambertville, N.J., Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our program includes a White Elephant table and an auction, which this year will benefit the Bahama Ys that were devastated from a hurricane. The money raised will be sent to the YMCA World Service for distribution. You are welcome to donate an item for the auction.

Save the date for our annual Day at the Shore . It's June 10, 2020 at Len and Joyce Wilson's home in Strathmere, N.J. (rain date, June 11) . Look for details in future newsletters.

We really need your input on our upcoming events. Please let us know your interests and suggestions. 
Len Wilson Receives F. William Stahl Award
Our esteemed member and good friend Len Wilson was the recipient of the 2019 F. William Stahl Award , which is YMCA Alumni’s most prestigious honor. He was presented the award in front of many of his friends and colleagues during the General Assembly at Reunion '19.

Len’s dedication to the written word is beyond excellence. His articles have been and continue to be published in several Y-related publications. Currently Len and his wife Joyce are editors of Bridges, newsletter of the World Fellowship of YMCA Retirees . We are so proud he is a member of our chapter.

( Photo: Len accepts award from Stahl Committee Member Nancy Reece. )
Membership News: Time To Renew
It was announced during the membership workshop at the reunion that YMCA Alumni has surpassed 2,000 members for the first time. Also, members can join an additional chapter without paying an extra fee. 

We are excited that seven new members joined our chapter and hope to see you at our future events. They receive a one-year free membership.

Members at the age of 90 receive a complimentary membership. We currently have four singles and one couple that qualify in our chapter.

The membership renewal process for 2020 has begun. The timeline is as follows:

·       You either have just received a membership renewal packet or it will arrive soon via snail mail .

·     In mid-late November you will receive a hard copy of The CONNECTION including another renewal form if you still need it. First-year members will not receive a renewal form.

·      Additional reminder postcard and email reminders will be mailed in December and January.

·      Members who have not renewed by February will be contacted.

·      All non-renewals will be made inactive in March 2020.

You can save time and effort by renewing your membership online. It's simple, fast and easy. Just click on the red button below and follow the two-step instructions.

Cathy Fromm , Membership Chair
Connecting With Our Members
We want to know what's happening in your life.
This section will be for news from our members. Please send Barb a few lines about your exciting news with a photo if available.

Barb and Roy Taylor are "over the moon with joy" to meet their first great-grandson, Everet t, due in early December. He joins the family after nine grandchildren, "We are beyond excited to see another generation in our family." 

Cathy and Walt Fromm will celebrate Walt’s really Big Birthday with a Viking Ocean Cruise to the West Indies in February.
Annette and Steve Iverson are thrilled that Steve’s many operations over the past three years are over and he is feeling good and on the road to recovery. They recently joined us at a board meeting and were able to resume their office of recording secretaries. 

Hank and Lois Van Zanten are looking forward to a spring excursion to Spain, sailing across the Atlantic with time in Barcelona

Nancy and George Gray are are traveling in May with Viking Ocean Cruises to Norway's Fjords and other sites. 

We wish all of our members dealing with health issues a speedy and full recovery. 
Trips Are Filling!
Plan Your Next Adventure With Our
YMCA Alumni Travel Club
2020 brings  YMCA Alumni Travel Club  trips to  Provence, France; Norway  and  Iceland;   America's Parks and Monuments Republic of Georgia;   Portugal,  and Canyonlands Adventure . (Photo: Grand Canyon)

All the details, phones and emails for more information and registration is available by clicking the red button below. It's our brand new Travel Club website.

Remember you are automatically members of the YMCA Alumni Travel Club and you are welcome to bring family and friends along on any trip.
Watch for news soon of a new slate of great trips for 2021. Check in with all the members who attended trips this year -- they gave them rave reviews.
There's news and fun stuff to read about YMCA Alumni posted almost every day on our Facebook page. Visit it often . Click on the logo.

YMCA Alumni
Central Atlantic Chapter

President: Barbara Taylor
Vice President/Membership: Cathy Fromm
Treasurer: Veronica Elias
World Service: Carl Sabold
Historians: JoAnn and Joe Millett
Fellowship Co-Chairs: Lois and Hank VanZanten
EAF Co-Chairs: Don and Julie Painter

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The  mission of YMCA Alumni  is "to enable members to promote a nurturing worldwide Christian Fellowship that provides educational, social, service 
and charitable opportunities."