Connect. Travel. Serve.
Join us at the Blue Gate Garden Inn
'The Sounds of Romance'
Thursday, Sept. 23
Harmony — “a combination of musical sounds considered to be pleasing”… that personifies The Lettermen for more than 50 years. Soft, romantic harmonies blend for music such as their first hit, “The Way You Look Tonight.”

The Lettermen have cut more than 75 albums, have numerous gold records and a myriad of hit songs such as “When I Fall In Love,” “Theme From A Summer Place,” “Goin’ Out Of My Head,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “Shangri-La.”

The Diamonds’ hits include “Little Darlin,” “Silhouettes,” “The Stroll,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” And more.

The one thing that remained constant over the years, despite many personnel changes, is the unique three-part harmony. Isn’t it romantic?
First, our meeting...
Begin with our Annual Hoosier–Buell Chapter meeting at 1 p.m. in the Wisteria Meeting Room at Blue Gate Garden Inn. Shipshewana is an Amish Community located one hour south of Kalamazoo and/or one hour northwest of Fort Wayne.
Our meeting will include these topics:
Balance-Brain-Body: Our body and our brain are crucial to good balance. Learn functional techniques to work your balance and brain at the same time.

Personal Investment Strategies: How to plan and monitor your investments. How can we maintain and improve our standard of living?  Financial advisor Marley Hardy from Edward Jones will present information that is pertinent to current retirees.
We will have reports on our membership, finances, election of officers and door prizes too.
Registration, dinner and show...

Dinner will be served family style at 6 p.m. in the Blue Gate Restaurant:
chicken, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dressing, homemade noodles, garden salad, homemade bread, beverage and assorted pies. Plus a hot buffet breakfast is included for Friday morning at the Blue Gate Garden Inn.
Registration for dinner and show is $60 per person in the blue theater seating.
Please send your check to Don Stetson, Treasurer, 5501 West River Road, Muncie, IN  42304. Note: Don needs to receive your reservation prior to August 9 to receive this special reduced rate.
Make your own hotel reservation by calling Blue Gate Garden Inn at
(888) 447-4725. Be sure to reference the quote under “YMCA Alumni Retirees” in order to honor this rate: Mini Suite, King or Queen $124.98 plus 12 percent tax. Handicap accessible rooms are available by request. Call the Blue Gate Garden Inn now to reserve your room.
You may want to extend your stay by arriving a day earlier or adding one more night to take in all the wonderful Amish shops and history. There's a huge “flea market” on Wednesdays in Shipshewana.
Meet new member Terri Falkenberg
Terri’s entire Y career was spent at the Marinette-Menominee YMCA. She was born and raised in Menominee, Michigan. (Home grown.)

As a Y member since the doors opened in 1970, she was asked to be an aerobics instructor in 1988. She was made interim CEO in October 2003 (knowing absolutely nothing about being a CEO) and in January 2004 was given the position permanently. 

Terri loves to bike ride, walk, explore, and bobber fish. She can be happy in a 5-star hotel or a popup camper out in the woods. Enjoying summers at their cottage reading and spending time with her family and friends is always a priority. As a "by-the-way," Terri is Kirby’s sister-in-law—married to his younger brother Mark.
Welcome new members...
Terri Falkenberg, Menominee, MI
Gary Gross, Huntertown, IN
Linda Darat, Jeffersonville, IN
Well, if you really do, here are some chapter statistics:

140 Individuals
86  Households
 9  Lifetime Members
43  Michigan
36  Indiana
 7  Other states
60  Men
80  Women
 8  Under 60 years of age
In loving memory...
Eugene Sheets, 3/29/21. Gene worked at the Saginaw Y for 33 years. He is survived by his wife Glenna, of 66 years, their two daughters and nine grandchildren. In remembrance of Gene’s life, the family asks that donations be made to the Saginaw YMCA or your favorite charity in his name.
Jon Hill, 3/6/21. Jon was Executive Director at Scotts County Family YMCA in Scottsburg, IN. Previously at the Elwood, IN branch of the YMCA of Madison County, Lori survives along with two daughters and three grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to the Scott Family YMCA, 805 W. Community Way, Scottsburg, IN 47170 or Scott County Relay for Life, care of Stewart & Hoagland Funeral Home, 80 N. 1st St., Scottsburg, IN 47170.
Dick Powell, 4/22/21. Dick worked at Ys in Aurora, IL, Decatur, IL and Bay City, MI. After retiring from the YMCA, he started his own business, The Powell Insurance Agency. Dick served as our chapter World Service Chairperson. His wife Carol Ann survives at 1011 N. Chilson St., Bay City, MI 48706. They have two sons and a daughter and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to YMCA World Service or Grace Methodist Church.
Sioux YMCA is chosen

There has been much enthusiasm and many questions generated for our National Service Project. 

The Sioux YMCA story and need for help was explained in the May issue of "The Connection." You also can click to the "Serve" page on our YMCA Alumni website for a summary. Click button below. Dan Sager will share the full story on how and why we should support this challenging service project at our upcoming chapter gathering.
Kirby Falkenberg, our chapter liaison rep for ISC, has a tremendous background of world travel that benefits all our ISC efforts. In his career through the YMCA, military, mission work, and personal travel he has experienced 30 countries and territories.
ISC is currently developing a strategic plan with chapter liaison reps from the National YMCA Alumni. Kirby will be recruiting Y retirees who may consider volunteer service overseas.  Matching alumni skills with the needs of the YMCA abroad is the task. Members with interest of learning more about ISC can contact Kirby HERE. Financial support for ISC needs are always welcome.
World Service Update

Mary Tikalsky, Director, shared many insights and updates on the World Service challenges: impact of Covid-19, how many Ys are struggling but persist with volunteers, raised $1.2 million in 2020 with World Alliance and 837 donors, serve more than a million lives annually in more than 50 countries. How to support…. Send checks to YMCA of the USA--World Service, 101 N. Wacker Dr, 15th floor, Chicago, IL 60606.
Be sure to read the June 1 edition of The CONNECTION to start "Going Places" again.
Hoosier-Buell Chapter Leaders

Co-Presidents: Dan SagerTerry Jones
Vice President: Lou Drexler
Treasurer: Don Stetson

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