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Joint Chapter Zoom Meeting
Hoosier-Buell (Indiana and Michigan)
Chambers (Ohio and W. Virginia)
Friday, January 14, 2022
at Noon

Live on your laptop, tablet or cell phone… join us in this joint chapter zoom meeting and view the National Service Project video to become inspired by the story of our Sioux YMCA Alumni National Service Project. The video will make a case statement to support the project and answer frequently asked questions from members.

This will be an excellent opportunity for all members to more completely understand the volunteer effort for the project and be able to ask questions for potential involvement.

Here is the official Zoom invitation:

Hoosier-Buell Chapter YMCA Alumni
Time: Jan 14, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 8311 8544
Passcode: 681067
We believe that you, as a member of YMCA Alumni, a retiree from years of service in the YMCA profession, will be motivated by this purpose-driven opportunity to serve,” says Gary Graham, fundraising chair (photo right).
“If the housing insecurity and difficulty of providing YMCA programming to the youth and families of this vast service area calls you to take action, you will want to support our YMCA Alumni National Service Project,” Graham adds.
Dan Sager, our chapter representative to the National Service Project Standing Committtee, reports that the financial support goal for Phase One (Jan. 1-March 31, 2022) of our project is $100,000. The total includes building and completing the first move-in ready tiny home prototype in the new village and all the infrastructure and furnishings to propel the project forward into second and third stages, which will include six more homes and two "twigs" (branches). The full amount must be raised by March 31 for construction to begin.
Considering your contribution? Want to learn more about the YMCA Alumni National Service Project? Take the time to visit the special Virtual Case Statement by clicking
If you’re wondering, “wawokiye” means generosity in the Lakota Sioux language.
Unlike the case statements of days gone by that were printed and largely wasted away on a prospective donor's office shelf, our Virtual Case Statement is a living document that will be updated as progress is made. You will find plenty of information about the project, the Sioux YMCA, how to become a volunteer (on and off-site) and, most important of all, you can make a secure donation online.

Thanks to the volunteers listed below for making personal contacts with our fellow alumni members. Please support our campaign for the Sioux YMCA in the best capacity of your financial ability. Liaison volunteers will be calling you for our chapter’s support of the National Service Project in partnership with the Sioux YMCA. Please give them your respect and reply to their request to the best of your ability.

Dan Sager, Anderson, IN
Roy Gilliom, Fort Wayne, IN
Don Stetson, Muncie, IN
Terry Jones, Anderson, IN
Lou Drexler, Indianapolis, IN
Bobbie Burton, Howe, IN
Janet Currie, Port Huron, MI
George Cummings, Maple City, MI
Hwa Stacy, Westland, MI
Rose Berberian, Northville, MI
Barry Stephens, Portage, MI
Kathleen and Otis Ogg, Valparaiso, IN
James and Margaret Watts, Fishers, IN
Meet new member Jim Watts:

Jim has a remarkable 40-year YMCA career. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, he started in Elmhurst, IL, as Program Director. His positions in Joliet, IL and Milwaukee expanded his role in programming, membership and board development. Financial and staff development planning has always been a significant focus in his career.
He spent over three years as vice-president for the Greater Indianapolis YMCA and nine years as the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Joliet Area YMCA. Marge and Jim are building a new home in Fishers, IN. They have four children and six grandchildren. He will be working with the Y-USA Interim CEO program. Marge is working part-time at a hospital.

They enjoy traveling, sharing time with family, working out and volunteering in relief projects. Reflecting on his career, Jim stated ‘they are truly thankful to God for the blessings and relationships gained while in service to the Y’s mission.”
We remember...
Bob Brown
Robert “Bob” Brown, 76, of Elkhart, Indiana, formerly of Marshalltown, passed away unexpectedly from a massive heart attack on November 29, 2021.

Bob is survived by his wife Becky (Bechtel) Brown of Elkhart, IN; daughter Libby (Tom Deimerly) Brown of Marshalltown, IA; son Jason Brown of Des Moines, Iowa; daughter Jessica (Ryan) Hellman of Wasilla, Alaska; sister Bonnie (Vernon) Peterson, father-in-law Hal Bechtel, brother-in-law Bob (Lori) Bechtel; brother-in-law Bill (Jodi) Bechtel. Grandchildren Jackson and Kinsley Bowie and Macayla, Lydia and Jeremiah Hellman. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret (Brown) Hulst, Marian (Brown) Frazier, Janet (Brown) Sellick, and brother James Brown.

Bob was born to Levi and Bernice (Bird) Brown on May 9,1945 in Mason City, Iowa. Of his six siblings, Bob was the only one to be born in the hospital. Bob graduated from Mason City High school and college from Mankato State. Following graduation he volunteered to serve his country in Vietnam.

Bob was the director of many YMCAs over the years. Bob believed fully in the core values of the YMCA and made a final move to Elkhart, Indiana to be a director at the YMCA there. This is also where he met Becky. The two were united in marriage on January 2, 1999.

Bob and Becky built their home and faith in Elkhart. Bob “retired” from the YMCA at the age of 60, but continued his love of financial advising and business consulting for others. Bob helped deliver Meals on Wheels and was active in his church and a member of Bible Study Fellowship for 16 years.

Bob’s life centered around the Lord, his wife and his family. He was a proud father and grandfather. His favorite Bible verse is shared: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

In accordance with Bob’s wishes, cremation was chosen. Visitation will take place at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from noon to 1 p.m. with a service to follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tony Tice officiating. Bob will be later laid to rest at Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery in Adel, IA.
We need your help
The chapter can always use a few extra hands to facilitate better communication with our members. We can use your interest to make our chapter more effective to serve you. It only takes one person to lift all of us up. Can you help?
World Service Emergency Assistance Fund, Treasurer’s position, Newsletter editor, Chapter gatherings, Boots On Ground, (Service Project). A couple hours a month is all it takes. Interested: Contact Terry Jones, Co-President.
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Note the Colorado Historic Trains trip for August 2022 is SOLD OUT, but Hoosier-Buell's Dan, Marilyn and Patrick Sager, Don and Romona Stetson and Dale and Joy Packer will be aboard.
Meet new Y-USA CEO
Suzanne McCormick has been named president and chief executive officer of YMCA of the USA. McCormick brings more than 27 years of experience as a senior and executive leader in nonprofit, for-impact organizations to the role, most recently serving as U.S. President of United Way Worldwide.
Hoosier-Buell Chapter Leaders

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

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