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Hi Lyon Chapter members:

I hope this finds everyone well as we enter springtime 2021. It was great to see some of you during our virtual Christmas party back in December. 

Your Board met recently and has approved donations to YMCA World Service, Armed Services YMCA, EAF, World YMCA Emergency Assistance Fund (formerly Secours Speciaux), and new this year, the Sioux YMCA.

Wishing a speedy recovery for long-time board member and dear friend Phyllis Murphy battling COVID-19 following a brief hospital stay. Please keep Phyllis and Jim in your prayers.

We also are planning for a couple more ‘Zoom events’ (see below) as we continue to be cautious during this pandemic. Hopefully later this year, we will be able to meet in person. Until then we hope to see you on ‘Zoom’ and that everyone stays safe.

Paul Andresen
Lyon Chapter YMCA Alumni President

Meet our new board members
Mary 'Lindy' Lindemann
I am delighted to be your International Programs liaison. Amazing how one’s life puzzles together. Growing up on Cleveland’s West Side, the West Park Branch YMCA was where I first joined the Y-Teens program, and received my lifeguard certification. While never an employee, it has always been part of my DNA.

Upon college graduation with a Recreation degree from the University of Minnesota, I applied both to the Peace Corps, and to be a Y World Service worker.
In 1977 my Peace Corps Volunteer assignment was to start the YMCA in Costa Rica. While studying at the School for International Training in their master’s degree Program in Intercultural Management, I received an offer from the Cleveland YMCA to assist with establishing a Y Movement in Spain, post Franco, 1981-1983.

Major accomplishments connected Sister Cities Toledo – to facilitate a Y connection and recruiting university students to participate in the International Camp Counselor Program (ICCP), hoping they would return Y-energized. Once back in the States, I worked in New York, N.Y. with ICCP, initially covering a maternity leave, but lasting nearly three years.

I joined the Southern California MRC (Management Resource Center) in early 1988, working predominantly with Gary Kuenzli. I also directed the Pacific South Region World Camp ’88 that August. When I eventually left the MRC in September 1995. I never envisioned working alongside familiar Y colleagues from decades earlier, together on our YMCA Alumni Lyon Chapter Board.
Tim Hardy

Tim is a new Member-at-Large on our chapter board. He started his Y career in 1969 at the Denver Central YMCA, in Denver, Colorado, doing various jobs during high school. He moved to the Aquatic Department as a lifeguard/swim instructor during this time, and when he started college, he was running the Aquatic Department. Upon graduating college, he was offered and accepted his first professional position as Physical Education Director at the Denver Central YMCA.

In the late '80s Tim accepted a job and relocated to Long Beach, Calif., working for the Long Beach YMCA at their downtown branch for seven years. His last position in Long Beach was Co-Executive Director.

He was recruited for the Executive Director position at the La Canada YMCA, in La Canada, Calif., and led that branch for 12 years. 

His last position was with the Channel Islands YMCA in Santa Barbara, Calif. as District Vice President for 11 years, until his retirement in 2016. Including his high school time, he worked for the YMCA a total of 45 years.
Our second annual virtual campfire will be held June 24 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. We’ll sing, tell some jokes and stories, and reminisce about our YMCA experiences. It’s BYOS (bring your own S’mores). We had a lot of fun last summer. So, be sure to join us this time.

Let's all head to The Big Easy
Jan. 12-15, 2022 for Reunion '22
Registration for YMCA Alumni Reunion '22 and hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites in New Orleans are now available.

There's no better city anywhere for our reunion, so be sure to be there. It's safe to travel again and this is where the "good times roll."

And, when the reunion ends, you can join with the YMCA Alumni Travel Club Jan. 16-24 for a Caribbean Reunion on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Breakaway from the Port of New Orleans. A relaxing, no agenda 7-night blue water cruise with stops and fun and different Caribbean ports.
Got the vax? Here are three great '22 travel choices with your YMCA Alumni Travel Club
Portugal's 'River of Gold'
May 2-11, 2022

Cruise the Duoro, Portugal’s River of Gold, on your Viking longship. Discover Portugal, one of Europe's most pristine destinations.
Alaska Family Cruise
June 24-31, 2022

Join your YMCA Alumni friends on our first family adventure, an exciting Alaska cruise. Bring the kids and/or grandkids.
Colorado's Historic
Aug. 5-13, 2022

We'll spend our days on historic, restored railroads exploring the grandeur of the Colorado Rockies.
The International Service Corps (ISC), a program of YMCA Alumni, is sponsoring a special work project to help get the Sioux YMCA Camp Marrowbone in So. Dakota ready to host kids and families this summer. There are a number of projects that must be completed in terms of COVID-19 safety measures and ACA standards. Email Wayne Uhrig, chair, or call him at 740-398-2830 for complete details.

Dates: June 9-12 (not including travel days)
Cost: Pay your own airfare, lodging and some meals.
Chapter leaders
President: Paul Andresen
Treasurer/Membership: Phyllis Murphy
Secretary: Patricia Defelice
International Liaizon: Mary.Lindeman
Lyon Links Editor: Bob Warnock
National Liaison: John Green
Member-at-Large: Tim Hardy

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YMCA Alumni Mission:
" enable members to promote a nurturing worldwide Christian Fellowship that provides educational, social, service and charitable opportunities."