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This issue of Lyon Links is a bit sparse on chapter news, but that’s okay because it’s also late. Travel schedules this fall have been/will be hectic both for me and for our intrepid production crew (i.e. Craig Altschul and Peggi Simmons).

I will be out of town through the Labor Day Weekend, and Craig and Peggi will be hosting the YMCA Alumni Travel Club’s Viking Ocean Cruise. So, between us and God willing, you will get this information in time to join us Lyon folks for our two great upcoming events.

Bob Warnock,

Editor, Lyon Links

Mark your calendars...

Two big Lyon Chapter events

Second Annual YMCA Camp Oakes Retreat

September 30-October 2, 2022

Our chapter is planning a fun and relaxing weekend retreat at YMCA Camp Oakes from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. We can promise, based on last year’s experience:


Great food

Great fellowship

Fun activities at a relaxed pace including swimming, horseshoes, canoeing (for the adventurous), campfire, chapel and more.

Comfortable indoor lodging

… and the weather should be pretty nice too!


The cost will be $130 per “camper” for lodging Friday and Saturday, 4 meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch).


Signup materials, schedule, a map to camp etc. will appear magically in your email SOON. Join us.

Our annual chapter Christmas Party Dec. 3

Please plan to join us and mark your calendar now for our annual Christmas Luncheon Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, 10:30 a.m.


Mijares Mexican Restaurant, 145 Palmetto Drive Pasadena, (626) 792-2763


Enjoy fellowship, a delicious lunch, and a fun gift exchange. (Please bring a $15 gift to participate.) Christmas music with our aging folk singers

Bob Warnock and Tom Cram (pictured above from last year)


$35/person, payable to Lyon Chapter YMCA Alumni

Mail your check to Phyllis Murphy, 1612 N First Ave Upland, CA 91784

(909) 967-2003

R.S.V.P. no later than November 30, 2022

Happy birthday to those of you who have celebrated since our last newsletter or will party soon.

Margaret Coston (Sept. 29) * Les Geiger (Aug. 24) * Mary Golay

(May 20) * Victor Paieda (Aug. 31) * Beverly See (Sept. 22) *

Alice Abusharr (May 20) * Mike Blackmore (April 17) * Tisa Blackmore

(July 20) * Dave Cardenas (Sept. 12)  * Thomas Cram (June 20) * Amal Fernando (Aug. 29) * Paul Netzel (Sept. 11) * Steve Thomas (July 29) *

Cheryl Thomas (April 25) * Paul Vener (June 8) * Monica Warnock (June 28) * Linda Willingham (Sept. 4) * Thomas Willingham (June 8)*

Paul Andresen (April 9) * Randy Bolsinger (July 28)

The 'Big Easy' in November;

There's still time to join us

Make your plans to be in New Orleans for YMCA Alumni Reunion '22, Nov. 2-4. Be sure to register now (click button below) for what will be an exciting, fun reunion in one of the world's most unique cities.

Reunion details

Progress in South Dakota

Waves 3 and 4 of the National Service Project were filled with hard work, great fellowship, education and inspiration. We have been working on the cement foundations for all four tiny homes and significantly organizing, cleaning, and improving the YMCA of the Seven Council Fires program facilities.

--George Painter, Chair, "Boots on the Ground Committee," National Service Project

Members head out to sea on Viking cruise

Four members of the Lyon Chapter – John and Susan Green and Phyllis and Jim Murphy – along with four from our neighboring Grand Canyon Chapter – Craig Altschul and Peggi Simmons and Marian and Dave Bolton head out to sea in late Sept. on the thrice-postponed (COVID) YMCA Alumni Travel Club Viking Ocean Cruise, Trade Routes of the Middle Ages.

The cruise begins in Bergen, Norway and meanders its way through Denmark, Belgium, France, England, and ends in Barcelona, Spain. Be sure to watch for news of 2023 and 2024 Travel Club trips.

Chapter leaders
President: Paul Andresen
Treasurer/Membership: Phyllis Murphy
Secretary: Patricia de Felice
International Liaison: Mary Lindeman
Lyon Links Editor: Bob Warnock
National Liaison: John Green
Member-at-Large: Tim Hardy
Member-at-Large: Randy Bolsinger

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