Dinner at the Owen Ranch

and a Cowboy Town gathering

Sam Schreiner Chapter members gather at Kathleen and Durwood Owen's ranch for a fajita dinner during their fall gathering in Bandera, Texas.

Top photo L-R: Bill Ellisor, Lou and Ellie Cumings, Emilie Heiman, Pam Power, Liping Wang, Carmelita Gallo, Chuck and Johnie Mae Dandridge, Jean Carmichael, Jim Rowland, kneeling, Elizabeth and Terry Seth, Craig and Ellen Schaefer, Tom Hansis, Sharon Swallisch, and Kathleen and Durwood Owen. 

Photo below diners: A hike in the Hill Country Natural Area near Bandera.

Bottom photo: Chuck Dandridge, Carmelita Gallo and Jean Carmichael put is a "Western Jail wagon " while on ride around Bandera . We did let them out after the ride though.

Founded 1972

Sam Schreiner Chapter

Serving Texas; Oklahoma; SE New Mexico; S. Arkansas;

W. Louisiana

December 2023

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Connect. Travel. Serve.

Hello Craig,

By now everyone has received your 2024 membership renewal packet in the mail, although it might be in your stack of to do’s. 

I am looking forward to everyone renewing for another year and hopefully we can have some additional members this year. By renewing, you can enjoy the benefits of being a member of the YMCA Alumni family including The CONNECTION from National, travel opportunities with the travel club with fellow Alumni and the Going Places newsletter, volunteer opportunities, quarterly newsletters from our chapter, and our chapter’s bi-annual gatherings. 

You also can safely and easily renew online clicking the red button below.

We had a great time at our October Fall Gathering in Bandera, Texas, where we met new YMCA Alumni members and renewed friendships with fellow YMCA Alumni members.

A BIG Thank You to Kathleen and Durwood Owen for hosting our members for a fajita dinner at their beautiful ranch. Also thanks go out to Pam Power and Kathleen for organizing all of our activities and meals. Our auction raised over $1,500 which will be split between YMCA World Service and the YMCA Alumni National Service Project.

We elected new officers for our chapter starting January 1, 2024.

President -- Pam Power

Vice President -- Craig Schaefer

Secretary -- Johnie Mae Dandridge

Treasurer -- Jim Heiman


Your new officers will need some help in other non-elected positions such as Newsletter Editor, Membership Chair, and other duties. If you would be interested in helping out please let our new president, Pam Power, know.

Thanks to all the officers for your service to our chapter these past two years. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your President.

I do hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year.

Sam Schreiner YMCA Alumni Chapter President
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Save the Dates:

April 16-18, 2024 in Oklahoma City

We are planning our next gathering for Oklahoma City in April 2024. Please save the dates for this event. We will have some meals together and enjoy some of OKC’s sites. It is always fun to gather as fellow YMCA Alumni. Perhaps friends can be talking now about car-pooling if the distance seems too long for some to travel.

YMCA Alumni Reunion-at-Sea

January 26-February 2, 2025. Join us.


Our seven-night cruise will depart from the brand new Royal Caribbean port in Galveston, Texas and includes relaxing days at sea and delightful port stops in Roatan, Honduras; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

Our West Region of YMCA Alumni is serving as hosts with our own Carmelita Gallo as the Chair of the Planning Committee. It would be great to have a good number of our chapter members on this cruise to share in the good times, parties and shipboard special events on one of the most famous ships at sea. Click the button below for details and to register.  

Reunion Details

Jan. 27-Feb. 4, 2024: Winter Warm-up in Caribbean Cruise

April 21-May 3, 2024: Atlantic Crossing to Italy Cruise

hosted by Schreiner members Chuck and Johnie Mae Dandridge

Aug. 2-8, 2024: Scottish Dream & Tattoo (SOLD OUT)

Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2024: America's Music Cities

Jan. 26-Feb. 2: 2025: Alumni Reunion at Sea Cruise

June 17-July 3, 2025: Land of the Midnight Sun Cruise

Don't delay. Our trips often sell out quickly.

Travel Club

Chapter leaders

President: Terry Seth

VP/Programs: Craig Schaefer

Treasurer: Jim Heiman

Secretary: Pam Power

Interim Editor: Pam Power

Membership: Chuck & Johnie Mae Dandridge

Immediate Past President: Patrick Murphy

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