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The Planning Committee for the upcoming three-chapter gathering at Silver Bay, Sept. 20-22 has been working hard to pull together an agenda and activities that are sure to please.

Some of the highlights include an opening night reception at the home of Silver Bay CEO, Peter Doliber; a campfire led by Harry Rock; boat tours of Lake George; a historic walking tour of Silver Bay with Mark Rutkowski, Silver Bay Engagement and Connection Activities Director; a session with Silver Bay Director of Spiritual Life Bruce Tamlyn; an ice cream social and 18 holes at the Ticonderoga Golf Club.
For those who would just like to wind down, we have many opportunities for you as well. Our partners at the McBurney Morse (New York) Chapter share our excitement in bringing new and old friends and colleagues together. If you have any questions, please email Nancy Bonell, our Program Chair. Need a ride? Lou Falk will be headed to Silver Bay through Springfield, Mass. I hope you will make every effort to join us.
This edition of The Nor’Easter will focus on the experience of two of our chapter members involved in YMCA Alumni service projects. Bruce McDonald traveled to the Dominican Republic to work on our long-standing homebuilding project and Jody Skelton and her husband, John, to join the first group of volunteers for the National Service Project in So. Dakota.

I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I did and perhaps encourage you, as it did me, to get more involved. Many, many thanks to Bruce and Jody and all who have given of their time to support these projects.
Be well,

New England YMCA Alumni President
A 'color-fall' 3-chapter gathering at Silver Bay Sept. 20-22; Join us
Coming up...
Fall 3-Chapter Gathering at Silver Bay- Sept. 20-22, 2022

YMCA Alumni Reunion '22 in New Orleans- Nov. 2-4, 2022

New England YMCA Alumni Chapter Holiday Luncheon at Springfield College- Dec. 2, 2022.
Back to the Dominican:
A report by Bruce McDonald
As YMCA Alumni members, we are used to seeing our charitable dollars at work. We all have observed the fruits of our investment in action and there is nothing like it. To really appreciate the impact sometimes we have a need to “get our hands dirty,” so to speak.

I was truly privileged and fortunate to spend 40+ years in a YMCA career. I appreciate all that came along with the amazing experiences I have had with the Y. It’s a difficult decision to make, but retirement has been an opportunity for both me and the Y for positive change. It’s a wonderful time of life, but also a little scary.

There are voids that need to be filled. Spending more time with family, grandchildren, playing a little golf, traveling and generally having a little more leisure time are all quite enjoyable, but as a lifer in the Y, there still is a fire burning inside to do something impactful. 

I read about the amazing work that the New England YMCA Alumni were doing in the Dominican Republic with their 10-year-old Homebuilding Project and thought maybe this is just the sort of thing I was looking for. I sent in a modest donation and signed up to help. 

At the time it seemed a long time away. All of a sudden, the time came and I’m thinking, what did I sign up for? I did not know any of the people going nor much about the logistics of what we were doing or what I needed to prepare for.

I was sent an extensive list of what to bring and what to expect. At the airport, I checked my bag in with a hammer, a 2-pound sledge hammer, a crow bar, paint rollers and a box of industrial garbage bags. I wondered what security might say, but got through without a question...  
On to South Dakota:
A report by Jody Skelton
My husband John and I were fortunate to participate in the first “wave” of YMCA Alumni members to participate in our National Service Project in Dupree, So. Dakota.

It was my first visit to the state and we arrived in Grand Rapids, Mich., two days prior to the beginning of the work week.

This gave us a great opportunity to explore the Black Hills, the Badlands, Custer State Park and Jewel Cave. There is a lot to do in the Grand Rapids area so having a bit of extra time on either end of a work trip (which we recommend) will give you some flexibility to enjoy the area.

We chose to stay at the YMCA Volunteer Center in Dupree adjacent to the tiny home village building site, which was a great decision for us. We had our own bedroom, bathroom and a shared living/kitchen area...
Don't miss Reunion '22. Join us Nov. 2-4 in New Orleans

It's not too late at all. Register now when we "let the good times roll" in one of the world's most unique, exciting cities. Register by July 31 and be eligible to win one of 10, $100 bills to use at one of the reunion's "Dinner with Friends" evenings. Registration is still open through October, so get ready for the fun. Click the button below for details.
Warm up in winter
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Chapter leaders
President: Karin Leslie
VP/Programs: Nancy Bonell
Treasurer/Membership: Alan Hurst
Secretary: Laurie Garbacz
At Large: Gary Schuyler
At Large: Martha Machnik
At Large: Duffy Brent
National Service Project: Harry Rock
Immediate Past President: Lou Falk

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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."