YMCA Alumni
William S. Chambers Chapter
Ohio * W. Virginia * N. Kentucky * W. Pennsylvania
June 2022 View as Webpage
We were treated to a tour of the Sherman House Museum during our Spring Reunion. This home is the birthplace of General William Tecumseh Sherman and his younger brother Senator John Sherman and home of the remarkable Sherman Family. Our Reunion began with lunch at the Downtown Bistro. We walked a short distance to the Ohio Glass Museum and enjoyed with a guided tour of Libby Glass collections from 1818-2021. Dinner was at O’Huids Galeic Pub. We held a short business meeting, along with the fun and fellowship,

Praying for a fun and safe summer for all!

You missed out on an enjoyable time with friends, good food and a great time if you were unable to attend our Spring Reunion in Lancaster May 17-18, Thanks go out to Mike Lieber for all his work and planning for this great Reunion.

Our chapter is full of great leaders. For example, Dave Patterson, with membership for our chapter and the National YMCA Alumni Board; Tony Delisio, working with World Service and Christian Emphasis; Steve Gunn, working with Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) and the National Service Project; Wayne Uhrig leadership with the International Service Corp; Cindy Koenig-Daggs is serving on the National YMCA Alumni Board working with finances; Dave Saunders leads our chapter's Retired Director of the Year Award; John Mack with the Fall Reunion; Dianne Clark with her work with the newsletter and our chapter finances and our Executive Committee. 

The trouble with listing people you always leave someone out. I can truly say that our chapter has many individuals that are great leaders and are sharing this talent with all of us in our chapter.

Mark your calendar for the Chambers Fall Reunion in Cleveland Sept. 13-15. John Mack has planned what looks like a wonderful Reunion. (See story below.)
YMCA Alumni Reunion 2022 in New Orleans is Nov. 2-4. It is not too late to sign up. Click HERE for more information. There will be exciting times and fellowship in a great city.

Have a safe and great summer.

Chambers YMCA Alumni Chapter President
YMCA Alumni Annual Campaign underway now; please donate

"I believe in what YMCA Alumni is doing. I hope you do as well and will support our administrative financial needs. Our goal in this annual campaign is $32,000. Click the button to donate now. Thank you." --Dale Packer, past president
Our fall reunion Sept. 13-15;
Rockin' on to Cleveland
Start our Fall Reunion with lunch in the Legacy Grill and a round of golf at Sweetbriar Golf Club.
Tour the world-famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, whose mission is
"Education, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Responsibility." Music, too.
Click the button below for full details of our Fall Reunion in Cleveland.
National Service Project:
Underway in Dupree, SD
The National Service Project campaign for 2022 is now over. More than $525,000 was raised in cash and pledges on a three-year goal of $600,000.

There were over 435 conversations that were started with many YMCA Alumni and friends about the Project. The Chambers Chapter raised over $18,000 in cash and three-year pledges and had over 40 conversations during the campaign from January through March. Way to go Chambers Chapter members! I am so proud of you!

Special thanks to Dick Fullmer and Connie Clark for their campaign leadership for our chapter and our success for the amount raised in 2022. Also, I wanted to thank Tony Delisio, Wayne Uhrig, Dianne Clark, Mike Frith, and the whole team in general (more than 15 of our members who worked on the campaign) and reached out to other YMCA Alumni as well as their friends, relatives and neighbors to tell the National Service Project story.
Chambers has some 12 members who have expressed an interest in going to work either this year or next. Way to go everyone. 

I am so excited for the Sioux YMCA Tiny Home Project and what it will mean for the people they serve in the coming years!

For more information about volunteering for a week in South Dakota contact Tony Delisio or me. Four more waves to go in 2022. For a complete budget and Tiny Home diagrams contact me. Visit the Case for Support for project details.

Steve and Nancy Gunn

(Photo: Top: Steve Gunn; Above: photos from the groundbreaking ceremony)
New adventures from our Travel Club...
Take a mid-winter break and join us in tropical, beautiful Costa Rica Feb. 25-March 3, 2023. This affordable adventure to a natural paradise with pricing at $980 pp.
Visit bustling Cairo, the pyramids of Giza, cruise the Nile to Luxor during our Travel Club's "Egypt along the Nile" adventure April 29-May 4, 2023.
EAF funds low; our goal is $6,000
The Emergency Assistance Fund continues to assist those less fortunate nationwide. There have been some applications received from the various retirees and other staff thus far in 2022. The Caring Committee will evaluate each application and make a determination as to need and award gifts accordingly. 

If you know of a YMCA Alumni who may be in need of assistance, please contact Steve Gunn, our Chambers Chapter representative, and he can assist you with help in questions and for a possible grant application. Phone is (740) 412-7934.  

Right now, the giving for EAF is very low nationally as well as in our chapter.
Please donate soon to help us reach our Chambers goal of $6,000 for 2022. Click the button below to donate securely online.
Celebrating the Life of Charles Neal
Dec 3,1941-May 1, 2022
Membership details
by Dave Patterson, Membership Chair
The Chambers Chapter currently includes 84 membership units equaling 141 members.
14  LIFETIME units = 18 members
17  INDIVIDUAL units = 17 members
53  HOUSEHOLD units = 106 members
CELEBRATE our LIFETIME Members ~ The Chambers Chapter is proud to celebrate our Lifetime Members.

Edward Bauer ~ Warren, OH
Harry Bradbury ~ Dayton, OH
Los Doughty ~ Lewis Center, OH
Wanda Farrar ~ Walton, KY
Jean Hedges ~ Columbus, OH
Harold & Dorothy Hewitt ~ Circleville, OH
John Kinsinger ~ Lebanon, OH
Dorothea Lazar ~ Verona, OH
Ronald & Charlotte Moore ~ Soddy Daisy, TN
Bruno Ottavi ~ Fort Myers, FL
Lee Patterson ~ Wooster, OH
Mary Lee Porter ~ Hamilton, OH
Shafik & Afaf Saikaly ~ Valencia, PA
RECRUIT, RECRUIT, RECRUIT ~ Let’s GROW the Chambers Chapter!
If you have former YMCA colleagues that are not currently active members of YMCA Alumni, ask them to JOIN us. Or if you know current YMCA, ask them too. The only determining factor for membership is that members must be “former or current active employees, spouses or surviving spouses, partners or significant others of former YMCA employees.”
Joining YMCA Alumni is so easy. Just visit www.ymcaalumni.org, click on the JOIN tab, fill out the NEW MEMBER APPLICATION, click submit. The rest of 2022 is FREE to all new members.
Reach out today and ask a friend to join the Chambers Chapter and CONNECT, TRAVEL & SERVE.
YMCA World Service:
Serving the global Y movement
By Tony Delisio, World Service Chair
There are YMCAs in more than 119 counties, each helping people to reach their full potential for a better future. And, speaking of the future – young people between the ages of 15 and 24 comprise the largest generation in the world’s history.

Globally aware, culturally competent, and socially inclusive, these 1.2 billion change-makers have the ideas, passion, and motivation to address society’s most pressing challenges.

Thanks to partners like YMCA Alumni, YMCA World Service works with the Global Y Movement to create opportunities for more young people to lead positive change and advance equity in their communities and around the world.

By now, you should have received a mailing that highlights how contributions to YMCA World Service is empowering young leaders to "Change the World for Good."

To date, Chambers Chapter giving to the 2022 World Service Campaign stands at $600 from four donors. We are confident that chapter giving will match or exceed last year’s campaign ($4,745 from 26 donors) and we are most appreciative of the support we receive on an annual basis.

Collectively, the 2022 World Service Campaign has raised just over $1.5 million. Of this amount, $900,000 has been raised to support YMCAs responding to the crisis in Ukraine.

Finally, we want to encourage you to consider a gift to YMCA World Service this year. Gifts will be accepted through the end of 2022. Your gift, no matter the size, is important and creates positive change.

Click the button below to securely donate to YMCA World Service.
If you have any questions about World Service, please email me or call (614) 581-8417.
For information or to contribute to the YMCA of the USA Ukraine Response, please click HERE.
By Tony Delisio, Prayer Chain Chair

Here is the devotion (scripture passage and reflection) that I shared at our Chambers Chapter dinner meeting in Lancaster, Ohio at our Spring Reunion:
    Jesus said:
    “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
    I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
    No one can take them out of my hand.
    My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
    And no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
    The Father and I are one.”
Like so many of His sheep, sometimes I wander and get off course. Sometimes I get lost. But that doesn’t stop Him from calling out to me in that familiar voice of His to come back to the flock. He never gives up on me, no matter what I do.
Prayer does make a difference.
Do you have a need for prayer? Whenever you, a family member or friend is in need of prayers, you can turn to your friends with the Chambers Chapter to help lift up your intentions to God in prayer.
Simply contact me with your prayer request and we will send a message to all Chambers Chapter members via email asking for prayers and healing.
An editor's note...
By Dianne Clark, Chambers Chatter Editor
Spring is ending on a very busy note for my husband and me. I am anticipating that summer will be just as busy. While preparing our June newsletter, I realized a lot of my activities are still solidly YMCA related.

We are so lucky to be able to stay in contact with each other. If you know anyone that qualifies for our group, I encourage you to reach out to them and remind them that we are open to all levels of staff.
I hope you enjoy the new format for Chambers Chapter. Have a safe and happy summer. I look forward to seeing you in Cleveland. --Dianne
Chapter leaders
President: Mike Frith
1st VP: Connie Clark
2nd VP: Lowell Nees
Secretary: Glen Kuhn
Treasurer: John Mack
Immediate Past President: Dick Fullmer
Editor: Dianne Clark
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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."