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It is time for an in-person meeting! We have organized a chapter get-together Nov. 3 in New Jersey and hope you will be able to attend.

The gathering has three purposes: to finally see one another again after a long separation; hear more about how we can be involved in the exciting new National Service Project with the Sioux YMCA, and select new chapter leadership. See below for further details.

Plan now to join us.We are looking forward to seeing you. Thanks to new member Janice Carthens for arranging the meeting and to George Painter, our chapter's representative on the National Service Project committee, who will lead the program.

Bonnie and Ralph
Bonnie Mairs and Ralph Christian, co-presidents

Who: All chapter members and spouses

What: McBurney-Morse chapter gathering
When: Wednesday, Nov. 3
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, including lunch

Where: Westfield Area YMCA,
220 Clark St., Westfield, N.J.

How to register:
Send an email before Oct. 28 to Janice Carthens
with names of attendees.

COVID note: Masks are optional for vaccinated, required for unvaccinated. The Westfield Y requires a signed COVID release that will be sent to you with travel directions when you register. The Y is on an express bus line and 3 blocks from the train station. NYC members wishing a ride should contact Ralph Christian or Bonnie Mairs. We will send a meeting summary to those who cannot attend.
It's time to renew your membership
Member renewal
Our YMCA Alumni membership runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year. You will receive a renewal packet via snail mail this month. Just write your check, fill out the short form and mail it in if you haven't done so already. Our dues are $50 including chapter and National fees.

Or, do it the easy way - online: Just click on the button below, fill out the renewal form, add your credit card info and be certain to hit "submit."
Let the good times roll...
Join the reunion Jan. 12-15
There's still time to join with several members of our chapter and YMCA Alumni members from across the country at Reunion '22 in New Orleans, one of America's most exciting cities. The Big Easy is recovering nicely from the pandemic and the recent hurricane and will be ready to welcome us in January. There's also room on the Breakaway for a 7-day cruise with YMCA Alumni friends from the Port of New Orleans immediately following the reunion.
Fundraising goal for 2022, scope of project set for National Service Project
A budget and fundraising goal for the first phase of the YMCA Alumni National Service Project has been set after many hours of volunteer work by committee members, Sioux YMCA leaders, architects and others.

McBurney-Morse Chapter Representative George Painter has announced on behalf of the National Committee that a goal of $100,000 has been set for Phase One of our project with the Sioux YMCA to build a village of tiny homes in Dupree, S.D., home base for the Y. A fundraising campaign will begin in January.

The first phase includes necessary site preparation work, such as foundation, surveys, borings, utility hook-ups, architectural drawings, and all materials needed to build the prototype 485-square-foot tiny home with a loft and outdoor deck.That includes lumber, roofing, insulation, sheet rock, windows, doors, lighting, appliances, and HVAC.
The home itself is projected to cost $56,000.
The plan includes purchasing two shipping containers used for storage on the site and eventually moving the containers to rural locales on the reservation and becoming “twigs” (small Y branches).

A local tribal member will be retained by the Sioux YMCA and funded through the project who will work with the first volunteer teams next spring and then finish the remainder of the home during the rest of the year.

The entire scope of the initial project, including seven tiny homes and two “twigs”, will be completed over as many years as needed. The total multi-year project is expected to cost $600,000, but we will learn much more about final costs after the first phase is completed.
Thanks to John Hedbavny for taking the notes on our Zoom call of May 21. Here's his report:

Appreciation was expressed to Kurt Kaboth for organizing and coordinating the ZOOM call that had fifteen (15) members attending. The meeting was called to order by the Chapter Co-Chairs, Bonnie Mairs and Ralph Christian. Self-made introductions were given by each one on the call following which Bonnie introduced the agenda.
1.    George Painter, volunteering on the National Service Project for YMCA Alumni, provided a detailed update on the plans and activities underway. Housing is badly needed on the site of the Sioux YMCA in South Dakota. A site plan and design for a 400- to 600-square-foot building will call for Y alumni volunteers to gather to construct the lodging.
2.    Treasurer Kurt Kaboth, gave the Treasurer’s Report noting $3900 in the checking account. It was agreed to send donations of $250 to each of the charities our chapter has been supporting in recent years, including EAF, Secours Speciaux, Sioux YMCA, World Service and YMCA of Haiti.
3.    Ralph Christian talked about the large geographic scope of the chapter that, in addition to Greater New York City region, covers upstate N.Y. and northern New Jersey. He expressed his hope to be able to reach out to the N.J. group, possibly in September or October, to try and organize a meeting and get-together of some kind.
4.    The group was pleased to have joining the ZOOM meeting, Jean Carmichael, President of the National YMCA Alumni’s Board of Directors. Jean shared news of the scheduled  reunion, Jan. 12-15, 2022, in New Orleans. Fifty-six (56) are registered to date and   
registration can be done online, She reported also that a 3- to 4-year 
strategic plan for the Y Alumni group was underway and gave an overview of chapter activities around the country. She concluded her comments giving kudos to Bonnie and Ralph for their leadership to the McBurney-Morse Chapter.
With no other business, Bonnie and Ralph thanked those on the call for attending and noted their hopes for future get togethers and programs, depending on possibilities in these COVID times. The meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m.
Travel with us in 2022
Have you checked out all the YMCA Alumni Travel Club has to offer in 2022? Head to
the Travel Club website and start exploring -- lots of new trips. Isn't it time to get going again?
Chapter Leaders

Co-Presidents: Bonnie Mairs, Ralph Christian
Treasurer: Kurt Kaboth

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