YMCA Alumni
William S. Chambers Chapter
Ohio * W. Virginia * N. Kentucky * W. Pennsylvania

September 2022 View as Webpage

Hello Craig,

I hope everyone has had a great summer and have been able to spend time with the family and your grandkids. We need to take advantage of every time we have to spend with family.

If by chance you forgot to register for the Fall Reunion in Cleveland, Sept. 13–15, contact John Mack as soon as possible. John says if you need information or want to register for the reunion contact him right away.

I’m sure we all want to congratulate Dianne Clark on her new position as Treasurer on the National Board of YMCA Alumni. She will remain on the Chambers Chapter Executive Committee.

However, this means she will be stepping down from her present position of the Newsletter Editor for the Chambers Chapter. We want to thank her for all her great work with the newsletter for the last two years.

This does mean we are looking for someone to take over the role as Newsletter Editor for the Chambers Chapter. If you have any questions or would be interested in this position, please contact me.

In October and November, we plan to have a major push for membership in YMCA Alumni of all the retirees in our area. If you would be interested in helping in this effort, please contact me or Dave Patterson.

It’s FOOTBALL time in America. This is what Fall is all about. Following your favorite team and all the fellowship and fun that surrounds this time of year. Good luck to your favorite team and The University of Tennessee!

Chambers YMCA Alumni Chapter President

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.

It's time to renew membership in November; Watch for details

November 1 will be the official start of the 2023 Renewal Campaign. A Renewal Packet will arrive in your home mailbox in early November with details on how to renew, either quickly and securely via the YMCA Alumni website or by postal mail. Online renewals will be accepted starting Nov. 1. Credit cards are only accepted online for security reasons; checks by U.S. mail.

Membership Details:

By Dave Patterson

You say it’s your birthday…

Birthday wishes go out to these friends and colleagues that will celebrate another year before our next newsletter.

September: Glenn Kuhn (4) * Dave Saunders (4) * Harold Hewitt (6) * John Kinsinger (7) * Jean Hedges (9) * Jill Jolliff (9) * Tony Delisio (12) * Paul Atkinson (13) * Dorothea Lazar (13) * Dick Jones (19) * Jennifer Patterson (23) * Bruno Ottavi (24) * Laura Mann (25) * Cindy Koenig-Daggs (26) * Randy Clark (28) * Kevin Settles (30).


October: Barbara Gilchrist (5) * Cindy Blomquist (10) * Ruth France (13) * Harry Bradbury (14) * John Pfiester (16) * Carol Cooper (24) * Keith Lands (28).


November: Cathy McCallister (6); Jeff Mann (9) * Charlotte Moore (11) * Maryann Hoffman (17) * Janice Atkinson (19) * Brad Toft (22) * Doug McNeel (23) * Phyllis Glunt (26) * Jim Hoffman (28) * Bob D’Avria (30).

National Service Project

nears fundraising goal

By Steve Gunn

Fundraising for the National Service Project has received more than $557,000. Our goal is $600,000. The fundraising is expected to resume in January.  

The foundations for the four tiny homes have been excavated and prepared for cement pouring this month. Volunteer waves 5 and 6 are set for late October and early November. Wave 6 still needs helpers. 

Our goal for 2022 is to have one tiny home erected and winterized so that work can resume when winter subsides on the Reservation in May. It's not too early to begin thinking about your involvement onsite next year. Contact me or Tony Delisio if you are interested or have questions.  

Update on Emergency Assistance Fund

By Steve Gunn, Chair

The EAF update for the Chambers Chapter is as follows: We have 13 donors to date who have given $2,593.00. We have a goal this year of $6,000.00. Please get your EAF pledge and/or gift in soon because we are needing them due to the tremendous need across the country. 

Nationally, there have been 150 donors giving a total of $8,975.00. The giving amount year to date is very low in comparison to last year yet the need is greater. There have been 15 grants awarded thus far this year for a total of $85,000. This is on average over $5,600.00 per grant given to our YMCA alumni and Y Active participants. We anticipate the need to exceed 50 grant applications this year.  

Reminder: The YMCA EAF is a separate 501C3 organization, not officially a part of YMCA Alumni. We give our donations to benefit our own Y personnel and because we need to support our organization. EAF exists because of the generosity of our Y family. There are no other sources for the grants. Please give often and give generously.

Donate to EAF

YMCA World Service:

'Starting where you are'

By Tony Delisio, World Service Chair

I recently had the chance to attend The Western and Southern Open Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio with my wife Sally and our daughter Kelly. For one week each August, tennis professionals from around the world invade the Buckeye State for some entertaining high-stakes tennis action. Needless to say, it was beautiful day and we had a great time watching the pros “up close and personal.”


While preparing my thoughts for this World Service message to you, I was reminded of a former tennis great and a famous quote that he coined. Arthur Ashe once said:


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”


Even though we may be retired from the YMCA, we still can make an impact by “doing what we can.” One way we can do this is by supporting causes like YMCA World Service. I would like to personally thank all of you who have contributed to our YMCA World Service Campaign this year (and in years past). To date, we have received $1,850 from 9 donors. Thank you so much for “…using what you have” to change our world for good.


Total YMCA Alumni Giving to date is $185,719 from 192 donors. Overall, the 2022 YMCA World Service Campaign is doing very well, with $1,974,914 raised. $1.2 million of this total has been raised specifically for the crisis in Ukraine and $700,000 + for YMCA Partners.


YMCA of the USA - World Service will be sending out a global update, along with a letter, to all YMCA Alumni in September. Many of you like to make your World Service contributions at the end of the year. So please be sure to check out this mailing. Remember – 100 percent of every World Service gift helps the youth of the world.


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.

Donate to World Service

YMCA of the USA World Service continues to provide financial and technical support for the immediate and long-term response to the on-going crisis in Ukraine. Your support and solidarity are making a huge difference.


More than 200 YMCAs in Europe – including 17 still operating in Ukraine – are providing support to internally displaced and refugee youth and families. To date, these YMCAs have served more than 40,000 people, providing them with mental health services, childcare, employment resources and more.


Thank you again to every individual, family and organization who contributed to YMCA World Service so far this year. For those still considering a gift, remember that gifts will be accepted through the end of 2022. Use the donor link above to contribute online or you can mail your check to: YMCA World Service, c/o Mary Tikalsky, Director, YMCA of the USA, 101 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606.


Contact: Tony Delisio

Kathy and John Mack were 'All Aboard' YMCA Alumni Travel Club's Historic Trains trip in August

Chapter members Kathy and John Mack were among the 28 YMCA Alumni members thoroughly enjoying our Travel Club’s sold-out Colorado Historic Trains trip in August.

The group enjoyed riding six different railroads including the world famous and incredibly scenic Durango & Silverton, Cumbres and Toltec and Pikes Peak trains. Ask them about their experience and join us on a trip in 2023 or 2024.

Travel Club

By Tony Delisio, Prayer Chain Chair

Where does the time go? Twenty-nine years ago, our oldest son Nick was starting kindergarten. Today, he is taking his son Jamieson to pre-school. Reflecting on this moment in time, I realized how quickly our lives are passing.


These words from Psalm 39:4-13, are a powerful reminder to us all:


“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.

 Remind us that my days are numbered – how fleeting my life is.


 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.

 My entire lifetime is just a moment to you, at best, each of us is but a breath.


 We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.

 We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.


 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.”


I hope you will make the most of this day. This is the day the Lord has made.


 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. Prayer requests can be “spoken” or “unspoken.” Either way, we can pray for each other.


Simply contact me, Tony Delisio (614) 581-8417 with your Prayer Chain Request and we will send a message to all Chambers Chapter members (via email) asking for prayers and healing. Phone calls and text messages also are welcome.


Thank you and may God Bless You.


An editor's note...

By Dianne Clark, Chambers Chatter Editor

Does it seem like summer has flown by to you? Every year it seems to go by a little faster. We didn’t take a big vacation this year but were able to go on a few small trips. We are planning to attend the Fall Reunion in Cleveland this September. I hope to see many of you there.

As Mike mentioned in his President’s message, I will be stepping down as the Chamber Chapter newsletter editor. It has been a pleasure to serve the Chapter in this capacity. Thank you for trusting me with this role. 

A special thank you to Mike and Jackie Frith for their patience when I first started the task. Now that Craig Altschul + Associates is involved through the National Board Newsletter Program, it has become more streamlined. 

I’m excited about the opportunity to serve on the Y Alumni National Board as Treasurer. It is more in line with my experience as the Controller of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

Enjoy the fall and everything pumpkin spice (although I am not a fan of pumpkin flavors). Like Mike, I am looking forward to football season and watching three of my grandsons play for their high school team.   

Chapter leaders

President: Mike Frith

1st VP: Connie Clark

2nd VP: Lowell Nees

Secretary: Glenn 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."