This month I have traveled to our Wellman and Kalona sites often. It has been fun meeting more members and watching the programs flourish. As I have driven down the road I have watched the crops get harvested and reflected on how much Washington gives back to the country in corn, beans and hog farming. It has been enlightening to learn more about the new farming techniques from the staff who have spouses that farm. Planning and preparing for the future is key to their success. This is the same at the YMCA.
I continually want to learn and plan for success. Balancing the budget and keeping cash positive is very important but another important aspect is "how can the YMCA make an impact in the lives of others". The YMCA's national slogan is "For a Better Us". This fits perfectly into what we do at the YMCA of Washington County. We all work together to provide a safe place for kids, provide emotional health to adults and build healthy relationships. This is accomplished through programs and membership.
The following four pictures I am particularly fond of.