While our Weatherford Chapter is the largest in the US by both states covered and number of members, we have seen a decline in both renewals and new memberships. As more YMCA employees choose retirement, the ability to be relevant, to connect, and to serve are critical. Both the national board and our chapter board have had discussions on needed changes to make us more relevant to those retiring in the future. Ideas have included being able to register online for our gatherings, the ambassadors program which reaches out to more areas we serve, and making stronger connections with our members, particularly with those who don’t attend our gatherings.
One outcome of these discussions is our board working on updating our chapter bylaws for the last 9 months or so. In April we approved an updated version to be sent to the membership for a vote. Many of the changes enable us to function more effectively through electronic communication, and to streamline various responsibilities. An email with the proposed bylaws and the rationale for the proposed changes will be coming later in June. Please vote by responding to the email when you receive it.
The nominating committee, led by Phill Morgan, is working on a slate of officers to be voted on at our meeting at Blue Ridge YMCA Assembly this fall. Once officers are elected for 2024-2026, we will be looking for people to serve on committees to help the chapter grow and thrive. Please prayerfully consider volunteering to serve.
We will have a special dedication and celebration of the renamed Weatherford Chapter Room at our gathering at Blue Ridge Assembly October 23rd-25th, 2023. Don’t miss this chance to reconnect with friends and colleagues, to inspire and encourage one another, and to find rest in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.