Volume 1 | December 2018
Hello YMCA of Dyer County members!

We want to welcome you to our brand new monthly newsletter! You will find that it is filled with educational information, helpful hints and tips, yummy healthy recipe options, upcoming events, news and even some discount offerings! We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please, please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve!

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Upcoming Events
Feb 15th- Spring Soccer Registration Deadline
New! Boxing class with Team Reed Boxing!
Coming Soon in 2019!
  • Parent's Night Out - February 22nd (registration is open)
  • Birthday Parties! (coming later in 2019)
  • Updated vending machine options- HEALTHIER CHOICES!
  • Donor Recognition Wall
  • Teen Room
  • Updating "some" cardio equipment
  • Mandatory staff & instructor shirts (we want you to know who we are!)
  • Operation "Clean Up" - Getting rid of unused items throughout the Y
  • Bringing on 4 new board members
  • Considering a 20 minute "Lunch Express" class (please answer poll at bottom of newsletter)
  • Chamber Business After Hours- come check out our new equipment and all of the improvements that have been made!
  • Professional staff and instructor head shots for website & newsletter- By Jake Fountain Photography
Sponsored by JA of Dyer County

Parents’ Night Out will be Friday, February 22nd from 5:30-8:00pm. Spots are limited and will fill up fast, so register now!

5:30-8:00pm- February 22nd
Your kids (3- to 13 years old) (MUST BE POTTY TRAINED) will enjoy a fun night at the Y complete with:
·          Fun Craft
·          Games led by Y staff and JA of Dyer County Leaders
·          Movie
·          Dinner
·          Cost: $5/child (members) or $15 (non-members). All parents must be back by 8:00pm to collect their children!

First Parent Night Out = SUCCESS!
We were able to serve 15 kids at our first ever Parent's Night Out event in January. The kids had a blast and so did our volunteers! We are looking forward to partnering with Junior Auxiliary of Dyer County and providing this event MONTHLY on the last Friday of every month! Contact Sara Jo Fountain for more information- sarajo@soniccountry.com.
Member Spotlight
Name: Wendell McManus

How long have you been with the Y?
"I have been a member for 12 years."

What is your favorite thing about the Y?
"Enjoy the fellowship and interaction with other members while I exercise."

"Mr. Wendall McManus, who is one of our Senior members and an extremely nice and liked member, has volunteered to teach Bible Classes in the past, has had an active membership for 12+ years and is here every morning, rain or shine." - Dion Cross- Front Desk Staff
Instructor Spotlight
Name: Brenda Brubaker
Classes: Hit Me With Your Best Shot & Zumba

How long have you been with the Y?
"I think i started at the Y in January of 2016."

What's your favorite thing about teaching at the Y?
"My personal favorite thing about the Y is all of the classes that are offered, especially Zumba and my new class, Hit Me With Your Best Shot. I love the fact that the Y offers so many things for all ages. It's great to have all of the programs for the young children and Silver Sneakers for the older members. The community should be proud to have a place like this and I am glad to be a part of it. It's a great place to come and meet new people and make many new friends."

What are your class dates and times?
Monday & Wednesday: 5-6 p.m.- Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Monday: 6-7 p.m.- Zumba
Employee Spotlight
Name: Cathy Bona
Job Title: Dance Instructor

How long have you been with the Y?
"22 years in November"

What's your favorite thing about working for the Y?
"Meeting lots of interesting people."

What's your Y story?
"We moved here in 1997 from Memphis, where i was teaching step and a weight class at 2 gyms in Bartlett, I walked in the door when the YMCA was in the building next to Save A Lot, and asked if there was an opening. Claudia welcomed me, I took some classes and started teaching in the mornings a few weeks later, and have been in the morning time slot for 21 years! I’ve taught step, spin, cardio kick, toning, pilates, and dance fit."

What would you like members to know about you?
" I’m very competitive! I am the director at Fine Arts Warehouse and dance is my passion! I have 4 boys and have been Married to my husband bill for 24 years."

NEW! Boxing Class
We are proud to announce a new class to our YMCA with Team Reed Boxing coach T Reed! Class days and times are Wednesday and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.! The first class below was a great success!
Recipe Corner- Tona Roberts
  • Heat oil in a large pot. Add beef to the pot. Cook over medium-high heat until browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the beef from the pot with a slotted spoon.
  • Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic to the pot. Cook and stir 6 minutes or until tender and mushrooms are browned.
  • Add vinegar and stir to remove the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add broth, undrained tomatoes, wine Italian seasoning, fennel seed and ground pepper. Reduce heat and simmer, covered about 15 minutes or until the vegetables and beef are tender.
  • Serve
One-Pot Beefy Vegetable Soup
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 12 oz. boneless beef sirloin steak
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 (14 oz) cans reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, bias-sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, not drained
Ages 6 and Under
Monday -Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Monday -Thursday 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Meet our Childcare Staff!
Caylee Gilkey
Claire Hopper
Not pictured but photos coming soon: Emilee Palmer, Brittani Moody and Angela Curry
Randy Butler- CEO
"I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get the opportunity to let people with a passion follow their heart. In return we are able to serve our community, build our youth, become a healthier place and make Dyer County a better place. I appreciate the opportunity to build partnerships and relationships to serve the mission of the YMCA. We cannot survive without you, your passion, and support."
Patrick Holden- Sr. Program Director
"Is the "newness" of the New Year wearing off? Are you already losing motivation to pursue your fitness goals? Isaiah 40:20 reminds us that "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."
Quick Health Tips for 2019
Dieting is of course very popular worldwide and is encouraged throughout society. Everyone wants to look good. So what is the most difficult problem about dieting? Well, of course it's the fact that you need to restrict, restrict, and restrict! It takes courage, effort, sacrifice, and commitment to actually succeed at dieting.
 Many people make the mistake of creating excuses as to why they just couldn't start the diet that very day. I'd say that if you plan on starting a diet on a certain day, then you should go for it and stay mentally focused and committed especially with the New Year's resolutions coming up when everybody is focused on making positive changes. People that make excuses almost always never actually get started on their healthy lifestyle journey. I think it is best to call it a lifestyle change because that is what it takes to be sustainable. If you just focus on the word diet, sometimes the word can seem unsettling causing you to give up on it in no time.

So, what do you need to do to get started?

  • You need to make realistic goals and not go over the top with expectations. Remember that slow and steady wins the race, especially in this type of case. 
  • Exercise for thirty to forty minutes a day for the best results. You can't expect to lose weight by only working out for ten minutes or by simply being a lazy couch potato. Exercising plays a very large part in losing weight and is very beneficial to your overall body image.
  •  Your meals play a part in your diet as well. Choose to eat clean and increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts. Try to stay away from foods and drinks that are high in calories and sugars. Food and drink that are high in calories or sugar will surely taste good but can be very draining and damaging to your overall health. 
  • And don't forget your 8 glasses of water a day. Your body is made up of 70% water. You need it for vital organs to function. Commit in 2019 to drink at least 6 glasses a day.

To maintain a positive self image requires focus and discipline. Take each step on your journey with a day by day approach. Don't focus on next week until you accomplish what you need to do this week. Remember to stay focused, be determined and remain steady on this new lifestyle of living.

Current 2019 Board Members
  • Penny Garner
  • Sara Jo Fountain
  • Seth Williamson
  • Ray Lowrance
  • Alyson Pollock