On Friday, June 6th, several branches in our GHYMCA family traveled to Mystic, CT for the Annual AYP conference. This conference is an opportunity to celebrate the success of all the YMCA branches in our region, Chapter 3.
A big part of the celebration is a presentation of awards to people who have made an impact through their work for the Y. This year several people from our association were honored with awards!
This year’s entertainment at the conference was a hypnotist…aimed at creating a fun time for our staff. Leslie St. Amant and I volunteered to be “part of the show”…. For those of you who were lucky enough to see the show ….it was very entertaining to say the least! Apparently I did some great ballet and a fantastic rendition of Lady Ga Ga….
As April said…”All in a day at the office…..” Remember… if we are not having fun, our members are not having fun!!
The Wilson-Gray YMCA is proud to bring a shining light on our Silver Sneakers Program and its new class, Zumba Gold! Zumba Gold is a combination of dance and exercise for men and women over the age of 55. Members practice different styles of dancing with all types of music while getting a terrific workout. Zumba Gold is held every Saturday 12pm-12:45pm and has become a great edition to the Silver Sneakers Program. This past Saturday, members had the opportunity to be filmed and photographed in recognition of the program’s success. This will be shared throughout the Y. “I didn’t think I can still move like this” said one of the participants. We have heard nothing but positive feedback and hope to continue to make a difference in the lives of our members.
This past weekend Camp Jewell joined us at Celebrate West Hartford. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time talking to families about the amazing summer we have in store. We participated in the “Step Up To Health” challenge, our theme being “Hoop and Holler for Camp!” The challenge was set-up as a scavenger hunt, with children having to search for our booth and six others to complete a healthy activity of some sort in order to get their book stamped and receive a prize. We had three activities to choose from: A Paddleball Challenge- testing their hand-eye coordination, Hula-Hoop Challenge-testing their endurance and a Slingshot Challenge-testing their aim. Needless to say, we came across some very skilled children!
-West Hartford-Tri-Town YMCA
Tahreem Ali is a member of our L.E.A.D Teen Program (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Achievement, Diversity). She feels that she contributes to making the Y “so much more” because she collaborates with other teens to develop ideas, programs and initiatives that better the community.
Tahreem participated in our Annual Campaign Phonathon this year and raised $40! Calling people for donations can be extremely intimidating, but Tahreem dialed with a smile and maintained a positive attitude throughout the night. Without the support of selfless people like Tahreem, we would not be able to live our cause and impact as many lives as we have.
-West Hartford/Tri-Town YMCA