By Steve Hunter, CFO
I learned this morning that Memorial Day began during the Civil War as Decoration Day and was a day to honor those killed in the Civil War. The name Memorial Day was officially recognized by an act of Congress in 1967, though the name was in common use before that. For those old enough to remember, Memorial Day used to be recognized on May 30th. Congress changed it to the last Monday in May in 1971 at the same time they changed other holidays to create 3 day weekends. The VFW has since lamented that
By Begoña Liern, Program Director
Forest Grove Family Resource Center
We want to say thanks to The Islamic Center of Portland's Girls youth group!
By Bob Hall, President and Ceo
I would like to take the opportunity to recognize Anthony Hall, Program Executive Director for Mt. Hood and Clackamas Family YMCA. Anthony has been a valuable staff member of our Y since May of 2003. Before joining us, he worked for the YMCA in Minnesota.
By Bob Hall, President and CEO
This has been a busy month at the Y with two major events. On February 7, we promoted our capital fund raising efforts at the Clark County YMCA with a Hard Hat Tour. We closed the facility early and invited guests in to look over our expansion and remodeling plans. About 100 people attended. We had a short presentation about the purpose and impact of the YMCA in the community. Trustees, Ruth Bennett and Carol Terrell did an outstanding job talking about why they belong to the YMCA.
Here at the Y, service is at the heart of everything we do. Our staff and volunteers do their best to model that spirit of service, both in and outside the Y, and we appreciate that. That’s why we’d like to take the time to recognize Corinn deWaard.
Corinn has recently been honored with the Kenyon T. Bement Award by the Rotary Club of Portland. This award is presented to a member of the Rotary Club whose contributions to the club and to the community exemplify an exceptional spirit of the Rotary motto: Service Above Self.
At the YMCA, our doors are open to everyone … regardless of ability to pay. Through scholarships and reduced fees, we can offer a wide variety of programs and services to kids and families in our community. Every year through our Strong Communities Campaign, supporters like you help us to do that.
On Saturday, February 4, we held our annual Campaign Kickoff event at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA. This event celebrates our many volunteers, board members and volunteer campaigners, and gets everyone excited about our Strong Communities Campaign.