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YMCA memberships near 600 mark

Y Cheerleaders are spreading the spirit by cheering during halftime shows at Middlesex High School basketball games and participating in the Urbanna Christmas Parade. The cheerleaders are, front row from left, Skye Haskiell and Aniston Dobb; middle row, Angela Hundley, Tamya Mills and Elena Fomin; and back row, Kori Waltman, Leela Booth, Lacy Booth and Gracie Wynberry.

by Elizabeth L. Young
Chair, MFYMCA Board of Management

December brings many good things to the Middlesex Family YMCA. We can look back at a year in which membership has grown to almost 600 individuals and families.

A new membership tool, Activtrax, has been added to help make workouts more productive and goal-oriented.

A new series of workshops on diabetes is being offered—free to the entire community, and each participant receives a facility pass to activate his or her exercise program while taking the informational class. 

Cheerleading, “Y Cheer,” is off the ground (literally!), with the team performing at the Middlesex High Lady Chargers’ home basketball games and participating in the Urbanna Christmas Parade. 

The Afterschool Program is encouraging and helping children to eat healthy foods and drinks and to exercise more, while the Preschool Program is greatly appreciated by parents and their very young children. 

Soccer, karate, and adult coed flag football have all figured prominently in successful activities during the past 12 months.  And, we improved the look of our campus—with more good news on that front to come in 2013. 

In this season of thanksgiving and giving, the Middlesex Family YMCA wants all its members and supporters to know how much they are valued. The Y is a non-profit organization that relies on the financial gifts of the community.  Here is what I have heard from some contributors to the Y during the past 12 months:

  • “I like to know that some child can have a membership and learn sports and sportsmanship because I gave a few dollars.”
  • “There are many worthy charities but I support our Y because it is local and my money can do so much good for Middlesex.”
  • “Our family is fortunate now and we want to share with others. The Y has so much going on for so many families. We belong and we contribute, too.”
  • “The Middlesex Family YMCA is like a community center. It’s a place I like to be, and I want to help others to be there, too.”

Because dues and fees can never pay for all the services the Y offers or support all those worthy of scholarships, voluntary donations—whether for sports scholarships, Bright Beginnings, Strong Communities, or any other program—mean the difference between success and having to close the doors. Thanks to the Middlesex community, the doors of our Y are wide open. 

We hope to see you at the Middlesex Family YMCA in 2013, where one of our themes offers to all of us to “live life well.”

posted 12.12.2012

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