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Middlesex YMCA is the ‘Pride of Middlesex’

Middlesex Family YMCA summer camp children are all smiles.

by Jim Knupp

The Middlesex Family YMCA (our Y) will be honored as the “Pride of Middlesex” by the Middlesex County Rotary Charitable Foundation Inc. at a dinner banquet at the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department Pavilion on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 5 p.m. Ticket, table and sponsorship information is provided below.

The Pride of Middlesex honor is awarded to our Y due to its exceptional contributions toward the well-being of Middlesex County and its residents. Our Y’s programs and facilities are beneficial to the quality of life and exemplify the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.” Its services strengthen the human fabric of the community, enhance resident satisfaction and well-being and instill a cultural underlayment for our personal and property values.  

In 2002, Carolyn Schmalenberger, as chair of the Deltaville Community Association, circulated a survey to determine what should be done with the community swimming pool. Responses to the survey indicated there was demand for much more than just the pool. It was suggested that a YMCA be considered. Carolyn, Jerry and Marie Suyes, John and Carolyn Wake and Chuck Ylonen came together to consider how to provide a YMCA in Middlesex County.

Many other interested parties soon joined the endeavor. Our Y founder’s vision became “to be the community’s leading family advocate, inclusive and open to all people, responsive to community needs, committed to building character, wellness and fellowship through programs which promoted moral and ethical values and brings all members of our community together for the common good.”

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posted 03.14.2018

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