Our Annual Meeting is a celebration of the year that has passed and the promise of the year ahead.
2012 was filled with considerable success in all the ways we, at the YMCA of Greater Hartford, measure success. We grew and retained more members as an Association, enabling us to cultivate and deepen relationships with more individuals in our community. We generated greater revenue in almost every category which, in turn, enabled us to serve more children and families in need. We advanced our efforts to bring a full-service YMCA to the Putnam regional community, amassing almost $12,000,000 in support of the project. We supported two valued GHYMCA leaders as they became CEO’s of their own YMCA Associations. We continued our alignment with the YMCA of Greater Springfield by providing our collective youth with regional opportunities of fun and engagement; specifically, the Second Annual Tournament of Dreams (basketball) and the Springfield Youth Olympics. We recognized our valued staff by: (a) providing a multitude of training opportunities; (b) providing a pay increase for the first time in four years; and (c) not increasing their health insurance costs. We focused....(read more)
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YMCA In The News
- YMCA Teen Incentive Program at the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center receives $25,000 grant from First Niagara
- JoAnn Price of West Hartford receives R.C. Knox Distinguished Leadership Award at the YMCA of Greater Hartford Annual Meeting...
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community leader and business woman
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Distinguished Leadership Award
Youth Citizenship award
Danielle L. Smith, manager of community affairs for United Technologies Corporation, pictured above with award winners.
An open letter to the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA...
"I was angry. I was hurt. I was in terrible shape both physically and psychologically."
One morning my fiancé and I dropped our daughter off at daycare. Instead of going out to our usual Denny's or Friendlys breakfast I told her I wanted to check out the Wheeler YMCA. I had been speaking to one of my old colleagues and he had made the recommendation because of the childcare facilities. We decided to pop in check it out for ourselves. We were greeted by Robyn and promptly given a tour of the facilities. I paid close attention to the people who were working out there. I didn't just see the typical gym rats that I used to encounter while training for various sports, nor did I see the cardio crusaders that join ranks on every machine in the place. There was a balance of people there and although everyone was working hard, you got the impression that they were happy to be there. We continued our tour and watched how the staff greeted us and other members. We then sat down to fill out the application paperwork and questionnaire. I vividly remember the questions. How often did I go outside with my daughter? Never. Do I let my daughter explore on her own outside? No, we sit outside of Dairy Queen every now and then. Initially, it was odd that the questions were focused on what I was doing with my family. I read on and understood that the message being conveyed to me was that the Y was here to help me find a healthy balance with my health and my family. We finished our paperwork, got our membership cards, and left.
The very next morning we started working towards a healthier family" (click here to read more)
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Tick tock. We're burning daylight! With every passing day, we're losing about two and a half minutes of sunshine—and come November 4, when daylight savings time comes to an end, you can say goodbye to the sun at 4:41 p.m.
That means sports practices, after work runs, and other outdoor activities will be happening in the dark. Even without the end of daylight savings time, those late afternoon activities are cutting into dusk.
Many of us will change our fitness routines, and spend more time at the gym or on home exercise equipment rather than staying outside in the dark—both for safety and comfort's sake. But if your exercise routine keeps you outside even when the snow flies, remember to add an extra layer of protection when it's dark outside—reflective gear or light colored clothes.
From vests and jackets, to hats and straps, there are dozens of reflective items on the market designed to make sure you are visible in your exercise space—especially to drivers. Or you can choose head, wrist, or ankle bands with battery operated lights. For the more budget conscious, reflective tape can be applied to regular exercise clothing.
Whatever you choose, be sure to wear reflective gear consistently. It's heartbreaking to read stories about joggers trying to squeeze in an early-morning or evening run who are struck by cars along the way.
Be sure to keep your kids properly dressed for after school play as well. October's mild weather has allowed lots of outdoor time. Come November, I'll still be expecting my kids to be bursting out the door as soon as homework's done—but we'll be making sure they're dressed in light colored clothing when they do.
I'd be remiss if I didn't add some extra reminders: Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks for daylight savings time. And even though Halloween falls before daylight savings time ends, be sure to keep your trick-or-treaters safe and visible with flashlights and reflective apparel as they gather their holiday confections!