Eye on the Y: It's a great time to be on Marco Island

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It’s the end of January, and what a fun time to be on Marco Island; plenty of things to do and see and best of all, visiting the Greater Marco Family YMCA! If you are new to the area or have never been to the Greater Marco Family YMCA, I invite you to stop by for a tour of our 10-acre facility.

Did you know that the Greater Marco Family Y is called a, “destination Y,” and that there are only a few of them around the country? Other destinations are in Arizona, Utah and Massachusetts. A destination YMCA is one that is located in an area where the membership sharply rises and drops at certain times of the year, based upon retirees and vacationers coming to the area.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is proud of the fact that the retention rate of seasonal members is 97 percent. Once a new member joins the Y, sees the facility and enjoys the many programs we offer, they will most likely come back again next season.

Other facilities may have you join as a member, and then charge extra for fitness classes and use of the tennis courts and other add-on fees, but not at the Greater Marco Family YMCA! The only program cost item on our vast fitness menu is cycling, a $10 drop-in fee for each class. But wait, there’s more, members can enjoy unlimited cycling monthly for only $30.

Did you know that you don’t have to be a member to use our facilities? However, your a la carte fees would add up. Membership is the way to go at your local Y. If you are a current member of another YMCA anywhere, you have a three-visit reciprocal at the Greater Marco Family YMCA, so come on in and enjoy the visit.

Have you made, and are you sticking to, your New Year’s resolution to get in shape? The Greater Marco Family YMCA wants to help you achieve your goals by offering personal training sessions for you to purchase. Our personal trainers are all certified in their field and will work with you to achieve your fitness goals. Again, non-members are welcome, but rates for the program are higher than for members; another reason to join the Y.

Sign-up continues for Girls Volleyball. Age groups are 7-9, 10-11 and middle school grades 6-7-8. The fee is $50 for Y members and $90 for others. Everyone makes the team and everyone plays the game.

Youth programs in February include Gymnastics, Irish Step Dance, the ever-popular Daddy- Daughter Valentine Dance, Kids Nite Out and the Youth Social for grade 3-4-5 students.

Adult programs and activities in February include Mah-Jongg, Tuesday afternoon BINGO and the 20th annual Love of the Y Tennis Tournament, scheduled for Feb. 13,14 and 15.

Also scheduled for Feb. 14 is the second annual Marco Bridge Run, a 10-plus-mile run over the bridges and through the hills of Marco Island. The race, held in honor of former Y member Carole Sbertoli, starts at 7 a.m. and proceeds will benefit the Greater Marco Family YMCA. Register for this special event at active.com or pick up a registration form at the customer service desk.

Attention, all Tennis Players! It will be time once again soon to board the bus to Key Biscayne for the Sony Ericsson Open. The event will be held on Monday, Mar. 29. The $80 member/$90 others fee includes bus trip, tournament tickets, breakfast at the Y and snacks on the bus trip back. Space is limited! Spots may only be reserved with payment in advance, so sign up today. The staff and management of the Greater Marco Family YMCA would like to thank you for your continued support.

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The Greater Marco Island Family YMCA provides this column to keep you the readers informed about the group. If your club or organization is interested in submitting a column or content, please contact Editor Bill Green at bgreen@marconews.com.

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