Marco YMCA looks back, ahead: Installation dinner at Hideaway Beach Club welcomes 2012 board

Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News
Hideaway Beach Club marked the spot of the annual Greater Marco Family YMCA Board Installation Dinner on Thursday evening.

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Jason Easterly/Special to the Daily News Hideaway Beach Club marked the spot of the annual Greater Marco Family YMCA Board Installation Dinner on Thursday evening.

— Since 1977, the The Greater Marco Family YMCA has been a part of most Islander’s lives. The island children learn to swim from Miss Dottie and fill to capacity the after school and summer camp programs. Island adults stay active in the fitness and sports activities. It is a place where there is usually something of interest to any person.

The YMCA welcomed 2012 with their annual Board Installation Dinner at Hideaway Beach Club on Jan. 12. Besides welcoming new board members, the evening provided an opportunity for the YMCA to share their history and also their plans for the future.

“We are looking at adding a new addition to the left and we are looking at building a youth addition on the south area where the skate park was located,” said Steve Reynolds, Y marketing director.

With a building that is often bursting at the seams with members, the YMCA has been looking to expand for several years. When the economy took a down turn and it became evident that funds for a new facility would not come, the Y decided to expand its current building.

According to Reynolds, The new expansion to the left of the current building would provide space for yoga and fitness rooms, offices for the tennis courts, general administration offices and a senior center area.

“Instead of having the health and fitness classes in the gym, where they are now, there would be studios for those classes,” Reynolds said.

The other expansion, Reynolds said, would provide space for pre-school, after school and summer camp students as well as a community center that could be rented.

“We will see how the funding goes, but we are looking at the 2012-2013 time frame,” Reynolds said.

In the meantime, Islanders can expect the same core programming that the YMCA has always offered as well as a few new classes such as Aqua Zumba and Aqua Aerobics

“Through the Red Cross, Rebecca Gill now offers Saturday swim lessons,” Reynolds said. “She was taught by Dottie and she is a lifeguard here. She teaches lifeguards so she is a strong addition for our area aquatics to have here.”

Gill teaches private adult or child lessons.

Information on the YMCA programs, events and fundraising plans are available at www.marcoislandymca.org.

BOX

2012 Officer of the Board

President: Ashley Lupo

Past President: Linda Keutmann

President Elect: Tiffany Homuth

VP of Planning & Facilities: Chris Kleine

VP of Community Relations: Dick Shanahan

VP Special Events: Allyson Richards

VP Financial Development: William Laimbeer

Treasurer: Tim Truesdell

Treasurer Emeritus: Gerry Knauerhase

Secretary: Janusz Subczynski

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