Willing, and more than able: Y volunteer Fritzi Holmes redefines the word energy
The Greater Marco Family’s Y has plenty of “Energizer Bunnies” who ensure the smooth running of this busy island non-profit.
Not least is Fritzi Holmes, a board member, barre class fitness instructor, fundraising activity chair, Bingo caller, annual dinner chair and organizer of the popular (and upcoming Mutts ‘n Martinis) event.
And, she does it all for nothing.
“I believe we’re here (in life in general) to serve others,” says Holmes, “and what better way to volunteer my time at the Y for a cause that I think is a good one?”
The California born-and-bred native fully embraces the Y’s mission statement of healthy living, and at 70 is something of a poster child for the organization.
“To teach, I have to stay in shape,” she says simply.
In her board member capacity, Holmes says she’s acutely aware of the Y’s vital ongoing need for fundraising, and that she wants to expand the donor base.
“So many of the same people are donating all the time, and I’d like to see more (generous people come aboard),” she says. “The Y does so many good things, and keeps fees low because it wants to keep memberships affordable.”
In this regard, she points out that many children’s programs are subsidized, and that in some cases adults are given a financial break as well.
Holmes, married to her husband Nate for the past 49 years (daughters Heather and Galen, and son Nathan are a pharmaceutical company employee, a physician and a banker respectively) studied at UCLA in Los Angeles.
Appropriately, her major was in dance, and down the years as she and her husband moved around the country (with Container Corporation of America), she taught what she’d learned at her Alma Mater, as well as at USC, where she’d received a master’s.
After all that moving around the country, and with “retirement” now in the equation, Holmes and her husband ten years ago chose Marco.
“We had looked in California, but it was too expensive,” she says. “And frankly, too busy.”
With YMCA experience and teaching in stop-offs such as Philadelphia and St. Louis, it didn’t take Holmes long to link with Marco’s Y, of course.
She gradually immersed herself more and more in the organization, to the point that sometimes people ask her whether she works there full-time.
“Do I work at the Y,” she tells them. “No, I live here.”
“Fritzi is a valuable member for several years,” said Cindy Love, CEO. “She believes so much in the Y that she volunteers her time and shares her skills for many of our programs, fundraising, and a policy volunteer. I highly respect her passion and dedication to the people we serve at the YMCA.”
For more information on the Y’s wide variety of programs and activities for youth as well as adults of all ages, call 394-3144.