2017 YMCA Annual Meeting

July 19, 2017



The Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area hosted its 2017 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 27th at the Hiland Park Country Club. Area leaders, Y Board of Directors, Members, Y Donors, Staff and Volunteers were in attendance.

Incoming board members, Amy Potter, Stewart’s Shops; Paul Wersten, TD Bank; and Sylvia Smith were voted in for a six-year term. Brian Bearor, CEO, Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area, shared current Y initiatives. The Y’s summer learning loss prevention program, No More Learning Gap, expanded from two to three locations. The Y now runs the program at the Glens Falls and Whitehall Elementary Schools and the Y’s Adirondack Center. Last summer, the program helped 48 1st and 2nd graders maintain or improve their reading level. Additionally, Mr. Bearor shared the goal of the Y’s new initiative, The Y Achievers Program. It was founded at the Y’s Adirondack Center and the Glens Falls School District this past school year. The goal is to provide additional support for at-risk students in middle school. The program advocates and supports character development, homework success and hard work in the classroom. The support continues throughout their school years and into their transition to secondary education or job placement.

Lastly, the YMCA recognized volunteers who have made a significant difference in our community during the past year. Aneesa Berg was honored with the 2017 Youth Service Award. Aneesa gives generously of her time volunteering all summer at the Y’s gymnastics camp as well as supporting gymnastics meets, classes, and birthday parties. Jean Tedesco and Lindsey Rice were presented with the 2017 YMCA Volunteer Service Award for making Togetherhood, the Y’s member-led volunteer service program, a reality.