Volunteers Needed as YMCA Bookfair Rapidly Approaches
Thousands of St. Louis area residents have been finding new friends in old books at the YMCA Bookfair for 35 years, and that tradition continues August 17-22, 2013 at the Kennedy Recreation Complex.
Go to YMCA Bookfair Web page.
Thanksgiving Day Run Results
Click here to see the results of the 5K run at the Jefferson County Family YMCA's Thanksgiving Day Workout.
Happy Birthday to Cliff, Jefferson County Family YMCA's Oldest Member
As Cliff walked into the Jefferson County Family YMCA on the morning of October 18, 2012, he was greeted with a lobby full of people singing “Happy Birthday” to him. It was his 97th birthday and when asked about it, he said “Be sure everyone knows my mother, Edith Allen, lived to be 103!” Cliff lives in Festus and has been a member at the Jefferson County Family YMCA since 1993.
Meet our New Executive Director
Mark Fryer joined the Jefferson County Family YMCA July 1, 2012. Stop by his office, he would love to meet you and you will enjoy his "southern" hospitality and accent. Mark came from a YMCA in Kentucky and brought with him his wife Ann, and three children, Kate, Grace and Caleb.
Inclement Weather Policy
If the Festus school district cancels classes the YMCA cancels morning classes also until noon. A decision for evening classes will be made by 4pm. Please call the Y at 931-9622.
Contratulations Carol Schanz, Winner of 40" HDTV
Turkey Trot Results
The Jefferson County Family YMCA hosted the annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for the overall results of the run and scroll down for a few photos.
Jefferson County Family YMCA Opens 3,000 Square Feet of Added Space for Members
The Jefferson County Family YMCA celebrated the opening of 3,000 square feet of additional space on the lower level of its building. The renovated space will be used as classrooms to accommodate group exercise classes. There will also be space for general events such as birthday parties and other community gatherings with access to kitchen facilities and restrooms.
The added space downstairs will open up possibilities, too, on the main level for the Y’s popular cycling classes and for Child Watch facilities.
“This is an exciting time for the Y since we are now able to better serve our 7,200 members and their families,” said Jim Schneader, Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Jefferson County Family YMCA.
Jim paid tribute to the community leaders who had the vision to plan for the YMCA in the 1980s and to follow through with plans to make it happen. In 2008, Mike Walsh directed the capital campaign that raised more than $486,000 to make the current expansion possible.
The building committee, led by Don Rueschhoff, made certain the Y got the most out of every dollar donated. He also designed the expansion space that now allows the Y to better serve our members and the community.
Jon Reed, Chairman of the Board for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis; and Karen Kocher, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, joined Jim and other local board members to officially cut the ribbon on the expanded space.
Karen noted that the Y has been intertwined with Jefferson County for many years, providing jobs for 200 people. “The Y serves as the first choice of employment for many young people in the community and helps teach the value of a strong work ethic,” said Karen.
Jon Reed saluted the Board of Advisors, community leaders, and those who gave to our Strong Community Campaign. “Thanks to those donations, the Y can welcome all who need a healthy, secure place to go,” said Jon. “The Jefferson County Y awarded nearly $130,000 in financial assistance, subsidized programs and special needs inclusion efforts in 2010. That assistance was made possible in part by Jefferson County residents who generously gave $55,000 in community support.”
By nurturing the potential of children and teens; improving the health and well being of members; and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y continues to help ensure everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.
Bass fishing tournament results
The 2nd Annual YMCA Bass Fishing Tournament was held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Council Bluffs Lake. Seventeen boats participated and enjoyed a windy day on the lake. Results from the tournament were:
1st Place Winners winners with a total weight of 13.07 lbs. was Bryan Schutte and Jason Schumer from Festus.
2nd Place Winners with a total weight of 7.98 lbs. was Ken Sheets and Louis Payne from Desloge.
3rd Place Winners with a total weight of 6.19 lbs. was Don Carrow (Jr) and Brian Carrow from Farmington.
Big Bass winners with a weight of 5.12 lbs. was Bryan Schutte and Jason Schumer from Festus.
The construction is moving along at a good pace. The shaft for the elevator is nearly complete and is awaiting the arrival of the elevator itself.
The tile is being laid in the restrooms. The walls are painted. The audio equipment is installed and the ceiling tiles are ready.
Within the next two weeks the aerobic flooring and the tiles in the foyer will be laid, and the bathroom fixtures will be installed.
We are very excited about the progress, so stop by the bulletin board in the main hallway for more construction photos and check back here for updates as they occur.
Bad Weather Policy
If the Festus School District cancels classes, the Jefferson County Family YMCA will cancel all morning classes until 12:30pm. A decision for afternoon and evening classes that day will be made 90 minutes prior to the scheduled start of class. Call 636-931-9622.
The 2nd day that Festus cancels classes participants should call the YMCA to check on the status of classes that day.
YMCA Member Newsletter
Click here for the latest YMCA member newsletter called "Links".
Jefferson County Family YMCA Named Old Newsboys Charity of Choice
Chairman Mike Walsh Continues to Support Local Y
New Y Brand - What does it mean?
The YMCA of the USA announced a revitalization of the Y's Brand. Here is some information that might help you understand what's going on in the Greater St. Louis Y.