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YMCA Takes on Diabetes
Did you know that diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the U.S.? Click here to learn more about the disease and diabetes prevention. If you'd like to learn more about the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program in the Greater St. Louis area, contact Joyce Hoth at 314-466-1177 or email@example.com.
Read the Wall Street Journal article about the program when it first launched: Read full article.
YMCA Elm Point Early Childhood Education Center Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
October 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the Y Elm Point Early Childhood Education Center. During the past year, we've added an infant room and built gardens in many of the playgrounds. We've recently added capacity to welcome more children, too! Click here for more details about our anniversary!
Elm Point Early Childhood Staff Appreciation
Wednesday, August 14th our Directors and Parents came together to show the fantastic teachers from the Elm Point Early Childhood Education Center just how much we all appreciate them!
New Swim Team Head Coach
Welcome to Sarah Milligan, our new Swim Team Head Coach!
Sarah is a Senior at Lindenwood University majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was a competitive swimmer for 18 years. Following high school, she started her coaching career with Pacific Swim Team. She has also been a swim instructor for 3 years. She has worked with many children in a multitude of settings. Swimming has been her passion her entire life. We are excited to have her join us at the Y!
Now Hiring Lifeguards for the Y
Being a lifeguard at the Y is a rewarding experience with great benefits:
- Flexible hours during school
- Paid training
- Membership benefits
See the Service Center for more information - or call at 636-928-1928.
Sports Officials Needed
New Summer Hub and Nursery Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fridays 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturdays 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bradley Spence, one of our smiling MSA’s, has been doing amazing things with the YMCA for many years! From joining the YMCA Teen Leaders program to working at the Belize YMCA, the Y has been an integral part of her life. Born and raised in the St. Louis Metro area, Bradley completed her education with a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. When she is not working at the Y, she works full time as a School Psychologist for St. Louis Special School District in the Normandy School District!
Bradley joined the Teen Leaders program at the Emerson Family YMCA when she was in Middle School, and has not stopped being a part of the Y ever since. She did Teen Leaders through the end of high school, traveled to Belize to work at the YMCA there, was Rookie Teen Leader of the Year in 1999 and became Youth of the Year at the Emerson YMCA in 2000. She also worked for the Y all through college and even after, helping to pay for her education.
“My favorite part about working at the Y is watching the kids come through and grow up with the branch. They go from just playing and growing in the Nursery and hub, to taking swim lessons and playing on a Basketball team, and then all of a sudden they are old enough to work out in the fitness center with mom or dad,” said Bradley.
When she is not working, she enjoys couponing, going to the movies, working out, and swimming. She especially loves water aerobics and would love to eventually become a water aerobics teacher at the branch. She looks forward to being a part of the Y and watching her own kids grow up in such a great organization!
2013 Tornado Cleanup
By Julie Aitken, ECEC Director
It isn't often that you get to be a part of something that makes you feel like you've made a difference. On May 31st we hosted a blood drive here at our Elm Point ECEC. I was talking with one of the Red Cross technicians that was working our event and we discussing how excited we were that we hit our goal of donors. She then went on to say that this is the most needed time of year as we were just coming off the Memorial Day holiday. She didn't know at the time, but she couldn't have been more right. As I sat parked on Highway 70 later that night and watched as emergency crews worked diligently to help those that were injured by the storm and tornados that had ripped through our area, I thought to myself....this is why we're here...to make a difference, no matter how big or small. I was instantly taken back to the day our St. Charles and O’Fallon staff and members gathered just 1 year ago to help with tornado clean up in Maryland Heights. I knew we needed to do something again.....
Today, Kyle (Kyle Brandel, Sports Director) and I went out to the areas affected by the tornados in the Harvester area to help make a small difference in our community. I was a bit discouraged to find out that volunteer efforts have been suspended today and tomorrow to allow the city to get in and clean up all the tree and brush piles that residents had already started piling up. Just as we were ready to meet, I got a message from a woman who is trying so hard to coordinate these volunteer efforts in her community. She let me know there was a church group from Louisiana that still beckoned for help today. As Kyle and I drove through the neighborhoods and the many twists and turns my GPS took us too....I was taken back by the devastation that still exists a week later. Trees down...fences mangled......it becomes so surreal and it makes you realize just how lucky you are.
The YMCA Elm Point ECEC will be collecting donations this week of hygiene products, nonperishable food items and cleaning supplies that will be delivered to the storm victims this weekend.
I will try to coordinate another cleanup day this week, as volunteers will be needed starting on Wednesday. If you are interested, I highly encourage you to sign up. If you can't please consider making a donation of the items I have listed above or even better still....don't forget that something that takes such a small amount of time, such as giving blood goes a long way! And who knows...maybe you can knock a little something off your bucket list....I got to help cut down my first tree today!!!
I am very blessed to work for such a great organization that encourages our social responsibility and supports all of us to make a difference! I truly believe in the statement on my shirt in the pic below.....I have accepted the mission!
For more photos, check out our Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151395688331618.1073741838.162728491617&type=3&uploaded=4#!/pages/St-Charles-County-Family-YMCA/162728491617
As Molly did not have a car, one of her Chinese “brothers” was assigned to transport her to the YMCA each day. Wearing a skirt, she would hop side saddle on the back of her “brother’s” scooter as he’d wind through the heavy traffic to get to the YMCA each day. Then he’d repeat the process for her lunch break, and again at the close of the day.
It was 1972, and President Nixon was working hard to open up negotiations and relationships with mainland China. In Taiwan, there was great political uncertainty and concern. Molly was warned to never speak of politics, as there would be a spy planted in each of her classes! But not to worry - at the YMCA they simply spoke freely of chemical equations and funny English words, and her experience in Tainan is one that she has treasured throughout her life.
Summer Pool Hours
For a schedule of our 2013 Summer Pool Schedule, click HERE.
For a schedule of when the Summer Campers will also be using the pool, click HERE.
Sports Officials Needed
Love sports? Want to be paid for enjoying them? It’s the best of both worlds! The St. Charles County Family YMCA is looking for Youth Sports Officials (Baseball, Volleyball, Flag Football, Soccer, and Basketball), and Adult Sports Officials (Men's Basketball). For information, contact Kyle Brandel, Sports Director, at 636-928-1928, ext. 250.
Congratulations to Gerald and Mary Spavale as some of our newest Lamplighters!
Gerald and Mary Spavale have been married for 38 years; have 4 children, and 6 grandchildren. Their daughter Maryann and grandson Jacob are also employees of the YMCA. Mary and Gerald have been volunteers with the St. Charles county Family YMCA for 5 years and counting and were named the 2012 Volunteers of the Year for the St. Charles County Family YMCA. From helping with movie nights to Strong Community Campaign phone calls and watching their grandchildren grow through the YMCA’s programs, Gerald and Mary make the Y their home away from home. It is definitely something they feel very passionate about and their connection with the Y is a family affair!
For information on Lamplighters, click HERE.
New Sports/Y-Club/Camp Director Announced
Welcome to Kyle Brandel, our new Sports/Y-Club/Camp Director! Kyle graduated in 2007 from Blackburn College in sports management with a minor in physical education. Following his graduation, Kyle coached soccer and was a teacher assistant in the Hazelwood Central Early Childhood, working with special needs kids.
He joined our YMCA on April 24th, and is excited about his new position at the Y. “It’s been great here. Everyone has been so nice. It’s been really busy but I like to stay busy and work hard.” Kyle seems to be a perfect fit for a Sports Director – he loves soccer, soccer and soccer. He also has a passion for basketball and volleyball. His hobbies are – you guessed it – soccer and other sports! He also loves to hang out with family and friends. Welcome – Kyle!
Linda Ronan struggled with obesity for many years. Disabilities compounded her weight challenges, and she found herself losing her ability to do simple things like walk. Being around 300 pounds, she knew she needed to make a change. She joined First Place 4 Health, a faith-based weight loss program. She lost a considerable amount of weight on the program, but then began to gain some of it back. She knew she wasn’t doing enough – but wasn’t sure where to turn.
That’s when a friend in the same weight loss program, who is also a member of the YMCA, told her about the Boot Camp aquatics class. “I was intimated and scared to death to try, but she kept encouraging me until I finally decided to enroll in the class,” said Linda. “I loved it and found that I really could do it!” Linda loves not only the class but the great women she works out with and with the instructors. She was impressed by the great diversity at the Y – “All the different body shapes and sizes, different ages and abilities – I was no longer intimidated.”
Linda’s weight began to come off again. Thriving on her success in the fitness class, she decided to venture out more and began working out in the fitness center. Fitness staff Marca and Barb were extremely supportive and helpful to her. They helped her succeed at her own personal goals and objectives and kept her going strong.
Linda joined the YMCA in September 2012 and has already lost around 50 pounds. “I feel better physically, but also mentally, spiritually and emotionally. The people at the Y are a big part of all of that.” Linda continues her faith-based weight loss program, but also now works out 5-6 days a week in aqua and land-based classes and in the fitness center. She is not focused on only what she has lost so far, but also on improving and keeping up her health. She is very grateful for all the help, encouragement and motivation she has received at the YMCA. “I know it sounds like a cliché, but if I can do it, anyone can do it!”
Positions Available at the Y
Looking for a job? We can help! The YMCA is looking for the right people to fill the following positions:
Membership Service Associate (MSA): 9:00am – 2:00pm, Monday – Friday
Youth Sports and Adult League Officials
Fitness Desk Staff Member
ECEC Teachers needed – If you have (or are working on) a degree in education or a related field, are at least 18 years old, and love kids, this just might be for you! We are now hiring part time teachers for the Early Childhood Education Center! If interested, or for details, contact Julie Aitken, 636-916-4041.
For details or to apply, please call us at 636-928-1928. Or check us out on our careers website: http://www.ymcastlouis.org/st-charles-county-family-ymca/jobs
Stingray Team Wins Big at Districts!
Congratulations to our Stingrays Swim Team on their recent District Swim Competition! They placed 7th overall out of 22 teams and only one Missouri team was ahead of them. Twenty-three Stingray records were broken and 22 swimmers qualified for the Area Championship! AND, for the third time in 5 years they won the Sportsmanship Award! We couldn’t be more proud! Good luck at the Area Championships on March 16-17th!
New Record Holders
Boys 8 & Under
Brendan Schroeder New 25 Backstroke record. Broke own 25 Freestyle record.
Girls 9 & 10
Maura Golab broke her own 50 Breaststroke record
Sam Porter broke his own 50 Freestyle Record & his own 200 Freestyle record. He is also the new 100 free record holder.
Jacob Medling also broke his own 50 Breaststroke record
Claire Brouillet posted a new record in the 100 freestyle as well as improving her own record in the 200 Freestyle
Colin Burke broke 3 of his own records in the 100 Fly, 100 Backstroke , & 200 Freestyle
These ladies were very difficult to keep up with.
Mackenzie Wieberg broke her own 50 Freestyle record and posted a new 100 Freestyle record.
Carli Buchanan put in her best performances to break her own 100 Fly record & her own record in the 100 Backstroke.
Megan Smith set new Stingrays records in both the 100 Breaststroke and the 200 Freestyle.
Girls 15 & up
Katie Allensworth broke her own 100 Fly record.
Sarah Dobbs will post the new Stingray record in the 200 free based on those currently on team.
Boys 15 & up
Alex Haertling bested in own 100 Backstroke time for a new record.
Brandt Wieberg broke his own 100 Breaststroke record.
Cameron Stiebel set new records in the 200 & 500 Freestyle.
St. Charles Student Recognized as Youth of the Year
Grace Shannon, 17, was completely surprised when she won the 2013 Youth of the Year award for the St. Charles County Family YMCA.
“I didn’t even know the award existed. It was a big surprise,” said Grace.
Each year Lindenwood University generously awards a scholarship of approximately $62,000 to the young person named the Joseph P. Sunnen Youth of the Year and approximately $33,000 in scholarships to each of those selected Branch Youth of the Year. Jordan Deitering, 17, of Chesterfield is the Sunnen Scholarship Winner. Grace Shannon won the St. Charles County Family YMCA award.
“I feel very honored.” said Grace.
Grace, a student of St. Charles High School, received the award at a ceremony on February 12th at the Lindenwood Club in St. Charles. Her parents and brother accompanied her. As a recipient of the award, Grace also received a $33,000 scholarship from Lindenwood University.
There to congratulate her from the St. Charles YMCA were Renee Tillman, Executive Director, and Adam Styer, Sports and Camp Director.
“This is such a great award and we are so proud of Grace,” said Tillman.
Service is no stranger to Grace. She has spent a number of years helping out at summer camps, working with all age groups. She was only 13 when she began volunteering at the Y as a Counselor in Training. She did this for three summers and then became a Junior Counselor.
“I fell in love with the kids and with the opportunity,” said Grace. “The YMCA is like my second home.”
Adam Styer and Angie Layne, Camp Directors for the Y, nominated Grace for the award. “Grace's contributions to camp and her work with the children of the St. Charles YMCA was a fantastic gift,” said Styer. “She constantly brought great energy and a passion for the day.”
Grace continuously goes above and beyond as a leader among her peers and serves as a great role model for the CIT's. Outside of the Y, Grace is an active member of her church, leading multiple community projects at places such as Emmaus House and the St. Charles Preservation Organization.
After Grace finishes high school and college, she plans to spend her time helping troubled teens.
Pool Closing Schedule
Our pool will be closed on February 1st, Friday, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm for swim meets.
ECEC Grand Opening
The ECEC Grand Opening on January 5th brought in many people from the community to check us out. The Suburban Journal wrote a follow up article:
YMCA, Elm Point childhood centers merge in St. Charles
Annual Legislative Breakfast
Senator Tom Dempsey was the guest speaker at our first Annual Legislative Breakfast on October 30th. He acknowledged that Missouri faces many big problems, but he outlined the legislatures' plans for BIG solutions, which is an acronym for Build infrastructure, Invest in education, and Grow our economy. Also attending were Cesar Silva - VP of Operations for the YMCA, Renee Tillman - our Executive Director, Mayor Pagano of St. Peters, superintendents from local school districts,a number of YMCA Board members and YMCA directors.
Volunteers of the Year
Gerald and Mary Spavale were recently awarded Volunteers of the Year for the St. Charles County Family YMCA. From working Movie Nights and Pot Luck lunches to the Strong Community Campaign phone-a-thon, the Spavales are at the Y nearly every day of the week, either working out or helping others. “Volunteering makes you feel involved and better about yourself,” said Mary. “It helps you get out and meet new people, and help others at the same time.” Their daughter, Maryann Bohnenstiehl, works at the Y, which is even more reason why Gerald and Mary make the Y their home away from home.
New Yoga Class
Our Yoga classes are expanding! In additon to our regular Thursday night classes ( 7:00 - 7:55 pm) we now have Tuesday night classes, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Come join the fun! Click here to read about the benefits of yoga - and we'll see you there!
Diabetes Prevention Program
The St. Charles County Family YMCA is launching its Diabetes Prevention Program to help those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This program is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Classes will begin soon and run for 16 weeks. The program is held at the St. Charles County Familyt YMCA. Program goals are to reduce body weight by 7% and incrase physical activity to 150 minutes per week. Contact the Service Center for details.
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - Noon; 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - Noon; 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sandy Bethmann has been coming to the Y for several years now. Her road to greater health and fitness began in 2009 with simply a desire to feel better and sleep better. Her journey of discovery went from one good habit to another, and today Sandy has lost 140 pounds and is happy, confident, and healthy. CLICK HERE to read her story in her own words or read it on St. Charles Patch.com:http://stcharles.patch.com/blog_posts/ymca-member-shares-weight-loss-journey . She is an inspiration to us all!
Sandy Bethmann before her weight loss journey.
Sandy Bethmann today!
Strength and Power Games Winners
First Place at Lifeguard Competition!
Pool Closure Schedule
Our annual pool cleaning and maintenance will require the pool to be closed from August 20th - September 9th. There are other YMCA pools you can enjoy during our closure. Please CLICK HERE for a flyer showing the pool closure schedule for each of the YMCA's. Thank you for your patience!
ECEC Special Visitor - SRC Zack Kreger
About a month ago, the kids and families at the ECEC got together to round up supplies to send to the troops, specifically Zack Kreger and his platoon! One of our parents, Anne Juden, graciously came up with the idea and volunteered her time to see the efforts through! The kids sent them homemade cards to show their appreciation as well! Early this week, we got pictures from Zack of his group opening up their supplies we sent them! We created a poster and hung it up to share with the kids and their families so they could see the good deed they had done come to life!! Zack is home with his family for two weeks and came by to thank the kids and teachers in person! The kids took time to make Zack Welcome Home banners and we hung them in the front hallway so he would see them as he arrived into our school! I have attached a few pictures of the question/answer session he did with the kids and teachers! The questions are too good not to share as I was pretty impressed with what the kiddos came up with!
Do they have Walmart?
How do you fly an airplane?
How hot does it get (surprisingly, 120 degrees (not too different from St. Louis)!!!
Do you have a bed to sleep in?
Do you have a bed time?
These were just a few good ones that got great answers!
SO......thank you SRC Zack Kreger!!!!
Cesar Silva, Executive Director of the Greater St. Louis YMCA, joins our kids at the ECEC 4th of July Parade
The Early Childhood Education Center held its 12th Annual 4th of July Parade on Friday, June 29th. Complete with flags, banners, wagons, and family, these children showed their true patriotic spirit! Check out our Facebook page for more photos: https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Charles-County-Family-YMCA/162728491617?ref=tn_tnmn Cesar Silva was able to join us for the event. Thanks Cesar!!
Personal Trainer Spotlight
Diane is one of our most experienced fitness staff at the YMCA. Everyone that is a member knows who Diane is. She has the biggest heart and a very outgoing personality! Diane teaches Pilates, Power Sculpt, SilverSneakers, Cardio-n-Core and all her students love her. Diane’s personal training clients enjoy how she fits everyone’s fitness needs to their own level.
New Personal Trainer Prices
2012 New Lamplighters!
With the Y, you’re not just a member of an association; you’re part of a cause with a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors. The Lamplighter Society was established in St. Louis in 1972 in recognition of individuals who remember the Y in their estate plans, make an outright gift to the YMCA Endowment Fund, or establish various kinds of planned gifts to light the way for those who follow.
Members may designate their gifts to support a specific branch or program if they wish. Contact our Y if you are interested in becoming a Lamplighter.
Congratulations to Maryann and Warren Bohnenstiehl – our newest 2012 Lamplighters! Maryann is our Administrative Assistant and Membership Secretary. Thank you!
We are now on Facebook!
The St. Charles County Family YMCA has its own Facebook page now! Check us out and "like" us - you will get up to date information quickly on health tips, events, news, programs, and special Y activities. Don't miss another great Y experience!
You can also click the Facebook link at the bottom of our website to take you directly there. Be sure to "like" us for direct news about our Y.
Stay in touch - stay connected!
Membership Has Its Advantages!
Because the Y is for everyone, we bring together parents and kids like no other organization. From family camps to game nights, the Y provides endless opportunities for families to spend quality time together.
With the Y, you’re not just a member of a facility, you’re part of a cause. With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our neighbors, your membership gives you and your community the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Bookfair Rapidly Approaches
Thousands of St. Louis area residents have been finding new friends in old books at the YMCA Bookfair for 33 years, and that tradition continues August 17-22, 2012 at the Kennedy Recreation Complex. Read more.
Go to YMCA Bookfair Web page.
The Y Takes on Diabetes
A new health program being rolled out at YMCAs across the country shows the potential for a community-based organization to deliver a nationwide health-care intervention, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read full article.
Early Education Education Center Hosts Prom
The ECEC prom was held on May 11th, where all the 4 year old "juniors" and 5 year old "seniors" were showcased as queens and kings of the Prom Court.
Dressed up in their very best, the children dined on appetizers and danced unabashedly in front of family and friends.
Excitement for the prom started long before the event began. “The energy in the room even at breakfast was absolutely overwhelming,” said Theresa Asinger, ECEC Coordinator. “The children could hardly contain themselves.”
The prom was held in anticipation of graduation ceremonies which will be held on Wednesday, May 16th.