“I enjoyed every minute of it!”
That’s what Tim MacDonald exclaimed as he reflected on his involvement with the YMCA of the Foothills and our community which goes way back.
“I’ve lived here for 72 years,” said Tim. “My grandmother came here in the 1920’s. I grew up here and went to Crescenta Valley High School, and was the first senior class president. The CV auditorium was named after my grandfather, and my mother was the first PTA president. AND, I went to YMCA Camp Fox in the 1950’s.”
Then in 1973, Bob Samuelson asked Tim to join the YMCA’s Board of Directors. And that was only the beginning. Tim served on the board for 33 years, serving on a multitude of committees, and president for three years. He later received the Y’s Pat Aho Award, which honors 50 years of service to the Y and the community.
“We were involved in the day-to-day transactions, like keeping the lights on and keeping the programs going,” said Tim of his role on the board.
In addition to serving on the board, Tim was involved in the various remodels of the Y’s facilities, as well as lending his expertise in the construction of the projects. He has also been very instrumental in raising money for the Y’s facility projects and on-going annual operations. His family was also very involved.
Tim has five daughters, all of whom participated in either Youth & Government, Camp, or Y Indian Princesses. “In fact, my fourth daughter was very involved in Youth & Government. She took a bill up to Sacramento and got it passed. It was a life changing event,” said Tim.
“I think Youth Development is extremely important. I see the kids at the Christmas Tree Lot when I come to buy my tree. They greet you and talk to you. They have it down,” said Tim. “Youth & Government was marvelous, and Indian Princesses was marvelous as well. It’s all part of a good-quality life.”
Though he’s semi-retired, Tim’s involvement with the Y continues. He serves on the Y Building and Grounds Committee, keeps up with the many friends he’s made at the Y over the years, and continues to advocate for the Y.
“I tell everybody that when realtors want to sell a house in the area to drop by the Y and see the quality of what we have in this community. It’s right here! And it’s because of marvelous people who have stepped up…and we’ve all had a great time doing it.”