Some would say the best part of summertime is the long days filled with sunshine; others would say it’s the chance to catch up on recreational activities or find a new hobby. I think those are all great options, but summertime for me and my family is pulling out the tent trailer and camping out! This summer, our family will be experiencing Zion National Park for the first time together, camping along the Virgin River in Utah. We are eagerly counting down the days until we arrive!
Over my 27 years with the YMCA movement, I have had the privilege to see firsthand the joy and laughter that summertime brings for youth, teens, and families of all constitutions. I am also reminded of the purpose of our Y, which is to serve ALL and
enrich their lives spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially. With our Mission Statement as our guide, we aspire daily to serve all, through inclusive program design and delivery, making our buildings welcoming and accessible to all, letting everyone we encounter know they matter. This summer, and every day of the year, we strive to help build positive lifelong memories for all Y members, program participants, and volunteers by making people feel seen, validated, respected and included.
However you choose to spend your summer, I wish you all a season of wonderment and lifetime memories.
Onward and Upward!
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA of the Foothills