2018 ANNUAL REPORT
A Letter to the Community
As the YMCA movement celebrates its 175th birthday, it is important to be reminded of the Y's rich history including focusing on the triangle that is prominently displayed in our Y logo. Historically, the three sides of the Y triangle stood for wholeness in spirit, mind and body.
While spirit is defined differently by various people and cultures and most commonly associated with religion, for our Y, spirit is the sense of elation that comes with completing an intense group exercise class or learning the alphabet, in English and Spanish, at The Learning Circle YMCA early education and childcare center. Spirit is the joy and fulfillment that comes from knowing we are about to very significantly increase and expand our mission and impact because we have broken ground for a new Y facility in Berkeley Heights. Spirit is the understanding that giving one's time, talent and treasure always comes back in greater measure as many of our members have experienced with our Togetherhood™ program.
Mind may be defined as one's mental state. For our Y, mind is being embraced by a community of Y members for a senior who has just experienced the loss of a loved one. Mind is feeling young, renewed and energetic after achieving record time on the treadmill. Mind is knowing that your child is safe and secure because the in the care of loving, qualified, trained staff. Mind is knowing that your Y, this Y, will always be there for you, to support you and ensure that you as an individual are celebrated as special and unique within the diverse fabric of our community.
One's personal physical self is only the beginning of how we might define body. For our Y, body is when your Y community calls, visits or prods you to come back to an indoor cycling class despite an illness or a loss of motivation. Body is a teen setting a new personal best in the pool after years of intense training and commitment or a kindergartner scoring his/her first soccer goal and being celebrated on the field with teammates, family and volunteer coaches. Body is a lifestyle where each individual determines for him/herself and where they are welcome and accepted at this Y.
Spirit, mind and body were and are on display every day at our Y and it is our distinct honor and privilege to be able to serve you and all in our community. Our focus continues to be to maintain the highest standards for safety, quality and value for our members, donors and staff. Whether you participate in the myriad activities and services we offer or donate to our Y so that our mission can be realized or craft your own Y story, the next time you walk through our doors please be reminded of the promise of the Y triangle. It is who we are, but it is also who you can be!
Yours in service,
President & CEO
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Gregory Fernicola, Board Chair
Robert Jeffries,Vice Chair
Yon K. Cho
Thomas H. Mulligan
Norman R. Sanyour
Michelle McKinnon Veloso
F. Chandler Coddington
BRANCH ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Berkeley Heights YMCA
Jennifer Van Vort
Glory DeSimmone Hoffman
The Learning Circle YMCA
President & CEO
Chief Marketing & Operations Officer
Vice President of Human Resources
Vice President of Development
Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Berkeley Heights YMCA Executive Director
Summit YMCA Executive Director
The Learning Circle YMCA Executive Director