RYE YMCA MEMBER NEWS                             MARCH 2014
In This Issue
Gretchen's Story
Member Survey Results
Featured Article
Rye Y Hosts Teen Panel
Story Project Exhibit
Spotlight on Camp
Rollover Week
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Harlem Ambassadors v. Rye Y
Adventure Guides
Kids Outdoors!
Water Safety Workshop
Girls Night In
Middle School Nights
Safety Classes
Hands only CPR
Tri Prep Class
Wellness Tours/Clinics
Gardening Workshop
Guest Author
Rye Y Story Project: Gretchen's Story
Gretchen was one of 54 participants in the 2nd Annual Rye Y Story Project. Click here or above to view.


Because the satisfaction of Y members is our priority, we conduct a random survey each fall to learn more about your Y experience. The Member Satisfaction Survey shows how our performance compares to national norms, where we can build on our strengths and where we can improve.  The 2013 results indicated the highest level of member satisfaction EVER! Members rated the Rye Y well above the national average in all 5 areas surveyed: Facility, Value, Staff Engagement, Health & Wellness and Member Involvement.  


We appreciate the hundreds of positive comments from members, such as: "The Y promotes a sense of community and caring for the kids," and "The Y serves as a bridge for real friendships and a stronger, positive community ethic." In 2014, our goal is to continue to improve your experience at the Y.   Please let us know how we're doing - we value your feedback anytime!

Did you make any New Year's resolutions for 2014? Is there still room for improvement? You are not alone. Like others, you may have discovered that lifestyle changes are more effective with small incremental steps. That is the idea behind the Rye YMCA's 100 Day Step Challenge. Read more.



Academic pressure. Over scheduling. Easy access to drugs and alcohol. Too much texting, sexting and social media. And parents who are stressed themselves. Read more.


Watch your mailboxes for our upcoming mailing about our annual campaign.  In 2013, we raised $278,778 which allowed us to keep our powerful promise that no one in our community will be turned away from any program or activity because they can't pay.
Thank you in advance for your support in 2014!



The Rye Y is currently exhibiting the stories of 54 Rye Y members and staff as part of its 2nd annual "Voices from the Community: The Rye Y Story Project."  Read more.


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Spotlight on Camp
By Scott Umbel, Senior Program Director 

All Aboard! Summer Camp  Builds Up Steam

The camp train is pulling out of the winter station. You may be surprised to hear that some of the cars are already full - including several weeks of Gymnastics Full Day, Arts Camps, and several Discovery Add-On options.   
For the fourth year in a row, Rye Y Camps have set record enrollment numbers and 2014 is the pinnacle of them all. 

This will be my fifth summer with the Rye Y and eleventh summer as a camp director and these are certainly the highest enrollment rates I have ever seen. It's quite exciting to be a part of a program that not only makes a tremendous impact in our community, but does so with over 700 campers a day.  We strongly urge you to register as soon as possible as a majority of our weeks are over 75% full at this point.


Rollover Week - March 15-21
Members - don't miss this opportunity to continue with your currently registered programs! In person only - you will need an evaluation form for youth aquatics classes. Program registration starts for members on March 26 and non-members on March 28. Click here to view program guide. 
            Family Fun           
Cardboard Boat Regatta 
Fri., March 28, 6:30 pm
Get ready for the Rye Y's 1st Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta!  Participants will construct boats at home made only of corrugated cardboard and duct tape and on March 28,  gather to race them in the Brookside pool. Family members free; Youth or Non-Members $5/boat. Click here for details & to register.
Rye Y vs. Harlem Ambassadors
Sunday, March 30, 5:30pm
Come see the professional Harlem Ambassadors take on our own Centennial basketball team made up of your favorite coaches, teachers and community leaders. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.
Adventure Guides
Next meeting, Sun. afternoon, 3/23
Details, contact Hillary Southard
A program for dads and kids, grades 1-4. "Tribes" gather monthly for fun meetings, hiking, camping, sporting events and more. Family Members: Free; Youth Members: $70/child; Non-members $90/child.  All dads are free.  Click here to register.
Kids Outdoors! 
Click here to view the March calendar with ideas for outdoor fun in our area.
Water Safety - Save the Date
Sunday, April 6, 1:30-3:30 pm
A workshop for children and adults. Click here for details and to register.  Free.
Youth & Teens 
Girls Night In - Ages 5-11
Friday, March 14, 6-9 pm
A few hours at the Rye Y just for girls with

swimming, jewelry making, nail painting, games and dinner. 

Family: $10/child; Youth: $15/child

Non-Member: $20 Click here to register.
Circuit Workout in the Zone  
Monday, March 10, 3:30-4:00
Ages 12-15  (with Diana and Mike)
Middle School Nights
Saturdays, 7-10 pm -  Grades 6-8
Open Gym, Xbox, Ping Pong, Foosball and air hockey every week. Plus:
March 8 - Pillow Bash; March 15- March Madness 3 on 3  Basketball (must sign up in advance- $10); March 22-no MS night; March 29-Karaoke Night
Free for Members except special events
$5 for Non-Members.
Safety Classes
March 13 & 20: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer: for anyone who has not taken CPR or has let their CPR expire.  Also - several lifeguarding classes are starting to fill up. Avoid disappointment & register soon!  Click here for details of all classes.
Health & Wellness 
Learn about Hands only CPR
Today - March 3, 10-10:30 am
Click here for details.
Triathlon Prep Class
March 4- April 3, Tuesdays & Thursdays
7:30-8:30 - Spin, Running, Strength & Swim Workouts. Click here for details.
Super Spin Ride 
Saturday, March 15, 11am-12:30pm. Free to Members.  Click here for details.
Wellness Tours & Clinics
Try out one of our 20 minute clinics in the Wellness Center (Fitness Center) or learn more with a Welcome Tour.

 Special Events for Adults 
Gardening Workshop 
Friday, March 7, 8:30-1 pm
Seeds to Schools; Building Gardens, Building Communities, a free, 1/2 day workshop  for teachers, parents, administrators, volunteers, non-profit staff and anyone who is interested in developing or maintaining an edible garden at your school.  Sponsored by the Rye Y and Jay Heritage Center at Jay Heritage Center in Rye. Click for details and to register
Evening with guest author
Wednesday, April 9, 7pm
hosting a special evening with Patty Chang Anker, blogger (Facing 40 Upside Down) and author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave. (Read more at oprah.com)  Rye Free Reading Room.  Free to community.