YMCA holds annual meeting

YMCA holds annual meeting

The Tuscarawas County YMCA held its annual meeting and volunteer recognition dinner on Monday, March 21 at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center. The meeting was chaired by YMCA board of directors chair Brian Proctor and CEO Tiffany Foxx. The 2021 annual report and financials were presented.

Retiring board of directors members Bridget Britton; Doug Peterman, Jr.; Jim Wherley, Jr.; and Randy Lucas were recognized and thanked for their service. Retiring board of trustees member Steve Stocker also was recognized and thanked for his service. Newly elected members to the board of directors were introduced: Elected in 2021 were Jason Bambeck, Lisa Beamer, Chris Beck and Dave Denney, and renewing was Emily Springer.

Foxx thanked all the donors who had sustained the Y throughout the pandemic. Special recognition was given to the grants and gifts received in 2021.

These included gifts from the Ann Marsh Estate, Brian & Pamela Marsh Charitable Fund, Doris & Floyd Kimble Foundation, Dorothy G. Foland Rev. Trust, The Rosenberry Foundation, Tuscarawas County commissioners, The Reeves Foundation, Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, John & Orlena Marsh Foundation, and Atwood Lake Boats/Bill & Kristin Fenech Family Foundation.

Foxx also gave special thanks to the donors, staff, coaches and parents who helped raise funds in 2021 to overhaul the equipment in the Patton Gymnastics Center.

Board of trustees chair Nathan Vaughan recognized current Heritage Club members. Vaughan said, “Since 1968 the Heritage Club has helped sustain the Y through economic turmoil and kept Y fees low and affordable for Tuscarawas County.”

Heritage Club members are donors who have made an outright gift or a commitment of planned giving to the endowment fund.

Foxx recognized members lost in 2021 who helped sustain the future of the Y through memorial donations. The endowment fund draws only on interest, ensuring the Tuscarawas County YMCA will continue to support the community for generations to come.

Volunteers are essential to the YMCA and its mission of service to the community. In 2021, 240 volunteers gave a total of 3,478 hours of their time to Y programs, special events and community services. Without volunteers the Y wouldn’t be able to support the community’s needs.

Four special volunteer recognition awards were given during the annual meeting:

The Baranack family of New Philadelphia was recognized as the 2021 YMCA Family of the Year. Family members are Jeffrey and Tiffany Baranack and children Bryce, Aleeya, Elliott, Coralie, Scarlet, Bridget, Lorelei and Rosalie. They received two separate nominations for this honor. Stacy Harlan, aquatics director, presented them with the award.

Harlan said they have six children consistently in Y programs and children who are active on both the YMCA swim and gymnastics teams. She praised Jeff and Tiffany for supporting and encouraging their children and other children in the programs and for modeling behavior consistent with the YMCA principles of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She thanked them for teaching their children to support and uplift each other and for being a positive and goal-driven influence for not only their own children, but also other Y members.

Lillie Cox of Dover was recognized as the 2021 Volunteer of the Year. Nancy Smith, gymnastics coordinator, nominated her for the award and also presented it to her.

Smith said Cox started out by taking gymnastics lessons and progressed through gymnastics team membership to volunteering her time teaching classes and helping other members of the team. Cox accumulated over 300 volunteer hours in 2021 in support of the YMCA’s gymnastics program.

The 2021 Youth Leadership Award was presented to Aliyah Price of Bolivar. Jade Boffo, childcare director, nominated her for the award and presented it to her. Boffo nominated Price for her assistance and volunteerism in youth programs such as after school, summer camp, Leader’s Club and many events throughout the year. Boffo thanked Price for her guidance and help during her first year as summer camp director and noted her positive attitude and willingness to help whenever needed.

The 2022 Leo Poland Award was presented to Nathan Vaughan of Dover. Presenting the award was trustee and longtime Y supporter Brian Marsh, who explained the award was developed over 50 years ago to honor individuals who give countless hours and dedication to the Y.

Vaughan has been a Y member for 30 years and has been involved in many committees as a Y volunteer. He served on the board of directors from 2006-11 including as chairman. He has served on the board of trustees from 2012 to the present and is the current chair. Marsh said Vaughan does a lot of work behind the scenes and has updated many Y policies and procedures during his tenure, securing the future of the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

The Tuscarawas County YMCA is located at 600 Monroe St. in Dover. The Y has 5,778 members, 187 staff members and 240 volunteers.

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