Dear YMCA Family,
Fall is my favorite time of year. Back to school is a significant time for all of us. Fond memories of when your kids were in school, terrifying feelings if you are leaving your little one at school for the first time and definitely the nervous butterflies from all of our kiddos as they start a new year, new class or new journey. It is also a really exciting time for our Y. This summer I spent a lot of time watching the Kiwanis Inclusion Playground: In Honor of Shag Grossnickle and Harvey Young come to life. Working with all of the people that have laid their hearts into this playground has been one of the most rewarding milestones in my career. On June 17, 2016, a small group of Y staff gathered in the center of the playground. We placed a bible in the foundation before it was filled. The bible is open to John 17:21, the founding scripture of the YMCA. John 17:21 states: "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." My prayer for every person that walks onto the surface of this new state of the art playground is as follows:
May each of us learn to appreciate and respect the differences of others
May each of us learn to respond with love and kindness
May each of us show peace and charity to our brothers and sisters regardless of ability, creed, race or gender.
May each of us learn to have the curiosity and acceptance that is displayed by our children.
I hope that you will also take a minute to read the donor wall on the playground and walk around to each individual piece with a naming label. So many people, business and organizations gave sacrificially to the project. I hope if you enjoy the playground, the shade of the pavilion, the restroom’s convenience or the rest provided by a bench, that you will thank the ones that made this project possible.
The Y is so much more than a building, a soccer field or a playground, we are a mission driven movement focusing on the Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Y is made of many volunteers, members and participants involved in so many different ways. We are the Adair County Family YMCA, you belong here and it is my hope that you feel welcome here, each and every time you are involved with the Y.