YMCA

Award recipients were honored Tuesday night at the annual meeting and dinner of the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA. Front row: Lois Engle, Cindy Farmer, John Supsic and Tracie Supsic. Back row: Bonnie Wassmer (CEO), Damian Moyer, Disneyanna Ledda, Joe Lundy, Ray-Ellen Donofrio, Ron Marshall (Milton executive director) and Rob Moyer (Milton aquatics and program coordinator)

LEWISBURG — The Hon. Charles Saylor exited as Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA president at Tuesday night’s annual meeting. He reviewed some of the successes of the YMCA as he addressed an annual meeting and dinner for the organization.

Among the achievements, the merger of the Milton and Sunbury branches and the establishment of the Union County YMCA. Opening of a Y Arts Center and teen and young peoples nights in both Milton and Sunbury were also among the top achievements.

Saylor turned the presidency over after his two terms to Norm Jones, who had been serving on the corporate board as first vice president.

Jones entertained Saylor’s best wishes, and said the YMCA would continue to be a top-notch site.

The revival of a recreation and wellness center plan using property in PennHouse Commens would not deter the YMCA from providing what is best for the community in its prime areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, he said.

“We are currently involved with working with and collaborating with Evangelical Community Hospital (and) the Area Agency on Aging, making sure what we do in Union County provides the proper programs,” Jones said. “That is what the YMCA does...we partner with all agencies. We’ve been doing this now in Union County for the better part of a decade.”

The YMCA has met many obstacles in trying to bring a center of some sort to reality, including a collapse in the economy.

“We’re not sure what anybody else is doing as far as recreation is concerned because they pulled the project off the table before,” he added. “We can’t really concern ourselves with what another center does. We’ve got to do what is best for the YMCA (and) what is best for the community.

It was too early to reveal a timeline for plans for properties that include an area between Evangelical Community Hospital and the former Walmart structure in Kelly Township. Financial feasibility studies and program studies, he said, were still being written.

“We’re still in program studies and in financial feasibility studies and working toward the designing the perfect Y,” Jones said, adding that a survey of needs of persons in Union County would be useful in determining which direction to take.

Awards from Milton and Sunbury branches were also presented. All award years are 2014 unless otherwise noted.

Corporate Board of Directors Past President Award (2013-14): Hon. Charles Saylor.

Distinguished Service Award (Sunbury): Dr. John Gotaskie

Samuel S. Fisher Award: Lois Engle (Milton).

Volunteer Recognition Award: Alpha Phi Omega (Milton and Sunbury).

Harman Teen Center Award: Disneyanna Ledda (Milton).

F. Parson Keppler Award, Carpetman (Milton).

Student Service Awards: Sabrina Sinsel (Sunbury), Damian Moyer (Milton).

Employee Recognition Awards: Cindy Farmer (Milton), Beth Foley (Sunbury).

Donald Ely announced that the 50th Good Friday Breakfast was planned for 8 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the Hotel Edison, Sunbury. An inspirational speaker would be featured at the breakfast, which will be scheduled for one hour.

Contact the YMCA in Milton (570-742-7321), Sunbury (570-286-5636) or the Sunbury Arts Center (570-286-0818) for more information.

Staff Writer Matt Farrand can be reached at 570-742-9671 and via email at matt@standard-journal.com.

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