Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Feb. 9 2011 was Officially YMCA Day

The Skagit Valley Family YMCA recently received an official proclamation, resolution and certificate signed by Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire and Secretary of the Senate Thomas Hoemann declaring that Feb. 9 2011 was YMCA Day!

The documents stated this designation was made because 2011 marks the 160th anniversary of the founding of the first YMCA in the United states and because of all we've done in the State of Washington! YMCAs have become the heart of community life in neighborhoods and towns across Washington State and serve citizens regardless of faith, race, ability, age or income. We also have more than 20,000 individual volunteers each year giving $6.9 million in time who work to strengthen their communities (wow)!

They go on to state that YMCAs in Washington State serve more than 320,000 adults and 290,000 children through health programs, such as chronic disease prevention, swimming, sports, and fitness programs. YMCAs of Washington also provide more than $40 million annually in funding scholarships, subsidies, partnerships and sponsorships.

With numbers and statistics like these it's no wonder the State of Washington (including State Senators Brown, Ranker, Swecker, Fain, Litzow, Shin, Prentice, White, Hill, Murray, Becker, Hobbs, Faser, Regala, McAuliffe, Kline, Chase, Kilmer Sheldon, Rockefeller, Eide, Hatfield, Kohl-Welles, and Roach) decided it was time to recognize the Y with it's very own day! We are proud of all we do and proud to have you with us as we work together to focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility!

If you happen to catch Bob in his office, he might let you sneak a peak at the official certificate, too.

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