It’s hard to believe another year has come & gone. Our advocates hit the ground running for the January kickoff of the 85th Legislative Session. Through our staff & volunteers’ efforts, we were able to influence 22 pieces of legislation and meet with more than 200 legislative offices during the 140 days of the regular session. The Y’s presence & mission has never been stronger at the Texas State Capitol. The summer of 2017 was easily one of our busiest times as thousands of children and families flocked to our facilities, summer camps, and swim lessons. A huge part of our summer programming was centered around our commitment to teaching children and adults how to be safe in & around water. Our efforts did not go unnoticed as the YMCA was honored to be recognized by Congressman Roger Williams during National Drowning Prevention Month.
Perhaps the most life-changing moment this year was watching Texas communities pull together during the devastation that came from Hurricane Harvey. The Y was humbled to play a part in immediately responding to individual needs & we are still committed to helping our communities restore hope & build stability – we’re not going anywhere. Texans are strong & resilient and I have no doubt that we will continue to rebuild & create opportunities for growth.
With this being my inaugural year as chair of the Alliance, I was and am still inspired by the incredible work Texas YMCAs carry out on a daily basis. I’m proud of the milestones we experienced this year, but I’m even more proud of the day-to-day impact the Y has in the communities we serve. The stories featured in this last newsletter of 2017 provide just a small glimpse into what happens each & every day at our YMCAs as we work to fulfill our mission to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Wishing you & your family a happy holiday season and a safe & healthy new year!
Tony Shuman, Chair
Texas State Alliance of YMCAs