2019 Year In Review
The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA became The YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas. We adopted a One Y strategy as part of our Focus on the Future Strategic Plan. Changing our name reflects the change in our strategy. Our facilities are not “branches” of the metropolitan office. They are centers of their communities and part of the network of Ys that make up our association. The new name is an outward sign of the change in our internal strategy and more accurately reflects our footprint and the uniqueness of each YMCA.
Our Focus on the Future Strategic Plan was officially adopted on January 17, 2019. Our association Board of Directors approved the road map and framework for our strategic plan. The process to create the plan was volunteer-led, and included input from nearly 400 volunteers, community leaders, and staff. This plan builds on our storied past and takes us into a future of new possibilities. Our leadership teams are now working on the tactics and measurements for each of the strategies and objectives that will bring our plan to life. These tactics and measurements will help focus our work and will drive how we operate our centers daily. Strategic Plan.
Youth Development Award – Dr. Jim Thornton Healthy Living Award – Norman Smith Social Responsibility Award – Paul and Karen Sciacchitano. Adult volunteers of the year: Middlesex- Darren & Janna Lindsay, Victory- Joe Borgese, Westmoreland-Esther Medina, Mathews- Amy Gregg, Camp Kekoka- Ginger Houck, Greater West Point- Barb Shelton, R.F. Wilkinson- Jeff Jacobs, Northern Neck- Chris Braly, Hampton- Rick Harmon, Luter- Paula Hughes, The First Tee- Tom Sheppard, Tom & Ann Hunnicutt- Eoghan Miller, Northumberland- June Newton, Richmond County- Libby Trible. Teen volunteers of the year: Greater West Point- Janiece Deveaux, Hampton- Chalice Major, Luter- Aubrey LeCompte, Mathews- Dylan White, Richmond County-Landon Schefflein, Camp Kekoka- Tahi Pearl Wiggins, Northumberland- Michael Hayden, Northern Neck- Jameson Scott, The First Tee- Breanna Trombetta, Tom & Ann Hunnicutt- Margaret Rosenbaum, Victory- Juan Cruz Olea, R.F. Wilkinson- Alexander Early.
The Second Grade Learn to Swim Programs served 2,209 in 2019. A key goal of our association’s strategic plan is to prevent drowning. With a region encompassing 10,000 miles of water-facing shoreline, keeping our communities safe is critical. A signature program to meet this goal is our Second Grade Learn to Swim Program. Through an endowment, we offer all second graders in our area a free program to give them basic safety around water and swimming skills.
Day campers envisioned Mars colonies at our 6th annual STEM Fair. Our STEM Fair brought 1,100 campers to the next space frontier: Mars. Prior to the fair, teams of campers worked to identify, explore, create, problem-solve, and test their projects. The teams’ project challenge was to bring their colony idea to life by building a model for 20 colonists to live healthy and happy lives on Mars.
The NEW YMCA Health & Wellness Center opened. On February 14th, our Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposal to open this location as a new center of our YMCA. In perfect alignment with our strategic plan, this YMCA will become our “wellness laboratory” to create, test, and model innovative wellness programs that can be replicated across all centers. Programs will include integrated health partnerships, chronic disease prevention, nutrition, weight-loss, massage therapy, signature healthy living programs, and specialized personal and group training.
Camp Kekoka’s bathhouse renovation was completed and was ready for its first summer of use. In June 2018, Bill Ermatinger, a past YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas Board President, approached fellow Y supporters with a challenge to raise $100,000 in order to update and renovate the bathhouse that was constructed in 1999. In just a few short weeks, donors came together to meet the challenge. On August 8, 2019, donors gathered at camp to celebrate the completion of the project. This project is one of many in our plan to continue enhancing everyone’s experience while at camp.
The New Monroe Family Aquatic Center opened at The Northern Neck Family YMCA. The long-awaited The Monroe Family Aquatic Center and Pauline “Pim” Montgomery Family Pool at the Northern Neck Family YMCA ribbon-cutting occurred on November 9, 2019. This brand new, $3M investment was made to help strengthen the foundation of our community. These new additions enable us to expand our swim lessons, Safety Around Water and Second Grade Learn to Swim Programs. Additionally, families, seniors, and our Stripers Master Swim Team will have a new place to gather and focus on improving their spirit, mind, and body.