2Y’s Men and Women’s Clubs Y Service ClubsY’s Men’s ClubsY’s Men and Women’s ClubsEncouraging and providing leadershipto build a better world for all mankindbased on the teachings of Jesus Christand as partners with the YMCA.
3Main purpose: To serve the local YMCA Y Service Clubs are a human and financial resourceto the YMCA.Y’s Men/Women provide hundreds of thousandsof hours of voluntary service annually.An estimated $4 million is given annually byY Service Clubs.
4Service and Assistance to the Community The efforts of the service club are different at every Y,just as every Y is differentin every communityas it responds to the needsof that community.
5Our FocusTargeting the needs of the local community
6How Y Service Clubs Assist Local Y’s: Y’s Men/Women are a source of Y Board andcommittee members.They cooperate with the Y in maintenance and supportof Y camps.They spearhead leadership for World Serviceactivities, and the international emphasis of the Y(hosting international visitors and exchange students).Y’s Men/Women recruit and train volunteer leaders.Y’s Men/Women organize and lead youth clubs.They participate in campaignsfor new members.
7Westfield Y’s Men’s Club Building a better community FOCUS: THE COMMUNITYWestfieldY’s Men’s ClubWestfield, New JerseyBuilding a better communityby raising approximately$30,000 annually fromChristmas tree sales.The number of trees soldby the Y’s Men wouldfill Giants Stadium!
8Westfield Y’s Men continued The money is committed to a YMCA Capital Projects Fund, and to community youth clubs and organizations.Many other clubs in the US Area sell Christmas trees as their fundraiser.Burbank Y’s Men
9Kankakee Area Y’s Men’s Club Supporting families FOCUS: FAMILIESKankakee AreaY’s Men’s ClubKankakee, IllinoisSupporting familiesfor more than thirty yearsby distributing free coatsto children unable to afford appropriate attire for thecold winters.
10Kankakee Area Y’s Men continued The Coats for Kids campaign blossomed into a significant collaboration with large area vendors, and set an example for other community organizations to conduct similar clothing campaigns.
11A note from: Joe Giacchino, CEO Kankakee Area Y’s Men continuedA note from: Joe Giacchino, CEOKankakee Area YMCA“The Kankakee Area YMCA Y’s Men’s Club is committed to the Y and the community. Not only are they active in the annual Strong Kids campaign and membership drives, but they also conduct a quarterly project to help spruce up the Y, assist with the annual youth Halloween party and give significantly to youth programs. They are friends of the Y and we would be hard-pressed to find more volunteers like them.”
12Green Bay Y’s Men’s Club Ensuring the availability of camping programs FOCUS: CAMPGreen BayY’s Men’s ClubGreen Bay, WisconsinEnsuring the availabilityof camping programsfor all youth by helpingpreserve and maintainthe buildings and propertyof YMCA Camp U-Nah-Li-Yaand Day Camp Wabansi.
13Green Bay Y’s Men continued Work weekends are spent maintaining and repairing the camp.Club members conduct fund-raisers to support the costs of the work weekends including Service Club Olympics, YMCA ski sale, poinsettia sale and Entertainment Book sales.
14Seal Beach Leisure World Y’s Men’s Club Empowering seniors with FOCUS: SENIORSSeal Beach LeisureWorld Y’s Men’s ClubLos Altos YMCA, CaliforniaEmpowering seniors withquality service, this Y’s Men’sClub is dedicated to helpingresidents of the Seal Beachretirement community who areunable to accomplish tasks ofnormal home activities forthemselves.
15Y FOCUS Club In an effort to reach out to the international community, FOCUS: INTERNATIONALY FOCUS ClubThe Y’s Men’s Club in Ottawa, CanadaIn an effort to reach out tothe international community,Y FOCUS Fair Trade Sportshas been able to send over500 used soccer balls,690 soccer shirts and150 pairs of socks to refugeecamps, schools, orphanagesand YMCA’s in 12 different developing countries.
16Y FOCUS Club continuedBecause of these donations, soccer matches are now a part of the regular curriculum in some schools in Tanzania, providing a significant boost in morale for these HIV/AIDS orphans.
17A note from: Bonnie Gray, President Y FOCUS Club continuedA note from: Bonnie Gray, PresidentCanadian Support of Rural African Initiatives“Our partner NGO, MKUKI, in Tanzania was the recipient of thedonated soccer balls and I wanted to convey the great impact they arehaving with the children. The boys and their instructors are havingregular soccer matches now and it is part of the regular curriculum.What a tremendous boost to morale it is! And it was particularlyheart-warming for me to see these students clearly having so muchFUN given most of them are HIV/AIDS orphans. You can certainlysee by their faces how much they are enjoying themselves!They are extremely grateful for this equipment.”
18Service Club Making a community contribution through a FOCUS: THE COMMUNITY Carondelet YService ClubSt. Louis, MissouriMaking a communitycontribution through aBook Fair fundraiser—now an annual city-wideevent—that has raised morethan $800,000 in 27 years.Thousands of booksare sold each year.
19Carondelet Y Service Club Making a community contribution through St. Louis, MissouriMaking a communitycontribution througha Book Fair fundraiser—now an annual city-wideevent—that has raised morethan $1,000,000 in 30 years.Thousands of booksare sold each year.19
20Carondelet YService Club continuedThe funds raised support the YMCA, community service projects, literacy projects, and programs of Y’s Men International.
21How Y Service Clubs Assist Local Y’s: Y’s Men/Women are a source of Y Board andcommittee members.They cooperate with the Y in maintenance and supportof Y camps and other facilities.They spearhead leadership for World Serviceactivities, and the international emphasis of the Y(hosting international visitors and exchange students).Y’s Men/Women recruit and train volunteer leaders.Y’s Men/Women organize and lead youth clubs.They participate in campaigns for new membersand sustaining memberships.21
22Service Club continued Carondelet YService Club continuedThe funds raised support the YMCA, community service projects, literacy projects, and programs of Y’s Men International.On average, according to Rolando Dalmas, International Secretary-General, US Y Service Clubs give 90% of funds raised to their local Y.22
23Reaching Out to the World Y Service Clubs provide greater international understanding through links with clubs around the world.They have helped alleviate human crises by providing $105,000 for Tsunami relief, and have accepted aUniversal Global Project: HIV/AIDSInternational Y Service Clubs working as a recognized NGO by the United Nations has adopted the “Roll Back Malaria” project seeking to donate 20,000 packages of mosquito netting. These kits contain: a) routine immunizations; b) Vitamin A (or multiple micronutrient) supplementation, c) insecticide-treated nets and pretreatment kits; d) Anti-malaria “blister packs” for at home fever management.These nets will be distributed by the World Health Organization (WHO).Tsunami relief in Alumnae23
24Our CharacterSharing the same goals and direction worldwide
25Y Service Club Motto To acknowledge the duty that accompanies every right.Our challenge:To transfer the emphasisfrom rights to duties.
26Idealists They reflect the original concept of the YMCA— Y’S MEN/WOMEN AREIdealistsThey reflect the originalconcept of the YMCA—people concerned aboutfellow human beings.Allying themselves withother active idealists—some younger, someolder—to increase theirown effectiveness inserving fellow men.
27Loyal to the Y Y’s Men/Women receive continuing orientation in all Y’S MEN/WOMEN ARELoyal to the YY’s Men/Women receive continuing orientation in allYMCA programs.They work with the Y as a union of persons actingtogether for a common purpose: striving to practicethe teachings of Jesus Christ.They understand that next to the church, the Y is thegreatest character builder in the world.
28Dedicated to the Community Y’S MEN/WOMEN AREDedicated to the CommunityThey desire to alleviatehuman crises, making theY a great communityservant.Y’s Men/Women candecide the priorities in the community—from daycamp to drug problems.
29Reach Out to the World Y Service Clubs provide greater international Y’S MEN/WOMENReach Out to the WorldY Service Clubs provide greater internationalunderstanding through links with clubs around the world.Y’s Men/Women are world-minded people,with the objective to achieve the Christian idealof international and interracial justice.“The measure of a manis the breadth of his horizon.”- Member induction ceremony
30International Programs: Time of Fast Supports projects in developing countriesMembers fast for one meal, contribute meal costAn international committee selects and monitorsprojects proposed by YMCA’s worldwide.During its history, this project has distributed $4 million.Annual contributions approximate $220,000.
31International Programs: Brotherhood Fund Personal contributions by members enable othermembers to experience another culture first-hand by:visiting clubs in other parts of the world,being hosted in members’ homes,learning about their projects.Members apply for these travel grants.Annual contributions approximate $175,000.
32Member Benefits To give back to the community Fellowship and fun Profitable use of free timeOpportunities foryouth developmentTo be involved ininternational assistance
33How to Start a Y Service Club Identify the needs in the Y and the community.Identify a group of people who might be interestedin helping.Y members and potential membersChurch groupsMembers of other community organizationsCall a meeting to discuss the needs and possibleapproaches, emphasizing the opportunityfor personal development.Additional information can be downloadedat