June 2014 Newsletter - Chambersburg Memorial YMCA
THANK YOU FOR 42 YEARS
OF DEDICATED SERVICE
SERVE OUR COMMUNITY
Smith’s BBQ Chicken/Community Sale
August 16th Night Golf Tournament
Oct. 26th MTeC Adventure Race
TEA FOR TWO…NO, TWENTY
Twenty participants of the
YMCA’s Forever Fit Senior
Water Class had a wonderful
time on Friday, May 23rd
at an Afternoon English
Tea in Waynesboro, PA.
The tea was hosted by June
Mumma in her restored turn of the century 1908 Victorian
home. The seniors had the opportunity to tour the home and
wear one of June’s many antique hats for their afternoon tea.
After the five course tea the seniors enjoyed a guided tour of
the beautiful flower gardens on the property.
The YMCA would like to thank Dick’s Homecare, Inc.,
for helping the Y with the purchase of a handicap
shower chair. Their generous support to the YMCA
is greatly appreciated. The new chair is located
in the female locker room and will make it safer
and easier for those with special needs to use the
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OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
David W. Matthews Jr., Executive Director of the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA, will be retiring
from YMCA service after forty-two years of dedicated service on August 22, 2014. Matthews has
served the Chambersburg YMCA in many different capacities throughout his YMCA career. His initial
position with the Y was as a Physical Director overseeing the operations of the YMCA’s one pool
and one gymnasium. As the YMCA grew, he was promoted to Program Director, Associate Executive
Director and then Executive Director of the YMCA in 1980.
As a young Physical Director he coached the YMCA’s Swim Teams and the Chambersburg Area Senior
High School Swim Teams (CASHS). His CASHS’ swim teams won several South Central Pennsylvania
and Mid-Penn High School League Swimming Championships and his YMCA Swim Teams were the
first YMCA Swim Teams to represent Chambersburg at the National YMCA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Swimming Hall
of Fame Swimming Pool in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Matthews also served as a National Aquatic Field Agent for the YMCA of the USA,
training swimming and lifeguarding instructors for the state of Pennsylvania.
During Matthews’ leadership, the YMCA has added a second swimming pool, two gymnasiums, a 7,000 sq. ft. fitness center, three
racquetball courts, adult locker rooms and conducted numerous capital improvement campaigns to renovate and refurbish the YMCA’s
facilities for the community of Chambersburg. Most recently, he orchestrated the transformation of the Coldbrook Elementary School
into the William K. Nitterhouse Family YMCA Program Center with four child development classrooms, three fitness studios, outdoor
recreational facilities and a pavilion.
Since 1972, Matthews with his YMCA staff members and Board of Directors have
created and added hundreds of new YMCA programs and services for the Chambersburg
community. The local Y has grown from an annual operating budget of $63,000 to
a self-sustaining operating budget of three million dollars. On an annual basis, the
YMCA uses over 22% of their revenues to provide membership and program services
for those individuals who could not afford the YMCA’s services. Last year the YMCA
sponsored 752 youth, 142 families, 60 adults and 55 special needs individuals to
full-privilege YMCA memberships.
SUPPORT THOSE THAT SUPPORT
OUR COMMUNITY’S YOUTH
The YMCA is proud to announce their initial Annual Banner Recognition Campaign to support the Y’s Sam’s and Youth Achievers Program
launched with great success. The Sam’s Program has been in existence for almost 60 years while the Achievers Program began in 2006.
These two programs are only possible through the support of our community.
This Banner Recognition Program is an effort to recognize the local area businesses that generously support the Y’s mission to strengthen
our community’s youth. You will notice banners hanging in the Y’s main lobby displaying business names and logos. The local businesses
that are participating in the Y’s Annual Campaign Banner Program are committed to the health and well-being of our community’s youth. It
is the Y’s hope that you will show your gratitude by supporting these local businesses.
The Y is More Than a Gym. It is a Cause. As a charity, we are dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. This is made
possible by the continuous support and dedication of our caring community. Thank You!!! If you would like to see your business name or
logo displayed on a banner in the Y’s main lobby, please contact Amy Lynch, 717-263-8508, ext. 113 or [email protected]
Youth Guardian Level
American Legion Post 46
Amvets Post 224
Chambersburg Waste Paper
DiLoreto, Cosentino & Bolinger, Attorney at Law
Geisel Funeral Home
General Dentistry - Greencastle
Youth Mentor Level
Colony House Furniture
Richards Orthopaedic Center
Youth Developer Level
Volvo Construction Equipment
Madeira Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
McCleary Heating & Cooling, LLC
M & S Harley Davidson
Rotz & Stonesifer, CPA
Ventura Foods, LLC
VFW Post 1599
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Fun in the Sun Sale
Saturday, June 28th
7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Join the Chambersburg Y for a
Community Sale, Smith’s Chicken BBQ,
and Fun in the Sun!
Register TODAY for
the Y’s 2nd Annual
Night Golf Tournament
on Saturday August
Click here to view the
Space is LIMITED
B ikin g
Spaces available to rent.
Vendors, crafters, and
yard sales welcome!
One 9 x 16 Space: $15
Two 9 x 16 Spaces: $25
Tournament at 9 AM.
Call the Y to register!
Family Cornhole Free Play
12 noon - 2 PM
Advance tickets for Smith’s Chicken BBQ available at the Y.
Event held outside at the William K. Nitterhouse Family
YMCA Program Center located at 756 South Coldbrook Avenue.
Click here to view the
October 26, 2014
Contact the Y for more information at
717-263-8508 or [email protected]
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
The Chambersburg YMCA is collecting items to
send to deployed troops from the Franklin
County Area. If you would like to contribute to
this awesome cause, please drop the items off
at the Y anytime this summer or bring it to our
Community Yard Sale day on Saturday, June
28. Below is a list of items that have been
requested by the troops.
Single drink mixes
Chambersburg held its 4th
annual Race Against Poverty.
This race benefits families that
are part of the Circles Initiative.
Families receive support from
this initiative to help overcome
poverty. This event included
vendor tables representing
community organizations. The
YMCA was honored to be a part
of this community event that supports a great cause. The Y’s table was
manned by two staff members and three Achiever’s Program participants.
The Achiever’s Program is a YMCA program that allows the YMCA to give
back to the community and the youth by preparing teenagers for the future.
This program provides students with interview skills, college tours and
assistance with the college admission process. Achievers participate in
community service projects throughout the year as a way of teaching them
to give back to the community. Three participants volunteered to assist
with the vendor table at the race on Friday night. They were excited to be
there to provide any information they could such as how the Achiever’s
Program has helped them in high school and how it will assist them in the
Registration is now open for the
2014 - 2015 school year.
For information on the ARK Child Development
Center contact Melanie Cook at 717-446-0533 or at
For information on The Preschool Discovery Center contact
Rachel Glass at 717-263-8508 or at [email protected]
To view the registration form click here.
The Y offers
Biddy Camps for
3-5 years old.
Christmas in July...July 7-10
Summer Splash...July 14-17
The Y offers Sport Camps for
3-5 years old
Rhyme Time...July 21-24
Soccer Camp...June 23-26
Kids in the Kitchen...July 28-31
All Sport Camp...August 4-7
Music Makers...Aug 11-14
Both camps are directed by
Matthew Kump, the Y’s
Animal Planet... August 18-21
These Camps are
directed by different
instructors. Click on
the registration form
The Chambersburg YMCA is offering Basketball Camps this summer...
The Girls Camp will be directed by Brad Rideout, Head Varsity Girls Coach at
North Hagerstown High School
Click here to view the registration form.
The Boys Camp will be directed by Shawn Shreffler, Head Varsity Boys Coach at
Chambersburg High School
Click here to view the registration form.
Click here to view
YOUTH AND ADULT
VOLLEYBALL GRASS QUAD LEAGUE
Starting the week of July 7, 2014
Youth in 6th-9th grade sign up as Individuals
Youth League...Wednesday Evenings
Click here to view the registration form.
Individuals 9th grade and up Sign-up as a team
A League...Monday Evenings
B League ...Thursday Evenings
Click here to view the registration form.
THE Y IS
Youth in 6th-9th grade are
invited to participate in the
Y’s Volleyball Camp &
Clinics directed be Marta
Cummings, Head Varsity
Boy’s Volleyball Coach at
Chambersburg High School.
Click here to view the
SUMMER DAY CAMP
WHERE FUN AND
Upon registration, a $25.00 non-refundable
deposit per child is required for each week
of camp, which will then be credited toward
Second Child Discount: additional $10.00 off
For children 5 - 15 years of age (Kindergarten
Camp day 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM with extended
care 6:30 - 8:30 AM and 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Multiple weekly field trips, swimming, character
building and fitness fun!
For the past 15 years
Summit Health has
Wellness Days in
agencies with the
goal of promoting
the basic concepts
and wellness in an
interactive and entertaining environment to third grade students
throughout the Franklin County Area. This three day event is held
at the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church and relies on volunteer
support from Summit Health employees, hospital volunteers,
community volunteers and community agencies. This year the event
was held on May 6th, 7th and 8th with 1,650 public and private
school students attending. During each school’s time at Children’s
Wellness Days the students rotated through eight different stations
including: exercise, conflict and anger management, tobacco, food
and nutrition, positive identity, sun safety, fire safety and personal
safety. This year seven Chambersburg YMCA Directors helped
facilitate the exercise station which teaches the students about
the importance of getting 60 minutes of physical activity each day
for good health. Students participated in an obstacle course that
had them bouncing a basketball, running, balancing, scooting, crab
walking, jumping and going over and under obstacles. Students were
very excited about the obstacle course and had a blast cheering on
EXPERIENCE FOR THE FUTURE
My name is Jonathon De Salis and I started working with the Chambersburg YMCA in 2011 as a Summer Camp Counselor. My first
two summers at the Y, I was a support staff and learned about how to keep the campers engaged with a variety of activities that
encompassed several genres of curriculum. Along the way, I gained experience and learned a great deal about behavior management
with children, especially between the ages of five and eight. Based on my performance from those first two years, I was offered
the position of Lead Counselor for the summer of 2013. Through this position, I gained experience in creating and maintaining
structure with a group of students, managing behavior, organizing lessons for subjects outside of my field (arts & crafts for
example), and effectively communicating with my support staff. This position also allowed me to have the freedom to incorporate
some music lessons into my summer camp and I got to experiment with the campers by teaching them a few songs. During my
experience with the YMCA summer program, I learned about taking care of children and putting their needs first, which would be
an ever echoing theme throughout my college career and for the rest of my life.
My first three years at the YMCA were lined up perfectly with my time at college and as I was learning more about teaching music
to students of all ages, I was learning about how students learn differently, are engaged differently and are managed differently by
my time at the YMCA. All of this was leading to the final culmination of all of my courses at school. In January of 2014, as I was
preparing to travel back to school I had a mix of emotions, but I was mostly excited for the finishing chapter of my work at West
Chester University of Pennsylvania - student teaching. Ever since I started my college career in the Music Education program, I had always been looking forward to getting into the
classroom and gaining experience with music and students. At school, I was gaining plenty of experience with music in my courses but I was missing the interaction with students.
My first placement for student teaching was in Garnet Valley School District at Concord Elementary School, located in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Concord Elementary was a primary
school for the school district and my assignment was to teach general music for grades Kindergarten through second. During my first week, my cooperating teacher wanted me to
teach something small with the students, just to get myself in front of them and get used to them. After teaching a short song with the students, my cooperating teacher was taken
at how I was interacting with the students yet still effectively teaching the song and staying with the lesson. As she complemented me I expressed to her, “It’s all because of my
time at the YMCA.” As time passed, I was being evaluated once every three weeks by my supervisor at the college, Dr. Ann McFarland, Associate Director of Music Education. Every
time she came in to observe and evaluate me, she would always have positive comments concerning the way I handled behavior, managed and engaged the students in the classroom.
All throughout my first placement I would always reflect on my lessons after teaching them and I would think back to how it all went back to the YMCA. From my experience at the
YMCA, I was able to create lessons suitable for my students because I had learned from my college courses and summer camp about how developmentally different the students are
from age to age. My prior knowledge and experience with students at the Y allowed me to experiment and play around with how students learn differently. It also taught me how to
keep the students engaged in the lesson and how to relate the material at hand with them.
Surprisingly, I learned that the same concepts to effectively teach younger students can be modified and used to teach older students as well. I learned this in my second placement
which was in West Chester Area School District at Bayard Rustin High School, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. At Bayard Rustin High School I taught four different choirs, keyboard
class and music theory. The YMCA prepared me for my student teaching in numerous ways. It gave me a different light to look at teaching than by just looking at it though music. I was blessed to have
experience at the YMCA before my student teaching and I found that a lot of colleagues at school had no prior experience with students outside of classroom before student teaching.
Many of my friends struggled and had to learn how to teach music and manage a classroom. Because of the YMCA, I only had to focus on learning how to teach the music.
I am incredibly blessed to have worked at the YMCA and to still be at the YMCA leading Summer Fun Club 2 this summer. I am now a recent graduate, with Honors, of West Chester
University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, voice concentration. As I am applying for music teaching positions around the area, I am excited to be at the Chambersburg
Memorial YMCA and I am looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with memories and new experiences. As an educator, I know that I will never stop learning and I am ready to
learn more from my campers this summer. As I move along in life as a music educator, I will never forget my roots at the YMCA and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities and
experiences to grow.
CO-ED SOCCER CAMP
Ages: 6 - 14
More information to come.
Save the Date!
September 27, 2014
The Chambersburg YMCA is
continuing its collaboration
with The Presbyterian Church of
Falling Spring and the Power Pack
Program through the summer.
Food items will be collected and
distributed to children in our
community. Collection boxes are
located at the YMCA and The
William K. Nitterhouse YMCA
Family Program Center. A new
list of requested food items will
be included with these boxes. If
you are interested in donating
some items to benefit the youth
of our community please take a
list from one of the boxes.
August 4 - August 6
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Click here to view the registration form
for more information.
CONFIDENCE WITH EVERY STROKE
Have some fun this summer with Springboard Diving
Lessons at the Chambersburg YMCA. Diving Lessons
are for youth 6 - 18 years of age who are able to pass
the deep water test, tread water for a minimum of one
minute and jump from the diving board. Lessons will
be offered from June 23 to July 24 on Mondays and
Thursdays from 7:30 - 8:30 P.M. The cost for our Y
members is $41.25 and $62 for non-members. For more
information please contact Angi Johnson, Aquatics
Director at 717-263-8508 or at [email protected]
SWIM LESSON GRADUATES
ADVANCED SKIPPERS – RAY
INTRO TO SKIPPERS:
BEGINNING SKIPPERS – PIKE