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May 2, 2014

Expanding YMCA gets new name, advisory councils

TERRE HAUTE — The local YMCAs in Vigo and Clay counties are experiencing growth and success, according to a news release issued by the Board of Directors.

 Following its most recent strategic plan, the YMCA board decided two years ago to expand operations into Vigo County, building on  efforts in Clay County. Since doing so, the board has assessed the governance system and how it affects the ability to best serve the communities in the area. Board members have decided that representation in each community should be increased.

Recently, the YMCA board created advisory councils for each branch. These two groups of volunteer leaders will  the YMCA is in touch with each branch’s community needs and each community’s unique expectations of the YMCA. The respective advisory councils will also assure that the YMCA is appropriately using the resources given to the YMCA in each particular community.

During the review of its governance system, the board realized its organization’s legal name did not reflect the new service area. The Association Board of Directors voted to change the organization’s legal name from the YMCA of Clay County Inc. to the YMCAs of the Wabash Valley Inc., Deborah Ringo, the YMCA CEO, said in the news release.

“The Clay County YMCA and the Vigo County YMCA will not be changing; just the legal name of the YMCA Association will change,” Mary Brown, public policy chair for the association, said. The Association will still primarily use the branch names to identify the services, programs and locations for each community.

An FAQ released by the organization made the following points:

• All financial transactions are separated by the location and used for that location. Donations made to the YMCA are designated for specific branches and/or specific programs as directed by the donors. Nothing will change in the financial plan or fiscal management as a result of the legal name change.

• The YMCA of Clay County Board will serve as the Association Board of the YMCAs of the Wabash Valley. These volunteers look at the association as a whole as they make decisions. This group represents our service area where the volunteers live and work. Each group of future association board members will be a mix of the service area communities.

• Advisory council membership annually consists of 12 to 15 volunteers and will represent the branch community on the council. These individuals use the YMCA and/or YMCA programs.

• The name change was made to eliminate confusion between the branch name, Clay County YMCA, and the Association name, YMCA of Clay County Inc. This association name also more accurately represents the communities being serve.

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