Happy February! Thank you to those that made a Giving Heart’s Day gift on February 8th. We were successful in raising over $85,000.

It is strategy time at the Y. Before you groan or shake your head, this is the best time!

I love strategy sessions for many reasons, but the most important is the guidance that we receive from our volunteer leaders, community partners, and members regarding the direction of the organization. If we did not have a strategy we would be constantly spinning our wheels hoping that what we are doing would impact the community.

Strategy is about dreaming.

Strategy is about setting a compass point to where you are heading.

Strategy becomes the rudder to the ship and helps make sure you know where you are going.

Too often, in life, we lose track of our “strategy.” It might be that we get busy and cannot remember what was the next thing that we were going to do. It might also be a situation where we struggle to know why we were going that way in the first place. Even in my own life, I find that, as “Four Disciplines of Execution” by Sean Covey and Chris McChesney puts it, the whirlwind of my day overtakes me and that is all I can concentrate on. Strategy gives me the lifeline to keep moving forward and keep looking for how to be better, or, more strategic.

Our volunteer committee has commissioned a study to help make sure that the YMCA is working to solve our community issues.

Help us dream and find our compass.

See you at the Y!

Steve Smith, President