CENTRAL LINCOLN COUNTY YMCA
2014 has been an exciting year for the Central Lincoln County YMCA. We have had a change in executive directors, received a $2 million dollar gift for the construction of our aquatics center, initiated a ďY without WallsĒ presence in Waldoboro as a preliminary step toward establishing a branch to serve the people of this adjacent community, and expanded shared services with the Boothbay Y- just to name a few of the highlights.
There isnít nearly enough space to fully express gratitude for all those who have risen to the occasion during this impelling time of transition for the organization. I am certain, however, that the board of directors would not have been able to maintain a sustained focus on new leadership opportunities without the steady guiding influence of Bob Young, our interim director, who has worked with staff to maintain and expand our excellence in programming and lead the way on cost analysis of operations and with pro forma financials in anticipation of construction. We are grateful. As Bob steps aside and prepares to pass the torch to our new executive director, Meagan Hamblett, the community already seems ripe with anticipation and enthusiasm. And itís well-founded. Meagan brings a wealth of experience, communication and managements skills and an infectious passion for the Y mission. I suspect that even if you arenít an active member of our organization, you will quickly become aware of Meaganís uplifting, collaborative presence in our community.
My other expression of gratitude goes out to Josephine Merritt, who, with her passing, has bestowed upon us a $2.1 million gift. Her name will be invoked with gratitude often over future generations, as her generosity has propelled the CLC YMCA aquatics center from the realm of dream to reality. We look forward to honoring her legacy by building the right pool for the greater Y community. A major area of focus over the past several months has been to improve our interaction and communication with this community. That is what led us to launch this quarterly newsletter, a venue that will provide a regular up-to-date baseline for understanding who we are, what we are doing and where we are headed. This inaugural issue introduces our new CEO, and provides updates on the pool campaign, development of a Waldoboro branch, scholarship programs and recent fundraisers, community partnerships, and highlights passionate advocates and participants who help this organization promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Please enjoy, and let us know how you like it!
Chair, Board of Directors
A Message from our Board of Directors
We could not achieve our mission without dedicated staff and volunteers like Meagan Hamblett and Paul Kennedy and financial support from donors- they are critical to the success of your YMCA. Thatís right, this is Your YMCA! If you are interested in learning more and would like to get involved, please stop by and inquire. Opportunities for volunteering include front desk support, helping with special events, coaching, trail maintenance, dance chaperoning, scoreboard assistance, and much more! Please also consider making a contribution to the annual fund, capital campaign or help us build an endowment that will keep us growing strong for generations. Finally, to close out this inaugural issue of the quarterly newsletter, it is fitting for us to tell you that future issues will be mainly electronic, and so we can get these issues into your inbox we would like to receive an email address for all members and anyone else who is interested in receiving this publication. However, if you would like a paper copy, please stop by the front desk and they will be happy to print one for you!
A Message from our Board of Directors
THIS IS YOUR Y!
INTRODUCING OUR NEW CEO MEAGAN HAMBLETT
The Board of Directors announced Meagan Hamblett as its new executive director. Meagan has worked with the Boothbay Y for the past 8 years, serving as their membership and marketing director. Prior to that she owned her own consulting business, worked as development director at St. Andrews Hospital, was campaign director at the United Way of the Greater Seacoast in Portsmouth and served as director of childcare, marketing and membership at the former Cumberland County YMCA, now the YMCA of Southern Maine, in Portland. Board chair Dennis Anderson states: ďMeagan has a strong set of core YMCA values that enable her to demonstrate and articulate the causes of our mission. She has helped build strong communities wherever she has been, through relationship building and collaboration. She has proven her passion for the Y mission with her track record of fundraising efforts and results.Ē Hamblett said that she is humbled and honored to be chosen as the new CEO. "This leadership position is an incredible opportunity for the next chapter of my Y career. I am thrilled to share my expertise in the areas of fundraising, membership and program development, strategic planning, facility building and community outreach. The YMCA is much more than a job to me. It's a way of life, which I embrace wholeheartedly." The Search Committee consisted of the following board members: Dru Sanford, Ann Poole, Charlotte Davenhill, Brian Thompson, Lurie Palino, Charlie Richardson and Dennis Anderson. Meagan began her responsibilities as the CEO on November 17th. Please stop in and welcome her to our community.
Paul Kennedy has been involved with the Waldoboro Branch of the CLC YMCA since its inception. He was one of the original
members of the Waldoboro Board and became Chairman of the Building Committee- a position which he retains today. The first
big job that Paul oversaw was the new roof that was installed containing five inches of foam insulation. He rerouted the roof
drains so they no longer drain into the town sewer system. Paul has spent countless volunteer hours atop the seat of the riding
mower mowing the fields at the Waldoboro Y. When the riding lawn mower needed repairing Craig Lewis donated some of his
time to make the repairs. He cares for the ball fields with a tractor and a York rake that Donn Bowden has provided for his use.
Paul was instrumental in installing the outdoor basketball hoops and backboards and fencing which provide local kids with a safe
place to shoot baskets. This job included car trips to find special hardware, arranging help with heavy equipment provided by
Fred Storer and Peter Eisener, and arranging for welding help from Donn Bowden. Paul has arranged and supervised various
clean up days to move out the trash and debris that had cluttered the grounds for years. Paul will oversee the buttoning up of the
building so it can safely wait for the capital funds that need to be raised for its renovation. One of his next projects will be
resurrecting the old cross country trail for a walking path. This work will begin as soon as permission is granted by all involved
property owners. Paul and his wife Anne live on Main Street in Waldoboro-a short walk from the YMCA. Anne also volunteers
her time to the capital campaign committee and helping with events- her food is delicious! They have raised three great kids in
Waldoboro who have successful lives of their own. When he isnít doing volunteer work for the Waldoboro Y, Paul teaches
plumbing at the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta. He still does weekend and summer plumbing jobs for those that are
lucky enough to catch him when he has a spare moment. Thank you Paul- you are so appreciated!
AQUATICS CENTER CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE
WALDOBORO YMCA UPDATES
THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEER PAUL KENNEDY
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND RECENT FUNDRAISERS