VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Family YMCA had its 67th annual meeting at the Valparaiso Country Club. Guest speaker was Jill Bodensteiner, Senior Associate for Athletics at the University of Notre Dame and former lifelong Valparaiso resident.
The Y’s annual meeting celebrates volunteers and outgoing board members, as well as inducting new board members and officers. CEO Bob Wanek expressed his appreciation to the many volunteers and board members that make the Y’s work in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility possible.
Volunteers recognized: the Faith Task Force: Deborah Winter, Wilma Cender, Victoria Ubben, Lee Baker, Laura Smith, Lisa Wanek, Laura Campbell and Penni Costalunga; development volunteers Pat Bodensteiner and Jacki Stutzman, co-chairs of the Y’s 2013 Annual Community Assistance Campaign; Charlotte Michaels, membership; Mike Jones, wellness and for bringing the annual Ringing-in-Spring run/walk event to our Y and community for 20 years; Helga Morton, for her work in Wellness and Development; Evelyn Bradshaw, Aquanastics Water Fitness Class instructor; Jennifer Dauterman, Child Watch volunteer; and Stacia Yoon, for establishing the 24-hour InSWIMniac Challenge, which contributed to the purchase of a new pool lift to assist handicapped people into the water.
Incoming board officers: Joe Ubben, chief volunteer officer; Gloria McKown, vice-CVO; Scott Steinwart, treasurer; Wes Kotys, secretary; Mark Hardwick, ex-officio, and Todd Etzler, board attorney.
A highlight of the evening was the 2013 Carolyn and Dr. John Wolf Legacy Award. The Valparaiso Family YMCA honored the McGill family, Charles W., Johanna and James, for their exemplary character, service and philanthropy. Three generations of the McGill family have been local community leaders through their commitment to their church, industry, education, military service and municipal service.
Dr. John Wolf, Cathy Greenawald, Chuck Worden, Mark LaBarbera and Bob Wanek established the criteria that reflect the YMCA and community distinguished service careers of Carolyn and John Wolf. This award will be awarded annually to community leaders and provide a lasting legacy of the Wolf family initiatives.
“God, family, country, and service” are the words that embody Dr. Wolf’s legacy. Dr. John Wolf, now 96 years old, attended the YMCA annual meeting along with many of his out-of-town family members, YMCA staff, and community leaders to honor the lasting impact of our civic leaders. He addressed the group with a meaningful recap of his commitment to service and delivered his story with accuracy, wit and humor.