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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, Volunteer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Sports | 0 comments

2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Meeting at the Lincoln Center this week! While at the meeting we reviewed the 2016 Annual Report, recognized our Community Partner Award Winner, Washington Trust Bank, and highlighted staff and volunteer award winners. Below are some photos from a fun morning that featured wonderful people making a difference in the Spokane...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development | 0 comments

Staff Spotlight – Brad

Staff Spotlight – Brad

Brad Bushy is the Membership & Wellness Director at our South Y. Brad is from Spokane and attended the University of Idaho to study sports medicine and played rugby. His athletic ability does not stop there, Brad played competitive hockey from 8-16 years-old and even played in Europe! After college, he moved to Arizona and worked his way up to fitness club management. He met his wife, Rosalie, in Phoenix and they have 4 children.  He loves the relationships he builds by helping people with their fitness and health goals. Brad says “the gym is my temple to help nourish my mind, body, and soul. I believe it is an honor to work with an organization who takes pride in building a stronger community.” Well Brad, we think it’s an honor to work with you, too. If you see Brad say Hello! Favorite place in Spokane (other than the YMCA)? Browne’s Addition You can only listen to one musical artist for the rest of your life, who is it? Tech N9ne...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Active Older Adults, Aquatics, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest | 0 comments

My Y Story – Carole

My Y Story – Carole

Carole first heard about the YMCA through her physical therapist; he suggested she attend daily. After consulting with her family physician, she joined the Y through the National MS Society. She has enjoyed making friends and being out in the community. “There is always opportunity for laughter, and this membership has provided me with community involvement that is so important to my emotional well-being,” she said. She enjoys a number of our group exercise and aquatics classes and credits the YMCA’s staff with helping her every step of the way. With improved coordination and better balance she hasn’t had a “kissing concrete” moment in a long time. As a result of her Y activity, she has also been able to reduce some of the effects MS has had on her body. “To me, the Y has been a huge help with my self-esteem, and allows me to broaden my social circle. It has been a complete blessing in my life” Carole...

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Julie Kubat

My Y Story – Julie Kubat

Julie learned to hate crowds, rules, and closed-in spaces due to her war-torn childhood. Born in a Japanese-occupied island prison during World War II, she has overcome struggles that only few could relate. After finding a career in education, she enjoyed outdoor recreational activities with friends and kept busy with her church. Suddenly, her husband fell terribly ill and could no longer care for himself. With no local family, Julie was the sole caregiver to her sick spouse. She eventually withdrew from society completely, as both she and her husband became isolated in utter despair. The stress of tending to his mental, emotional, and physical devastation all alone became unbearable. A close friend noticed the toll Julie’s situation was taking on her mental and physical health, and begged Julie to join her at the YMCA for some relief. Julie connected with YMCA staff and discovered she could afford an income-based membership through the Membership For All Program. Julie found a new home at the Y. She is now linked...

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Healthy Living, Membership, Social Responsibility, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

YMCA voted “Best Health Club”

YMCA voted “Best Health Club”

A huge thank you to all of our members for voting us “Best Health Club” in The Inlander‘s 2017 Best of the Inland Northwest issue. We believe we are much more than a health club and this quote rings true for so many of our members (via The Inlander)  “Yes, the YMCA was historically pitched at young men looking for a fun place to stay when they’re new in town. But the biggest strength of the “Y” is how great it is for the whole family. It’s not unusual to see dad lifting weights, mom swimming in the pool, your sister in a Zumba class, and the baby in daycare. The YMCA is a jack of all trades, and a master of all of them. ” Programs like Early Learning, Camp Reed, Membership for All, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, Act Six and many others help us have a positive impact on a broad spectrum of people in our community. So once again, thank...

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