The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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President's News

First Friday Report November 2017:

Dear YMCA Friends,

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening through your YMCA:

Youth Development Youth and Government is a nationwide YMCA program in which students learn the mechanics of government and the media by participating in hands-on activities in their club at their school or local Y. Youth and Government allows middle and high school students to experience the excitement of our state government in action. Students meet regularly as a club during the fall semester and throughout the year. Each club consists of participating students and an adult sponsor (usually a teacher) and is guided and supported by YMCA staff and volunteers. Students choose to participate in one of four areas: legislative, judicial, media, or state affairs forum. Saturday November 18th is the District Conference at Duncanville High School. For more information, contact Jenna Struble at  

Healthy Living
 Thanksgiving Day celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot! A tradition since 1967, the Trot has taken over the Dallas area and provided a fun morning for families on Thanksgiving Day. By 1979, the race became so popular that it was relocated to downtown Dallas to showcase the big city. Since then the race has brought people in from all over the world. The Trot includes the choice of an eight-mile distance and a 5k Fun Run/Walk. Even if you’re not a runner, there are still fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. For many, the Trot is the way to start Thanksgiving. Click here for more information.   

Social Responsibility The 14th Annual Key Leaders Luncheon was held at the Westin Galleria on October 19th. Over 400 were in attendance to learn more about the Y and to hear a keynote from J.C. Watts, a college football hero, charismatic conservative, and a gifted public speaker. J.C. was elected to the U.S. Congress from the fourth district of Oklahoma in 1994. In 1998, he was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this capacity, J.C. provided daily counsel to the Speaker of the House, and participated in bi-weekly meetings with the President of the United States. J.C. shared terrific life lessons with the group and the impact the Y has across the country. 

Thank you for your continued support.

In spirit, mind, and body, 


Curt Hazelbaker
President and Chief Executive Officer

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