The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

For Youth Development ®
For Healthy Living
For Social Responsibility

President's News

First Friday Report May 2017:

Dear YMCA Friends,
Here are a few highlights of what's happening through your YMCA:
Youth Development The YMCA is the largest provider of after school child care in the United States. We understand the importance of providing our participants with a balance of academically rich activities as well as an enhanced focus on overall physical well-being. Working side-by-side with industry experts and local school districts, we develop experiences that help children learn, grow and thrive. As Julie shows you, I think our team does very good work.
Healthy Living When it comes to keeping your family healthy and fit, maintaining healthy eating habits should be a cornerstone of your plan. One of the ways in which the Y does that is through our Get Up and Go program. Get Up and Go is designed to teach kids ages 6-11 and their families about healthy habits to reduce the risk of developing serious chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease. Working in small groups facilitated by Y staff, families learn small steps can make lasting change in a fun environment. Recently, one of the classes celebrated their graduation from the program and you can see they had a very good time. 
Social Responsibility Jack Semones is a legend with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Jack started at the Park Cities Y in 1952 and eventually became the first Executive Director of the Town North YMCA in 1958. One of the programs Jack started at the Park Cities Y was a Hi-Y Club for teenage boys. The Club started with, as Jack calls them, thirteen boys and there are eight still living. The boys get together annually and I had the opportunity to join them at the Moody Family Y a few weeks ago. The fact that the group still meets sixty-five years later speaks to the impact the Y makes through our very dedicated staff team. Way to go Jack!
Have you considered including the Y in your will? The Heritage Club is a great way to ensure the Y remains successful for many years to come. For more information, contact Charlie Myer at 469 276 8456 or

Thank you for your continued support.

In spirit, mind, and body, 


Curt Hazelbaker
President and Chief Executive Officer

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