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April Newsletter

by Kristen Hogan | Mar 30, 2017


YMCA of the Capital Area Newsletter
Christian Engle Announced as
After a nationwide search, the YMCA of the Capital Area has named Christian Engle as its new president and CEO effective May 1, 2017.
Since 2011, Engle has served as Senior Vice President & COO of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA in New Haven, CT.Christian grew up in Mississippi and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. His wife, Melinda, hails from Mississippi, and his son currently attends the University of Southern Mississippi. His daughter, Callie, will join her parents in Baton Rouge to complete her senior year of high school. Please help us in welcoming Christian and his family to Baton Rouge!
C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA Reopens
The C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA reopened on March 19 after months of construction due to the flood in 2016. The Y was so excited to have its members back and is enjoying getting everyone back to their daily routines. Current hours of operation are as follows:
Monday- Friday 7am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 3pm
Sunday 1pm to 3pm
Click here for the current Group Exercise Schedule
Farm to Work
Register now for the Farm to Work program! The Farm to Work program delivers fresh, locally grown and seasonal produce directly to the Y during the 10-week spring/summer and fall/winter growing seasons. In addition to the produce, participants receive reminder emails, recipes, tips and storage guidelines to get the most from their produce.
The Farm to Work Program will be offered at the Dow Westside YMCA, Americana YMCA, A.C. Lewis YMCA and Southside YMCA. The program will run from May-June during the summer season, and again from October-December during the winter season.
For more information, click here.
Best Summer Ever
The Y is offering summer camp to kids, ages 4 to 12, and a teen camp for teens, ages 13-16, as an adventurous way for them to stay active and healthy this summer. YMCA summer camp programs offer youth unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that will last a lifetime. For more information on summer and teen camp, click here.The Y will also offers specialty camps and autism summer camps this year.
Tennis summer camps will be offered at the Paula G. Manship YMCA as well as the Americana YMCA for those kids and teens looking to improve their skills. For information of the Paula G. Manship tennis camp, click here, and for more information on tennis camp at the Americana YMCA, click here.
100 Year Celebration
On March 10, 2017 the YMCA of the Capital Area held its 100 Year Celebration at the Raising Cane’s River Center. The event spotlighted the Y’s achievements of the past 100 years with memorabilia displays dating back to 1916. Attendees enjoyed dinner, cocktails and entertainment from the Now Band and vocalist Judy Davis. Artist, Alex Harvie, painted the celebration live during the event. Sylvia Weatherspoon was the master of ceremonies, and attendees enjoyed hearing from guest speakers Clarke Mitchell and Anthony Richardson. During the event, Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome, proclaimed March 10, 2017 as Capital Area YMCA Day. The YMCA would like to thank its sponsors; Cox, CB&I, Rickey Heroman’s Florist and Coca-Cola. The Y would also like to give a special thanks to in-kind sponsors; Chef Don Bergeron, Eye Wander Photo, Balhoff Printing, American Audio Visual and Mockler Beverage. To watch the 100 Year Celebration video and learn more about the Y's history in the Capital Area, please click here
April History
  • On April 1, 1925 the first YMCA building was opened on Fourth Street.
  • In April 1985, the Baranco Clark YMCA celebrated 40 years of service to the Baton Rouge community.
  • In April 1993, the YMCA held its first Family Night at Alex Box Stadium.
  • In April 1997, Clarke Mitchell retired, and Bob Jacobs became the new CEO.
Upcoming Events
April 14:Last day to enroll in the Farm to Work program
April 17-21:Holiday Camp for children ages 4-13. Hours are 7am to 6pm.Click here for more information.
April 26:Member Appreciation Day
April 28:Friend Friday, members can bring a guest for free
April 28:Bob Jacobs will retire after 33 years with the YMCA. Send your well-wishes to khogan@ymcabr.org to be included in a memory book that will be presented to him on his last day.
May 12:Registration deadline for summer camp.
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