YMCA appoints interim CEO

At last evening’s Tyrone Area YMCA Board of Directors meeting, an interim chief executive officer was introduced to lead the facility until a new executive director and other staff is hired.
Charlie Weidanz offers 25 years of experience in the YMCA, and he has previously worked as the executive director of the Presidio YMCA in San Francisco, a YMCA in San Jose, a YMCA in Brooklyn and a YMCA in Queens.
“I think what I’ve found in my 25 years in the YMCA is that it doesn’t matter if you’re in San Francisco, New York or Tyrone, PA, everybody has had an experience with the YMCA,” said Weidanz of his beliefs of why the YMCA is a strong organization.
At the meeting, board president Linda Hershey explained that in October of 2003 the National YMCA came to the Tyrone YMCA to discuss strategic planning and what the facility needed to do to improve.
Hershey said with executive director Amy Hampton’s resignation, it was the recommendation of the National YMCA to hire an interim person until the Tyrone YMCA determines which way it wants to go.
The National YMCA is also going to pay for the interim CEO’s position for a three month period, and Weidanz is scheduled to be at the Tyrone YMCA three days a week.
Weidanz said even though he will only be present at the facility for three months, his goal is to set the course for the next 12 months of the Tyrone YMCA.
Also at last evening’s meeting, new board members were introduced as Ray Liddick, Bill Duey and Fred Miller.
The nominations of board officers were also finalized at last evening’s meeting. The board officers for 2004 are as follows: president, Linda Hershey; vice president, Peter Dutrow; secretary, Tammy Emigh and treasurer, Shelly Halloran.
However, at the end of the meeting, Hershey read a resignation letter from Halloran. The board regretfully accepted Halloran’s resignation, which leaves another vacancy on the board.
During the finance committee report, it was announced that Tyrone YMCA finance personnel member Kim Solecki would finish out the year. Also, the 2004 budget for the YMCA has not been completed, and so the board of directors will get a copy mailed to them to do a phone approval.
Chairman of the property committee, Phil DeHaas, gave a detailed report of the YMCA building. The first issue he addressed was the furnace, that when initially was started, created carbon monoxide.
He said carbon monoxide detectors need to be installed by the furnace. He also said the furnace should really not be creating carbon monoxide, but they have been working with the air supply company out of Johnstown and that the furnace is working to specification now.
DeHaas also said he would like to complete an application for a large grant in order to replace doors, add exit signs, emergency signs, roof repairs and gutter replacements to the facility.
He said over the past month there has been concern over the building, and it is not new news that the building is old. However, he said they have addressed the basic safety issues, and there is nothing unsafe about the building.
DeHaas estimates $15,000 for door replacements; $30,000 for exit signs and emergency lighting for all floor levels and $55,000 for the replacement of the roof in the back of the building.
He said the building needs other improvements too, so if the YMCA can receive a grant for $125,000 to repair the existing building, it might be better than trying to pursue a whole new facility.
Hershey gave the ways and means committee report, and listed the scheduled events for the YMCA for 2004 such as: annual fund drive, Steelers basketball event, 10K Race, YMCA Day, participation in the Labor Day picnic and the fruit sale.
“We’re on a campaign for volunteers this year,” said Hershey.
She and the rest of the board agreed that volunteers are needed from the community to help with events and programs scheduled at the YMCA throughout the coming year.
Pete Dutrow brought up the idea of bringing back the sustaining Tyrone YMCA membership policy.
The idea he proposed would be those 55 years and older who donated $50 or more to the YMCA and any other person who donated $100 or more to the YMCA would become sustaining members.
Sustaining members could serve on committees and vote, but if they wanted to use the facility, they would have to pay the actual program fee.
The membership committee is going to discuss the idea, and it will be decided upon at February’s board meeting.
The 2004 committee structure was also discussed, and Dutrow said he encourages as many people from the community to serve on the committees as possible.
“The more people we can get involved, the better,” said Dutrow.
Those committees that are in formation for 2004 are: finance, property, personnel, membership and program, ways and means, constitution and by-laws, nominating and strategic task force.
The strategic task force is not a monthly committee. It is being formed to determine where the Tyrone YMCA is going in the future.
Questions this committee will discuss are: will the YMCA hire another executive director; should the YMCA become a satellite to another YMCA or will the Tyrone YMCA need to build another facility.
DeHaas pointed out that this task force cannot forget about the Blair Recreational Center that is going to be built in Tipton. He said hopefully, the YMCA and Blair Recreational Center can work together to have complementary programming.
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 19.