So the Stanislaus County YMCA is in some financial trouble. As far as I can remember, the YMCA has always been in some financial trouble; it's a not-for-profit organization. Let me just say, the YMCA played a major role in teaching me how to reach my goals. In February 2005, I joined the YMCA weighing 230 and as of Aug. 1, 2005, I weighed 156 pounds. Today I continue to maintain my new lifestyle the YMCA helped me to form. With the help and support of the YMCA, I not only reached my goals but exceeded them by becoming a certified fitness instructor-trainer. I also have a new outlook toward living a happy, healthy life through mind, body and spirit.
To Steve Smith, former CEO at the YMCA, my wife and I were members of the YMCA off and on before and after you came to the YMCA. All I can say is the YMCA was better than it ever was since you took on the job.