Stanislaus County is fortunate to have a multifaceted YMCA, whose motto is "strong children, strong families, and strong communities." Right now the YMCA is in the midst of its annual financial campaign, getting ready for summer programming and preparing for an upcoming membership drive. The proceeds of the campaign will enrich youth programs, indoor swimming, exercise and classes, activities for seniors and much more. My wife and I enjoy going to the Y for exercise on the machines and swim aerobics. Many excellent undertakings are available through membership and other specific program subscriptions at a moderate cost, and we encourage you to step up to the plate and benefit yourself and your community. Also, there are wonderful opportunities to make friends and become involved as a volunteer.