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eliminating racism empowering women ywca YWCA of Westmoreland County Mission Statement We create opportunities for women and girls to lead purposeful lives and strive for a community that values diversity. YWCA of WESTMORELAND COUNTY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Winter 2010 2 3 3 4 5 6 6 contents 6 7 7 8 9 9 letter from the director save the dates thrift shop holiday happenings technology center president’s luncheon legacy circle red hat society literacy program book sorter’s recommendation corner health & wellness center enrichment classes sportswomen of the year Our One Imperative “To thrust our collective power towards the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.” 2009-2010 YWCA Board Members Nancy Anderson (Treasurer) Julie Butler (Secretary) Sheila Confer Joan Davis Joan DeRose Denise Holmes Jerri Holts Ellen Katter Paula Maloney Janice Merriman Lyzona Marshall Mary Catherine Motchar Marcia Pratt Theresa Rusbosin (2nd Vice President) Norma Skillings (1st Vice President) Tonuia Smith Michelle Teague Ruth Tolbert (President) Michelle Toohey Bonnie Lewis (Executive Director) YWCA Executive Staff Bonnie Lewis, Executive Director Joelyn Aukerman, Communications Director Diana Basick, Fiscal Manager Betty Hammer, Development Director Marae Johnston, Childcare Director Gina McGrath, Technology Director Maggie O’Leary, Literacy Program Director Cathy Young, Thrift Shop Manager inserts: technology center schedule mardi gras ywca business hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am-5pm & Friday: 9am-4pm YWCA of Westmoreland County • 424 North Main Street • Greensburg, PA 15601 •724.834.9390 • www.ywcawestmoreland.org letter from the ywca director Dear Members and Friends, Each local YWCA across the country concentrates on the most relevant issues to its particular community. Whatever the needs of the women in our communities, it’s our role to assist them. As part of our charter to be a part of the YWCA USA, each local association must provide what we term our organization’s two “Hallmark Programs” - Eliminating Racism and Economic Advancement for Women. Our YWCA has a racial justice committee made up of leaders representing our diverse Westmoreland County communities. They work to address racism throughout the year and to promote an appreciation of diversity. Their efforts include our Race Matters Roundtables, which bring women together to talk about race and racism, our Advanced Race Matters Roundtables which encourages participants to think more deeply on issues of race, our support and leadership of the Central Westmoreland Unity Coalition, and various other partnerships and activities that resonate through all of our YWCA programming. We are so pleased to announce that the YWCA of Westmoreland County was recently chosen by the YWCA Mid-Atlantic Regional Council to receive its annual Racial Justice Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and dedication to the elimination of racism. We’re also pleased to announce that the YWCA of Westmoreland County will participate in a national YWCA effort called Stand Against Racism 2010 on April 30, 2010. We are calling on organizations, businesses, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and government and nongovernment agencies to participate in this exciting event. The goal of the event is to raise awareness that racism still exists in our community and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated. Please think about hosting a “Stand” or encouraging a group to participate. Being a participating site is very simple. We will provide you with all the materials you will need to hold your Stand. There is no cost to participate and your Stand can be as simple as something done in 5 minutes or as elaborate as an all-day event. Call the YWCA to learn more about the Stand Against Racism 2010. I hope that I’ll see you here on February 16th at our Mardi Gras Carnivale! Funds raised will be used to support our Racial Justice program and many other programs of the YWCA. Bonnie Lewis, Executive Director Please note some important changes! Membership dues have been slightly increased for 2010. Please note the changes on page 3. Also, the YWCA offices will close on Fridays at 4pm. Monday through Thursday business hours will remain 9am - 5pm. Now Available! 2010 Entertainment Books $20.00 2 Now Available! 2010 Enjoy Books $27.00 thrift shop Thrift Shop Hours Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm Thursdays 10 am - 7 pm YWCA Thrift Shop Newsletter Another year has quickly passed at the YWCA Thrift Shop! Our holiday season was a huge success with customers pleased with the large assortment of decorations and gift ideas. The volunteers were treated to a holiday feast at the main office. Games, prizes and good fellowship were enjoyed. Our forty plus volunteers are the heart and soul of the Thrift Shop. A special “thank you” to all of them! New policies have been initiated for the consignment program. The shop is charging a $1.00 processing fee for each order we accept. This is used to offset the cost of tags and labels and hopefully keep from suspending the program so often. The consignment program is a 50/50 split with a 30 day contract. We accept only one consignor from each address and 12 items can be brought in every 7 days. Consignment is always seasonal and is strictly clothing. Shoes, purses, belts etc can be accepted as tax credit or donations. Clothing must be ready to hang and can be brought in on hangers or folded in bags. “No thank you” items are donated to another charity. Consignment is accepted any time the shop is open. Winter consignment will continue through January 9 and the Winter Half-Price Sale will start February 8 through the 12. The bag sale will be on Saturday, February 13. The shop will close on Monday, February 15 for restocking. The spring reopening will be on February 16. Please call the shop at 724-834-4339 if you have any questions. Remember we are always looking for volunteers! Become a member of the YWCA! $20 - Basic Member/Associate $10 - Teen/Associate $30 - Supporting Member $50 Patron Member $100 - Century Friend Member $200+ - Honor Circle Member IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER February 9 February 16 February 26 March 31 3 Sportswomen of the Year nomination deadline Mardi Gras Carnivale Sportswomen Winners Announced Sportswomen of the Year Banquet holiday happenings Welcome Shannon Reid Shannon Reid is the newest teacher in the YWCA’s Preschool Program. Shannon will be filling in for Melinda Kopper while she is on “family leave” with her new baby Kevin. Shannon is a native of Westmoreland County and has resided here for most of her life. She and her husband are the proud parents of ten month old Colton. Shannon has degrees in both Spanish and Elementary Education. She states that Early Childhood Education is her “true passion” and has taught for eight years. Potato Turkeys and Santa’s Elves In November the YWCA preschool students used their imaginations, toothpicks and various snack foods to turn ordinary potatoes into Thanksgiving turkeys. These turkeys were lucky enough to escape the oven. In December the students turned their classroom into Santa’s workshop. Sounds of little hammers and Christmas carols could be heard throughout the YWCA. Our little “elves” especially liked to wear Santa’s work goggles while pounding on their workbenches. Shopping for Your Support Event It may have been cold outside, but it was warm and festive at Lapels Men’s Store in Greensburg on Monday, November 23, 2009. The YWCA of Westmoreland County and Lapels partnered again this holiday season to host the 2nd Annual Shopping for your Support event. Store manager, Kevin Miscik gave shoppers a 10% discount on their entire purchase and graciously donated 10% of the evening’s proceeds to the YWCA. Everyone who attended enjoyed holiday ambiance, wine, hors d’oeuvres and fellowship while shopping for those special men on their Christmas lists. Thank you Kevin! 4 technology center TechGYRLS are on the Move...THE SMART MOVE! YWCA TechGYRLS from Derry, Yough and Ligonier Valley Middle Schools competed in the 2009 First Lego League Competition. The key to the 2009 “Smart Move” Challenge was accessing people, places, goods and services in the safest, most efficient way possible. In this journey, teams considered many modes of transportation beyond their daily routine and streamlined their options by making smart moves! They were judged on how their robots completed missions on the competition board, the design of their robots, hardware, programming, a research project, and teamwork. Congratulations to the Yough Team for taking first place for Teamwork! Yough Team (pictured right): Mrs. Gail Burkett (Coach), Mrs. Melissa Kelly (Coach), Alex Barbera, Kristin Capenos, Aubre Dzurilla, Briana Filer, Krista Lanham, Casie Ann Madar, Theresa Sager, Jackie Vey, Savanna Wichelmann. Our other two teams that participated in the LegoCompetition were: Derry Team: Mr. Fred Goodman (Coach), Laura Kowalik, Breana Liberoni, Kristin Robinson, Kady Waggle. Ligonier Team: Mrs. Lynn Adamerovich (Coach), Mikayla Baker, Miranda Jackson, Rachel Matyi, Sarah Newhouse, Emma O’Brien, Bailey Parker, Abby Pelger, Hannah Pelger, Ashley Smith. to all of the girls and their coaches for a job well done at the competition! TECHNOLOGY CENTER NEWS Enclosed is the January to May 2010 Computer Class Schedule. Here are some hot classes to take! ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ ∗ Learn how to use the digital camera you received for the holidays! We offer 2 levels of digital camera classes. Use your digital camera to set up an auction on eBay. This is a good time of the year to sell on eBay. We are offering one eBay class in February; sign up early to reserve your seat. Learn from an eBay expert and make some extra money! We now offer 3 levels of Microsoft Excel 2007; Beginners, Intermediate, and More Formulas! Microsoft Access 2007 and Microsoft Outlook 2007 are in the new schedule. Private Tutoring is always hot! The Seniors are all anxious for the Over 50 Computer Cub to resume on February 2nd. The club schedule including topics is listed in the new Computer Class Schedule. Don’t forget to review the new Computer Class Schedule and call today to register for a class! 5 email us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org 2009 president’s luncheon Gaiety and Girlfriends! It was a great combination for a lovely President’s Luncheon on December 4, 2009 at the YWCA. Current Board President Ruth Tolbert greeted past presidents and guests before they enjoyed a delicious lunch and an informal meeting. Beautiful holiday decorations and music provided a festive backdrop for the afternoon. 50 years of gratitude Have you ever wished you could give to help others? In a way many of you have! Those of you who have made a donation to the YWCA of Westmoreland county have been helping others for over 50 years. Best of all, you know that your hard-earned and generous contribution is taken seriously and goes directly to the purpose for which you intend it. We, as well as those in the community that benefit from your tax deductible donation, thank you for helping us to help others for the past 50 years! Please call the YWCA Development Office 724-834-9390 for further information. red hat divas of the ywca of westmoreland county Don’t start that diet until after the Annual Red Hat Diva Left-Over Holiday Cookie Gathering! Join the Red Hat Divas on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:30 PM for a special after-holiday celebration! Share your “left-over” holiday cookies and treats with other guests. Let’s bring in the new year with fellowship and laughter. We will play games and exchange holiday stories. If you are interested in becoming a Red Hat Diva, this is the perfect informal gathering to do so! Grab a friend and join the fun! Call the YWCA with your reservation, or for more information at 724-834-9390. 6 From the Desk of Maggie O’Leary, Literacy Program Director Winter Edition 2010 “Things of the spirit differ from things material in that the more you give the more you have.” ~ Christopher Morley “Happy New Year” to each & every one of you! You are a dedicated group of Tutors and Book Sorters and you are all truly appreciated! This program could not exist without your faithful service! I was so pleased to have you attend our Christmas Party this past December 10th. We had a wonderful time celebrating with food, fellowship, and games. For those of you who couldn’t join us this time, we hope your schedules will allow you to attend our next gathering. Tutor Support Meeting Please join us on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm for pizza and conversation. In your experience as a tutor, you have and will continue to have both difficult and rewarding encounters with your student. Getting together for discussion is just the “shot in the arm” that some need to be re-charged. Please call Maggie at 724-834-9390 if you’re planning to attend the meeting— food is an important element and we want to have enough for everyone. Adult Basic Tutor Training Workshop We will be offering our next Tutor Training Workshop for three evenings in April. The training will take place at the YWCA office at 424 N. Main St. in Greensburg from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19; Tuesday, April 20; and Monday, April 26. Anyone interested in becoming an Adult Basic Tutor, please call Maggie to register for the training. the ywca book report The “ywca book report” corner is a new addition to the Literacy Program newsletter. The YWCA Literacy Program volunteers will be providing thought-provoking book reviews in this corner. Hopefully their reviews will encourage you to add these books to your reading list. 7 health & wellness classes HATHA YOGA with Christine Walko This class will include yoga postures that help to position and work the body in ways that stretch and strengthen not only the major muscle groups but also the deeper muscles that maintain the health of the spine and joints. Wednesdays: January 20 - February 24 5:30 - 6:45 PM Class Fee: $45 + YWCA Membership YOGA AWARENESS with Nancy Michaels This series is designed to focus on specific areas of the body to strengthen and stretch muscles. This class will help participants build strength, balance the body’s system, increase body awareness, and increase energy while learning specific postures. Thursdays: January 28 - March 4 10:00 - 11:30 AM Class Fee: $45 + YWCA Membership TEEN YOGA with Christine Walko Just for teens! Get in shape while having fun with your friends. This yoga class offers teens a way to increase stamina, flexibility, balance and body-awareness. Yoga can also help ease the stresses and pressures of everyday life and improves mental clarity. So put down the cell phone and pick up a yoga mat. 6 Wednesdays: January 20 - February 24 4:00 -5:00 PM Class fee: $45 + YWCA Membership HOT FLASH & DANCE MIX 6 Tuesdays: Feb 2- Mar 16 (skip Feb 16) Class fee: $45 + YWCA Membership Hot Flash: 9:30-10:30 AM Designed for women in peri-menopause, menopause, or for women who just need some exercise. Strengthen and stretch! Little Ninja’s Preschool Karate This program is designed specifically to help teach boys and girls, ages 4-5, the important qualities of respect, self-control, focus and confidence. 6 Thursdays: February 4 - March 11 5:00 - 5:30 PM Class Fee: $30 Members/$40 Non-Members Kid’s Power Karate Boys and girls, ages 6-12, learn discipline, fun and self-defense in this class. At the end of this course, students will have the opportunity to test for their first color belt. 6 Thursdays: February 4 - March 11 5:45 - 6:30 PM Class Fee: $35 Members/$45 Non-Members BEGINNING TAI CHI with Linda Vucelich This class is intended for those who have never taken Tai Chi or who have some experience with Tai Chi. 4 Tuesdays: Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23 & Mar 9 7:00 - 8:00 PM Fee: $44 + YWCA Membership CONTINUING TAI CHI with Linda Vucelich This class is designed for experienced Tai Chi students looking to continue their practice. 5 Tuesdays: Jan 19, Feb 2, Feb 23, Mar 2, & Mar 23 7:00 - 8:00 PM Fee: $55 + YWCA Membership INTERMEDIATE TAI CHI with Linda Vucelich Maintain your physical and mental health. Beginning Tai Chi or experience prerequisite. 5 Mondays: Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 22 & Mar 29 6:45 - 7:45 PM Fee: $55 + YWCA Membership 8 Dance Mix: 10:45 - 11:45 AM Join us for a dance/aerobic party that does it all! This class is for all levels of fitness. A mix of Latin, belly dance, hip hop and aerobics will keep you moving. enrichment classes Red Cross Babysitting Certification Class Open to girls and boys ages 11 and above. All materials will be provided. Learn how to be a responsible babysitter and receive a certificate of participation from the Red Cross. Bring a bagged lunch. Limited number of spaces available. Class includes CPR. Facilitator: American Red Cross Saturday, January 16, 2010 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Class fee: $55 YWCA Indoor Field Hockey Teams are now forming for the 2010 YWCA indoor field hockey program. This winter the teams will be playing in the Hempfield Park recreation center. All levels of experience are welcome! Questions concerning the program are encouraged. Please call the YWCA main office at 724-834-9390 or Jeanne Kaylor, Program Coordinator and coach, 724-836-0513 or 412-551-9342. Cook and Dine with Sergio Spend a fun and flavorful evening with Sergio Maragni while learning three simple recipes. Session fee: $35 per night 6:00 - 9:00 PM Sessions limited to 12 attendees February 22, 2010 Risotto prepared in the traditional way is sure to please all on a wintry evening. He will prepare the risotto with a few different ingredients to show the versatility of this dish. March 22, 2010 Sauces will be featured this evening and the demonstration will include marinara, alfredo, and vodka sauces. April 19, 2010 Crab cakes are always a hit with Sergio’s dinner guests and I’m sure they will please your crowd also. May be part of an appetizer or entrée. They will be accompanied with a vinaigrette sauce which will also be demonstrated. Call Sergio Maragni for registration at 412-953-6424. Financial Planning for Women Jacqueline Britt and Brian W. Casey, Financial Advisors with Waddell & Reed, Inc. invite you to attend an exclusive seminar, Money Management, A Woman’s Perspective. This seminar will discuss money management issues particular to women. Join us at the YWCA on February 10, 2010 at 7:00PM-8:00PM. There is no cost for this event. Please call the Brian to register for this event by February 8, 2010 at 724420-5752 extension 12. The YWCA of Westmoreland County does not endorse or recommend any products, processes, or services. The views and opinions expressed at this seminar do not necessarily state or reflect those of the YWCA of Westmoreland County. Team Survivor was founded in 1995, as a grassroots program offshoot of the Danskin® Women's Triathlon Series to provide fitness opportunities for female cancer survivors to train for and participate in their first triathlon. Team Survivor programs vary from city to city. All Affiliates focus on providing fun group exercise opportunities, fitness education and peer support for women of all ages. The YWCA of Westmoreland County will be partnering with Team Survivor Laurel Highlands in 2010. The YWCA will be offering Tai Chi and Yoga classes to women who are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you are a cancer survivor, or know someone who is, please call for more information at 724-834-9390. 9 424 North Main Street Greensburg, PA 15601 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Greensburg, PA Permit No. 385 SAVE THE DATE………..March 31, 2010 Join us for a very special Celebration of Women and Girls in Sports and Fitness! 2010 Westmoreland Sportswomen of the Year Awards The keynote speaker for the evening will be Leanne Meyer, motivational speaker and founder of Divanation in Pittsburgh, PA. Mark your calendars and be sure to join us on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Four Points Sheraton, in Greensburg. Nomination Packets are now available! The selection committee invites you to nominate an outstanding female athlete in any of the following categories: Sports Girl of the Year (grades 6-8) Sports Teen of the Year (grades 9-12) Sportswoman of the Year Special Needs Sportswoman of the Year Sports Team of the Year (2 awards: grades 6-8 and 9-12) Outstanding Sportswoman of the Year Coach’s Award Women’s Health and Fitness Award Sponsorship Opportunities Award Sponsors Award Sponsors are used as underwriters for the beautiful awards presented to Sportswomen winners. Send A Girl to the Banquet Sponsors Inspire a young women to be involved in sports and fitness by sponsoring her to attend the 2010 Sportswomen Banquet. Ad Sponsors Place a business ad or personal message in the 2010 Sportswomen Program Book. Goodie Bag Sponsors Sponsors donate an item for the “goodie bags” given to all guests. Nomination Deadline: February 9, 2010 Winners will be Announced: February 26, 2010 Please contact the YWCA if you are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities. 10
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