History of the Rome Family YMCA

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					History of the Rome Family YMCA

   1844   London, England: George Williams invents the YMCA
   1867   Alvare F. Goodenbough sees YMCA in NYC, wants to start one in Rome
   1867   With the help of SG Visscher, a loose organization is formed
          Record of Rome delegate at State Convention in Auburn, report sent to 1870 convention- "membership is down, no rooms"
   1871   HS Ninde attends meeting to discuss a more organized endeavor in Rome
   1872   Rooms available at the Pritchard block: NW corner of Dominick and Washington
          YMCA of Rome incorporated
          First YMCA quarters opened: two large rooms on second floor
          Hinde unanimously elected First General Secretary
          Publication "Once-A-Month" begins, runs for 10 years. It contains inspirational poems, anecdotes, stories summary of YMCA news
   1877   YMCA article is published: "The Dangers of Swearing"
          First issues include plea for books to start a library
          Donations made from locals and organizations including Rome Book Club and Congressional Library of Hon. AH Bailey (over 500 volumes)
          Mission work creates four area Sunday Schools
          Reading tables established at railroad and canal depots, hotels
          Visit jails and hospitals
          Provide assistance in forms of meal, lodging, clothing to the poor
   1879   YMCA provides lectures including: "Industrial Economy", "Insurance", "Elements of Success", "Men, Events, Lawyers, Politics, Politicians of Early Rome"
          YMCA provides additional lectures on "Salem Witchcraft" and "The Rocky Mountains", also a series of medical and business talks
   1880   First record of educational classes: Book-Keeping, Geology, Arithmetic, Writing, Algebra, Roman History
          Quarters became too small, new and larger building sought; plans for layout include reading room, library, office, members' parlor, boys' room,
          locker room, washing and bath room, hall, class room and gymnasium
          Moved to new building: Association Hall, 129-131 N. James Street
   1883   Secretary's report complains that the work is disorganized and membership is "scattered"
          Increase publications including: "There are few better reading rooms in the State"
          Classes begin: Penmanship, German, Mechanical Drawing, Civil Government, Stenography
          Reading tables maintained in all locations
          Y becomes first place travelers go when they are in town, assist young men in finding rooms
   1888   Association occupies 3 floors, 10 rooms
          Boarding House Register (keeps records of housing available)
   1907   Cornerstone laid on October 6, 1907: inside was a copper box containing various lists and records of the Y to that date: laying was an elaborate
       production, most of town notables participated in ceremonies (cornerstone extracted when building demolished for Urban Renewal on Sept. 9, 1972)
       Three story brick structure with pool, gymnasium, reading rooms, 16 sleeping rooms
       After criticism from parents about young boys being called away from home, Association reiterated its stance that no boys under 18
       are allowed in after 6PM
       Stresses that it is not a requirement that people be Christian to join, cites 2/3 of current members not "active Christian men"
       Men first attracted by the gym, education classes, library and reading room
       First Capital Campaign raises $50,000. New dept-free quarters at West Liberty Street
1914   Women's Community Center organized and housed in the former Kingsley Mansion at 110 East Liberty Street
1920   YMCA flourishes at Liberty Street location
       New membership plan adopted: divided into classes, more privileges= higher costs
       Tournaments organized: Checkers, Carron, Pocket Billiards, Ping Pong, Shuffle Board, Cue Rogue, Chess, and Horseshoes
       Special effort in naturalization: Y assisted aliens in filling out papers for citizenship
       Americanization of Italians, Polish, Mexican, German, Swiss, English, Canadian, Welsh, Russian, Scottish
       Weekly talks on American Citizenship
       Personal interviews on problems with citizenship: lost papers, more education, strayed backage, trouble at home, "no news from loved ones across
       the water", dealing with "lonesomeness"
       Lincoln's birthday observed with a special meeting and talk
1921   Physical fitness classes organized according to age and occupation
       Class created: "Income and Profit Taxes", "Camping"
       Volleyball, basketball organized
       Bowling Tournament organized
       Washington's birthday observed by Americanized group
       Mock court planned to accustom the men to the "procedure which they will face" after each man given American flag and pamphlet on its history
       "New things we created" begin: Orchestra, track, swimming lessons, handball, boxing
       High School Basketball Team uses gym
       Classes begin: Citizenship, Photography, Public Speaking, Spanish, Italian, Salesmanship
       Religious program not doing well
192?   All members under 25 required to take a physical exam
       Religious and educational programs created: Hi Y Club, with weekly discussion on World Brotherhood and "How Jesus Met Life's Questions"
       Pioneer club
       Friendly Indian Club
       New Business Men's Club
       Camp Sentinel: summer overnight camp for boys
1927   Regluar moving picture program is "quite an attraction for our boys"
       Classes created: Lifesaving, sabering
       Special event: Circus comes to the Y, 500 attend
       Haselton Hall used by: Sentinel Cooking School, Sesquiscentennial rehearsals, Chess State Tournament
       Music added to all classes in the gym
       Big Brother program for delinquent boys
1929   Aviation class created: 62 members
       Round table discussions: Prohibition, racial prejudice, poverty and wealth, force vs. love
       Water Carnival for boys
       "Our aim is to provide opportunities for intellectual self-improvement and culture which shall result in a trained and informed mind, which is a valuable
       to any boy and young man in any position in life"
       General Secretary need to "deal with personal problems"
1930   New gym added
1953   Needy children helped to obtain memberships for free
       YMCA has become community meeting place for Romans' activities:
       Police and Firemen's Balls, High School Dances, Civil Defense sessions for air raid wardens and nurses
       Headquarters for civil defense, polio campaign, Rome Theatre Guild
       Civic groups use facilities: 4-H, ministers, nurses, taxpayers associations
       Many articles writeen throughout the 50s about "The Christmas City" holiday display
       Police use gym to prepare for agility test: part of Civil Service Exam
       Agnes M. Hall's obituary (office secretary 1917-1953) "she watched the YMCA grow and expand from a social haven for mill workers to its present
       position as a center of club and community life in Rome"
       Haselton Hall served as Rome's USO Center during WWII
1963   Study group formed to investigate merger of YMCA with WCC
1970   Second Capital Campaign, for the construction of the new facility
1972   The family YMCA-WCC occupies new facility at 301 West Bloomfield Street
1983   3rd Capital Campaign raises $423,722.30 to eliminate notes on building for original construction costs and to reduce accounts payable
1985   Board of Directors adopts first Corporate Long Range Plan
1986   YMCA mortgage burning ceremony; programs started in Sherrill, NY at the Community Activities Center (CAC)
1989   Campaign in Rome allows for construction of therapy pool, bus waiting room
1990   Board authorizes $3.5 million campaign for Oneida YMCA facility
       Board adopts second Corporate Long Range Plan
       Fund raising feasibility study shows public will not support YMCA in Oneida
1991   Groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for "Tri-Valley Y" in Oneida
       Grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at Rome Family Y
1992   Tri-Valley Y opens doors to public including 6-lane swimming pool, multi-purpose room, 2 locker rooms, office, lobby and front desk
       1500 members join first year
1993   Conducted special event fund raiser to puchase new cardiovascular equipment and convert multipurpose room to strength training room and nursery
       for the now 2000+ members of the Tri-Valley Y
1995   YMCA receives donation of building in Sylvan Beach from Peter Rauscher to be used for "Community Center and Senior Programming"
1996   Tri-Valley II Capital Campaign raises $1.3 million for the expansion of building to serve youth in Oneida
1997   Began construction of 16,400 square foot addition of Oneida Y; Fall: Tri-Valley new facility opens, serving over 4,000 members
1998   Planning stages for renovation and upgrades for the Rome YMCA begins
2000   Rome YMCA name is changed to YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley as a DBA to encompass Mohawk, Oneida and Stockbridge Valleys
2001   Utica YMCA is under diress due to declining membership and dept and requests assistance from YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley to manage
       YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley temporarily manages Utica YMCA summer camp and school age child care programs in Utica area
       YMCA of Utica is terminated as a chartered YMCA by the YMCA of the USA for failure to meet YMCA minimum standards for membership
       YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley is given Utica service area to manage by YMCA of the USA
       YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley manages Parkway Recreation Center on Parkway in Utica, new building. Raises $136,000 in grants to equip
       facility with baskets for basketball, weights, computer room and front desk
2003   City of Utica moves senior centers and Youth Bureau to Parkway Recreation Center
2003   YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley creates YMCA Center for the Creative Arts: music program after school
       YMCA receives grant funding to manage school age child care programs in Camden
       Rome Pool/Cardio room HVAC unit is replaced for $260,000
2004   Second Oneida expansion adds two racquetball courts, strength training room, family changing room and therapy center, pool HVAC unit is replaced
2006   YMCA receives $182,000 grant from Rockefeller Philanthropic Foundation for YMCA Center for the Creative Arts to record and perform music
       YMCA partners with Special Olympics to become official training site for Special Olympic Athletes and ARC staff, called SAY Yes to Character
       YMCA rents space at New Hartford Shopping Center to run School Age Child Care operations for Utica-area programs; 200 enrolled
       YMCA music students perform and record with dozens of national recording artists including: Ellis Marsalis, Jennifer Warnes, Bill Medley, Brenda
       Russell, Leroy Jones, Sean Jones, Jason Marsalis, the Harlem Boys & Girls Choir, Amanda Shaw, the Yellowjackets, Topsy Chapman,
       Stephanie Jordan, Brian O'Neal, Ingrid Lucia, Maynard Ferguson, Doreen Ketchens, Bonerama, Jo-El Sonnier, Mitchell Player, Teedy Boutte',
       Javon Jackson, Joanne Shenandoah, Ian McDonald, Nicole Henry, Glen David Andrews, Denise Morgan and Yolanda Androzzo
       Rome HVAC replacement of some 1972 HVAC units and 4 others with a central heating and cooling system using a dedicated outside air system
       with energy recovery, gas fired air conditioning and individual room terminal heating and cooling
2007   YMCA receives grant from NYS to run school age child care programs in Stockbridge at the new school site
       YMCA begins boxing program at Strough Junior High in Rome
       Rome kitchen on 2nd floor is converted into a "Spinning Room", one racquetball court converted into an Interactive Game Room and SACC room
       on first floor adds a computer lab
2008   YMCA Music students perform on 9/11 at the NYC Public Library with the Harlem Boys & Girls Choir and Denise Morgan
       In Rome, men's locker "basket" room, is converted into a steel drum room for music lessons
       $50,000 fire and alarm system, door security system and 16 camera video security system is installed in the Rome Y
       $70,000 in grants used to add new cardio equipment, spin bikes, playground equipment, pool robot, new aerobics sound system and stucco finish to
       Oneida branch
2009   YMCA creates new campaign for youth entitled "Be A Y Hero" to raise funds for youth who cannot afford membership and program
       $15,000 new camera security system added to Oneida branch

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