ABOUT OUR Y

Mission

To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Vision

The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA will be the hub of community activity and the recognized leader in lifelong health and wellness where children are nurtured through character development, teens are empowered, families grow stronger and older adults are engaged.

YMCA-USA Character Development Values

  • Caring: to love others, to be sensitive to the well-being of others, to help others.
  • Honesty: to tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity; making sure your choices match your values.
  • Respect: to treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself.
  • Responsibility: to do what is right, what you ought to do; to be accountable for your behavior and obligations.

The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is a United Way Organization.

Annual Report

2018 Annual Report
Printed copies are available at the Welcome Center.
Download a PDF of the Annual Report

History

Click here to read about the history of the Y.

Below is a brief historical timeline of the Sidney-Shelby YMCA.

  • April 6, 1966 - Sidney Chamber of Commerce President Bob Ruther appoints Dick Henke to chair a committee to research establishing a YMCA in Sidney/Shelby County.
  • 1967-70 - Dick Henke serves as first YMCA Board of Director’s President.
  • January 25, 1968 - John Toncray hired as Executive Secretary (Director).
  • 1968 - YMCA opens office in Ohio Building in downtown Sidney.
  • April 5, 1968 - Local YMCA receives national charter.
  • January 1, 1969 - YMCA moves into National Guard Armory at 304 S. West Ave. in Sidney. Facility provides gym.
  • December 1969 - Bill Ross Jr. and Mr. Folkreth agree to terms for five-acre Folkreth Junkyard. Ross plans to buy land and donate to YMCA for purpose of building full facility building.
  • September 1971 - John Dunathan replaces John Toncray as Executive Director.
  • November 1971 - YMCA Board hires Ketcham, a Pittsburgh-based fundraising firm, to launch capital campaign to raise $850,000.
  • February 24, 1972 - Frank Gleason Jr. agrees to chair capital campaign.
  • May 1973 - Ferguson Construction Co. of Sidney is low bidder for building 35,000-square foot facility.
  • November 2, 1974 - YMCA officially opens with building dedication held February 2, 1975.
  • December 1975 - Dick Tokar hired as Executive Director replacing Dunathan who resigned in July of 1975.
  • February 18, 1980 - Dennis Ruble named Executive Director replacing Tokar who resigned in December of 1979.
  • March 6, 1981 - Under the leadership of Board President John Garmhausen the YMCA burned its mortgage debt. Although the capital went over its goal, inflation in the early 1970s drove building costs 18% higher than originally planned causing the debt.
  • January 1984 - YMCA opens its first childcare center with four children enrolled. By 2008, the center was serving over 260 children.
  • October 1986 - YMCA adds new addition to building including second gym, running track, another handball court and whirlpool/spa.
  • 1987 - YMCA starts foundation through Heritage Club which today has over $2 million.
  • April 30, 1991 -  YMCA dedicates new Y Knot Center to serve local youth. YMCA is now 68,000 square-foot facility. Y Knot Center today known as “300 Parkwood”.
  • January 2005 - Ed Thomas Named Executive Director replacing the retiring Ruble. Ruble retired after 39 years with the YMCA and 25 as Sidney-Shelby County YMCA Executive Director.
 
STAFF AND BOARD

Board of Directors

Craig Albers, Treasurer, Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk
Will Balling, Past President, City of Sidney Police Department
Jeff Banks, WBI & PCI, City of Sidney Police Department
Nathan Burns, Secretary, Burns Heating and Cooling, LLC
Duane Gaier, City of Sidney Parks Department
John Grazioso, Vice President, Emerson Climate Technologies
Jeff Hobbs, Fairlawn Local Schools
Bob Humble, Sidney City Schools
Rhonda Keister, President, Minster Bank
Dan McMahon, Precision Custom Products
Susan Shaffer, Emerson Wagner Realty
Jamie Westfall, Ferguson Construction

Staff

 
Ed Thomas
CEO
David O' Leary
Associate Executive Director
 
     
 
Tori Faulder
Child Dev. Center Director
TBD 
Financial Development Director
Jamie Crippin
Membership Engagement Director
     
 

Kevin Salem
Property Manager

  Dawn Herrick
Staff Accountant
     
Erica Hicks
Program Director
Kristie Howard
Business Assistant
Pam Fultz
Marketing/Financial Dev. Coordinator 
     
Bridget Stewart
Youth Coordinator
Suann Kleinhans
Wellness Coordinator 
Sonia Jaziri
Aquatics Coordinator

 

EMPLOYMENT

Have you considered the rewards of working at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA? The direct results of your work will benefit thousands of people throughout our community - a fact that offers a great feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.

At the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, our goal is to hire quality individuals who demonstrate the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and have the talent, knowledge and desire to assist children, teens and adults in accomplishing physical, spiritual and developmental goals. Consider either a part or full-time position at the Y - you'll be glad you did!

Download an application for employment here or stop by the Welcome Center.

JOB POSTINGS

YMCA Administration

Part Time HR Assistant

  • The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of employment law and will ensure compliance with same. Responsibilities include reference checks; on-boarding and orientation of new employees; fingerprinting; maintenance of personnel and payroll information; assisting accountant with payroll; benefits management, in addition management of Workers Comp and unemployment claims.
  • The individual selected will have at least two (2) years of experience in human resources; be proficient in Word and Excel; have exceptional organizational and communication skills and be attentive to detail. Excellent customer service skills is a must along with support of the YMCA Mission.

YMCA Child Development Center

Make a Difference in the Lives of Amazing Kids! Interested applicants should send completed YMCA application and cover letter/resume, if applicable, to Dawn Herrick (dherrick@sidney-ymca.org). No phone calls, please.      

  • Full-Time Preschool Teacher - applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent; be at least eighteen years of age; have the ability to pass a background check; CDA or similar degree/experience preferred.  

YMCA Aquatics Department

Lifeguard & Swim Instructors
Part-time positions available. Flexible schedule. Days, Evenings and Weekends available.

Applications are available at the Y Welcome Center or online.

YMCA Kinetics Department

Part-time positions also available for:

  • Coaches/Instructors/Assistants. All candidates should possess a positive attitude and a desire for excellence. Experience in gymnastics, tumbling desired; job requirements include spotting and technical efficiency in gymnastics/tumbling. Salary range depends on experience.

Interested applicants should send completed YMCA application and cover letter/resume, if applicable, to Dawn Herrick(dherrick@sidney-ymca.org). No phone calls, please.

YMCA Wellness Department

Part-time positions available for:

  • The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is looking for an enthusiastic mission driven Wellness Center Coach/Trainer to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for engaging people of all ages to build relationships and help each individual to reach their health and wellness goals. The Wellness Center Coach/Trainer is a part-time position with morning and evening shifts available. Certifications are a plus but not required as the Y will provide training to the right candidate. Applications are available at the Y Welcome Center or online at http://www.sidney-ymca.org/employment.aspx.
  • The Wellness Department is seeking group exercise class instructor experience who desire to positively impact people’s lives. Experience is important, certification is a plus, but we will train the right person. Contact Operations Director, David O’Leary at 937-492-9134 or doleary@sidney-ymca.org for more information.

 

 

VOLUNTEER

No matter what your talent, interests and schedule are, you can help change someone’s life at the Y. Whether it is coaching a youngster in soccer or basketball, determining policy on a committee or the Board, or caring for a baby in our Child Watch Center, we have a place for you.

  • Explore your personal interests and passions
  • Give back to the community
  • Fulfill community service requirements for school credit
  • Develop new relationships and make friends
  • Gain community service experience to add to college, financial aid and scholarship applications
  • Learn, grow and HAVE FUN!

For more information contact the YMCA. Ready to sign up? Fill out our online volunteer form!

 

GIVE

The Sidney Shelby County YMCA is a charitable, not-for-profit organization with a 501(c) 3 IRS designation. We rely on the community to support our charitable activities through volunteerism and financial donations. There are many ways to be involved as a Y contributor.

Through our Community Partners Program, the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA strives to turn no one away who lives or works in Shelby County due to their inability to pay. Approximately 2000 individuals each year receive full or partial assistance for memberships and programs participation. Assistance helps provide opportunities for such things as Teen Leadership programs, swimming lessons, child care and many other vital services and programs. To donate online, click here or contact CEO, Ed Thomas at ethomas@sidney-ymca.org.

PLANNED GIVING (Heritage Club)

The YMCA Heritage Club is a prestigious group of individuals who have supported the YMCA Endowment Fund with an outright gift of cash or securities, or who have made provisions for the Y in their estate planning. The group gathers once each year for dinner and fellowship.

The Heritage Club Planned Giving Opportunities Brochure

A group of visionary people securing the future through the YMCA Endowment Fund

What is the Heritage Club?

  • A group of charitably minded individuals who have made a gift to the YMCA endowment fund or have named the YMCA in their estate plan.
  • YMCA friends who believe in the YMCA mission and are committed to keeping the YMCA viable and affordable into the future.
  • Supporters who believe that the YMCA makes a significant difference in the lives of individuals.
  • A fellowship that meets once per year to celebrate their friendship for the Y and each other, and to welcome new members.

How does one join the Heritage Club?

Outright Gifts - A direct gift of cash, appreciated securities, or real properties may be the most convenient way to make a contribution to the YMCA endowment fund.

Charitable Trust - A vehicle that can provide current income to you and your spouse as long as either of you live. Thereafter, the trust principal goes to the YMCA endowment fund.

Gifts by Will or Trust - Working with your trusted advisors, you can assure that your heirs are provided for and specific charities can benefit from a fixed amount, a percentage of the estate, or a fixed portion of the residual.

Name the YMCA as a Beneficiary of an IRA or Pension Account

A technique that can save significantly on estate tax and through a wealth replacement insurance purchase, preserve assets for heirs.

These are examples and there are many more possibilities.

  • The YMCA always encourages individuals to work with trusted advisors, legal, and accounting professionals, in order to maximize the benefits to all concerned.
  • The YMCA also encourages individuals to consider other charitable interests when doing estate planning; we do work with other organizations in sharing benefits.
  • Tax deductibility of any of the suggested techniques should be verified with tax professionals.

As you plan for the future, there is a lot to consider:

  • Will my surviving spouse be okay?
  • Can I reduce my taxes?
  • Have things changed since I last reviewed my plan?
  • Do my loved ones know where all the important documents are filed?
  • Can I provide for the charitable organization I have supported during my lifetime?
  • How will I be remembered?

Effective estate planning can help answer these questions.

At the YMCA we are prepared to share some very exciting estate planning tools with you.

We encourage you to share your plans with your trusted advisors to be sure they are right for your situation.'

For more information contact:
Ed Thomas, CEO at ethomas@sidney-ymca.org
300 E. Parkwood Street
Sidney, OH 45365
(937) 492-9134

TRIANGLE OF HONOR

There are a number of ways that someone can get involved in the Y and become mission partners as we strive to serve the community. Get Involved!

AS A MEMBER - Membership in the Y is a great way to meet friendly people while working out or participating in our youth or family activities. For more information see our Member Benefits page.

AS A VOLUNTEER – No matter what your talent, interests and schedule are, you can help change someone’s life at the Y. Whether it is coaching a youngster in soccer or basketball, determining policy on a committee or the Board, or caring for a baby in our Child Watch Center, we have a place for you.

  • Explore your personal interests and passions
  • Give back to the community
  • Fulfill community service requirements for school credit
  • Develop new relationships and make friends
  • Gain community service experience to add to college, financial aid and scholarship applications
  • Learn, grow and HAVE FUN!

For more information contact the YMCA. Ready to sign up? Fill out our online volunteer form!

AS A CONTRIBUTOR - The Sidney Shelby County YMCA is a charitable, not-for-profit organization with a 501(c) 3 IRS designation. We rely on the community to support our charitable activities through volunteerism and financial donations. There are many ways to be involved as a Y contributor. 

NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE TRIANGLE OF HONOR AWARD:

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be/have been dedicated to the mission and core values of the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA.
  • Nominees should be of a caliber that they would be immediately recognized by their peers as someone who is/was well known and admired for his/her service to the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA.
  • Nominees must be or have been involved with the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA for at least 10 years.
  • Nominees may be or have been volunteers (program or policy), donors, staff members or members of the community at large who have had a significant impact on the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA.
  • Nominees living or deceased will be considered regardless of race, gender or financial commitments to the organization.
  • Nominees must possess a record of innovative, inspirational, highly successful leadership in support of the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA.

The  Triangle of Honor Nomination Form can be downloaded here.


 
NEWS AND EVENTS

Y-FEST 2020 

We plan to hold this fun community event while being socially responsible. We will continue to follow Health Department and State of Ohio guidance with regard to community events. Please save the date and watch our Facebook page (facebook.com/sidneyymca) for updates!

Y-FEST Features:
- Corporate Wellness Challenge
- Kid’s Games
- Kids Fun Run & 5K Run
- Food & Snack vendors
- PLUS Virtual Activities for the Entire Family

 


COMING SOON:

Check out the Interactive "theme nights" in the youth center! All youth members are invited to participate. There will be game nights, trivia nights, arts & craft nights, cooking nights and more! Check out the schedule in the Youth Center for complete details! You may also watch our Facebook page for Event details.

  • Game Night
  • Trivia Night
  • Human Clue
  • Monday Night Football
  • Cafe Cooking
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bring a Friend Night
  • World Record Night
  • Holiday Fun

 

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
 
The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is proud to be able strengthen our community by presenting two deserving high school seniors one of two memorial scholarships annually.
 
 
The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, in collaboration with generous benefactors, established the Jim Lantz Memorial Scholarship in 2011 in memory of Jim Lantz.
 
Jim was a sophomore at Sidney High School. Tragically, he died in an automobile accident in November of 1986. He would have graduated in June 1989.
Jim had planned to go to medical school, and his dream was to become a doctor. He played football and basketball and he was a 4.0 student. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts and enjoyed opportunities to help others through community service.
The scholarship is a one year nonrenewable $1000 scholarship established in his memory, and will be available at all area high schools and the local YMCA. Applicants must be a college bound high school senior and a Shelby County resident. The minimum GPA for qualification is 2.5, and after qualification GPA is not a factor.
 
YMCA members will receive additional consideration in determination of the winner, but YMCA membership is not a requirement. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to community service as a volunteer, with additional credit for volunteer services at the YMCA. Need will also be a factor considered in evaluation of applicants. Applicants must also demonstrate leadership qualities and exemplify Christian values.
Scholarship applications were mailed to area high schools in January and are also available online and at the YMCA Welcome Center.
 
Application Criteria
  • Shelby County resident
  • College Bound High School Senior
  • Minimum GPA 2.5 for Qualification, after qualification GPA is not a factor
  • YMCA members will receive additional consideration in determination of winner, but YMCA membership is not a requirement
  • Need will be a factor
  • Demonstrate commitment to community service as a volunteer, with additional credit for volunteer services at the YMCA
  • Athletic / Fitness activity involvement
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Exemplify Christian values
The 2021 Lantz Memorial Scholarship applications will be released in January 2021. Copies will also be sent to local high schools and made available online and at the Welcome Center.
 
Congratulations to the past winners of the Lantz scholarship:
 2020  Angela Brunner  Indiana University
 2019
 Samantha Edwards
 Rhodes State College
 2018
 Hailey Wick
 University of Cincinnati
 2017
 Katie Edwards
 Wright State University
 2016
 Spencer Hina
 The Ohio State University
 2015
 Alex Willman
 University of Cincinnati
 2014
 Cameron Hina
 Urbana University
 2013
 Allison Neu
 The Ohio State University
 2012
 Matthew Ulrich
 University of Dayton
 2011  Katie Borchers  The Ohio State University
Lee E. Schauer Scholarship
The Lee E. Schauer Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989 by family and friends to honor the memory of this fine young man who lost his life in a tragic accident the summer before his senior year of high school.
It is the wish of the Schauer family that this scholarship be awarded to a college-bound high school senior for whom the award will truly make a difference. For that reason, the award is intended to reach those students who may not qualify for other scholarships - "average" students who are involved in their community and in school activities, who are leaders and display character traits like caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, but whose GPA may eliminate them from consideration for other scholarships.
The criteria for the scholarship are:
  • College-bound Shelby County high school senior.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher. Please note GPA is a qualifying criterion only and will be given no weight in the selection process.
  • YMCA membership is not required, however, applicants who are members and also volunteered at the Y will receive additional consideration.
  • Participation in sports and/or fitness activities.
  • Commitment to community service as a volunteer, particularly at the Y. Documentation will be required.
  • Must demonstrate caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in daily life.
  • Must demonstrate leadership qualities.
The $12,000 is payable over 4 years, and students must establish proof of satisfactory progress to renew each year.
 
The 2020 Schauer Memorial Scholarship applications will be released in January 2021. Copies will also be sent to local high schools and made available online and at the Welcome Center.
 
Congratulations to the past winners of the Schauer Scholarship!
 
 2020  Nathan Johnson  University of Toledo
 2019
 Allie Herrick
 University of Findlay
 2018
 Troy Oltman
 The University of Dayton
 2017
 Kevin Fultz
 University of Toledo
 2016
 Madison Allison
 University of Findlay
 2015
 Alex McLain
 Wright State University
 2014
 Lauren Vanderhorst
 The University of Dayton
 2013
 Collin Smith
 Bowling Green University
 2012
 Abigail Ball
 University of Cincinnati
 2011
 Lesley Burdiss
 Wright State University
 2010
 Brittany Forwerck
 Xavier University
 2009
 Derek McCracken
 Ohio State University
 2008
 Jessica Scott Taylor
 Miami University
 2007
 Cayleb Paulino
 Wilmington College
 2006
 Lindsay Smith
 Ohio Northern University
 2005
 Krista Corbin Boren
 Bowling Green University
 2004
 Julie Barhorst
 Cedarviile University
 2003
 Stephen Eck
 Case Western University
 2002
 Alison Kunk
 Ohio Northern University
 2001
 Brian T. Landrum
 Ohio State University
 2000
 Takashi Okamoto
 Boston University
 1999
 Amy Burnside
 Bowling Green University
 1998
 Michael Thorpe
 Ohio State University
 1997
 Kelly Jo Gray Grinstead
 University of Dayton
 
 Valerie Sprague Smith
 Bluffton College
 1996
 Melissa Moorman
 Bowling Green University
 1995
 Cassandra Carter
 Wright State University
 1994
 John Gross
 Washington University
 1993
 Betsy Leistner McKinley
 Purdue University
 1992
 Kelly Velikan Nadeau
 Ohio University
 1991
 Amy Miller DeVore
 Purdue University
 1990
 Christopher Sperl
 Loyola University