West Cook YMCA

January 2015 CEO Message

Published 01.01.15


clientuploads/_photos/2014-06-23_AOF_6260_RGB.jpegTis the season of predictions and prognostications.

But first, let me share an insight on a principal resolution.

During 2015, the board and staff of the West Cook YMCA are resolved to provide the highest possible value for all of our members.

We want everyone who participates in any of the more than 100 programs we offer each week, either here on South Marion Street or in any of the ten west suburban communities which we serve, to have the best possible experience that meets their expectations.

Now to the top ten predictions for the West Cook YMCA during 2015:

Early winter

1. SEER Study

Members, prospective members and staff will respond in large numbers with candor and confidence to the YMCA of the USA’s SEER study, conducted randomly via U.S. Mail. The survey will seek opinions about all aspects of this Y’s operations—our programs, facilities, staff, and community services.

Respondents will willingly share their thoughts and suggestions about what makes this Y tick and where it might be improved.

2. Towel Service

Members will be very overjoyed with the return of our complimentary towel service.

3. Membership Fees Held Steady for Youth and Young Adults

Youth and Young Adult members will be pleased that while the cost of other membership categories is increased modestly in the New Year, their fees are being held steady.

4. Program Innovation Team

The newly formed Program Innovation Team will develop ideas that are both imaginative and practical as it responds to the charge of thinking through our current program offerings, suggesting those that may be consolidated or eliminated and identifying unmet needs to better serve our members and the community. The team will identify several innovative “Y without Walls” projects and new partnerships with other organizations in the ten west suburban communities which we serve.

5. Annual Scholarship Campaign

Our Annual Campaign to provide scholarships for persons for whom a Y membership would be a financial burden will produce a record level of contributions.


6. North Parking Lot Repaving

Members and visitors will be thrilled to drive onto the Y’s north parking lot that will be totally renovated with new paving and stripping.

7. Healthy Kids Day

The Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day will draw a record level of participation by young people and their families at the Marion Street Y as well as in several community sites where games, demonstrations and entertainment will be staged.


8. New Cardio Equipment

All who exercise in the Y’s highly popular Cardio Center will welcome the $150,000 worth of new cardio equipment—Stairmasters, treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes that will be installed. All of the old equipment will be removed and recycled.


9. YMCA’s Gala Returns

Community, civic, and business leaders will join with Y board, staff and members for a splendid West Cook YMCA Gala to raise funds for scholarships and other continuing operations.

10. Christmas Tree Sale

The 2015 Christmas Tree sale will exceed the past year’s sellout of more than 575 freshly cut trees and earn record proceeds for the Y’s scholarship program.

May the New Year bring good health and much happiness to all and may the West Cook YMCA continue to grow and prosper during its 112th year.

Phillip Jiménez
President and CEO

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