Cage of Oppression – Monologues of Social Oppression

September 22, 2019

This event will feature stories gathered from the experiences of local community members and performed by local community members under the direction of Chad Alan-Carr, Gettysburg Community Theatre Director.
The event is scheduled for September 22, 2019, with September 23, 2019 held in reserve for a sell out on Sept. 22. There will be 30 to 45 minutes of stories to be followed by a Q & A.
Admission is free but reservations for the open seating will be required. GCT will take the reservations. Call 717-334-2692 or email to make a reservation. You can also make reservations at the box office from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reservations will be open on June 1.

Spring 2019 Friends Letter

As I reflect on the past thirty years of my employment with the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, I realize that we, as an organization, and I, as an individual, are truly blessed! We have the staff and facilities to offer our community so much – like a year-round childcare program for more than 290 youngsters and the only indoor pool open year round to the public. Once Memorial Day is here, we lease an outdoor pool and, this year, we’ll make it a public pool – the only one in Gettysburg! We have the Margaret Trew Cline fitness center, a space used by anyone over the age of 13 to lead them to a healthier lifestyle! And we couldn’t be more grateful for the many members, foundations and businesses that helped us reach a new milestone this past year, the success of a $900,000 Endowment Campaign to help us promise the future of our YWCA!
I am blessed for the meaningful friendships that developed at the YWCA, for the awesome staff that lead beside me and for the thousands of contacts I’ve made throughout the years.
The YWCA has been a part of the community for 90 years. We have worked tirelessly to make our community a safer, healthier and more compassionate place in which to live. For the past thirteen years, I have led this organization, along with a creative and engaged management team, to build strategic partnerships, bring valuable programming to everyone and to ultimately live our mission!
Our mission, dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, is as relevant today as when it was created. Our mission is what has kept me engaged for over 30 years – the mission and YOU, our friends of the YWCA.
As a local nonprofit, we have had our share of ups and downs. Through our difficult times, we may have struggled, but our commitment to service has never wavered. We continue to see promise in the eyes of the children who pass through our doors. We acknowledge the gifts given by those before us. And, we are grateful for the strong and vigorous support of our community. We are in a good place because of all of you!
We need you to keep moving forward. Please be a part of this lasting and important mission in Adams County with a generous gift. It makes a huge difference; I know, I have been honored to see how every dollar counts every day for the last thirty years. Every gift, no matter the size, is important, and I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful consideration in making a gift this spring, the final ‘ask’ of my career as I retire on June 30, 2019. I will remain a part of this great organization, volunteering and finally getting to use more fully the wonderful amenities that are offered! I’m hoping that I’ll actually have time to get to know all of you even better!
Thank you for your support and confidence over the years; we wouldn’t be where we are without you!
My deepest admiration and appreciation to all,
Deb Geesey
Executive Director

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YWCA Board Announces New Executive Director

YWCA Board Announces New Executive Director –

The Board of Directors of the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County is pleased to announce that Dotty Dalphon has accepted the Executive Director position, effective May 13, 2019.  This start date allows approximately six weeks of overlap between retiring Executive Director Deb Geesey and Dotty.  This overlap will help insure the smooth transition that both Deb and Dotty are committed to.  Your support during this transition period is greatly appreciated.  Just like Deb, Dotty will report to the Board of Directors of the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County.

Dotty earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware, graduating with honors. Prior to accepting this position, she served as Director of Philanthropy for The Lutheran Village in Ellicott City, MD and before that as Executive Director of Shepherd’s Spring, Inc in Sharpsburg, MD (a retreat, summer camp and conference center outside of D.C.). Dotty brings over 25 years of experience and a proven track record of success in non-profit leadership and recently in the fund development area.  These skills and her supervisory/personnel development/leadership skills will be valuable in carrying forward the mission work and operational excellence for which the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County is known.

We are confident that Dotty will be an excellent fit and a strong asset for our organization.  The YWCA will host several receptions to introduce Dotty to the YWCA community, supporters and members.  Dates and times will be announced in May.  Dotty and her husband will be moving to the Gettysburg area in the near future.

Please join us in welcoming Dotty to our YWCA.

Katy Giebenhain                              Betsy Meyer

Co-President, YWCA Board              Co-President, YWCA Board

Abolitionists Day

Celebrate the Abolitionists of Adams County at the 3rd Annual Abolitionists Day.
Abolitionists Day will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Sterner Building, Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane, Gettysburg.
Attendees will meet McAllister’s Mill Abolitionists, James Pennington, Kitty Payne, and friends; enjoy Abolitionist songs sung by Dearest Home and The Black Swan.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Abolitionists Day is sponsored by the Thaddeus Stevens Society, Adams County Human Relations Council, Gettysburg Friends Meeting (Quakers), YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice.

YW executive director announces retirement

The Board of Directors of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County announces the retirement of Executive Director Deb Geesey on June 30, 2019.

YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County Executive Director Deb Geesey will retire June 30, 2019.

Please join us in extending best wishes to Deb Geesey, who is retiring from the YWCA on June 30th. Deb has worked for the YW for over 30 years and has been the Executive Director for 12 years. Actually, her association with the YW spans more than 50 years as she was part of “Y TEENS” in junior high.
Deb began her career at the YW in 1988 as the Community Services Director under the leadership of Jennifer Weaver. In that capacity, Deb created a vast variety of classes open to the community, from business workshops, arts and crafts, bus trips, ballroom dancing, bridge and more. In 1993, she stepped into the Road Scholar position and served in that role for 13 years. Deb says she absolutely loved that job. She has served as the Executive Director since 2006.
The YWCA has grown immensely during Deb’s time as ED. The operating budget has doubled from $2 million to $4 million/year driven largely by a more than doubling in childcare enrollment, large growth in rec pass memberships, all supported by increasing sponsorships that she has been critical in obtaining. Her proudest accomplishment was taking the YWCA from serious financial difficulty to its current fiscally sound status. Deb insists that she did not do any of this alone and credits her great management team and all the hard-working staff of the YWCA. Numerous changes to the YWCA have occurred during her tenure. Remaining constant through all of those years has been the mission of the YWCA – eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Deb said this mission, as well as the wonderful staff and YWCA members, have been what kept her here for 30 years!
She will be greatly missed by members, colleagues and the Board of Directors alike. We have all benefited from her energetic leadership, organization and vision.
We will hold a celebration of Deb’s career at a date closer to her retirement – details to be announced. Meanwhile, please know that we have already begun the search for a new Executive Director and are working on ensuring a smooth transition. Feel free to wish Deb a happy retirement the next time you see her.

Betsy Meyer and Katy Giebenhain, co-presidents
On behalf of the Board of Directors

Pictures with Santa

Santa is coming to the YWCA!

Bring your child, leashed animal or anyone else full of the Christmas Spirit to the YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Santa will be making a special trip from the North Pole to all of his YWCA friends’ Christmas wishes.

Take your own photo for a $1 donation or have a high-resolution photo taken by the YW photographer for $5.

For more information, contact Kristen Mooney at or 717-334-9171, ext. 120.

Run for Peace

RUN FOR PEACE – September 18, 2019

The International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace.”

Here in Gettysburg, the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County kicks off our local celebration of the day with a free 5K, open to the public, and the first 100 participants to arrive will receive a free peace t-shirt thanks to the YWCA’s generous Hallmark Sponsors. Our goal is to bring the community together to remind one another of our common humanity.

Details of the location and course will be forthcoming!

‘Mamma Mia!’ benefits YW

A performance of “Mamma Mia” at Totem Pole Playhouse will benefit the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.
Described as “the ultimate feel-good show,” “Mamma Mia!” takes place On a small Greek island. The main character, Sophie, dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away, but she doesn’t know who he is! The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.
The show will be held 8 p.m., Aug. 18 at Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville. Tickets are available at the YWCA, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg. Tickets must be purchased by July 16.

Immigration forums

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Gettysburg Rising will co-host a series of community forums on immigration.

The sessions are being held in light of a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement action at a local restaurant.

“Through these forums we hope to better educate Adams County residents about the immigration process, the politics involved, how immigrants benefit our community and how people can become advocates for immigrants,” said Nancy Lilley, YWCA community services director.

All sessions will be held at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, from 7 to 8 p.m. People are welcome to as many sessions as they are able.
Topics and dates are as follows:

  • June 20, Immigration 101 with John Leedock of Catholic Charities;
  • June 28, Push and pull factors driving immigration to the United States with Dr. Kathy Cunniffe of Wilson College;
  • July 12, Economic impact and implications of immigration with Dr. Char Weise of Gettysburg College;
  • July 19, Next steps in immigration advocacy with Elizabeth Alex of Court Appointed Special Advocate York.

For more information, contact Lilley at or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.

Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament

The 19th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament
In Memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Courts open 9:30 a.m., play begins 10 a.m.
Rain date is Sunday, May 12 with play beginning at 1 p.m.

The format is a doubles, round-robin that gives each player the opportunity to play several matches with a variety of partners.
There is a male and female division. Each player is assigned a teammate for each round.
Overall winners will be those who accumulate the most victories throughout the day.
Exhibition mixed doubles matches will be played at the end of the tournament for interested players.
Players are required to sign a release form upon tournament check-in.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division

Celebration Reception
Sponsored by Biggerstaff’s Catering
All participants and a guest are welcome to attend. Includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (If tournament is moved to Sunday, May 12 because of rain, the reception will still be held Saturday, May 11)
Location: Gettysburg Seminary Refectory, 148 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg

Click here to register