Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament

The 18th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament
In Memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Courts open 1:00 p.m., play begins 1:30 p.m.
Rain date is Sunday, May 6 with courts opening at 9:30 a.m. and play beginning at 10 a.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 6 because of rain, the reception will still be held Saturday, May 5)
Location: Gettysburg Seminary Refectory, 148 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg

Click here to register

Water Training Classes

Deep Aquatics Fitness Training
A medium to high level workout in deep water for adults of all ages and ability levels. Emphasis is on improving total fitness goals which includes cardio, easy range-of-motion for joints, simple stretching, strengthening, and balance. There will be a cardio and strength assessment at the beginning and end of the session.  Class is limited to 18 people.

Tuesdays & Thursdays    9:40-10:40AM      September 11- November 29
Rec Pass Members $30  Basic  Members $38  Non Members $43

Dynamic Shallow Water Training
A medium to high-intensity workout in shallow water for adults of all ages and ability levels.  This is a class for people who want to improve their cardio, strength, flexibility and balance. There will be a cardio and strength assessment at the beginning and end of the session. Class size is limited to 18 people.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays   11:30AM-12:30PM   Sept. 10- Nov. 30
Rec Pass Members $40  Basic  Members $49  Non Members $53

Both of these group training classes are taught by an instructor certified by the United States Water Fitness Association and holds a personal water fitness training certification. She has been training people for more than 10 years in the water.  Her name is Linda Denniston.  

Registration is closed.

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Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

img_1062This is a Basic First Aid and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED blended learning course taught through the American Red Cross.  This course is designed for anyone over the age of 16, who would like to be certified.  This certification is good for two years.

This is a blended learning course.  You will be expected to spend about 2-3 hours online.  The online portion of this course is expected to be completed prior to the skills day scheduled at the YWCA.


Students are to register for this course by paying the YWCA fee for the skills/teaching portion of this course.  Everyone must pay prior to the class date.  Once this fee is paid, the student must contact the Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads, via email to have the online course link emailed to them.

Upcoming Blended Learning Class Dates:  Registration is now open for all dates.

Wednesdays 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Session 10: October 17        (filled-closed)
Session 11: November 14    Register by November 12

YWCA Fee: $80   Pay Online



Running Club

This group is for couch potatoes who have an interest in starting a running routine, whether you want to run a 5K or just one or two miles. This is the perfect way to train for any of the YWCA’s road races. Coached by Betsy Meyer.

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Rec Free Basic N/A Non N/A

Circuit Training

100_2789The YWCA’s circuit training room opened in March 2014. This room features hydraulic resistance equipment that allows users to complete a low-impact cardio and strength-training workout in 30 minutes! This circuit is perfect for beginners, seniors, teens, and those who may feel overwhelmed by a larger fitness center. The room is open during regular YWCA hours and is staffed from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on weekday mornings. Access to the circuit room is included in all rec pass memberships.

A circuit training class for youth ages 10 and older is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. (Rec Free, Basic $20/month). Register at the service desk.


What is pickleball? It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, a hybrid of table tennis, badminton and tennis. Pickleball is played on a badminton-sizepickleball_photod court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center, using a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Pickleball originated in Bainbridge Island, Wash., and was named after Pickles the dog, who would chase the ball around the court. Much of the growth in the sport is due to the millions of Baby Boomers who are entering retirement age and wish to remain active.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays 2-4 p.m.

Rec Free     Basic $4     Non $5

Women Behind These Walls

Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women tofFamilyBehind These Walls is free, self-guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg designed to share the stories and perspectives of civilian women who lived during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The posters along the tour are placed at locations that were significant to each woman’s life before, during, or after the battle. The tour  is a collaborative effort between the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Survivors, Inc., the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Gettysburg Licensed Town Guides, and For the Cause Productions, Inc.

A special thank-you to all the businesses, organizations, and homeowners who agreed to be a part of this project.

Click here for a printable tour brochure (updated Aug. 2015). You can also find brochures at the YWCA, the Destination Gettysburg office, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, and A&A Village Treasures.

#25 Catherine “Kitty” Payne Brian’s story (no placard is currently displayed at Kitty’s site; an illustration of Kitty is shown above):
I lived here (219 S. Washington St.) with my second husband, Abraham Brian. My first husband had died of a fever, leaving me with three small children. I had been a slave in Virginia but had been set free upon my master’s death. His nephew, who had inherited the farm, took exception to our freedom and sent bounty hunters after my family. They captured us and took us back to Virginia, where we spent a year in jail. My life here was not any happier as my new husband did not want the burden of my children and sent them off to live with other families. My heart was broken and I died at age 34.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Everyone is welcome to the YWCA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series! This series is held at noon in the YWCA Community Room at 909 Fairfield Road. Registration is recommended; call 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email

Our 2018 series will again feature leaders throughout Adams County. The series is free to attend and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Around the YWCA Community” featuring stories of YWCA members and those living in Gettysburg & Adams County.

Details will be updated as information becomes available. 

January 16: Pamela Haze, a retired Senior Policy official, will be speaking on her journey and experiences of 39 years in the Department of the Interior. Pam was responsible for oversight and management of the Department of the Interior’s budget finance, performance and acquisition programs and policies including annual development and issuance of the budget and annual financial report. In an article about her retirement, Pam was described as a “rock star” by two Interior colleagues and credited with helping to keep the department afloat during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the federal sequester and the government shutdown of October 2013.

February 20: Adrienne Marvin, YWCA member, will be speaking about her experiences in Mozambique as a Peace Corps worker.

April 3 (rescheduled date due to snow): Wendy Allen, local artist and owner of Lincoln Into Art Studio and Gallery, will speak about her journey on becoming a businesswoman here in Gettysburg and her Lincoln passion.

April 17: Nancie Gudmestad, another local businesswoman, will speak about her work with the restoration of the Shriver House, an award winning Gettysburg museum that presents the story of the Battle of Gettysburg as seen through the eyes of the residents of Gettysburg.

May 1 (Please note the change from the third Tuesday of the month to the first for this presentation): Tom Deloe, a YWCA member and a member of Fair Districts PA Adams County, will be speaking to the group on the timely topic of gerrymandering.

September 18: Yeimi K Gagliardi will share her experience with the immersion program hosted by the Boarder Servant Corps in El Paso, TX in early June.  The presentation will feature highlights from the interviews and meetings with border patrol, immigrants living in El Paso, people living in colonias on both sides of the boarder, human rights workers and other community leaders.  This trip was possible thanks to the Gettysburg College- Center for Public Service.

Yeimi (Jamie) Gagliardi, is a Latino health educator in Adams County for WellSpan Health. She also serves as chairperson for the Latino Services Task Force and the Tobacco Prevention Task Force of Healthy Adams County where she leads and collaborates, with other community based organizations, in the development, implementation and evaluation of initiatives to reach underserved communities in Adams County.

October 16: Andrea Niedererr of Respective Solutions will speak about her work in helping our community become a Trauma Informed Community.

November 20: Linda Raymond, YWCA member, yoga instructor, and Board member, will wrap up the 2018 series by talking about her experiences as one of the first females to play with the US Army Band.

Masters (YWMA)

Join our YW Masters of Adams County 

On Tuesday November 27  5PM-6PM for a special fitness challenge.  We are hosting the 2018 Smarty Pants Vitamins Fall Fitness Challenge for USMS.  The purpose is to raise funds for adults to learn how to swim.

The challenge is to swim whatever stroke you want, whatever distance you want in one hour.  To donate and swim this hour, click here:

YWCA Masters of Adams County (YWMA)
4 Reasons to Join
1. Increase your strength, endurance, stamina and flexibility
2. Enjoy focused workouts
3. Achieve your individual fitness or competition goals
4. Train for a triathlon

This club is for adults age 19 and over of any fitness level. You must be able to swim at least 25 meters without stopping.  This is run like a swim team practice, so expect to swim a lot!
Evening practices are coached by a USMS certified level 1 Coach: Carol Miller.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6 pm with Carol Miller

Want to become a member of the US Masters Swimming click on this link:


A group currently meets at the YWCA to review and improve through playing. This is a relaxed atmosphere of casual play. Anyone with a working knowledge of the basic skills of bridge may join us.

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Rec Free     Basic $2     Non $4