At the YWCA

Padilla, Boone to lead YW Childcare

YWCA Executive Director Dotty Dalphon has named Karina Padilla the organization’s children and youth director. Padilla succeeds Paula Howard, who resigned to pursue another opportunity.

Padilla began her career at the YWCA in 2014. She has been the assistant children and youth director for several years. Padilla has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Penn State University.

“I enjoy working in the Children Enrichment Program for many reasons. One reason is knowing I make a positive impact on the children. I also enjoy the opportunity to build relationships with the families,” said Padilla.

Ashley Boone, a 15-year YWCA employee, will succeed Padilla as the assistant children and youth director. Boone earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Ashford University and a teaching certificate and Masters Degree in teaching, learning and curriculum from Drexel University.

“My favorite aspects of my job are working with the children and making a positive impact on their life,” Boone said.

Dalphon said she was excited to have two employees with many years of experience lead the YW’s childcare program.

“The YWCA is very fortunate to have two women leading our program who are so passionate about caring for children,” said Dalphon. “I am confident in Karina and Ashley’s abilities to guide our team of teachers in their quest to help children and grow and thrive in a supportive environment.”

The YWCA is Adams County’s largest childcare provider with three locations: the Main YWCA location at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg; the Adams Commerce Center location at 50 Expedition Trail, Gettysburg; and Fairfield Elementary School.

The YW’s combined facilities offer care for up to 298 children in full-day, half-day, and before- and after-school programs. Care is provided for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years, including infant, toddler, preschool and school-age classrooms at our 909 Fairfield Road and Commerce Center locations. Only before- and after-school care is offered for children ages 5-12 at our Fairfield location.

Swim Clinic for Ages 9-18

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Swim Clinic for Young Swimmers!

Improve with extra coaching

The focus of these clinics will be improving technique for starts, strokes and turns, focusing on a different stroke each week.

Clinic Details

Fees Per Student, Per Session:

Rec: $5,  Basic $10,  Non Member $12

Register online by Clicking Here

Clinic Sessions & Times

Session 8A Wednesday, August 7 (Register by August 6)
7:00pm-8:30pm

Session 8B Wednesday, August 14 (Register by August 13)
7:00pm-8:30pm

Session 8C Wednesday, August 21 (Register by August 20)
7:00pm-8:30pm

Session 8D Wednesday, August 28 (Register by August 27)
7:00pm-8:30pm

Session 9A Wednesday, September 4 (Register by September 3)
7:00pm-8:30pm

Session 9B Wednesday, September 11 (Register by September 10)
7:00pm-8:30pm

Session 9C Sunday, September 15 (Register by September 14)
2:00pm-3:30pm

Session 9D Sunday, September 22 (Register by September 21)
2:00pm-3:30pm

Session 9E Sunday, September 29 (Register by September 28)
2:00pm-3:30pm

 

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

Click here to donate online!

Adult Swim Lessons

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Adult Lessons

Progress at your own pace and develop the skills needed to swim safely for fun or exercise. Students will learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning water acclimation, forward and backward movement, and rhythmic breathing. We help swimmers overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop swimming skills that last a lifetime.

Class Placement

Use this tool to decide which class is best for you.

Level 1

Does not know how to put their face in the water, or how to float, or swim.

Level 2

Comfortable putting their face in the water and floating.

Swim Lesson Details

Fees:

Tuesday & Thursday Classes (2 weeks):
Rec Pass Member $34, Basic Member $44, Non Member $46

Fall Registration Open

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Swim Lessons in will be held at the Indoor Swimming Pool.

Tuesday & Thursday Classes

Session 10 Oct. 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 (Register by October 7)
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:45am-11:45am

Session 11 Nov. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 (Register by November 4)
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:45am-11:45am

 

Teen Swim Lessons

 

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Progress at your own pace and develop the skills needed to swim safely for fun or exercise. Students will learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning water acclimation, forward and backward movement, and rhythmic breathing. We help swimmers overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop swimming skills that last a lifetime.

Class Placement

Use this tool to decide which class is best for you.

Level 1

Does not know how to put their face in the water, or how to float, or swim.

Level 2

Comfortable putting their face in the water and floating.

Swim Lesson Details

Fees:

Thursday Classes (2 weeks):
Rec Pass Member $32, Basic Member $40, Non Member $45

Summer Registration is Open

Register online by Clicking Here

Class Sessions & Times

Courses for Fall 2019 to be determined.

 

Adult Learn to Lap Lessons

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Learn to Lap Swim

This is for any adult who is comfortable in the water.

Learn to Lap Swim with us! This class will teach you all the knowledge you need to confidently lap swim for fitness. This class will focus on building endurance, improving the front crawl (freestyle) and the backstroke. Other focuses will also include learning how to do open turns and/or flip turns at the wall, and improve your ability to breathe rhythmically.

You will be coached through a series of workouts, based on your swimming level, so that you will have all the tools you need to prepare yourself to swim laps as a form of fitness.

Class Details

Fees:

Rec Pass Members $39

Basic Members $49

Non Members $51

Fall Registration is Open

Class Sessions & Times

Session 9A

*Class Rescheduled to October* September 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

Session 9B

*Class Rescheduled to October* September 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Oct. 2

Session 10A

October 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

Register by October 7th

Session 10B

October 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Register by October 13th

Session 11

November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21

Register by November 4th

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.