At the YWCA

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 Chad@gettysburgcommunitytheatre.org 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

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 $35, Basic Member $40, Non Member $45

Summer Registration Begins May 15th

Register online at https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/membership/on-line-registration-payment/

Class Sessions & Times

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

Thursday Classes (2 week session)

Session 6A1 June 11, 13, 28, 20 (Register by June 10)
Thursdays: 9:30am-10:30am

Session 6A2 June 25, 27, July 2, 5 (Register by June 24)
Thursdays: 9:30am-10:30am

Session 7A1 July 9, 11, 16, 18 (Register by July 8)
Thursdays: 9:30am-10:30am

Session 7A2 July 23, 25, 30, August 1 (Register by July 22)
Thursdays: 9:30am-10:30am

Session 8A1 August 6, 8, 13, 15 (Register by August 5)
Thursdays: 9:30am-10:30am

Session 8A2 August 20, 22, 27, 29 (Register by August 19)
Thursdays: 9:30am-10:30am

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 Beings May 15th

Register online at https://www.ywcagettysburg.org/membership/on-line-registration-payment/

Class Sessions & Times

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

Thursday Classes (2 weeks session)

Session 6TN1 June 11, 13, 28, 20 (Register by June 10)
Thursdays: 10:30am-11:30am

Session 6TN2 June 25, 27, July 2, 5 (Register by June 24)
Thursdays: 10:30am-11:30am

Session 7TN1 July 9, 11, 16, 18 (Register by July 8)
Thursdays: 10:30am-11:30am

Session 7TN2 July 23, 25, 30, August 1 (Register by July 22)
Thursdays: 10:30am-11:30am

Session 8TN1 August 6, 8, 13, 15 (Register by August 5)
Thursdays: 10:30am-11:30am

Session 8TN2 August 20, 22, 27, 29 (Register by August 19)
Thursdays: 10:30am-11:30am

 

Aquatics Summer Apprenticeship Program

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Summer Apprenticeship Program

This is for anyone ages 12-18 who likes helping people, teaching people, and keeping our aquatic facility clean and ordered. This person must also be willing to help with special YWCA events in and out of the Aquatics department.

The apprentice will work side by side with the Aquatics Director. The Aquatics Director will mentor the individual in work ethic, time management, and will respect the individual like another employee. The apprentice must enjoy being around water, but does not have to be a perfect swimmer.

Application

Applications will be received until June 28th

All hours in the Apprenticeship program will be counted as community service work. This opportunity will be great to put on college and work resumes.

Interested candidates can email the Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads, via email at crhoads@ywcagettysburg.org or call (717-334-9171 ext. 129) for more information.

Sessions & Times

Session 6

June 5th – 28th

Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm (flexible days & times between this time frame)

Session 7

July 22nd – August 16th

Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm (flexible days & times between this time frame)

Glow Swim

Every Friday Night 7pm – 9pm at the Indoor Pool

Between June 7th – August 16th

Event Details

Glow swim is a night of fun for families. The swimming pool will be glowing with glow sticks at the bottom of the pool and popular music will be playing. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The adult does not have to swim, but must stay in the pool area watching the child or children. Children can take as many glow sticks home with them as they want at the end of the night.

Entry Fees

Rec Pass Members: FREE

Basic Members & Non-Members: $5 (Pay at the front desk)

Walk-In or Register Ahead of Time

Click Here to Register: https://payments.ywcagettysburg.org/

Summer Registration Begins May 15th

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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 $35

Basic Members $49

Non Members $51

Summer Registration Beings May 15th

Class Sessions & Times

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30am – 9:30am

Session 6AL (4 week sessions)

June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Register by June 3rd

Session 7AL

July 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

Register by July 1st

Session 8AL

August 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

Register by August 5th

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