Elkhart County YMCA cuts ties with national YMCA; new name expected

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 Posted 11/13/2013 12:53:12 PM
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Elkhart County YMCA cuts ties with national YMCA; new name expected
Elkhart County YMCA cuts ties with national YMCA; new name expected
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 Posted 11/13/2013 4:55:43 PM
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Something tells me this won't end well. Sounds like a pissing match went sour.
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 Posted 11/13/2013 6:18:45 PM
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O...o - This  is a very interesting development.  I like independent local charities in general but the national YMCA is not necessarily a bad actor as far as I know.

More context would be a good thing.  While the best thing for the organization is for the details to remain private- Is this truly in the best interest of the public?

What would also be nice to contextually understand is if this is a common occurrence with other recently former YMCA locations or is this a very rare or unprecedented event?


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 Posted 11/14/2013 1:04:15 AM
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GOOD! For the local YMCA to break away!

YMCA- Young Men's Christian Association founded in London in 1844 based on Christian principles.

1855 first association in US in New Jersey.

Very influential in US in 1930's, became interdenominational and more concerned with promoting morality and good citizenship than Christianity.

The old YMCA in Elkhart would allow families to swim during special hours on weekends, but all other times the men were swimming down there in the nude.....Creepy!

1940's the Y became Global United Nations World Alliance of YMCA and gained special status with United Nations Economic and Social Council.

1997 the World Council adopted "Challenge 21" to focus on Global Challenges like Sustainable Development and Globalization.

2010 Re-branded to "Y" and global colors were Black & Red.

The YMCA has a long history and is partnered with the United Nations.
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 Posted 11/14/2013 1:32:19 AM
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Agree, Elias.  Being a current user of the Y for the past year+, we've witnessed the decline of the facility's equipment, staffing, etc., management decisions on operation, etc.    Having chatted with longtime user-members of the Y and how it used to be, the competition from other similar type local businesses,  the loss of big corporate support such as Bayer/Miles, and decreased support from other entities due to many situations like the economy, loss of jobs in the area, etc., the Y is a ghost of its former self from past years.   It will be interesting to see what happens in the future to a once proud, successful operation.   We also are very skeptical of its future success.
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 Posted 11/14/2013 5:57:11 AM
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One of the perks of a Y membership was its reciprocity with other "Y" facilities.  I imagine that will be coming to an end.

I discontinued my membership some months back over the general state of the facilities.  The place badly needs a major overhaul, and most of the equipment is showing its age.  I couldn't justify the almost $50 a month membership (and even that was the discounted rate!) for the level of service now provided.

It would be interesting to know exactly what the beef was between the local and national organizations... but like others have intimated, it can't be flattering to the local if they're not willing to tell us.

RI.
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 Posted 11/15/2013 1:18:30 AM
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Could be the national socialism approach from the national leaders.

Glad to see that our locals understand this.
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