The Y, The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania collaborated on Fathering Program December 3, 2013 No Comments
The workshop, aimed to nurture fathers who want to develop positive attitudes and parenting skills, was designed for fathers of children up to 12 years. The Council approached the Y in late summer about the collaboration as a good fit for both organizations.
The program is facilitated by a male instructor from The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania and focuses on a different topic each week. The group is given opportunity to reflect and discuss topics together.
“There is such a need for a program like this in our community,” said Jay DePue, director of youth development at the Y. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania in such a meaningful way.”
The Y’s collaboration with The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania is one of many partnerships aimed to consolidate efforts and join forces with organizations with similar missions.
Central Bucks Family YMCAÂ is a charitable non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of community life. The Y strengthens the spirit, mind and body of its members. We build character by promoting the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
Seekers participants celebrate early Thanksgiving November 27, 2013 No Comments
Thanksgiving arrived early at Central Bucks Family YMCA. Participants in the Y’s Seekers program enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal together provided by staff and volunteers at Central Bucks Family YMCA. Over 70 special needs adults and volunteer gathered Monday night to enjoy turkey and all the fixings. Seekers is a recreational program for adult with disABILITIES to enjoy a variety of structured activities and social opportunities on a weekly basis.
During the evening, Bill Smith was recognized for his 40 years of service as a staff member and volunteer for the program.
Central Bucks Family YMCA is a charitable non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of community life. The Y strengthens the spirit, mind and body of its members. We build character by promoting the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.
Ro Molyneux, longtime chief operating officer of Central Bucks Family YMCA, will retire from the position in December, 2013. On November 15, colleagues, family and friends gathered at a party in her honor to celebrate her long career with The Y.
Molyneux began her career as a part-time aerobics instructor with Roxborough YMCA in 1980, eventually serving as Associate Executive Director. She left Roxborough YMCA and began working as Associate General Director at Central Bucks Family YMCA eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer.
Throughout her career, she’s served on the Board of Directors for CB Cares and involved with committees for numerous local community organizations including the Chamber of Commerce and the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. Recently, she became an authorized Facilitator for the Darkness to Light organization, serving to protect children by teaching adults to recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
During the evening in her honor, several colleagues spoke of this long and prolific career at the Y. Zane Moore, president/CEO of the Y in Doylestown read a tribute from his predecessor, Gene Smith, who was unable to attend the event. Virginia Doyle, the Y’s chief financial officer, spoke about Molyneux’s longtime service to the community, including her dedication to the Darkness to Light Child program. Bill Lieser, Jenny Danzis, Ephe Olliver and other members of the board of directors and committees at the Y, spoke about Molyneux’s dedication to the Y mission.
Molyneux was presented with a citation from the PA State House of Representatives by State Representative Marguerite Quinn.
Members of the Y’s Building and Grounds Committee announced the planting of 3,000 daffodil bulbs on the grounds of the Y by Bucks Beautiful, a county-wide organization for the development of gardens in the community.
At the conclusion of the evening, Molyneux thanked her co-workers, giving special mention to her team at the Y and current and former CEO’s Zane Moore and Gene Smith. In retirement, she plans to travel and spend time with her daughters, Jaime & Lauren, and grandchildren Colin and Evelyn.
Our recent Veterans Day luncheon was covered by The Intelligencer Online. Check out the great video here:
Over 25 local Veterans and their families gathered on Friday, November 15 at the 3rd Annual Veterans Luncheon at Central Bucks Family YMCA. The event is intended to honor community Veterans and their families.
A military service timeline was created with each Veteran writing their name, branch and memories of service on a paper, displayed in chronological order.
Richard Neddenriep from the Bucks County Civil War Museum & Library spoke in Civil War uniform as Lieutenant Edwin Fretz, who served in the 104th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment under the command of Col. W.W.H. Davis.
Each Veteran was asked to share their story, beginning with relatives of World War I Veterans and ending with active military in attendance.
Veterans from peacetime and wartime spoke about the climate in the country during the time of their service. All of the Veterans expressed a sense of pride in their service and many felt their service changed their life and helped in their future careers. Ephe Olliver, a Veteran of the Navy, recalled his first nighttime landing on an aircraft carrier. “If I could do that, I could do anything,” he said.
Thomas Kennedy, director of the Military and Veterans program at Del Val College spoke about the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center on their campus and programs at the college designed to help advance a student’s military career or prepare them for the transition into civilian life.