What‘s New @ Ransburg YMCA
Cheeseburger In Paradise Donation Night
Grab a bite to eat at the Southport Cheeseburger in Paradise and support the Y! Present this Sunraiser Flyer when you dine on Monday, April 7th and the Ransburg Y will receive 15% of your bill. What a great way for us to reach our $155,000 Annual Campaign goal and you don’t have to do dishes!!
Tag Along with Tina: Excuses are so easy
I got on the AMT machine on Monday and I worked out for 45 minutes. I cut back on my Mountain Dews and even chose to skip the fast food drive for lunch. I know all of these little changes will add up in the end and make huge differences in my journey to become healthier, stronger and fitter. That’s the good news. However that may be where the good news ends for the week. I had planned to work out after my day on Wednesday, even packed a bag so that I had what I needed to do just that. Then, I had an offer that I couldn’t refuse. Our Wednesday night cycle instructor was teaching her last class on Wednesday and they were going out afterwards to grab a bite to eat and thank her for all the years she had taught them. I couldn’t say no and I could always work out on Thursday. Well then, Thursday was really busy at work and I had tickets to the Pacers game so did I really have time to shower and change and be ready to go? I could always work out on Friday! Friday was rough, had an offsite meeting that lasted all day and I had plans with a friend for dinner that I hadn’t seen for months so it’s okay….I’ll just workout on Saturday. The alarm went off on Saturday and it seemed so early and I had the opportunity to sleep a little longer. So I hit snooze and then hit snooze again. I could just lay in bed all day and catch up on reading or maybe do some laundry and eventually go to my family dinner that I go to every Saturday. But, I didn’t hit snooze for the third time. I got up and put my tennis shoes on and headed out the door. I worked out on the elliptical and even got brave and lifted some weights. I wasn’t looking forward to it but once I was done I felt great. It’s so easy to make excuses and it’s so easy just to quit. But I didn’t and I’ll keep moving forward, I’ll keep celebrating those small successes that I have and hopefully those people that know me best won’t let me quit, won’t let me fail. Now, to make that appointment with Jessica, one of our personal trainers, that she has been bugging me about.
The Intercollegiate YMCA is in need of volunteers on Saturday, April 12th from 12-4 pm for our annual Spring Clean Event! We will be sending groups of 3-4 volunteers out to work at local houses doing yard work, painting, and other household tasks. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the Intercollegiate YMCA, have some free pizza, and serve for the day. If you can volunteer, please let me know or you can email Ashleigh Coster at email@example.com. It should be a fun afternoon of giving back to members in our community that need some extra help!
Tag Along with Tina: Day one…..again
I find myself in a very familiar place, starting over. Five years ago I took on the challenge to take every single group exercise class that we offered and we named this project “Tag Along with Tina”. I set up a schedule of classes and invited members to join me and follow along in my blog with how I felt about the classes and my struggles with trying to choose a better lifestyle. I changed me eating habits drastically and worked out ten hours a week. It started out great! I noticed changes immediately but I also noticed that I was struggling to keep up with work, working out, home and myself and eventually I just stopped. I made excuses that I had meetings that popped up or that I wasn’t feeling well or that my then 2 year old had some sort of activity that I needed to attend. Thankfully, people stopped asking and I was able to get back to not working out and eating horribly. My intention was just to take a break however this break has lasted for almost five years. Now, here I am standing in front of the AMT machine getting ready to jump back in and revitalize “Tag Along with Tina” and the question comes up, Am I ready? Of course not! You’re never ready to start over; it’s so much easier just to hang out in that comfortable spot you’ve been in for so long. I could go upstairs and workout whenever I wanted and no one would know if I was successful or if I failed. However, I have learned that the easy way isn’t the best way and the things that I am most proud of I have worked very hard for. So, here I am…..starting over and sharing my story with you. This is a terrifying process and making it public is scary, failure is not an option. The upside, I have a support system of co-workers, friends, family and hopefully complete strangers that I hope will help me get through those times when I’m just not feeling it. Feel free to join me or just send along an encouraging word. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post a weekly update on our facebook page and website. Wish me luck and hope to see you around the building!
Member Involvement Director
Family Night – March 21st
Our family night series continues in March with the Bongo Boys! Join us from 6-8pm on Friday, March 21st and take your turn on the drums. Our night is fun for the whole family and is FREE to members and thier guests. Stop by and dance to the beat of your own drum…..literally!
Summer Camp Registration is now open!
|Make it a summer to remember, and join us at the Y for camp! Choose from a variety of Summer Day Camp themes and schedules to fit your family’s needs. Check out our 2014 Summer Day Camp brochure at indymca.org/camps!|
Why I Give? Celebrating our Annual Campaign
In her own words, see why board member Vanessa Stiles donates towards our Annual Campaign:
It is OUR Community!
On the surface, I am not your typical Y member and supporter. I am a proud penny-pincher who is single with no kids. On the surface, you might think I would just want to go to a gym, workout, get in and then get out.
Dig a little bit deeper and you will see my penny-pincher side sees a bargain in my Y membership and donating money to my Ransburg Y is an even better investment. Oops…let me correct myself, donating to OUR Ransburg Y is an even better investment.
For me, it is simple. I am an Irvington resident who believes in our community. In turn, I believe deeply in what the Ransburg Y does for all of our friends and neighbors. It is a gathering place for seniors who stay connected to and meet new friends at our Y. It is a safe haven for our youth to stay active and productive when they are not in school. It is also a place on which our community’s parents can rely for affordable pre-school and summer camps. It is a resource for the east side to provide sports leagues and activities for all ages. Ransburg offers all of us a computer lab available to complete homework, execute job searches, send email and encourage learning.
Further, our Ransburg is an economic anchor of stability for our community. For our teens, it offers job opportunities that allow them to accept responsibility and learn. From day camp counselors to lifeguards, our neighborhood teens have the professional opportunity through our Y to earn money and learn skills that will serve them in their professional lives. For adult employees, it is a resource in our neighborhood for full-time or part-time employment that feeds the souls of our neighbors as well as creating patrons for our local businesses.
Our Ransburg invested more than $400,000 of financial assistance in our community’s seniors, friends, children, residents, teens and parents last year. The donation I made is nowhere near the amount they gave to our community.
While small in comparison to what our Ransburg gave back to our community, my financial pledge is an investment in our neighborhood. It is an investment I will always make so when friends ask about moving into Irvington or the surrounding area I can proudly talk about this resource that is our community Ransburg Y.
I will always donate because it is bargain. What we get in return cannot even be measured in dollars. I ask you to join me. Join our community and invest in our Ransburg YMCA.
Food Pantry Donations
Thank you to everyone that donated to our food pantry drive benefitting God’s Bounty Food Pantry. We donated over 385 pounds of food! We will continue to support the pantry by choosing one item of need each month to donate. We will collect peanut butter and jelly through the month of March. These items are rarely available to all the families that come to the food pantry. Let’s show God’s Bounty that our Ransburg family cares about the community by donating these special items. Drop of your donation at the front desk all month long. Please contact Tina Wagner, Member Involvment Director, with any questions.
Kid’s Night Out
Looking for something fun to do for your child ages 6 weeks to 12 year old. Sign them up for one of our upcoming Kid’s Night Out events. Your child will particpate in games, crafts, swimming and even have dinner. We offer a second child discount so sign your kiddos up. Space is limited to the first 50 children so sign up early!
March 8th – Mardi Gras
March 22nd – St. Patty’s Day
April 12th – Easter Egg Hunt
Contact Tia Comley, Youth & Family Coordinator, with any questions.
Healthy Recipe – March
Check out our healthy recipe of the month! March Recipe
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