Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The A-Team, a community organization providing support and resources to individuals with autism and their families, organizes the annual event.
The Freedom Valley YMCA Spring Valley branch, located at 19 W. Linfield Road in Limerick, will host the second-annual Family Fun Day, benefitting Autism Speaks. The event will take place April 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The A-Team, a grassroots, community organization dedicated to providing resources and support to individuals within the autism spectrum and their families, organizes the Family Fun Day. “It’s a judgment free, fun place,” Lisa Rulli, who is on the A-Team committee, said. “We understand that a new diagnosis is especially overwhelming, this would be a fun way to look into resources.” According to Rulli, the Family Fun Day will include 25 vendors providing information and resources to parents while their children may participate …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The bank gave $300,000 to non-profits in 2012.
Officers from Penn Liberty Bank and the Freedom Valley YMCA were on hand on Wednesday as Penn Liberty donated $10,000 to the YMCA through its Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Penn Liberty Bank assistant vice president Tom Thunstrom told Patch that the program allows the bank to help non-profits directly. "The EITC program is a state program that gives businesses a credit on their tax dollars, if it goes back into the community," Thunstrom said. Penn Liberty Bank donated approximately $300,000 in 2012, according to chief credit officer Richard Sarfert, and has donated nearly $2 million since the bank was founded in 2004. Spring Valley YMCA Executive Director Ann Nelson said, "It's helping us serve the community, by assisting …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A Thursday evening vote approved the joining of the two YMCA regions.
According to a source present at Thursday evening's vote, the proposed merger between the Freedom Valley YMCA and the Philadelphia YMCA passed by a margin of 56 votes. The merger was announced several weeks ago, and members have argued both for and against the merger ever since. Several members expressed concerns about the speed of the merger and about overcrowding. Members were also unhappy with the voting process, which required everyone who wanted to vote be present at a meeting on Thursday night. Others praised the merger, saying that it could only benefit the organization. YMCA leadership also said it would save money by reducing insurance and supply costs. The leadership of the two YMCAs held a town hall on Monday evening, November…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
An e-mail from the Freedom Valley YMCA's management criticizes a flyer sent to members yesterday.
Freedom Valley YMCA members received an e-mail from the organization late Wednesday afternoon, November 14, regarding a flyer that was reportedly left at the Phoenixville YMCA's information desk listing seven reasons to vote against the merger with the Philadelphia YMCA. "Not one of the issues addressed in the flyer was factually accurate," the e-mail reads. YMCA leaders have repeatedly asserted that there is a "lot of misinformation" being disseminated regarding the merger. [Editor's note: A copy of the e-mail from the YMCA can be read in the PDF section of this article.] The e-mail goes on, however, to sharply criticize the language in the flyer. The e-mail reads, "An example of the type of vitriol that is now being strewn follows – …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Members and YMCA leaders squared off over the proposed Philadelphia/Freedom Valley YMCA merger.
Board members and YMCA leadership held a town hall at the Spring Valley YMCA on Monday night to discuss the proposed merger between Freedom Valley YMCAs and Philadephia YMCAs. Freedom Valley's chief volunteer officer Sanford Lipstein started off the meeting by telling the approximately 200 members in attendance that the board hasn't done a very good job of getting information out to the members regarding the merger. Lipstein gave a presentation on what the merger will and will not mean for the membership. Lipstein said that there will be no reciprocity for use of the outdoor pools at Freedom Valley's branches, nor will Philadelphia members be allowed to sign up for fitness classes. Freedom Valley members will not be allowed to register …
Monday, November 12, 2012
A town hall meeting on the merger is scheduled for Monday evening.
A merger is in the works between the Philadelphia Area YMCA and the Freedom Valley YMCA; however, not everyone is pleased about the prospect or the process. Both YMCA boards have voted to approve the merger and members recently received letters explaining the deal and how members can vote. The Y is holding a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Spring Valley YMCA on Linfield-Trappe Road in Limerick. This town hall comes in advance of the vote, which is scheduled to happen at Chadwick's Restaurant in Audubon on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Philadelphia Area YMCA CEO John Flynn told Patch in a phone interview that the merger came about as the two organizations began working more closely together. "We realized that we could …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Freedom Valley YMCA sees retirement of its Finance Functions Controller and appoints a new Chief Financial Officer
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The following press release and photo was submitted by Shannan Bieler, Marketing Assistant at Freedom Valley YMCA Coporate Office: [LIMERICK, PA, JUNE 1, 2012] Jay Schaeffer, President & CEO announced that after more than three decades of exceptional service in leading Freedom Valley YMCA’s (FVYMCA) finance functions, Controller Mary Denise Marsh will retire at the end of May. Marsh will remain with the FVYMCA through the end of the fiscal year in a consulting role. “Mary Denise’s presence on our senior leadership team during the last 31 years has been a calming influence during some of the most turbulent economic times. Mary Denise’s legacy will include leaving FVYMCA with an impeccable credit rating," said Schaeffer. "Beginning as …