Mark Ihrke - YMCA
Angela Berhnardt - Host

Mark Irhke, a fellow Rotarian from the St. Louis Park Rotary, was our guest and gave us a great overview of the benefits of the YMCA.  It is not just a "gym and swim" location, but an organization that is focused on strengthening community through:
  •     *  Youth development
  •     *  Healthy living
  •     *  Social responsibility
There are 4 pillars that the YMCA organization focus' on in all they do: Be caring, responsible, respectful, and honest.  The YMCA ensures that all members of the community have access to the facilities and programs, regardless of financial status.  The YMCA offers financial support and scholarships and works on a case-by-case basis if needed to ensure access.
WRC donated $1,500 to the Ridgedale YMCA and that helped send 6 children to camp this year.  He noted that community partners are very important!  The community Board of Directors has 30-35 board members and there are volunteers at all locations.
If you would like to learn more about the YMCA or to volunteer, you can contact WRC member Tyler Fredrickson and he'll be happy to get you information!