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Y a ‘community treasure’ worthy of one’s support

It goes without saying that the year 2020 will “live in infamy,” given the manufactured COVID pandemic; the rampant upheavals in our country; and the interruption of American life and commerce.

All of the above have affected Corydon and Harrison County in obviously damaging ways: business operations disturbed and shut down; school systems disrupted, even closed; charities, nonprofits and churches loss of in-person participation and revenue streams. Families and family life have also felt the sting of inconvenience and uncertainty. Remember the tee-paper shortage? Who knows when, if ever, it will all end?

By way of introduction, my name is Mike Gillespie, a semi-retired minister (54 years). My wife of 50 years, the former Brenda Hickman, who grew up here, and I always hoped and planned to settle in Corydon in retirement. One factor that strongly influenced our decision to do so in 2016 was/is the presence of the YMCA of Harrison County, which, because of my sketchy medical history, has turned out to be a godsend for us.

The wellness center, swimming pool, gymnasium and the broad spectrum of programs and activities available there contribute to a high level of good health for Harrison County citizens of all ages and backgrounds. Not only does the Y help us stay fit, it also helps me keep my cardiologist happy.

As noted above, the year 2020 has been tough on all of us and especially so on your YMCA of Harrison County. The management, board and staff have been very wise, considerate and deliberate in decision-making and day-to-day conduct of operations. Many view the Y as an exercise or membership club and, as such, able to operate on the dues and fees received for services rendered.

Actually, the Y is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donations to which are life-giving and tax deductible. Further, the YMCA of Harrison County is a community treasure worthy of your support.

As chief volunteer officer/board chair of the YMCA of Harrison County, I urge and encourage your support of your Y and would be pleased to tell you more.

Mike Gillespie, Minister, CVO, YMCA of Harrison County