The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 69
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 69

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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 PageSKt Centennial spotlight Salina YMCA serves entire family today By KAREN ME1S Staff Writer After 100 years, the triangle — the national symbol of the YMCA — still represents spirit, mind and body in the Salina community. Chartered on Jan. 28, 1886, the Salina YMCA held its first organizational meeting at the home of the Rev. G.D. Gotwald, a Lutheran pastor. At that time, its membership was less than 50 and was limited strictly to men and boys. Today the YMCA boasts a membership of more than 8,000, which now includes women and girls. The history qf the Salina Family YMCA is a direct reflection of the changing times. The first headquarters of the YMCA was located over Wills Jewelry Store on South Santa Fe and was later moved to apartments over the old post office building. The organization had no facility of its own from 1886 to 1909, said Mike Kelly, executive director of the Salina Family YMCA. Following the election of L.B. Potter as president of the YMCA board of directors in June 1909, a campaign began to raise funds to erect a YMCA building. A brochure distributed at that time states that "the movement met with a liberal response and in 10 days $45,700 was subscribed. A building committee was immediately appointed, and the lot at the corner of Ninth Street and Iron Avenue was purchased." The YMCA building at Ninth and Iron was dedicated on Dec. 18,1910. An addition was made to it in 1952, and it remained the YMCA headquarters for Salina until January 1978. At that time, the present building at 570 YMCA Drive was dedicated. Kelly said the community felt a need for a YMCA building in order to fulfill the "body" aspect of the YMCA triangle. "In the beginning, the YMCA was simply a group of young Christian men gathered for the enhancement of spiritual development," he said. "In the early 1900s, the organization felt a need to develop its members physically as well." The YMCA built the first gymnasium, swimming pool and handball courts in Salina, Kelly said. It also established the community's first youth baseball, basketball, football and soccer programs. "The YMCA is a pioneer in the fitness movement," he said. Membership of the YMCA has changed drastically during the past 100 years, Kelly said. In the beginning, the organization was open to males only. In the 1960s, females were also allowed to join. Kelly said females now constitute 42 percent of the YMCA's membership. A new name was established during the time of the new building's dedication which reflected the changing times and the new image of the organization. The original "Salina YMCA" has been known as the "Salina Family YMCA" since 1978. "We are unique because we serve the entire family from one facility," said Karen Tinkler, 2137 Brookwood Lane. Tinkler served as the 1984-85 president of the Salina Family YMCA's Board of Directors. Her association with the organization began in the early 1970s when she coached her son's basketball team. Tinkler said she "worked her way up from there" and more than 10 years later became the board's first woman president. Not only has membership of the organization changed, but also the budget with which it works. In 1889, the YMCA served 54 people with a budget of $1,866. Today a budget of $800,000 serves the membership. Kelly said the budget of the Salina Family YMCA is based upon membership and program fees, United Way support and an endowment foundation. Annual membership fees are $25 for children (age 3 through high school), $150 for adults and $252 for families. "These are our four main sources of income. We don't go out and solicit funds other than these," he said. A portion of the YMCA's budget is used to sponsor youngsters who cannot afford membership. Kelly said the organization offers 600 such scholarships a year. Despite the emphasis on the "body" portion of the YMCA triangle, Kelly said "spirit" and "mind" have always been important factors in the status of the organization. He said the physical aspect seems to be emphasized more because of the facilities which are available to the community. ' "In the beginning, the YMCA was like a church. The roots of the organization are Christian in nature," he said. "The 'C' in 'YMCA' is very valid. We encourage our members to go to Church, and all members of our staff are Christian. "I hope we demonstrate our Christian faith through the programs we offer." Fred D'Albini, current president of the board of directors, said plans for a centennial celebration will be made in conjunction with the completion of a new addition now under construction. The addition, expected to be completed in April or May, will enlarge the gymnastics and exercise areas and the jogging track. Courtcf y sallna Family YMCA Monty uavit The former YMCA building at Ninth and Iron, as photographed in 1918, was torn down after the new building went up south of Kenwood Park. The columns by the front door of the earlier building now stand near the entrance of the current YMCA. W.ii f/,iri Sell-, loi Less • Wal-M.irt Sells lor Less l Sell', lor Loss • Wai M.nl Sells lor Less • W.ll M.vt Sells lor Less • Wal-r\ . Wai-Man Sells lor Less • WaiA'.in Sons lo- Less Salina, In 1985 WAL-MART Your cost of living came down. •3fy--!."Sf™g-v--„ .j'f •«•"*»;,- 5j—~..,.--"..,. j h*V // -f _^, JAS Wal-Mart opened its doors to Salina Shoppers in June of 1983 and has brought Quality Products, Low Prices and Satisfied Customers together. In 1986, Wal-Mart pledges to continue saving you money. w It's a better way to Shop and Save. It's called "THE WAL-MART WAY" 0 Low Prices Every Day Guaranteed Satisfaction on Every Purchase Convenient one-stop shopping 0 Famous Brands for Less ^Friendly Service 0We Won't be Undersold WAL-MART Over 35 Departments In The Wal-Mart Store To Serve You! •Candy-Foods-Tobacco • Healths. Beauty Aids •Stationery-Books •Household Paper Goods • Electronics-Records •Cameras & Supplies •Toys and Games •Pet Supplies •Sporting Goods •Automotive •Hardware •Paint & Supplies •Household Chemicals & Cleaning Supplies •Housewares-Luggage •Small Appliances • Plants and Accessories •Lawn & Garden •Home Furnishings •Seasonal • Fabrics. Crafts • Domestics •Curtains & Drapes • Bedding •Men's Apparel •Boys' Apparel •Shoes • Baby World • Hosiery •Nylon Hosiery • Lingerie-Underwear • Foundations • Fashion Accessories •Jewelry •Girls' Apparel •Ladies' Sportswear •Dresses •Coats & Jackets i Man Sen* 'or Less • Wal-Mart Sails tor loss • w,i Sells to< Less • Wai-Man Sells lor L»

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