By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY- The Shelby YMCA welcomed new board members to their team during their annual meeting last week.
Shelby YMCA CEO Caitlin McKelvey explained Kelsey Keller was the only board member which stepped down. Keller was a member of the Board of Directors from April 2016-September 2018. Keller also served as president for one year on the YMCA Board from September 2017-September 2018.
“Kelsey has done a tremendous job this past year serving as president. She has worked hard on the governance committee to ensure effective recruitment processes and committee work. She had excellent organization skills, kept a positive attitude, and was always looking for ways to improve. I am so thankful for her partnership, and we are all sad to see her go,” McKelvey said.
Vice President JC Elgin was officially elected president during last week’s annual meeting.
“JC has served on the board since September 2017. JC is a Shelby native, currently working in the Richland County Prosecutor’s office as an attorney. This past year, he served as chair of our annual campaign, in which we surpassed our $30,000 goal, raising over $33,000,” McKelvey said. “JC cares deeply about strengthening this community and we are thankful for his board leadership.”
McKelvey added Theresa Roth was elected vice president, Briton Lash was re-elected treasurer, and Mike Millward was re-elected secretary.
During the annual meeting held last week, there were five new board members elected which brought the board to 12 filling each empty spot.
“Our new board members are Carli Bailey, Scott Rose, Andrew Waldruff, Devon Stine and Theresa Roth. In addition to these five, our current members include JC Elgin, Mike Millward, Briton Lash, Geoff Wills, Allison McNary, Ken Coontz, and Court Sturts,” McKelvey said. “Our board has a variety of personalities, areas of expertise, and community connections. I believe our board has the skillset to strategically take our YMCA to the next level.”
McKelvey explained what she was most looking forward with the new board for the YMCA.
“With five new board members, I am looking forward to having a full table of volunteers with whom I can partner, gain insight from, and continue to move this powerful organization forward,” McKelvey said.
With their leadership, McKelvey stated she thought the community would see the YMCA become an even bigger asset.
“We are so thankful for our volunteer Board of Directors (past and present) and our generous donors who believe in our cause.”
As far as the remainder of the year, the YMCA will be busy with a variety of different events and activities.
“For the remainder of the year, the Y will be working toward energy efficiency by installing LED lights throughout the facility, partnering with the Cleveland Cavaliers to enhance youth basketball, and establishing new safety policies for aquatics safety and child abuse prevention,” McKelvey said.
Upcoming in October, the Fall Craft Show will take place on October 13 and Trunk or Treat will be held on October 23. The John Gurney Turkey Trot will be held on November 22.
McKelvey added the board will also be gearing up for the 2019 Annual Campaign by building stronger relationships with the generous donors while also establishing an operational budget for the 2019 fiscal year.