NEW MEMBER AMBASSADORS
Whether you participate in Group Fitness, swim in our pool or work out on the Wellness Floor at the Southwest Family YMCA, you will probably spot one of our New Member Ambassadors at some point during your visit. New Member Ambassadors are volunteer members who are in the facility to welcome new and existing members that are exploring the Y.
Have you ever wanted to try a Group Fitness class, but you're not quite sure where to start or what to do? New Member Ambassadors are here to accompany you to a class and show you the ropes. Their warm, friendly smiling faces will connect you to the YMCA and all that it has to offer.
New Member Ambassadors care about your success and the success of all of our members. They are dedicated to creating an environment in which new and existing members feel connected to the YMCA's mission, its members and programs. Be on the lookout for these friendly faces throughout the Southwest Y the next time you visit!
I first came to the Southwest Family YMCA when the refugee children I worked with needed swimming lessons. I was so impressed with the young woman that was the lead instructor. She really challenged the kids to stretch their abilities and improve their confidence in the water.
I was so impressed by the range of activities offered, that my husband and I joined. We soon found that in addition to all the classes, wonderful equipment and the great pool, there was also a real sense of community here. No matter where you are on your health journey, or where your destination might be, there is a community here that welcomes and encourages you.
This became so true when I broke my leg. People went out of their way to help me. Getting into the pool was tricky, but folks were always watching out for me. The outpouring of kindness and help was amazing.
I am now proud to be able to give back to my community as a volunteer. Thanks Y! You make our lives better. I’m looking forward to continuing this journey. Here’s to your health!
I joined the Southwest Y 4 years ago at the suggestion of a friend who thought Tai Chi would help with my balance. I have MS and poor balance is a big part of that. I took the tour and was delighted to find a pool on the property. I have always loved to swim; just didn't have place to do it. I started the Tai Chi classes and, in the pool, did a custom PT routine that was worked out for me years ago. It wasn't long before I started participating in the evening water classes. Tai Chi has helped my balance and muscle control and the water classes have helped my muscle tone!
My doctor said that Tai Chi and swimming have helped slow down the progression of MS.
I like to talk to newcomers in my classes because sometimes they seem overwhelmed and lack confidence. I tell them, "We were all new once and it will get easier."
Several years ago my Tai Chi class had been informed by our teacher, Dr. Serikali, that we were to go out and find a job. I had just retired from the Criminal Justice system and just wanted to take it easy. As I expressed my concern to a friend of mine, she told me go to the Southwest Family YMCA and ask the Healthy Living Director about a job as a Tai Chi Instructor. I had doubts, however, I printed out my resume and showed up in a suit and the rest is history.
I have a new purpose which is to serve others. I enjoy working with age groups from 4 years old to 90 years young. I am blessed to be able to work with those who have medical issues and help them regain strength. I also love having classes where we laugh, dance and have endless amounts of fun. The YMCA is a family. There are times we cry, hug each other and then the times we celebrate!
The Y is for everyone! I could go on and on, but I will leave you with two quotes: Kathie Lee said, "Where is your stone, where will you throw it and how will you use it?” I have thrown my stone at the YMCA, and I will use it to help others. How will you use your stone? Dr. Serikali said, "Look around the room or in the mirror and see the Greatness in others.” The Y is an amazing place to take care of yourself and stop and smell the flowers. I see greatness in YOU! This is my YMCA story and my passion for helping others.
PS. I learned to swim at the Y and now my Grandson will be learning too!
My parents and I joined the Y when my mammaw was living at our house. We enrolled her in the Adult Day Center so she would be able to receive care during the day when no one was at our house.
I started working out and trained for my first mini-marathon. It was a very hard process, but a once in a lifetime experience. I learned that I can do more than I ever thought I could. I decided to become a Member Ambassador because I truly like to help people. I know what it's like to be new to exercise, and I want to help people feel like they are a part of the Y family.