March 2, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
The Seeley-Swan Outreach of the Missoula Family YMCA offers a growing variety of programs for children and adults.
The 1999 programs included Awesome Art for Kids, 3rd and 4th Grade Basketball, Outdoor Fun Camp, Gymnastics, Fall Soccer, Cardio-Kickboxing and Walk-Fit, serving over 200 community members.
The YMCA emphasizes the character traits of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all of the programs offered.
These same programs will again be offered in the coming year as well as 1st and 2nd Grade Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Yoga, another session of Awesome Art, and Sports Camp.
The YMCA is making a very concerted effort to offer lake swimming lessons both in Seeley Lake and the Swan.
Local residents are used as instructors. In addition, over 30 community members volunteer time as coaches, program aides and Board members. Thank you all.
In addition to the programs, after school indoor/outdoor activities were hosted during the week of Winterfest, a Bike Rodeo was held in June to encourage bike safety, and free games for families were hosted on the Fourth of July. These activities will continue in the year 2000.
The $5,000 Matching Funds goal was exceeded by raising $5,205 in 1999. A goal of $10,000 has been set for the year 2000.
The program is off to a good start, and it is hoped that this goal will be met by June of 2000. It has been a practice of YMCAs across the country to provide financial assistance. It is the YMCA's hope that no individual or family will be turned away because of financial need. Part of the money raised goes toward scholarships for those needing financial assistance.
The advisory board meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Lazy Pine Mall. The board members are Loren Rose (president), Stan Nicholson (secretary), Twyla Johnson (treasurer), Michelle Holmes, Shawn Holmes, Todd Johnson, Scott Newell, Cindy Jacobson, and Kevin Wetherell.
The YMCA is encouraged by the steady growth of this outreach program and looks forward to another great year. Volunteers for programs and community events are always needed.