Kevin Wetherell, representing Clearwater River Realty, Inc, hands a check for six months rent to Annie Marlatt, local program director, for a new office for the YMCA. At right is Wendy Wetherell. In the background is the Missoula director of the YMCA, Pat Dodson. P. Swan Smith photo
by Suzanne Vernon
For the Pathfinder
April 9, 1998
The Seeley Swan Outreach YMCA has a new office in Seeley Lake, and also a new program director to help organize projects here.
"It's pretty exciting to have an office and a central meeting place," program director Annie Marlatt said recently. Marlatt, who enjoys school and youth activities here, was hired by the YMCA last month.
After searching the area for an affordable office space with the necessary visibility for the growing YMCA Outreach program, YMCA volunteers were greatly appreciative when Kevin and Wendy Wetherell of Clearwater River Realty, Inc., got the ball rolling.
"We wish to thank them for their generous support of the program," Marlatt said.
The Wetherells presented a check to the YMCA for the first six months rent at the Lazy Pine Mall, with the hopes that another person or business would come forward to fund another six months rent. These donations will give the YMCA program time to develop fundraising efforts that will pay for future office rent.
The local YMCA is considering hosting a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament during the Fourth of July holiday weekend in Seeley Lake. According to Marlatt, 3-on-3 tournaments have become very popular during the summer all across the Northwest and the event could be an excellent fundraiser.
Information about fundraisers and summer programs will be available at a YMCA Open House on Saturday April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new office. According to Marlatt, the YMCA will begin registering children for upcoming programs at that time.
Spring and Summer programs include a Bike Safety Clinic in May; Swim Camp and Computer Camp in June; Gymnastics and Soccer camps in July; and the Outdoor Day Camp in Condon in August. All activities are for children in elementary grades.
Also during the Open House the YMCA will begin registering volunteers who wish to help with programs. The group needs people to help chaperone the swim bus and staff the office, among other things. Marlatt also encourages teenagers who are interested in helping with activities to stop by the Open House and register as volunteers.
The local group is in its second year of operation in the Seeley Lake area. Programs this year are similar to successful programs held last year. Marlatt said there is also interest in starting a martial arts program in the community. The YMCA is currently looking for a martial arts instructor, she said.
Aerobics, walking, and art programs will be continued this fall and winter, along with the "really popular" Bitty Ball program for children in the lower elementary grades, she said.
The YMCA Outreach has been very successful in the Seeley Lake area, Marlatt explained. "I think it's going to be a great thing for Seeley Lake," she said. "The people who have been involved to date have done a wonderful job."
YMCA office hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or by appointment. These hours will probably be expanded soon, with the help of volunteers, Marlatt said.
Marlatt and her husband, Jeffrey, moved to Montana five years ago from Minnesota. Jeff is the superintendent of the Double Arrow Golf Course. They have three sons: Lucas, who is 16; Tanner, 12; and three-year-old Conor.