YMCA Honors Susan Smith and Other Volunteers at 125th Annual Meeting

June 1, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Grove Hotel Ballroom

Boise, ID – The Treasure Valley Family YMCA (Y) will be kicking off its 125th Anniversary celebration at its Annual Meeting on June 1st, 2016.  The luncheon will bring people together to remember some of the Y’s important milestones of the past and look forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.  In addition, four individuals will be recognized for their years of volunteerism and service to the Y and our community.

The Board of Directors of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA established the Vern Emery Award in 1991 in memory and honor of former Y Executive Director Vern Emery’s long-term leadership of this community’s YMCA.  It is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer leader based upon the following criteria:

  • Long-term service to the Y and the community-at-large
  • Former Service-to-Youth Award recipient
  • Must demonstrate the personal qualities so characteristic of Vern, including caring, compassion, strong leadership and initiative, optimistic, positive attitude, sense of humor, ability to be a role model, ability to praise and build self-esteem in others, and ability to be a friend to all

This year at the Annual Meeting, the Vern Emery Award is being given to long-time Y Board Member, swim team volunteer, and community leader, Susan Smith. Smith, a former nurse, has a long resume of community involvement, including serving and advocating for organizations such as the Boise Art Museum, FUNDSY, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation and St. Joseph’s School. Her dedication to the Y’s cause is rooted in her desire to step up and do what’s needed in the community.

Watch Susan Smith’s video here »

The Y’s Service to Youth Award, an honor that is presented annually to individuals who have gone above and beyond over the years to help develop youth in our valley, will be presented to three deserving volunteers.  The awards are presented as a surprise to the recipients.  Names will be released following the Annual Meeting on June 2nd, 2016.

Since 1891, the Y has been a cornerstone of the community.  Starting out as a small room on Main Street in Downtown Boise, the Y set out to find the possibility and promise of a growing community. Throughout it’s long and illustrious history, the Y has had a positive impact on millions of lives.  With its four facility branches: Downtown, Caldwell, West Boise, and Homecourt; Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir, and 24 child development centers, the Treasure Valley Family Y plays a critical role in giving children, families, and adults of all ages a safe and welcoming place to be healthy, make friends, and achieve their goals.