The Granite YMCA's Holds its 167th Annual Meeting
Manchester, NH - While this year marks the 167th Annual Meeting, it was the first ever hybrid event where more than 130 volunteers, community supporters, donors, and employees gathered both in person and online to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of The Granite YMCA over the past year.
"It was an honor to be part of such a special evening celebrating the yearlong support, passion, and dedication of our donors, board members, and community members. It was truly a privilege to be able to thank and recognize those that work so hard to support and further our mission and have people join us both in person as well as virtually," said David Ports, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA.
This year's meeting had a special tribute to Mark R. Stebbins, NH Philanthropist and Chairman/CEO of PROCON Inc., who passed early this year. One of The Granite YMCA’s most prestigious awards, the youth of the year award, was renamed in Mark's honor. "Mark was a dear friend of the Y who saw the light and potential in every youth. He gave generously and worked tirelessly to help every child develop to their fullest potential. To honor Mark, the Y has created the Mark R. Stebbins Youth of the Year award," said David Ports.
Meeting highlights included: nominations of incoming board members and officers, recognition of retiring board members and key community donors, and announcements of the association’s volunteer of the year, chairman’s award winners, community service award winners, and the recognition of the first ever Mark R. Stebbins youth of the year award.
Board of Trustee News:
- Current trustees re-nominated to a three-year term: Loretta Brady, David Kuhn, Ryan Gough, Jeremy Walker, Dan O’Connor, and Brett St. Clair.
- The board also thanked and recognized the outgoing Chief Volunteer Officer, Peg O’Brien, for her thoughtful leadership and engaged collaborative decision making during a pandemic and integration of two neighboring YMCAs.
Community Service Awards: The association presented community service awards to key community business partners for their charitable support and dedication to The Granite YMCA. They included: Pastor Jeremy Smiley with Great Bay Calvary Church and the volunteer members of the Concord Integration Task Force.
Chairman's Awards: Jim Malone, Pamela Diamantis, Samuel Paul, John Lombardi, Don Winterton, and Donna Indelicato were honored with a Chairman’s Award for their outstanding volunteer service.
Mark R. Stebbins Youth of the Year award: In recognition of his volunteerism and strong leadership skills, Kai Wall of the YMCA of Greater Londonderry was presented with the Youth of the Year award. As a member for the last ten years, Kai participated in the Leader’s Club, CIT/LIT Program, has been a regular volunteer, and a wonderful role model for our youth. Kai recently joined the Londonderry team as a valued staff member. Children, staff, and community members appreciate the wonderful impact Kai makes every day.
Tom and Sally Addison Volunteer of the Year Award: In recognition of his extraordinary leadership over the last several decades, this year’s Tom and Sally Addison Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Bill Tucker. He is a trusted advisor to the professional and volunteer leaders of the YMCA, a thoughtful ally, and strategic thinker. As Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee, Tuck provided courageous and thoughtful leadership that helped the Y prepare for and manage the financial uncertainty of the pandemic. He also provided pro-bono legal services to help our association successfully complete the Concord YMCA integration. For his outstanding volunteer service, selflessness, and dedication to the Y, it is a true honor to have Bill Tucker as a part of our Y family.
Picture: Peg O'Brien and David Ports present Bill Tucker with the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2020, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at just over $1 million to 5,144 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.