The Granite YMCA Holds Its 168th Annual Meeting Recognizing and Thanking Key Volunteers and Supporters
Manchester, NH (December 28, 2022): This year marks the 168th Annual meeting of The Granite YMCA during which volunteers, community supporters, donors, and employees gathered to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of The Granite YMCA over the past year.
"This was my first year as President and CEO to share my deep appreciation for the yearlong support, passion, and dedication of our donors, board members, and community members. It was a heartwarming experience to be together in celebration of the impact we have on the community. We have extraordinary team leaders, staff, donors and Board members working tirelessly to support and further our mission and I am humbled to be a part of it," said Michele Sheppard, President and CEO of The Granite YMCA.
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 Mark R. Stebbins youth of the year award.
Mark R. Stebbins Youth of the Year Award:
In recognition of his volunteerism and strong leadership skills, Harrison Neff of the YMCA Allard Center was presented with the Mark R. Stebbins Youth of the Year award. Harrison Neff has been a part of the YMCA community since attending pre-school swim lessons. He has participated in countless programs at both the Allard Center and as a long-time camper at Camp Mi-Te-Na. Over the last few years, Harrison has grown from program participant to a young leader though his time as staff, member of the Leaders Club and serving as the President of the Allard Center Leaders Club. Harrison is a stellar role model who knows how to have fun while embodying and passing on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Tom and Sally Addison Volunteer of the Year Award:
In recognition of his extraordinary leadership over the last seven years, the Tom and Sally Addison Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Rob Glew. Rob took over as Chair of the Board this year and has proven to be an insightful, strategic and stabilizing force for The Granite YMCA. He has a unique ability to build consensus from a wide variety of strong opinions from people who deeply care about the Y and have considerations they bring to bear on our organization. Rob is also thoughtful and caring to staff and has given them a voice heard at the Board level. For his dedication, intentionality and deep caring for the Y mission, Rob Glew is The Granite YMCA’s Tom and Sally Addison Volunteer of the Year.
Board of Trustee News:
- Current trustees re-nominated to the class of 2025: Morey Goodman, Rob Glew, Kerry Houston, Matt Leahy, Dennis Malloy, Sheryl McQuade, Brandon Pierre and Kellie Wardman
- New Trustees nominated for a first term for the class of 2025: Matt Leahy, Bob Pliskin, Dennis Mallory, and Lori Piper
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: BerryDunn, Northeast Delta Dental, NH Healthy Families, Amoskeag Health, Town of Hooksett and Hooksett SAU15, and Somersworth Ready Together.
Virginia Gregoire, Ashley Della Savina, Elliot Rowe, Jody Touzin, Dennis Malloy and Beth Dunton were honored with a Chairperson’s Award for their outstanding volunteer service.
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 2021, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at just over $1.29 million to 10,868 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.