Rye YMCA Blog

Rye Y Recognizes Winners of Distracted Walking & Driving Poster Contest

winnersHigh School Photography Exhibit Mounted at Rye Arts Center

The Rye YMCA, parents and local community leaders gathered at the Rye Arts Center on Wednesday, January 25 to recognize the winners of the 6th Annual Heads Up! Poster Contest. The contest, which is part of the Rye Y’s Safe Routes to School initiative, engages Rye High School students in creating posters that illustrate the dangers of distracted walking and driving.

The winners, who were notified earlier this month, include:

First Place:      Aidan Anderson
Second Place: Gracie Pemble
Third Place:     Kristin Chapman

In October 2016, the Rye Y invited students in Nichole Chiffriller’s Photoshop and Digital Photography classes to participate in the Heads Up! contest. Fifty-five students in three classes participated. After all of the posters were completed, the students narrowed the field to 17 finalists. The Rye Y then convened a panel of community judges who selected the three winners. The judges were:

  • Brian Dempsey- Chairman, City of Rye Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee
  • Danielle Tagger-Epstein- Rye City Council
  • Gregg Howells – Executive Director, Rye YMCA
  • Adam Levi -Senior Director, The Rye Arts Center
  • Christian Miller – Rye City Planner
  • Kelly Smith-Powers – Rye City School District Board of Education
  • Ilana R. Wagner – Associate Transportation Planner, Westchester County Department of Transportation

All of the posters will be exhibited at the Rye Arts Center until February 16, 2017.


Make Resolutions Stick in 2017

[RYE, January 13, 2017]  Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A 2014 YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!

This year, the Rye YMCA is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one. Re-framing your goals in a positive way can help you stick to them. If you aren’t active at all try to incorporate activity into your routine three days a week before telling yourself that you’ll work out every single day.

For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2016, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family. “Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” says Diana Vita, the Rye Y’s Senior Director of Member Wellness.

Here are a few programs the Rye Y offers to help you get started in 2017:

Family Time: The Rye Y offers many opportunities for members and non-members to spend time together as a family.  First Family Friday is a monthly fun evening with themed crafts and activities. Special events include a Family Ski/Snowboarding trip in February and in March, the 4th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta as well as a family camp-out at the Greenkill Retreat Center. Members can take advantage of family swim and gym time and have fun together in the interactive ExerZone.

Weight Watchers at the Rye YMCA:  Community members are welcome to join our weekly Weight Watchers group, Thursdays at 1pm.

Fitness and Aquatics Orientation: Would you like to change your fitness routine but don’t know how to get started? Both new and established Rye Y members can take advantage of a free orientation to learn more about the Fitness Center, Group Wellness and Aquatics offerings. The Rye Y also offers free 15-minute swim assessments to help you improve your stroke or pool workout.

Take Action to Improve Heart Health: Our new blood pressure self-monitoring program offers personalized support. Members may stop by our table near the Fitness Center to learn more. Monday: 3 – 4:30pm, Wednesday: 8:30am – 10am, Thursday: 1:30 – 3pm

Volunteer: Getting involved in our Togetherhood program is a great way to connect with the community and other volunteers in meaningful ways.

For more information about the Rye YMCA, visit www.ryeymca.org and view our program guide, call 914-967-6363 or stop by the Rye Y at 21 Locust Avenue in Rye.







Rye Y Welcomes New Development Director

[RYE, January 5, 2017] The Rye YMCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Olson to the position of Development Director. She takes the place of Sally Wright who retired in September after 20 years of service to the Y.

“Susan’s strong ties to the Rye community and her track record as a successful fundraiser make her a great addition to our team,” remarked Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells. “Under Susan’s leadership, we look forward to a new level of engagement with our members, donors and volunteers, one that will allow us to pursue new opportunities and meet any challenges that come our way.”

Susan comes to the Y with over a dozen years of experience in development and volunteer management. Most recently she served as the Major Gifts Officer & Capital Campaign Manager for Holmes Presbyterian Camp & Conference Center. Prior to her position at Holmes, she managed all development activities at The Osborn Retirement Community. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Virginia. She is a longtime resident of Rye, where she and her husband Tom are enjoying their empty nest with their Goldendoodle, Dewey.

“Having lived in Rye for almost 25 years and raised three children here, I recognize the important role the Rye Y plays in this community, not only in Rye, but also in Port Chester, Harrison, Mamaroneck and Larchmont,” remarked Susan. “The Rye Y has such a strong commitment to outreach and I am excited to be a part of the team that will continue to provide programs and activities that are accessible to all.”