Featured Member – Carrie Arsenault

Carrie Arsenault, Marketing and Development Fund Director for the Kennebec Valley YMCA

At the Kennbec Valley YMCA, everything we do is in support of our cause, to strengthen our community.  Every day, we strive to do just that, by providing the community with an inspirational environment for the enrichment of all people through social, recreational, and learning activities.  Our Y works to ensure that all individuals have the support they need to achieve their full potential by providing services addressing our most critical social issues.  One example is our new Literacy Cabin at Camp KV.  This cabin provides a place for children to decrease their summer learning gap by incorporating literacy based activities into the Camp KV experience. Recently, our 1st and 2nd graders read the book “What if you had animal ears” by Sandra Markle.  Then then each chose an animal and drew a picture of themselves with the ears of that animal and followed that with a nature walk.   Throughout the walk, they discussed what they could hear if they had their animal ears on and which ears could hear the most, such as a mouse versus an elephant.  Activities such as these combine literacy with nature, making it not only educational, but fun for the children to take part in.  This is summer learning at its best.

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The Kennebec Valley YMCA is located at 31 Union Street in Augusta, 40 Granite Hill Road in Manchester and Camp KV in Readfield.  We focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.  Every year, we conduct an Annual Campaign, which supports our efforts in providing scholarships to members of our community for memberships, programming such as swim lessons, diabetes prevention and youth sports, and Camp KV, so all children can have the opportunity to make memories and pretend to have animal ears.  In 2015, we awarded over $220,000.

Those interested in learning more about the Kennebec Valley YMCA can visit our website at www.kvymca.org or call 622-YMCA.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

 

Meeting of July 21

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It was our pleasure to have Dan Foster come and speak at Kiwanis this week. Dan has run his own insurance franchise since 2002, partnered with, “Farm Family Insurance”. Dan’s true passion, though, is the sport of ice hockey, which is what he came to speak about.

In Maine there is a hockey organization called, “The Skating Association of Maine” Here’s an excerpt from their website explaining what it is they do.

“The Skating Association of Maine (SAM) is an organization with over 300 members. SAM’s mission is to encourage and promote ice skating programs in the State of Maine. SAM’s purpose is to encourage and promote the participation, instruction, practice and advancement of its members in the sport of skating on ice, including, but not limited to Learn to Skate, Figure Skating, and Hockey, in accordance with the rules and regulations of each sport’s National Governing Body (NGB) and to instill the ideals of sportsmanship, honesty, and teamwork.”

Dan is one of the instructors in SAM, and has been participating helping children in the local area since 2011. The group was actually formed, in part, due to the collapse of the Kennebec Ice Arena in 2011. There are four groups of children that SAM instructs, these are:

  1. Mites (8 and under)
  2. Squirts (10 and under)
  3. Peewee (12 and under)
  4. Bantam (14 and under)

Dan has helped mentor and train many children in the love of hockey and athletics. He told us that hockey is one of the better sports for children, simply for the cost savings. It costs $450.00 for a full season. This may seem expensive, but compared to dance, or some of these other sports, it is significantly cheaper (Dance dresses can cost up to $1000.00). The other thing is what you get for your money. This $450.00 gets you 25 games. This is ridiculous value. Your children will be on the ice 3 times per week!

Get your kids out there and skating on the ice! SAMs website is: http://www.maineskaters.com

 

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Kiwanis, in lieu of the incredible value of teaching these children the work ethic, and camaraderie of hockey, donated $3000.00 to the continuation of SAM and Dan’s work there! Below are some of the pictures of us presenting the check. This is a great help to the community and we know the money is in good hands.

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