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November 1, 2017

By Peggy Vinson It’s November and our minds automatically go to being thankful. We often use this month to thank our donors, but my question is this: When we think of our donors, do we think of our board members and our staff?  Do we ever do anything extra to thank them? I worked with […]

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Gratitude with Every Step

December 3, 2015

Regardless of your feelings about the Duke Basketball team, no one can deny the leadership qualities displayed by Coach Mike Krzyzewski to bring out the best in young men year after year in the arena of Division 1 college basketball. In a recent interview in Success magazine by Don Yaeger, Coach K shared a few […]

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A Thank-You Note to Aunt Jane

October 15, 2015

I’m begrudgingly grateful for all the times my mom made me sit down after Christmas and write Aunt Jane and Uncle Chuck a thank-you note for the gift they had given me. I already had their gift and had been playing with it for days so writing a note seemed so painful and unnecessary. Mom […]

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

November 27, 2013

By Charley Shirley I have noticed that I’m not too terribly thankful for the things that I have a lot of. We had a very rainy start to this past summer and I quickly got to the point where I was not too thankful for more rain. The summer before, we hardly had any rain […]

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Delayed Gratification

November 25, 2013

By Mike Bussey I recently made a contribution to the camp I worked at throughout my college years, and which ultimately led into a 40-year YMCA career that allowed me to serve throughout our country and the world. I had responded to a phone call from a camp board member asking for a contribution that […]

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Thank Less

November 6, 2013

By Jon Simons One of the by-products and residual effects of the most recent economic recession has been our need to engage more and more donors to achieve the same levels of support we have received in the past. With many people giving smaller gifts, more gifts are needed to just stay level. It is […]

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Your Mother Was Right

December 1, 2011

By Lora Dow Tell me if this sounds familiar… Mom:  Did you write out that thank you note to your grandparents? 12-year-old Me:  I told them thank you when they gave me the present! Mom:  Still, you should send them a thank you note. 12-year-old Me, sulkily:  Why? Mom:  Because it’s a little gift you […]

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Thanking Month

November 2, 2010

by Peggy Vinson Well, here it is November already and Halloween candy weight is upon us!  I’ve always thought of November as the perfect “thanking” month, so I thought I’d throw out just a few ideas from some of my YMCA friends: Every November on the Monday before Thanksgiving, the board of directors for one […]

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