YMCA to host chamber luncheon

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's next quarterly luncheon event will be hosted by the Cassville Family YMCA. The luncheon is scheduled to be held at noon on

Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the YMCA facility on Highway 248.

During the event, Cassville Family YMCA Facility Manager Michelle Bredeson will speak about some of the organization's goals for the upcoming year. The presentation will include information on new programs and program changes that will be introduced over the next few months.

"We are getting ready to implement some new family programs," said Bredeson. "Next year, we want to focus on increasing our family memberships."

On Friday, the Cassville YMCA will begin hosting weekly Family Nights from 6 to 9 p.m. The events will be free to YMCA members and open to other community members for a small admission fee.

"These will be family events with food, bounce houses and other activities," said Bredeson. "The Cassville and Monett YMCAs have several inflatables, so we will be rotating those out. We will have pizza from Geraldi's and a different activity each week."

As the Family Night program takes off, Bredeson hopes to recruit families to host the weekly events by selecting a group activity like a cake walk or a family game.

A second new YMCA program is designed to attract senior members. The Silver Sneaker Program, which was started by Humana health insurance, includes a variety of low-impact exercise programs.

"Some insurances that are supplemental to Medicaid cover the monthly YMCA fees," said Bredeson. "We have several Silver Sneakers classes, and we have a monthly pot luck dinner. Any YMCA member can attend the Silver Sneakers classes."

Silver Sneaker classes currently offered at the Cassville Family YMCA include low-impact cardio, chair-based workouts and water aerobics, which are available at the Cassville Aquatic Park during the summer months.

Another change on the horizon at the Cassville Family YMCA is a transition from standard gymnastics classes to cheerleading and tumbling programs.

"This change will allow the program to build a foundation for other programs in the local school systems," said Bredeson. "The classes students take here will play into the programs offered in junior high and high school.

"Cheerleading is very popular, and there isn't anything like this in the area of recreation," said Bredeson. "It will be a progressive program and eventually we would like students to get involved in competitive cheerleading."

Bredeson has recruited two Cassville High School cheerleaders to help with the cheerleading and tumbling classes, which will be open to children as young as 4. Discounts will be offered for students who participate in both tumbling and cheerleading classes.

"We have also redone our game room to attract more tween-age kids," said Bredeson. "We have new air hockey and foosball tables, two new plasma televisions and two new Wii game stations. We are making that area into a clubhouse for the kids."

In January, the Cassville Family YMCA will begin offering several new classes through its arts and humanities program. Some classes being considered for the winter schedule include drama and crafts.

"My goal is to have one new thing here each month," said Bredeson. "In the new year, we are even going to look at adding a mini basketball court. There are going to be a lot of changes taking place."

The Cassville Family YMCA has over 1,000 members. Individuals interested in joining the local YMCA should call 846-1535.

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce "The Chamber: Today and Beyond" program is designed to showcase contributions made to the local community by area businesses and industries.

The quarterly luncheon event costs $7 per person. To register for the event, call Amy White, chamber executive director, at 847-2814.

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