The YMCAs of the Southeast Hall of Fame at YMCA Blue Ridge provides a forum to recognize YMCA professionals and volunteers from the Southeastern United States who exemplify a lifetime of commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA in their respective community. It honors individuals – YMCA professionals and volunteers alike - who have devoted their lives to strengthening their local community through their devotion and dedication to serving others thereby making a positive impact on individuals, on their community and the YMCA movement throughout the Southeast. The YMCAs of the Southeast Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized for their leadership, always encouraging and nurturing others around them to develop their true potential in spirit, mind, and body.
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly’s historic relationship with YMCAs throughout the Southeast: Since its founding in 1906, YMCA Blue Ridge has partnered with the Y movement by establishing itself as a place where Y staff could come together to discuss, and sometimes debate, issues of social concern and determine how the Y should respond. Now for over 100 years, YMCA Blue Ridge has provided a platform where men and women of all races, colors and creeds could gather. In a safe environment, people have the opportunity to learn the importance of intellectual responsibility in their faith and internalize their life values. They also have the freedom to safely challenge the conventional thinking of the day.
As a training center, Blue Ridge’s serene environment has inspired thousands of Y staff and volunteer leaders to engage at a deeper level and commit to the Christian purposes of the Y movement. There is no better place to re-affirm your commitment to your faith than in the beauty of God’s creation. It is fitting for the YMCAs of the Southeast Hall of Fame to be a program of YMCA Blue Ridge and for the Assembly to provide staff support to the committed volunteers serving on the Southeast Hall of Fame Committee. The Ys of the SE HoF Committee is a subcommittee of the Advancement Committee and this subcommittee will be appointed by the Executive Committee of the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Board of Directors. The Advancement Committee will report annually to the full Board the work of the Southeast Hall of Fame Committee.
The Southeast Hall of Fame will be housed in the historic Eureka Hall overlooking the beautiful Craggy and Black Mountain ranges. Pictures, plaques and other mementoes from inductees are displayed to not only honor the inductees but to inspire young people to become YMCA volunteers or staff in the future helping to insure the success of the YMCA movement over time.
Annually, two individuals will be inducted into the Southeast Hall of Fame. Beginning in 2017, each year for the next five years, three additional legacy recognitions will be inducted into the Hall of Fame to help acknowledge the extraordinary life work of YMCA volunteers and staff who served the movement. These legacy leaders will be recognized posthumously.
The collaborating organizations of the YMCAs of the Southeast Hall of Fame at YMCA Blue Ridge include the Weatherford and Willis Chapters of the Association of YMCA Retirees, the Association of YMCA Professionals Chapters in the Southeastern United States and YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. Inductions into the YMCAs of the Southeast Hall of Fame will take place annually in conjunction with the fall meeting of the YMCA Blue Ridge Board of Directors at YMCA Blue Ridge. The first induction will take place in September 2017. Applications are due to the Southeast Hall of Fame committee by July 1, 2017. For information on the induction process, download an application, or contact Melissa Bailey Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org.