The true genius of the YMCA lies in effective staff and volunteer partnerships. For that reason, volunteers are eligible for inclusion in the YMCAs of the Southeast Hall of Fame at YMCA Blue Ridge. Prospective volunteer inductees will have had a demonstrable influence of a profound and lasting nature within their local Association. Impact beyond local YMCA work will enhance a candidate’s application.
Prospective staff candidates for induction will have completed their YMCA careers no less than three years prior to consideration. These individuals must have had recognized influence and accomplishment for local YMCA work within Associations located in the Southeast United States. Impact beyond local YMCA work will also enhance a candidate’s application.
Nominations may be submitted by active/retired YMCA staff members, or by current/former YMCA volunteers. No individual may submit more than one recommendation or nomination form in any given year. A minimum of two letters of support must accompany each nomination; these must be written and signed by active/retired YMCA staff members or active/former volunteers.
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 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Each year, two individuals will be recognized.
During the initial five years of the formation of the YMCAs of the Southeast Hall of Fame (until 2021), three legacy inductees will be recognized. The legacy nominees will be recognized posthumously.