Hibbs presents to Rotary on Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA

The Marshalltown Rotary club held its May 26 meeting using the “Zoom” platform with Jim Goodman presiding.

Goodman announced the options that membership will have to contribute to the Rotary Community Food Drive coming up on June 20. The club plans to resume in-person meetings in three weeks.

Rotarian Carol Hibbs prepared a program that outlined the closing and reopening of the recreational facility in a responsible manner. She gave an overview of what the world was like for staff of the YMCA-YWCA during the shutdown and the maintenance that was completed.

There was a significant amount of coordination involved with the 23 full-time staff and 150 part-time staff members. Hibbs described how the community showcase leveraged the Paycheck Protection Program and other opportunities. She described the tremendous support by the members who opted to continue to pay fees during the shutdown.

Hibbs led the Rotarians through the considerations that were evaluated in the re-opening process and the options available to them after consultation with the Board of Health. Staff training and guidelines were developed to safely function as the doors opened up. While presently in Phase 1 of reopening, Hibbs gave a glimpse of what is to come. Communication throughout this process has been and will continue to be a key component to a safe and vibrant YMCA-YWCA here in Marshalltown.

The meeting ended with the Rotary four-way test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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