Monday, June 18, 2007
Celebrating 20 Years at the YMCA
Clare McKenna held many positions before becoming executive director of the Yorba Linda/Placentia YMCA.
In her two decades at the club, McKenna has held many positions, including overseeing aquatics and family programs, before becoming director in 2003.
"I want the YMCA to be seen as a cornerstone for the community, where we embrace all ages, races and incomes," said McKenna who plans to be around for as long as the club keeps her.
Question:Can you describe your experience at the YMCA?
Answer: My experience has been spontaneous and exciting. It has been a learning experience for me, having learned from the members in the community. I look forward to challenging opportunities and trying to meet set expectations. I have come to realize how the YMCA really strengthens the community.
Q:What have you enjoyed the most in the past 20 years?
A: I love being an integral part of the lives of people of all ages in the community. I hope that I have had as significant an impact on our members as they have had on me.
Q:What has been the most challenging thing you've faced in your time here?
A: Learning that the YMCA is not who I am, it is what I do. I learned that lesson the hard way when I lost someone very dear to me, making me realize that life is so fleeting and at any moment we may be gone. It made me realize that it's not about what you do, but who you are.
Q:How has the YMCA evolved in the two decades you've been around?
The YMCA has expanded from offering only day camps, aquatics and parent/child (programs) to adult sports, youth sports, senior fitness, and phenomenal fundraising events such as the Kid's Classic Golf Tournament, La Vie en Rose Brunch and Casino Night. This year our fundraising will reach an all time high of $400,000. We have expanded programming through partnerships with PYLUSD,
Yorba Linda’s law enforcement agency and non-emergency phone number have changed.
Yorba Linda's annual Relay for Life raises money and awareness.
Anaheim Hills Rotarian visits Yorba Linda Club
OC Register article and photos of Lobsterfest 2008
YL Rotarian, Jim Winder is appointed Mayor of Yorba Linda.
After School Program Grand Opening
YL Sunrise Rotary and Esperanza Chearleaders raise $25,000 for defibulators in the high schools.
Rotary group donates $35,000 to youth club. New site at Yorba Linda Middle School target of funding.
YL Rotary raises $7800 for American Cancer Society fundraiser - Relay for Life
YL Sunrise Rotary donates $10,000 toward the Veterans Memorial
YL Sunrise Rotary Supports Local YMCA Programs Offering Swim Lessons and Open Pool
Club Member, Clare McKenna recognized for her many years of service with the YMCA
Club Member, David Sweet is recognized by the YL Chamber of Commerce
YLSR Member, Nathan Chappell creates revolutionary online donation site for non-profit organization.
Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotarians serve up two tons of lobster and twice the fun at Lobsterfest 2007
Rotarian Making a Difference in Guatemala
Literacy project in Guatemala that is helping impoverished school children sharpen their reading and computer skills
YL Rotarians sponsor annual Christmas Party for students of George Key School
Rotarian, Vince Campion is a Driving Force in Boys and Girls Club Success
YL Sunrise Rotarian- Citizen of the Year
Rotary Funds Middle School Branch
Interested in Rotary?Find Out More Locate a Club Contact Us