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Y Service Clubs International - U.S. Area

PROGRAMS

Alexander Scholarship Fund

The Alexander Scholarship Fund, otherwise known as ASF, was named after the founder of the Y’s Men Movement, Judge Paul William Alexander. The programme was called the Paul William Alexander Scholarship Fund (PWASF) until 1982 when the name was changed to Alexander Scholarship Fund.

Time of Fast

The beginning of “Time of Fast” came by action of the “Human Crisis Committee” in its draft “Policy Statement” made on August 23, 1969 under the chairmanship of Kenneth Adams and reported to the Board of Directors at its meeting on July 21, 1970, Copenhagen, Denmark.

BrotherHood Fund

The Brotherhood Fund began in 1931 when it was known as the “Bishop’s Fund.” Its initial purpose was to promote our movement outside North America and to enable Y’s Men from other areas to attend International Conventions (always held in North America in those days).

Endowment Fund

To provide financial aid and stability for YMI’s present and future purposes, objectives, programme and expansion.

The goal is to extend and develop clubs affiliated with Y’s Men International around the world and to provide funds to solve special problems or carry on special projects which strengthen, extend and develop YMI in Areas or Regions.

International Brother Clubs

The Brother Club programme joins in partnership clubs located in different countries for their mutual benefit and better understanding. It is designed to assist fellow Y’s Men and Women and their families to learn about and exchange ideas between clubs, whether they are just over the border or right across the world. Y’s Women’s clubs may prefer to use the term “Sister Club.”

Area, Regional, and Club Events

Y’s MEN INTERNATIONAL 100 YEARS CELEBRATION
In 2022, YMI will reach 100 years of service.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to become an honorary member of Y’s Men International.

Canada and Caribbean Service Clubs Bulletin

Here we are in March, the year is closing in fast. The Regions of CAC have identified more training for Leadership and information sessions for members to come, more virtual meetings as very crucial for clubs and Regions to stay connected and grow all year long. Looking for opportunities to grow in our pandemic times, we are service to community working with groups and bring new members in from activities we do. Working with youth on projects is crucial to our growth. I still believe that Recruitment is hard, but the retention can be harder. New recruited members and modules for the potential members need to be done to have them be inclusive. We also need to support our Y’s International Programs.

 

World YMCA

Empowering young people to put their own projects into practice, YMCA’s Youth-Led Solutions Initiative has selected 35 youth-led climate action projects in 20 countries for funding worth a total of some $175,000.

The projects were first put forward at or soon after the Youth-Led Summit on Climate Action of October 2020.

The top categories of the solutions selected for funding are waste management, advocacy and activism, food security, the green economy and employment, and conservation. Many of the youth-led solutions aim to partner with the YMCA, government, the private sector, or other community organizations.

 

Lei Orders Help Teens

Help support YMCA of Honolulu today! Atherton’s Annual Campaign theme this year is “Level Up.” Our goal is to provide our signature College Camp experience for 30 teens from underserved communities.

 

Our Purpose

To be a worldwide fellowship of men and women of all faiths working together in mutual respect and affection, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, and with a common loyalty to the Young Men’s Christian Association, striving through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all mankind.

Our Focus
  • Offering relevant programs and services to the Y and Community

  • Promote Y staff leadership training

  • Promote Time of Fast to support our community

  • Provide several shorter-term, multiyear YMI project options for club involvement

  • Collaborate with the Y to organize and implement joint community projects

  • Develop community-based club projects

 

  • Enhance Y Service Clubs Image
  • Promote club bulletins at all levels (Club, District, Region, and Area)
  • Use Social media to promote local activities, community projects and enhance the global image
Our Vision

Yʻs Men International will be recognized globally as a service organization promoting cultural awareness leading to brotherhood and world peace.

Our Promise

BUILDING STRONGER PARTNERSHIP WITH THE Y
While not all Y Service Clubs have established partnerships, the U.S. Area is working to reach and extend its clubs to Ys across the country.

  • Leadership Development. Y Service Club members service on Y boards, program committees, fundraising councils, provide educational and professional training opportunities for Y staff.
  • Y and Community Service. Y Service Club members conduct work clean-up projects at Y camps, Y facilities or volunteer at day camps, family nights as well as support other non-profit community organizations.
  • Financial Support. Y Service Club members generously contribute to the Y Annual Campaign, raise funds for youth programs and special projects as needed by the Y.
Our Motto

“To acknowledge the duty that accompanies every right.”
The motto was adopted by Yʻs Men because of the tendency of most people to insist upon full enjoyment of all rights while remaining oblivious to the corresponding duties giving validity to such rights. Just as the green light giving right of way to traffic on one street must have a corresponding red light to warn traffic on the cross street of its duty to stop, so every right we enjoy is founded upon a corresponding duty. Our motto is a constant challenge to us to pay less heed to our rights, and more to the discovery and discharge of their corresponding duties-to transfer the emphasis from rights to duties.

Our History

Paul William Alexander, the founder, and first President Emeritus of Yʻs Menʻs International was born on December 8, 1888, in Toledo. Ohio. He graduated from Dennison University and Havard Law School. After several years in private practice, he became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and later judge of the juvenile and Domestic Courts of Lucas County, Ohio, where he served until his retirement.  Judge Alexander remained an active Yʻs Man leader steering the movement to great glory from his first involvement in 1920 until his death on June 29, 1967. He believed that one fulfills himself as he serves others.  In 1962, the International Board of Yʻs Men adopted December 8 of each year for the celebration of Paul William Alexanderʻs birthday as the Founderʻs Day.

Meet our U.S. Area Leaders

Past Area President

Bobby Stivers-Apiki

Area PresidentShaju Sam

Shaju Sam

Corporate SecretaryNancy Libby

Nancy Libby


Treasurer

David Workman