Y Service Clubs International US Area
Who We Are
YMI is an inclusive international association of affiliated clubs making positive and enduring difference in the world through fellowship, community projects in the areas of Health, Environment and Education and partnering the YMCA mission worldwide.
Judge Paul William Alexander was a member of the first club and is known as the author of the Constitution. He presented the idea of other YMCA Clubs. Known as the founder of clubs beyond the Toledo YMCA. He was elected as the first International President while assisting with encouraging growth of new clubs. Today, the Judge would be pleased to see that the idea of Y’s Men is open for ALL and provides service in so many clubs and countries.
Utilizing the Boosters (persons donating $100 to YMCA), a small club of 17 men agreed to start a club in 1920 like the Rotary for the support of the YMCA. In 1922, this club grew in size and support. The idea of clubs for other YMCAs was presented in 1922. They were “men of and for the Y” and the name for the idea was called “Y’s Men’s Club”.
To acknowledge the duty that accompanies every right.
To be a recognized, globally oriented, voluntary service organization with a strong and committed membership that strives to enhance human values, with special focus on youth development, while upholding our motto “To Acknowledge the Duty that Accompanies every Right” and working in active service and close partnership with the YMCA, the United Nations and other worthy organizations to build a better world in which to live.
STRATEGY 2032 provides a 10-year blueprint to build YMI into an organisation eminent in fellowship and community impact, collectively inspired and working collaboratively to help build an equitable and sustainable world. It affirms our desire to thrive collectively and to make an enduring and positive difference in the world as we enter our second century of existence. Tell me more!
Y’s Men International was established to serve the YMCA as the initial idea came from a staff member, T.C. Evans. As it has grown, it continues to serve the YMCA and the Community.
Vision 2030 World Council opening ceremony video
Our Vision 2030 Strategy was adopted at the 20th World Council, in Aarhus, Denmark July 2022.
Y’s Men International under the leadership of ISG Jose Varghese, the Executive Officers and Staff played an integral part of the 20th YMCA World Council held in Aarhus, Denmark July 3-9, 2022
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Our Featured Programs
100 Years of Service
In 2022, we celebrate the establishment of the International Association of Y’s Men (from one club to multiple clubs). With the help from Judge Paul William Alexander, additional clubs were founded to support the local YMCAs.
Alexander Scholarship Fund (ASF) and Dollars For Scholars Fund (DFS)
Building Fellowship (formerly Brotherhood Fund)
The Building Fellowship program began in 1931 when it was known as the “Bishop’s Fund.” From 1968 until 2022, it was known as the “Brotherhood 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).
Later it expanded to help finance inter-continental, inter-Regional and inter-Club visitations and to assist with the overseas travel expenses of International Officers and official representatives. Most income originally came from the sale of used postage stamps but was later augmented by cash contributions from local clubs.
As the name suggests, its purpose is to build fellowship among club members and inspire leadership in the YMI movement.
Challenge 22 is the operational plan to strengthen our movement, which includes strategic steps for expansion to 50,000 club members in 3,000 clubs and 100 countries by 2022. Challenge 22 commits every club member to working collectively for the common good and future of our great international movement. If we are to reach the outlined goals everyone must be enthused and engaged. This is where we need your assistance.
The concept of CE is as old as our organization. It is inherent in our YMCA heritage, integral to our founder’s legacy and embedded within our Mission and Constitution. We are a worldwide fellowship of persons working together in mutual respect and affection for the common purpose of making the world a better place.
To define the purpose of Christian Emphasis, it is essential to clarify that when we use the word “Christian” we are referring broadly to the values expressed in the teachings of Jesus Christ, such as love your neighbor as yourself. The objective of CE is to ensure that the voice and activity of our organization reflect these core values and that our mission is expressed in a code of ethics.
YMI clubs are often defined by the motto “Service in Action” with all inductees pledging to actively contribute to meeting our six objectives, beginning with service to the YMCA and support to other worthy organizations.
The primary objective of Extension is to charter new clubs and increasing membership in our existing clubs.
Disaster Relief Fund
When disasters strike Y Service Clubs U.S. Area is there to assist. Disasters impact our members, families, communities, and local YMCAs and we are here to help. When you make a tax-deductible donation, we are able to provide financial assistance to help recover and rebuild after a disaster.
Endowment Fund Promotion (EFP)
To provide financial aid and stability for YMI’s present and future purposes, objectives, programs, and expansion.
Environment Project Fund
The Environment Committee make up the “Green Team” – a group of Y’s Members dedicated to reducing the impact of Y’s Men International’s activities on the environment.
Welcome to iGo, a novel collaborative program of Y’s Men International and the YMCA providing short term internships to young adults aged 18 – 30 from within both organizations.
International Brother Clubs (IBC)
IBC program promotes partnership between two or more YMI Clubs in different countries which join forces in international fellowship and cooperation. Regular contact is maintained through email, social networking, letters, club bulletins, videos, online meetings, and visits.
Paul William Alexander Legacy Project
The Paul William Alexander Legacy Project is a collective effort to honor the founder of Y’s Men International in the lead up to the 100th anniversary celebrations in 2022. In addition to commemorating our origin, the collection of projects aims to consolidate a unified future, strengthening international solidarity and club members’ commitment to the vision of Paul William Alexander.
Time of Fast Fund
Time of Fast is now a popular programme where Y’s Men members all over the world, traditionally give up at least one meal (usually during the month of February) and donate the cost of that meal to the TOF fund which in turn makes the money raised in this way available to projects sponsored by both Y’s Men and the YMCAs all over the world.
Roll Back Malaria (RBM)
The RBM Partnership to end Malaria is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. Our partnership with the World YMCA is focused on social mobilization and communication aimed at changing behavior and assistance to households in endemic countries.
What we do
Our US Area Leaders
Y Service Club of Long Island – New York
Served as the Charter President
Served as the Regional Director for North Atlantic Region
Area President Elect (AP in 23/25)
US Area Corporate Secretary
Past Area President
Immediate Past Area President 2019-2021
Hilo Y’s Men and Women’s Club/Kaimuki Y Service Club Hawaii Region
Served as Regional Director for Hawaii Region 2014—2016
Chief Financial Officer
Current Regional Treasurer for the North Atlantic Region
What we do
Our US Region Leaders
Pacific Northwest Region
Dr. Alex Mathew
North Atlantic Region
North Central Region
Joe Dotson Bio link
The North Central Region covers the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There are five clubs with a total membership of 100.
South Atlantic Region
YMI International Conventions are held biennially (even year) with Area Conventions held intervening year (odd year.) Conventions welcome members, their families, and guests to well planned, inspirational, fellowship and educational programs filled with entertainment, recreation, children and youth activities, tours all at affordable accommodations in cities and countries hosted by YMI members. Regions bid to host YMI and Area Conventions.
2023 Area Convention will be held in New York.
2024 YMI Convention will be in Bangalore, India
Donate and support YMI
When you give to Y’s Men International – YMI, you support critical programs and services that makes a positive difference in our global community and right here in the U.S. A.
As YMI support the Y, we together strengthen communities locally, and we grow stronger globally.