ANNUAL HALL OF FAME As the YMCA has a strong history of serving the Greater Nashua community, we would like to recognize those who have embodied our mission and values. Each year, nominations for the Hall of Fame are made by Y staff, members, as well as individuals in the community. We focus on those who have dedicated their time and talent to fulfilling the mission of the YMCA. The Hall of Fame committee has chosen inductees that truly represent the spirit of the Y and have provided opportunities for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. John Callahan Current Board of Trustees (2013-Present) Chair of Board of Trustees (2013-2016) Former Board of Directors (1993-2005, 2007-2009) CVO of Board (2003-2004) For more than 20 years John Callahan has been actively engaged as a volunteer to drive the YMCA to a higher level of impact to our members and the community. As an active member using the facilities on a regular basis he has provided a perspective to assist the staff in continually improving the Y. He has held virtually every role a volunteer can possibly have in an organization like Y. He personal and business experiences have aided our organization in decision making and well as policy and procedural development. Volunteer involvement can sometimes be measured by the level of Time, Talent and Treasure they give to a cause or an organization. In the past 23 years John has personally donated at a level of 300. This would be 100 x each of the three areas of measurement: • More than 100 hours of time per year • Sharing 100% of his talents to benefit the Y • More than 100 solicitations of others and personal gifts of over $100,000 to support our financial assistance, programming and capital improvement campaigns. Some of John Callahan’s specific contributions include: • Joined the YMCA on December 3, 1992 as a founding member at our Merrimack branch • Hired Mike LaChance as CEO (October 2003) • Co-Chair Capital Campaign (2014 – 2016) which has secured $3.2M to date • Heritage Club Member (with wife Carole) • Chair – Heritage Club – His first year as chair his team secured 15 new members • Served as chair to multiple committees including Marketing, Executive, Financial Development as well as being active in Program, Audit, Properties and Board Development, Annual and Capital Campaign Committees • Has raised more than $500,000 for YMCA supporting our annual and capital campaigns as a volunteer • YMCA Policy Volunteer of the Year (2015) • Volunteering for the Y for the past 23 years • Hosted house parties to support the Y fundraising efforts • Offered the Y the donation of an island on Lake Naticook in Merrimack • All of this is possible because of the support he has from his wife Carole The day that John joined the YMCA of Greater Nashua the Y had an annual operating budget of $800,000 and was serving 2,300 members on an annual basis. Today, this same Y has four facilities, an operating budget of just under $11M and is serving more than 32,000 area residents. This growth is the result of many great staff and volunteers, but the drive and energy John supplied has a great deal to do with it.
OUR MISSION To instill values and provide opportunities for lifelong personal growth and the development of a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. OUR CAUSE We know that lasting personal social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. OUR FOCUS • Youth Development – Nurturing the potential of every child and teen. • Healthy Living – Improving the nation’s health and well-being. • Social Responsibility – Giving back and providing support to our neighbors OUR IMPACT At the Y, we change lives. We provide a greater sense of achievement, belonging, meaning and inspiration in the more than 30,000 individuals we serve. Our impact is felt when a child learns a new skill, when a teen is inspired to greater heights, when a family spends more quality time together, when a cancer survivor feels stronger, and when a senior feels connected. More than that, the impact on those 30,000 individuals ripples throughout the community, making our community stronger. In Memoriam: Richard Olson We lost a valued and vibrant member of our YMCA community in 2016. Richard Olson, our Chief Financial Officer, passed away on August 9. Dick joined our organization 11 years ago and although he was of retirement age, he chose to follow his passion. If you knew Dick, you probably remember him saying, “People ask me why I’m not retired. Why would I retire? I have the best job in the world.” It brings us a certain level of peace knowing how much the YMCA of Greater Nashua meant to Dick. As much as Dick loved the YMCA, his real passion was for Camp. For this reason we will be using donations to the Richard Olson Memorial Fund for a “Dick Olson Buddy Bench” to be placed at Camp Sargent. Additionally, these funds will be used for Camp Sargent scholarships next summer. The bench will be a constant reminder of a great man and a buddy to everyone he met.