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Mel

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Oct 30, 2013
 
How do you contact the YMCA Board of Directors? There is no inofrmation on the website for them.
Tigger

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Oct 30, 2013
 
They use to send out newsletters. Not sure if they do that. Find out From a worker, show up. They trash the comments and suggestions, is what I've been told.
Maybe

Harold, KY

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#3
Oct 31, 2013
 
Call Interstate Gas ask for that Kanney dude who heads up the board.
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Richmond, KY

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Nov 2, 2013
 
The CEO tries to keep the board members under wraps, however due to a recent employee insisting that the board members names should be easily accessible to members, their pictures are in the conference room. Hope you get answers you need, but talk to anyone who has offered suggestions, or had complaints and they will all tell you the same ........they fall on deaf ears!
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#5
Nov 2, 2013
 
Suggestions /complaints do fall on deaf ears.
Mel

Harrodsburg, KY

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Nov 4, 2013
 

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My situation is that I am paying for the family membership but I am not allowed to add my niece and nephew even though they live in my household. The reason basically is that I don't turn them in on my taxes. They have lived with me for 10 years. The boy will turn 13 next month and the girl is 11. It is a complicated situation, but basically they have lived with us since 2003 and we feed them, clothe them, live with us. The mother cannot afford much so we raise them. They are our kids. They said that I could get them a youth membership but that would cost me 22 extra dollars. Now, 22 dollars is not going to make or break me, but I don't see why I should have to pay more money when I am already paying for the family membership. I have been a member for over ten years on the family plan. I pay almost $500 a year for the family membership, but yet, I can't add the two kids.

I want to take it up with the board. Basically, I'm going to tell them either let my kids join under my family plan or they will lose my membership. I don't mean that as I threat and I will be respectful, but I can't see why I should pay more money to have my kids join. Now, they are already losing members so it will either be them losing 22 dollars a month to add the kids as opposed to my 40 dollars a month fee for the family plan. I can't imagine them wanting to lose 40 dollars over 22 dollars.
living dead girl

Harold, KY

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Nov 5, 2013
 
They are greedy.
Mel

Frankfort, KY

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Nov 5, 2013
 
Being greedy then they should want to keep the 40 a month I pay than losing it all.
Mel

Harrodsburg, KY

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Nov 18, 2013
 

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I cancelled my family membership today. I still can't understand why they won't accept two children that live in my household under my family membership. Oh, they will if I give them more money. But because I don't claim my neice and nephew on my taxes even though they live with me 24/7 and I feed and have been raising them, I can't added them to my family plan. I was told that I could add my neice and nephew as youth memberships and pay an extra 22 dollars a month. I did not think I needed to do that as I am already paying 40 a month for family membership.

I contacted a board member (actual I had a friend contact one of them) and I was told that board members do not get involed with stuff like that. I guess losing memberships is not a priority for them. I can't help feel that I have been slapped in the face by them.

I think the YMCA is a great organization and they offer much for this area. They have so many programs to help young people, but because of their policy, they won't let two willing young people join. I have been paying for the family plan for over 10 years for my wife and I. I had been paying nearly $500 a year for all those years. But I guess that is of little meaning to them.
safetynet

Ft Mitchell, KY

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Nov 19, 2013
 
Though your situation may be legitimate, most places would not allow you to include them as part of your family if you do not claim them on your taxes. It's a checks an balances mechanism put into place to prevent others from taking advantage of the situation. Take the college, for example. If you worked at the college and you wanted to use a tuition waiver for them, you would need proof that you claim them on your taxes. If they didn't have a policy in place, nearly anyone could claim to add anyone else on their memberships. If your situation is what you say it is and they've been under your care since 2003, it would seem as though you would claim them on your taxes. You say 22 dollars isn't going to make you or break you. The Y probably feels the same about your family membership (no offense) but they would care if they started bleeding money out by letting anyone and everyone add people to their memberships.
Mel

Frankfort, KY

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Nov 20, 2013
 
safetynet wrote:
Though your situation may be legitimate, most places would not allow you to include them as part of your family if you do not claim them on your taxes. It's a checks an balances mechanism put into place to prevent others from taking advantage of the situation. Take the college, for example. If you worked at the college and you wanted to use a tuition waiver for them, you would need proof that you claim them on your taxes. If they didn't have a policy in place, nearly anyone could claim to add anyone else on their memberships. If your situation is what you say it is and they've been under your care since 2003, it would seem as though you would claim them on your taxes. You say 22 dollars isn't going to make you or break you. The Y probably feels the same about your family membership (no offense) but they would care if they started bleeding money out by letting anyone and everyone add people to their memberships.
I understand that, but it would be different if they said we can't add them because you are not the legal guardians. If it were a liability or legal issue, I would have no problem with that. I would have no problem if they told me that they could not join under any circumstance uless we had legal custody of them. But it isn't a liability or legal problem because they are not saying the kids can't join, only not under my family plan.

I know the YMCA has money problems. They have a fine facility and that costs money. And I am likely to give them extra finacial support from time to time.

I just feel that I have been slighted by the YMCA and the board. You are supposed to be able to bring things up before the board,, but to be told we don't get involved with those things, that is sad. I can understand not getting involved with trivial problems, but I don't consider my situation trivial.

If I would have gotten a chance to bring this before the board and they still said no, I would likely not have cancelled my membership. I would have felt respected.

I understand that the YMCA can't have every Tom, Dick and Hairy under someone's family plan. I am raising my kids, and they are my kids I don't care if I have a paper signed showing it or not. I pay for their clothes, their food, their toys, their vacations, their sports equipment. I think anyone living in my household should be eligible on the family plan. I can prove they live with me. I just don't have them listed on my tax returns.
Mel

Frankfort, KY

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Nov 20, 2013
 
Oh, by the way. I can have the mother sigh a waiver that let's us take them to the doctor and hospital and to make any medical descisions for the kids. I can't do that at the YMCA Even it the mother signed a paper saying they could join the YMCA, we could not add them to the family plan.
Charles

Harrodsburg, KY

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Nov 22, 2013
 
Sounds like the Board of Directors are not good for anything.
Jeff Wiley

Harrodsburg, KY

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Dec 2, 2013
 
Sounds like the Y could care less abour their members.
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Mount Sterling, KY

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#15
Dec 4, 2013
 
The director opened a can of worms. Bruce Elliott would spin in his grave if he knew what has been going on in the building over the years since his death.

You can apply for scholarships for the kids. There are monies set aside in the budget to address those types of issues. The money is raised during the year through different programs.

GOOD LUCK
Mel

Frankfort, KY

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Dec 5, 2013
 
Former Bd Member wrote:
The director opened a can of worms. Bruce Elliott would spin in his grave if he knew what has been going on in the building over the years since his death.
You can apply for scholarships for the kids. There are monies set aside in the budget to address those types of issues. The money is raised during the year through different programs.
GOOD LUCK
Thanks for your input. The director discussed the scholarships, but was told that my wife and I make too much for the kids to qualify. But I wonder about that because if they could be brought in through a scholarship under the same conditions, then why would they not be allowed to join under the family plan? It still seems that we would still have to be the legal guardians for that.

What gets me is that I was a member for over 10 years and during that entire 10 years I paid for a family membership. They would raise the price every so often and I had no problem with that. I never complained about the rates going up. I supported many of their causes and took my kids to many events there. If you caculate the money I spent in all those years, and I don't mean just the membership fees, I paid a lot of money to that organization.

You would think that they would want to try to keep members. They keep complaining that they don't have money to run the facility and I don't doubt that is true. It takes a lot of money to run and operate a facility like that. But not to care about losing members, that is something. I mean, can they even afford to lose one member as much support as they need? For a board member to say of this situation "we don't get involved in those situations" is sad. As I said earlier, if I had been able to go before the board and explain my situation and they still said no--I would like still be a member. It is just the fact that they did not care to hear me is what frustrates me. I called the main headquarters of the YMCA and I was told that it was normal procedure to bring questions like that before the board. But I guess the Pikeville YMCA doesn't do things like that.

My question is: what the Pikeville Board of Directors is for?
Tigger

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Dec 5, 2013
 
Something for rich ppl to do.
Pal

Frankfort, KY

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#18
Dec 9, 2013
 
Sounds like the Y isn't really so much for the community. And they wonder why they keep losing members.
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#19
Dec 9, 2013
 
I thought schlorships were for the needy. I guess if your bmw is not of the current year you qualify.wonder if my roo, will get me a schlorship.lol. i bet u that this person was awarded schlorship and she didnt need it.
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#20
Dec 11, 2013
 
The YMCA in Pikeville is by far the worst YMCA I have ever known. There is no reason your niece and nephew should not be allowed on your membership. Why are they asking for your taxes anyways? That is not their concern if you are not on the scholarship program. The board of directors are completely uninvolved and their Director is unprofessional giving the Y a bad name. I suggest for you to challenge them over it at their board meeting. Board meetings are public and you have the right to voice your opinion and challenge them on this. I would have cancelled my membership too. If they continue to lose members they will have to make changes. You are not the only person who has cancelled due to being treated unfairly.

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