The YMCA has been working in local communities across Australia since 1851 providing children's services, recreation, camping, youth services and community initiatives, events, training and accommodation. However, the humble beginnings of the YMCA started a long way from home, in old London town in 1844.
Stanthorpe YMCA - Our Story
The Centre's construction started mid 1984
and after months and months of 'back-breaking' labour the centre was finally
erected and was branded the Stanthorpe Youth and Community Centre.
Centre doors opened to the public for the first time on
Saturday 13th April 1985. It was officially opened by the Hon. Peter McKechnie
MLA whom at the time was the Minister for Tourism, National Parks, Sport and the
Arts and was also the Member for Carnarvon.
An Executive Committee was appointed for the running of
the centre and the committee decided to follow in the YMCA movement. From there
the Committee established the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of
Stanthorpe on the 28th February 1985.
The First Executive Committee consisted of:
Today, the Executive Committee stands strong and has
seen the centre through the up and down trends of the Health and Fitness
Industry as well as the Sporting and Recreation Industry.
|Cr. C.M. Reeves (President)|| Cr. D. Halloran|
| P.K. Power|| S.O. Sullivan|
| W.E. Reilly|| F.D. Smith|
| D.M. Mattiazzi|| N.P. Casey|
In 2009, for the first time, the Stanthorpe YMCA saw
the Association acknowledge the continual efforts of two Committee members and
wrote them into the history books as Life Members. Peter Grant and Peter
Harslett were lost for words when presented with their Life Members which
demonstrated that during the course of their many years of contribution they
never expected recognition.
Then in 2012, the organisation inducted another Life
Member, Rosey Harslett for her volunteering efforts and promotion of the YMCA as
well as her long involvement within the organisation.
The Stanthorpe YMCA is continually evolving to meet the
ever changing demands of its community to ensure the Association's success in
the near and distant future.The Current Executive Committee consists of:
|S. Tremellen (Chairperson)|| P. Grant (Director/Life Member)|
|R. Harslett (Vice Chairperson/ Life Member)||J. Lutter (Director)|
|S. McEvoy (Executive Officer) ||P. Harslett (Director/Life Member)|
|D. Cuthbert (Treasurer)|