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Smith promoted at Waynesboro YMCA

March 27, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Alan Smith, a 25-year employee of the Waynesboro YMCA, has been promoted to the newly created position of associate executive director, the YMCA's executive director said Tuesday.

Smith, 45, was the senior programming director.

A Waynesboro native, he started to work for the Y after graduating from Penn State University. It was his first and only job after college.

Smith's job as senior program director will be taken over by Chad Eberhart, currently youth programming director, according to Dick Marks, the executive director of the Waynesboro YMCA.

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In a major policy shift, one-third of Eberhart's responsibilities will be dedicated to developing YMCA programs in Greencastle, Pa.

Currently, the YMCA runs a summer recreation program at Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle along with some youth sports programs in Greencastle-Antrim School District facilities.

Several YMCA programs have been held in Greencastle-area churches and the local senior center, Smith said.

Last year Cedrick and Julia Duffield of Greencastle donated $275,000 to be used toward the development of a full-scale YMCA for Greencastle.

Marks said a building in Greencastle is still about five years away.

"We're not looking at land yet," he said. "It would be wonderful if it could be located in the middle of the school district like it is here in Waynesboro."

Tuesday, Marks met with Richard Stover, a national YMCA staff member. They talked about an upcoming survey in the Greencastle area to find out what residents want in a YMCA.

The YMCA in Waynesboro has also hired Neil Yost of Westport, Conn., to run its aquatic programs.

There is still an opening for the youth programming director's job that Eberhart is vacating.

Smith's new duties will include supervising the program directors, staff development, membership, customer service and day-to-day administrative responsibilities.

His promotion will free Marks to expand the YMCA's endowment fund, which currently stands at around $1.3 million. "We have to secure our future," Marks said.

Marks came to the YMCA in June 1975, two months before the present building opened at 810 E. Main St. The Y operated in a long-since razed building on North Potomac Street before that.

The YMCA had about 750 members when Marks came on board. Today, it has more than 3,000, he said.

Its annual budget runs around $850,000, raised mostly through membership fees.

The YMCA boasts two pools, two gyms, two racquetball courts, a youth center, a fitness center, childcare facilities and a playground. Its last major renovation was completed in 1997.

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