In less than three weeks, more than 250 YMCA professionals from seven different states will be converging on the Chula Vista Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells for the 2012 AYP North Central Region Conference. West Bend has attended several AYP conferences in the last few years, so we're really looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces over this three-day event.
We are very excited about the opportunity to sponsor the golf outing this year; not only because it kicks off the entire conference, but because it will benefit the AYP Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF). The fund provides assistance to Y professionals in need, and in 2011 awarded more than $238,000 in support!
In addition to fantastic roundtable discussions and break out sessions, conference attendees and sponsors have the great pleasure of hearing from keynote speakers Donna French Dunn, Executive Director of AYP, Bonnie Blair, the most decorated woman in Winter Olympics history, and Bill Ester, an inspirational speaker and presenter. While we are excited to hear from all of the keynote speakers, Bill's story holds a special place in our heart. Learn a little bit about Bill's triumphs in this powerful video clip:
The Bill Ester Story: The Worst Brings Out Your Best
Don't Forget About Timmy!
If you're attending the 2012 AYP North Central Region Conference in the Wisconsin Dells this year, make sure you stop by the West Bend booth. We'll have lots of great information for Y professionals to take back to their branches, and a special giveaway that any lifeguard trainer or aquatics trainer will be sure to love... a rescue Timmy doll!
Rescue Timmy might look a little off, but we're confident he'll make your Y a whole lot safer than any of the other conference giveaways.