Bright Spots – Weekly Roundup, August 14, 2015

Hello friends!  
Can you believe it?  It’s back to school time!!  This is how many kids feel about it:
This is how many parents feel about it:
After today, our building will be markedly quieter without the energetic voices of our hundreds of summer campers.  As illustrated in the slide show a few weeks back, it has been a great time for these children to make memories and friends while concurrently experiencing our core values firsthand.  Shout out to the camp counselors who dealt with rain, more rain and then some more rain! Reuben calculated that NINE out of TWELVE Mondays were rainy.  Despite that weather pattern, everyone persevered.
I admit that I felt pretty special when I found this invite to the closing camp cookout in my mailbox yesterday:
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I was happy to be able to attend the going-away lunch for Little Miami Learning Center’s JO JOHNSTONE, who leaves Countryside after TWENTY YEARS. Jo, we wish you all the best!
It was my first time visiting Little Miami Learning Center, and what a great set up they have! Check out some of the cool classrooms!
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For EXCELLENCE IN SHOWING INITIATIVE, I give shout out to THERESA FISHER for going above and beyond the call of duty this week.  I heard the following from Judy Bauer:
“I was impressed that one of my building supervisors took the time to do an assessment of all the burned out light bulbs on their shift last night.

It all started with a member complaint and she took it seriously and then went above and beyond by creating this list. Rick Dotson stopped me to tell me how much he appreciated Theresa going above and beyond he job and how much it helps maintenance out.”
Theresa wins the Steve Martin award:
Another reminder that Holly really needs volunteers to help out for the Healthy Kids Triathlon on August 22!!  Sign up here:
(Did you forget the login info? No excuses.  Username is “ymca” and password is “1424”)

I re-read a quote this week that I wanted to share because it feels so fitting to our mission, values and vision AND our employees:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
Go out and SHINE

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