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Madison Area YMCA Honors Guempel, Welcomes Kirby

Jul 30, 2021

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Madison Area YMCA Honors Guempel, Welcomes Kirby 


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Photo Caption1: (LtoR) Pictured is Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley presenting a proclamation to retiring Madison Area YMCA Board Chair Scot Guempel, declaring July 21 as Scot Guempel Day in Madison.

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Photo Caption2: Pictured is Madison Area YMCA’s newest Board member S. Dillard Kirby, President of the F.M. Kirby Foundation, and longtime Madison Area YMCA member. 


(Madison, NJ) July 30, 2021 – The Madison Area YMCA Board of Directors honored retiring Board Chair Scot Guempel and welcomed new Board member S. Dillard Kirby at its Annual Meeting on July 21. 

The Annual Meeting, which coincided with a celebration of the YMCA’s Family Center expansion, included the election of new officers: Board Chair Jean King, Vice Chair Michael Griffin, Secretary Art Powell and Treasurer Patricia Haverland, as well as the election of Mr. Kirby.  

First elected to the YMCA Board of Directors in 2008, Mr. Guempel served as chair for three years, leading the Y through its successful $10.5M capital campaign and a nearly two-year construction period to add a new eight-lane pool and 9,000-square-foot gymnasium to its Kings Road building. The new pool is planned to open by mid-August. Rather than a single opening date, the Y plans to introduce programs in the new space as well as in its existing spaces throughout the summer and into the fall. 

At the July 21 gathering, Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley presented a proclamation declaring July 21 as Scot Guempel Day in Madison. A native of Madison, Mr. Guempel has been a lifelong member of the Madison Area YMCA, having also served as Board treasurer and vice chair during his tenure. 

Mr. Kirby, president of the F.M. Kirby Foundation, is a longtime Madison Y member, having first learned to swim as a child at the Madison Y and continuing today as an active Y member and Master Swimmer with several local aquatics groups.  

Also honored as they completed their terms on the YMCA Board were Georgeanne Limbach, who had also served since 2008; Steve Goldstein who served since 2012 and Kevin R. Smith who had served since 2014. 

The Madison Area YMCA is a mission-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations make it possible for everyone in the community to be enriched by the Y, regardless of ability to pay, to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body at any age. 



Why the Y

  • Y Ninja Fit—It’s a Hit!

    Mar 02, 2020

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    Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. are a blast for 13 boys enrolled in Y Ninja Fit for Teens at the Madison Area YMCA. The Gymnastics Center is abuzz with the boys running, climbing and jumping over and under obstacles. (Where are you, girls? This is open to you too!)

    Teens experience the best of both worlds in this one-hour combination class of obstacle course training and fitness training. The first 30 minutes takes teens through a classic Y Ninja class—climbing towers of mats, scaling the warped wall, dropping down to hit the ground running to race through courses that build coordination and motor control, test physical strength, instill discipline and push agility to new heights. In the second half hour, teens hit the circuits and learn fitness skills that enhance their Ninja skills and start them on the path to life-long healthy living. 

    “I like Y Ninja Fit because it's fun and I get to hang out with my friends,” says Dylan Gregory, 13, of Madison. The equipment is really cool—the foam pit is my favorite—and the teachers are really nice.”

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