"Now that I am 85 and retired I think about my “Y” experiences from my maturing years. I had joined to broaden my contacts and that I did! I was very insecure and had low self-esteem as a teenager and it was at the Y I discovered I possessed attributes that others found interesting and attractive. During the war, and immediate post war years, our local Y was very vital to the community and it was in the late 1940’s that I met and married a young woman who was part of the same Y social group as myself. It was also at the Y that I got involved in new social ventures and volunteered to be the Master of Ceremonies for a large presentation at the YMCA/YWCA Centennial International conference in 1950. This was a great boost to my poor ego and it was said that I did a really good job! This definitely contributed to successes in my later career years. The Y has impacted my life in so many ways and gave me the confidence to express myself honestly and openly. That’s my Y!"