Earlene walks down the halls of the Y with a joy in her step and a greeting for everyone. You would never guess she turned 73 on December 10. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. She enjoys making friends, traveling, and of course, exercising.
“I joined the YMCA in Lansdale after retiring in 2002. I was interested in staying healthy by learning how to exercise correctly. “I had no idea that it would completely change the way I look and feel” she said. Exercise has always been an important part of her life since high school. Now she walks an hour most days and works out in the Wellness Center or swims.
“The Y is my second home. I love it all. The staff is very knowledgeable and go out of their way to make the experience at the Y worthwhile and enjoyable. “I am impressed with the group exercise classes that are offered as well as the one-on-one consultation offered free to members to design a personalized program.”
Earlene has also been a volunteer giving back to the Y almost as long as she’s been a member. She first volunteered for the Y’s Annual Campaign where she learned that the Y was a non-profit helping those in our community get the programs and services they need but could otherwise not afford them. She has volunteered in Membership and at the Wellness Center. Currently, she teaches a Hydrotrim class on Friday mornings in the Martin Pool.
When asked what her passion was, Earlene smiles, “I want everyone to know that they are loved by Jesus.” She lost five family members this year and found her strength in her faith.
She loves when her doctor tells her he wished all his patients were as healthy as her. She doesn’t like to take medicine so she exercises regularly to stay healthy. She has lost 25 pounds in just over a year. Losing the weight slowly has helped her keep it off. Her closing remark, “I feel great!” She looks it too.