Midge’s Membership Blog:
I am thankful for the Westport Weston Family Y to have been my ‘home away from home’ for the past 6 ½ years. I feel grateful to work here full time and be among such spirited co-workers who support me in trying to make the Y an exceptional place.
I give thanks to our members young and old who come here for exercise and solace, for friendship and fun … who know me by name and never forget to give a kind word in passing.
I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Chan, who swim together every day and show me what true long time devotion is; thank you, Isabelle Gordon, who at 97 ½ is the greatest inspiration in and out of the water; thanks to friends like Ilene Mirkine, Lourdes Blansfield, Sandy Ganley, and Linda Pressman who share in the news about town.
Thank you, Bruce Salvo, who always has a joke (not always funny, but…) and thanks to Alvin Epstein, Thomas Orofino, Mark Hariton and Reed Ameden, who keeps us on our toes with a list of Y improvements that should be made.
Thank you to Pat Costanzo, Senior Director of Property & Facilities, and his amazing staff, Ken Dickinson and John Poppa, who manage to fix everything on Pat’s never-ending to-do list.
Thank you, Milton Marhoffer, who stands at the membership desk too long and talks too much and who I enjoy shooing away every day.
Thank you, George Wanat, who walks into the Y like he owns the place and never scans his card; thanks to Jackie and Maurice Froelich, Richard and Elizabeth Auber, Richard and Harriette Rauh and many other wonderful longtime married couples; thank you to Sandra Johnson, with her whimsical earrings for every occasion; thanks to Alan Lerner who always asks about how my weekend was and always seems to make me laugh …
I am thankful for all the good-natured teasing from Jefferson Kitt on our Fitness staff; words of wisdom from Michael Friedman (he’s the guy you want around if you need someone to save your life, literally). Thank you, Hilda Johnson, for taking terrific care of our members’ children; thank you, Joan Vitali, for always being the voice of reason and a key player in holding this ship up…
Uber thanks to Nick Visconti and Judy Raines, who manage to check in at least three times per day!
I am so very thankful for all of you who make me feel special, who love the Y as I do, who come here for all sorts of reasons – to get in shape, to stay in shape, to socialize, to share, to re-group, to participate and discover, to leave some of their troubles behind for the moment and escape.
BIG THANKS to Turner Construction for building us a new Y that we can do all of the above in…only better.
And lastly…thank you for a much-needed holiday week off from work so I can come back on Monday morning, Dec. 2, excited and ready to assist you in signing up for our new Winter Session of classes beginning Jan. 6, 2014!