June 15, 2011

In 2010, 6,120 volunteers gave more than 286,000 hours of their time to support the efforts of the YMCA and our members. This year, those volunteers along with our donors allowed the YMCA of Central Florida to provide resources and guidance to 230,000 Central Floridians. At our Annual Meeting, we recognized those who stand by our cause.

We specifically recognized Clarence Otis, Brenda Fettrow and Sandy Hostetter for their leadership and support of the YMCA of Central Florida.

The John W. Sterchi Award for lifetime support of the YMCA of Central Florida was presented to Clarence Otis, CEO of Darden. Otis has been involved with the Y for more than 40 years, starting with his participation in YMCA teen leadership programs in Los Angeles, progressing to serving on the boards of New York and Central Florida Ys. Through his involvement with the YMCA of Central Florida, Otis has played a key role in fundraising efforts and financial operations. Under his leadership, funds were raised for renovations of the Wayne Densch and South Orlando YMCA Family Centers. Otis is a former Board Chair and continues to serve on the YMCA of Central Florida’s Executive Committee as a trustee.

Dr. Brenda Fettrow received the Ronnie H. Walker Unsung Hero Award – Volunteer of the Year for demonstrating Y values. Dr. Fettrow is a long time supporter, volunteer and donor for the YMCA of Central Florida. She played a key role in the development of the Cocoa YMCA Family Center and it was through her vision of connecting a Y with a community college, that the YMCA of Central Florida was able to partner with Brevard Community College. She continues to lead the Y in its mission to strengthen the community as board chair of the Cocoa YMCA Family Center.

In addition, it was announced that Sandy Hostetter, president of CNLBank, was appointed to the role of Metropolitan YMCA Board Chairperson. She has been a YMCA volunteer and contributor for more than 25 years, and will continue to provide leadership and direction in furthering the mission and goals of the YMCA of Central Florida. Hostetter has previously served in leadership roles for various boards and committees within the association.

Each of our volunteers helps deliver the benefits of good health, strong connections, greater self-confidence and a sense of security to all who seek it. When you volunteer at the Y, you take an active role bringing about change right in your own neighborhood.

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