Y Stories

We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. But a strong community doesn't just happen, it's the result of steady leadership, teamwork and stewardship. We strive to cultivate a community that has a strong impact on our members, our staff, our neighborhoods, and the Minot community as a whole. Below are just a few stories of the amazing things that can happen when we come together as a YMCA community.

So... my Y story goes back a few years and still makes me laugh. About 40 years ago as a much younger person, I was fortunate enough to attend Y Camp several summers. One of the first summers, I was the pretty new recipient of a “flipper” as we fondly referred to my false tooth. I had knocked out my two front teeth in a bicycle accident a summer or so before attending camp. The dentist made what resembled a retainer with a front tooth attached. I was not always comfortable wearing it and somewhere in my 10 year old brain I felt like there was a chance I could choke on it while swimming. Anyway, I took it out, wrapped it in my towel, and enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lake. When I came back to my towel, the false tooth was nowhere to be found. I searched. Other campers searched. Counselors searched. No tooth appeared. I had to go the rest of the week with a missing front tooth AND explain to my parents that they would have to shell out the $60-$80 dollars for a new one. We weren’t poor, but neither were we rich. I had sold candy to help earn my way to camp. Fast forward about 10 years. I’m sorry I didn’t keep exact records, but I know I was an adult. A package arrived in the mail. Imagine my surprise when I opened it and found my “flipper.” My tooth had turned up on the beach after all these years and apparently there was a record of it being lost, and they mailed it back to me! Of course my mouth had grown, and I had several different “flippers” between the loss of this false tooth and its reappearance.

After some extensive dental work, I no longer have a “flipper” and can swim without the worries of an imaginative 10 year old brain!

Now days I enjoy a workout at the Y. My favorite class is the T/Th morning aerobics class.


Minot, ND

Being a part of the Y family for the last 7 years has been rewarding in so many ways. I have seen so many success stories first hand between working as a shift manager at the Service Desk, as a lifeguard in the pool, as a belayer at the rock wall, and as the director of the Training Center. From seeing children sell candy in our lobby to earn their way to Triangle Y Camp to teaching an apprehensive member how to use the free weight equipment and watching them grow into the weight lifting competitor they are today; witnessing members achieve their goals has been an experience unlike any other. I have made so many life long friends within the Y community that I couldn't imagine where I would be if I had not started working part-time here in 2011. I will always have a special place in my heart for the people of the Minot Family YMCA because I know that the Y is more than just a gym, it's a cause. 


Minot, ND

The Y has impacted my life in many ways over the last 6 years. In 2012 I started working part time as a Wellness Associate and once I graduated college I got the opportunity to take over as the Membership Director. Fitness has become a big part of my life and it was one of the things that help keep in shape, mentally and physically. I am forever grateful that Minot has a facility like the YMCA where you can come and feel a great sense of community and belonging.


Minot, ND

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