By Don Lowe
As a vital part of the Ozarks Regional YMCA, which was established more than 100 years ago, Monett (Missouri) Area YMCA is a thriving facility that provides a wide range of activities for residents.
This organization’s mission, found on orymca.org, provides a clear direction on its vision, which starts with the simple idea that says Find Your Purpose. Find Your Y.
Going into a broader view of what the Monett Area YMCA is all about, the website states, “We are proud to serve our community through programs and services that focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
“From athletics to swimming, camp and fitness, the Y offers a great variety of activities that help people of all ages and abilities grow strong in spirit, mind, and body.”
District Executive Director-South Bob Crouthamel provides perspective in sharing, “We are more than a ‘swim and gym.’ Although those are two important parts of the Y, we do so much more than that. We are a place for people to belong.
“We have group exercise classes where folks can fellowship and create long-lasting relationships, while living a healthy lifestyle. We have summer day camp for kiddos in an environment that is safe and fun. It gives parents the peace of mind that their children will be protected all day.”
There are several features visitors enjoy a great deal, which Crouthamel shares are “our aquatics center, fitness center and challenge course/rock wall.”
Among many other key aspects are cardio equipment, free weight area, group exercise studios, teen hangout, kids’ zone, youth sports and party rentals, a gymnasium, personal training, pickleball, lifeguard certifications, cycling studio, adult sports, swim team, racquetball courts and an indoor walking track.
Crouthamel believes this is a place that is important for all those who live in and around this Southwest Missouri town. “I feel the Y is a big deal to the Monett area because we have something for everyone – young, old and everyone in between.”
As for those who are integral in helping make sure everything runs smoothly at the Y, Crouthamel opts not to mention anyone specifically but indicates, “All our directors have a big part in our day-to-day operations. We work as a team to get the job done.”
Crouthamel is happy to be involved with this invaluable effort. “I’m thrilled to be part of the Y because the Y is all about family.
“I have been around the Y for most of my life and I have nothing but good memories as a member and as an employee.”
Monett Area YMCA Fast Facts
What: The Ozarks Regional YMCA was established in Springfield, Missouri, in 1888 and is made up of eight family centers, including Monett Area YMCA
Hours: Open Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Physical Address: 115 S. Lincoln Ave., Monett, Missouri
Phone Number: 417.235.8213
Email address: [email protected]
Class Schedule/Pool Schedule/Gym Schedule: Specific events, days and times available on the website.
Our Team: District Executive Director-South Bob Crouthamel, Membership Director Ariana Diaz, Health & Wellness Director Leah Treadwell and Aquatics Director Luke Proctor