Jim M.

Lakewood Family YMCA

Jim's interest in rowing goes back to his college days when he was a coxswain for the University of Washington varsity crew. He won a national collegiate championship in 1972 and competed internationally in England and Switzerland during the summer of 1973. Now in his 60s, Jim finds rowing to be a perfect full-body workout, and an essential part of his regular cardio program. 
 
Jim joined the Y shortly after retiring in 2010. He quickly shed 25 excess pounds, and during a 15-month period, he and his wife, Lynn, summited Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Jim  and Lynn are regular participants in the Lakewood Y summer hiking (and winter snow-shoeing) program, where they formed deep and lasting connections with Y members and staff, especially Senior Director of  Health and Well-being, Gail Cicelski.
 
These connections prompted Jim to join the Lakewood Y Advisory Council in February of 2013. He's passionate about advancing the mission of the Y to reach as many people as possible. As a member of the Association Mission Support Team, he even traveled to the Worldwide YMCA Mission Conference in Colorado last year to experience firsthand the impact of the YMCA across the globe. 
 
In case this weren't enough, Jim is also the major gifts chair for the Lakewood Y's 2014- 2015 Annual Campaign, and he serves as the Advisory Council's liaison to the Health and Well-being department. In the little time he spends not serving the Y and its members, Jim enjoys exercising and volunteering for four other non-profit agencies in the area. He's an amazing example of servant leadership, and we're grateful for his commitment to our cause.