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May 15, 2017 @ 12:00am

Well Manitowoc, it’s time!

Many know that I have accepted another position with the YMCA in Fargo, ND for the Cass and Clay Counties YMCA.  With this change, there are many things that are happening around the Smith Household.  They include selling and buying a house, packing, getting a child through graduation from college, moving said child to the Twin Cities for grad school, picking up another child from college and figuring out what he is going to do this summer, and going to too many goodbye events.

Manitowoc has become home.  It is the place where I held my first CEO position.  We graduated two proud Lincoln High School students.  We have enjoyed our church, our lifestyles, and the opportunity to grow while we have been here.  I have enjoyed the view from the office too!

In my time with the Y in Manitowoc, we have raised more money to support children in need in our community than ever before.  We have started new programs like Y BREAK and LiveSTRONG at the YMCA.  We are in the final stages of a very successful capital campaign with major facility renovations around the corner.  The Y has stepped onto the stage in the community in a way that says that we are here to make it better.  We have tried to tackle major issues like obesity and reading comprehension in our youth.  The Y isn’t done either.  There is more to come.

We are grateful to you as members of

March 20, 2017 @ 12:00am

Well, just like working out, it has been a while since the last blog.  A lot of different excuses, our platform was going through some changes, but none of them really pass the mustard.  Back to it.

Earlier this winter, the local police department and the YMCA partnered to help break down barriers between kids and the police.  It was one of those wow moments.

Our staff heard one of our children in our 4 year old kindergarten rooms talking about the police in a negative light.  We don’t know the personal story of the child or that family.  Maybe there have been visits to the house or the child just picked up on mom and dad’s thoughts.  We do know that our staff were troubled by the statement and started to figure out what to do.

Over several weeks, our proud members of our police department came to the Y in plain clothes.  They played with the kids in the rooms.  They read books to the children.  They had a good time.  Then, one day, they showed up in the classroom in full uniform.  The kids were surprised.  The person who had been there one moment just like their mom or dad was now standing in front of them as policeman or policewoman.  They even got to go out and turn on the siren in the car!

We live in interesting times.  It has been hard on the police departments around the country, ours included.  We have figured out ways to drive wedges betwee

November 28, 2016 @ 12:00am

Manitowoc - Two Rivers YMCA CEO Steve Smith after a race 


Happy post Thanksgiving.  Our hope at the Y is that you had a great holiday shared with family and friends, stories and laughter, and just a little bit of food.

15 weeks ago, I made an offhanded remark to one of my staff that I was thinking of running in the Festival Foods Turkey Trot.  The 5 mile race, no less.  I have been working on my health, more to come on that, and felt like I needed to work towards something.

October 07, 2016 @ 12:00am

1 + 1 = 3 on chalkboard

Happy October.  Welcome to fall.  A little breezy.  A little cooler.  Maybe a golf round or two before the end of the season?  Ok, that one is for me.

One of the things that I love about my job is the opportunity to talk with nonprofits, community organizations, and businesses about their impact in our community.  There are so many great stories from these groups telling us about kids they serve, how they are working with seniors, or just how they are working to make Manitowoc and Two Rivers a better place to live.  They inspire me to work harder to do the same thing.

There is a great saying that we use around the Y that I believe in.


September 16, 2016 @ 12:00am

Manitowoc Two Rivers YMCA CEO Steve Smith riding a stationary bike

In this election season, I can guarantee that I am part of the majority.  Nope, not Republican or Democrat.  I am a health seeker!

Health Seeker’s make up 60% of the population.  Maybe you are one as well.  You might not know the label.  You do know the lifestyle.  See if any of this is you:

  • You know that health is important but you don’t quite know where to start
  • You allow different situations to railroad your health plan
  • You will get to that workout tomorrow. Of course you might have said that a day, week or month ago

Are you like me?

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