Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

It wasnt surprising to see a big turn out at the Grand Lake Family Y. Not only have many people in the Grand Lake area made New Years resolutions to get in shape or loose weight, but the Y has gone through several renovations. The facility has new paint inside and out, new floors and even newly renovated bathrooms to help keep and attract new members.

They are also offering new programs and continuing with some favorites. As of Jan. 5, the Y had 275 paying memberships, but it needs 400 before it can apply for grants and funding and start realizing its dream of a new, bigger and better location.

We had 73 fill out door prize cards, and another 31 that came in. So a total of 104 people visited our facility on Saturday with four signing up for memberships that day, and another 30-40 taking week guest passes to use at their convenience, said Butch Christy, Grand Lake Family YMCA Branch Director on Monday.

Today we have already had nine of those guest passes used, and another membership sold today, he said.

Butch Christy presented Debra Bork with a volunteer service award. I presented Debra with the award for all of her work putting the renovation project and open house together. She secured over 30 volunteers and got many of the supplies, and labor donated to fix up our facility, and got food donated for the open house as well, said Christy.

Our goal is to have 400 membership units asap so that we can begin the capital campaign to build a YMCA facility that will include and indoor pool.

For more information contact the Y at 918-786-5774 or

Businesses that contributed to the project were:

American Grill, Debra Bork, Flower Power Landscaping, Green Country Painting, Grove Springs Homestead, Gus Miller Electric, J-Mac Design, Lowes Home Improvement, Mill Creek Carpet & Tile, Patricia Island Golf & Country Club, Photography By Katherine, Rotary Club of Grove, Subway, TH Rogers Lumber, The Wall Masters, Universal Images Signs and Wal Mart.