February 11, 2019
Three members of the Lewiston-Auburn community will be recognized at the YMCA’s 2019 Hall of Fame celebration. They are Patricia "Tish" Caldwell, Bonita "Bonnie" Downs, and Mary Jipson Perry.
The Hall of Fame recognition is part of the Y’s annual meeting happening March 14 at Martindale Country Club. The event is a celebration of the Y’s 150 years serving the greater Androscoggin County communities. The evening’s highlights will include a review of the Y’s community impact in 2018, introduction of new board members, and the Hall of Fame induction.
Steve Wallace, CEO at the Y, says, “The Hall of Fame was established to remember the contributions of the many men and women who have carried the Y’s torch since 1868."
The YMCA Hall of Fame was established in 2015. Past honorees include: Steve Austin, Col. James G. Bouchles, Pauline Bourgoine, Muriel Bureau, Richard Kendall, Jim Lawler, Malcolm Philbrook, & Pennell Woodard.
This year’s Hall of Fame Celebration and Annual Meeting takes place on March 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Martindale Country Club. It is free and open to the public. Donations in honor of the 2019 Hall of Fame class are welcome.
Due to limited space, attendees are asked to register by March 1. Those interested may register by contacting Becca Tinkham, Director of Marketing & Membership, at 207-795-4095 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration is also available. Please click here to register.
Patricia "Tish" Caldwell has worked for the YMCA for over 30 years (1986). She was instrumental in bringing health and fitness to the Y and was responsible for creating our group exercise program. She served the majority of her career at the Y as our Health & Wellness Director and remains involved in the Y as a Yoga, Pilates and Group Exercise Instructor.
Bonita "Bonnie" Downs was an integral part of the YMCA child care staff who helped so many during her years as an infant care provider. Bonnie’s knowledge and experience made her a great provider, mentor and coworker. She touched so many lives as a teacher, as well as assisting parents when they were struggling. She helped her coworkers and never wanted anything in return. Parents came to the YMCA because they wanted Bonnie to care for their infant. She is missed every day and no one will ever be able to fill her shoes.
Mary Jipson Perry began working at the YMCA in 1990. During her 18 years of employment, Mary was responsible for the creation of Childcare at our Y. From child watch to half day programs to full day to after school care, Mary started it all. As Childcare Director, Mary brought the standards of early childhood education in the Y to a level that would result in both the YMCA Childcare Center and the Daisy Garden Center becoming accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.