The Pittsburg Family YMCA marked its 127th year in the community by honoring some of those who volunteer to help the organization serve its mission. Awards were presented Wednesday during the annual membership dinner on the lower level of Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. Volunteer of the Year is Teresa Yarnell, who serves as treasurer for the YMCA gymnastics program. Jack Bache, YMCA executive director, said that the role of volunteers is crucial in gymnastics. “Many YMCAs eliminate gymnastics from their program schemes because they don’t make any money at it,” he said. “I was in the room yesterday and saw those kids jumping around, and I would never want to eliminate that program.” Yarnell said she was definitely surprised at receiving the honor. “I’ve been doing this for about two years now,” she said. “It’s good to be able to help out, and the program is great.” Tom Westhoff was named YMCA Coach of the Year. Bache said that he coaches baseball, football and girls’ basketball, and does a good job of helping youngsters build self-esteem. Ethan Jewell, who helped with the YMCA Adventure Camp, was chosen as the Young Volunteer of the Year, but he wasn’t there to receive his award. “His mother called and said he had the flu and couldn’t come tonight,” Bache said. The director also honored a YMCA employee, Carole Hawn. “She’s gone just a little bit further than that extra mile,” Bache said. Hawn said she’s been working at the YMCA around two years now. “I do cleaning,” she said. “I’m all over.” Mark Werner, active YMCA member, and Nikki Patrick of The Morning Sun were inducted into the Pittsburg Family YMCA Hall of Fame. That program originated in 2012 during the 125th anniversary celebration to recognize persons for their service to the organization. Judy Westhoff, YMCA Board of Directors president, provided an update on the Pittsburg organization, noting that it currently has 10,000 members. “That’s the most members per population of any YMCA in Kansas,” she said. “More than 4,000 scholarships are provided to those who might otherwise not be able to participate in our activities. We also have the lowest family membership fee in the state.” Westhoff added that the YMCA gymnastics program has grown so much in the last few years that the organization is adding 4,000 square feet to the current gymnastics center. Kyle Rogers gave the invocation, and Amy Nwagwu delivered the benediction. Dinner music was provided by Jim Benson on piano, and Pittsburg Community Middle Students, under the direction of Virginia Darling, sang after the program. Blake Benson served as master of ceremonies, and at the end of the evening noted that there are 300 to 400 volunteers who help at the YMCA during some point in the year. “If you didn’t win an award tonight, then give yourself a hand for what you do for the YMCA,” he said.