PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Family YMCA celebrated another year during its annual meeting on Tuesday.

During the meeting YMCA gave out the awards; Coach of the Year, Karrie Johnson, Director’s Award, Karri Flemington and Volunteer of the Year, Heather Eckstein, which was kept secret until the big day. They also announced the YMCA hall of famers: John Mitchelson and Wanda Mercer.

Johnson is a basketball and soccer coach at the YMCA, Flemington is the St. Mary’s After School Coordinator, Eckstein helped the swim team and is treasurer of Parents Group. Mercer has been involved in the YMCA since 1984 as staff and volunteer and Mitchelson helped with the mentors drive.

YMCA President Cristy Mitchell said it has been exciting year at the “Y.”

“We continue mission put Christian principles in spirit, in mind and body for all,” she said.  

She said there over over 8,700 members at the Pittsburg YMCA and it has the lowest membership fees of any YMCA in the state. There are over 300 community members volunteer and is “one of the largest non profit organizations in our area,” Mitchell said.

“We have a fantastic dance, gymnastics and volleyball program we can all be proud of,” she said.

Mitchell thanked the staff and volunteers for making 2017 another year of success.

“We are much more than a fitness club, as we provide our community with programs that build our youth, encourage healthy living and social responsibility,” she said.  

Mitchell also applauded Jack Bache for 35 years of service to the Pittsburg Family YMCA.  

“This Pittsburg Family YMCA would not be where it is today without the dedication and years of service from our outgoing executive director Jack Bache,” Mitchell said.  

“We are blessed to have this leadership and passion for our Y for the past 35 years.”

The new Executive Director, Mike Moore, was introduced during the event. Moore began his new position on March 1.

“We are so honored to have Mike,” Mitchell said.  

Moore said he was glad to join Pittsburg Family YMCA and has already began to discuss with the YMCA board plans to continue the mission of the center.

“The board and I looked at the flaws and weaknesses and how we can work together to make that happen … and I think we’re on the right track,” Moore said.

Moore credited Jack Bache for the “outstanding” leadership numbers over the years.

“He’s been wonderful to work with and he really has done an outstanding job over the years,” he said.  

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.