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Y Executive Director Resigns

by Kristi Potts on 05/26/17

Executive Director Nick ZimmerMontgomery County Family YMCA’s Board of Director’s Chief Volunteer President Mike Olson has announced the resignation of Nick Zimmer of the Montgomery County Family YMCA’s current and only Executive Director in the 22 year history of the Montgomery County Family YMCA located in Red Oak, Iowa. Zimmer has 31 years of YMCA service in Nick’s career also able to serve the communities of Fremont, Nebraska, El Paso, Texas and Niles, Michigan before coming to Red Oak in March of 1995. Nick’s final day on site at the Montgomery County Family YMCA will be the week of June 26th, 2017.
During Zimmer’s tenure as the Executive Director of the YMCA, the YMCA staff and volunteers were a part of developing and offering as wide range of programming for everyone of all ages, moved from a store front operations from 1995 to October, 2000 into a state of the art full facility 70,000 square foot YMCA that includes: Indoor Swimming/Lap/Combined – Zero Depth Fun area, full court gymnasium, four indoor tennis courts, racquetball, wallyball and squash court, suspended running /walking track, elevator, state of the art health & wellness center, special needs/ family locker room, men’s/boy’s locker room, women’s/girl’s locker room, dedicated fitness exercise dance center, lighted parking, whirlpool, multi purpose and kitchen area and the entire YMCA is ADA accessible.
Relate to philanthropy development under Zimmer’s tenure the YMCA has raised through capital funding, annual giving, special events, and endowment development in a service area of 13,000 population over $10 million dollars of contributions to allow for residents in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Southwest Iowa and the region to have a better place to live, work, play and learn in.
Zimmer has accepted a positon with American City Bureau (West Dundee, Illinois) as a consultant that will utilize Zimmer’s leadership qualities and passion for philanthropy as a consultant with American City Bureau. American City Bureau a family owed business which was developed in 1913 is the nation’s oldest fundraising firm. ACB’s believes in taking a more personal approach to philanthropic growth with a mission statement of: “Build a culture of philanthropy – together, with our clients”. In the beginning American City Bureau focused on organizing and strengthening Chamber of Commerce. Over the next few years ACB has branded out to working with libraries, YMCA’s and other community organizations to healthcare, education, community and the arts. American City Bureau credits its rich history, exceptional service, strong relationships and innovative services in helping nonprofits realize the promise of growth.
The position with ACB allows Nick and his wife Nancy to continue to stay in Red Oak and continue to be involved with the community, county and area.
Zimmer indicated he has truly enjoyed his years at the Montgomery County Family YMCA making numerous friendships, relationships and being able to assist people of all ages and backgrounds. The YMCA is truly for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility base on the mission, principals and practices of Christian values.
President Olson and the Montgomery County Family YMCA Board of Directors through a recently developed strategic plan in August, 2016 are in a position to explore various options for the next steps for the Montgomery County Family YMCA.
To learn more about the Montgomery County Family YMCA and how to become a member, volunteer, donor and involved in YMCA programming, simply stop into the YMCA located at 101 East Cherry Street in the beautiful Red Oak Legion Park, phone the YMCA at 712-623-2161 , visit the YMCA’s website @ or like the YMCA on Facebook.

Red Oak Rotary Club and The Y's TOGETHERHOOD Committee Team Up

by Kristi Potts on 04/26/17

Montgomery County Family YMCA Press Release (Red Oak, Iowa)
Friday, April 21st, 2017

The Red Oak Rotary Club made a visit to one of the Red Oak Senior High School Boy's and Girl's Tennis Team's practices on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at the Carder Indoor Tennis Center located in the Montgomery County Family YMCA. Water was given out to all players and coaches Dan Martinez and Nita Martinez. The Red Oak Rotary Club committee in partnership with the TOGETHERHOODTM committee coordinated visits at various Red Oak Community School extracurricular activities, other area schools, and special community / area projects where the participants and/or volunteers can use a break for refreshments and at the same time learn about the Red Oak Rotary Club and their mission of Service Above Self.

The TOGETHERHOODTM social responsibility program provides Y members with an easy, fun, and rewarding way to volunteer for service projects that strengthen our community. The program is run by a committee of Y members that helps organize and run four service projects a year with only a one year commitment.

Area residents that are involved with the TOGETHERHOODTM program from youth to older active adults can volunteer to help coordinate and/or be a part of worthwhile community/area events. It’s fun, rewarding, and a great way to give back to one's community/area for what the community does for us as residents of the community, county, and area.

The TOGETHERHOODTM program has offered the following three programs this term:

The Cheer program which provided holiday cards to patients at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak Rehab & Care facility, Regency, Arlington Place, and Good Samaritan Center.

The Adopt a Child program which provided a brighter Christmas for children in need to receive a holiday gift through a sponsor.

Provided coordinated times with coaches, instructors, and community leaders to attend a practice or program for the youth of our community/county and/or area or adults within the community/county that are working hard on worthwhile community projects to enjoy some light refreshments provided by the Red Oak Rotary Club and the YMCA TOGETHERHOODTM committee while learning about each respective program and organization. Recently water was given out to the Red Oak Youth Soccer Club teams, the YES Mentoring program and water to the Boy’s Jr. High School Track team of Red Oak, Red Oak Boy’s and Girls Golf teams and Red Oak Boy’s and Girls Track teams.

The final project for the 2016-17 year started early April, 2017 and will end on May 10th, 2017 with the Walking School Bus program/activities. The walking school bus program is being coordinated with Southwestern Iowa Community College, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak Public Library, and other community organizations. The walking sites are the YMCA – Physical Activities, Red Oak Public Library – Literacy, the Red Oak History Museum, and at a site TBA where SWICC & ISU Extension Office would hold Career Exploration classes. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the TOGETHERHOODTM program, please call 712-623-2161, e-mail Gerry Lundgren at, or stop by the Montgomery County Family YMCA, located in the beautiful Red Oak Legion Park at 101 East Cherry Street, Red Oak IA.

To learn more about becoming a Red Oak Rotarian, simply come to a Tuesday noon meeting at the Red Coach Inn and Restaurant located at 1200 Senate Avenue on Highway 34 in Red Oak or contact Co-Membership Directors of the Red Oak Rotary Club Nick Zimmer at the Montgomery County Family YMCA at 712-623-2161 ext. #13 or Chris Amos at Rubey Realty & Auction in Red Oak at 712-623-2724 to receive more information about all that the Red Oak Rotary Club is dedicated to doing for the Red Oak Community, area, region, United States, and world.  You are always welcome!  
For more information on how one can become a member, volunteer, donor, or simply involved with the Montgomery County Family YMCA, please stop in for a visit or tour of the YMCA, call 712-623-2161, or visit us on Facebook, or the Y’s website at

YMCA Corner - Kai Swanson

by Kristi Potts on 04/26/17

YMCA Corner

Kai Swanson has been a member for over 10 years and would recommend it to anyone. Being able to choose between working out individually or joining any of the available Y Fitness Classes which are now free for members makes it accommodating for everyone. Exercise has always been important to her both physically and mentally.

“The YMCA for me has always been a great way to start my day. It offers a wide variety of activities for anyone who enjoys exercise and overall wellness. Our Y is a great place with a friendly, helpful atmosphere.” She said.

When dealing with life’s daily demands, it’s important that individuals have support they can lean on. Adults need help finding balance in life and managing their health. Children need safe environments where they’re nurtured and motivated to reach their full potential. Seniors need a place where they can be active and find camaraderie. Families need opportunities and places to connect and strengthen relationships with one another.

At the Montgomery County Family YMCA, we have something for everyone. The Y offers a unique combination of programs that improve health, nurture youth, and connect you to the community that you’ll only find at the Y. Programs include Boot Camp, Express Pump, Yoga, Chair Yoga, Aquacise, Lifestyle Splash, Swim Lessons, Adult & Youth Tennis Lessons, and Summer Day Camp to name a few.


For more information on how one can become a member, volunteer, donor, or simply involved with the Montgomery County Family YMCA, please stop in for a visit or tour of the YMCA, call the YMCA at 712-623-2161, visit the YMCA on Facebook, or the Y’s website at

West Bend Safety Grant to Help Soften our Bleachers Rough Edges

by Kristi Potts on 03/17/17

The Montgomery County Family YMCA recently received a $500 grant from the West Bend Community Foundation’s West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Charitable Fund.

West Bend Insurance, which is located in Wisconsin, provides the property and general liability coverage for the Montgomery County Family YMCA. West Bend Insurance has safety grants available to their customers. For more information on the services provided by West Bend Insurance go to their website at .

The $500 gift will be used to help place protective covering under the bleachers and side of the bleachers in the gym and cover up all exposed sharp edges with the bleachers. The Y hopes to have the project completed by summer, 2017.

For more information on how one can become a member, volunteer, donor, or simply involved with the Montgomery County Family YMCA, please stop in for a visit or tour of the YMCA, call 712-623-2161, or visit us on Facebook, or the Y’s website at

Results of the 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle

by Kristi Potts on 03/13/17

The Montgomery County Family YMCA, Friends Of The Red Oak Trails and the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital coordinated the 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle on March 11th. This year’s event had over 30 participants who braved the cold weather to complete either the 5K event or the 1-mile Leprechaun Lap.

Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event was Metaling In Art with event sponsors being Fareway of Red Oak, Red Oak Country Club, Red Oak Glass & Awning and Allen E. Pohren.

The top overall finishers in the 5K were:

Youth Male – Baylor Bergren of Red Oak, IA    23:39

Adult Male – Nick Rengstorf of Red Oak                   21:37

Adult Female – Dawn LeRette of Red Oak                 26:58


Age Group Winners of 5K event:


Ages   19 - 29         Liz Johnson of Red Oak                28:33

30 - 39         Megan Roenfeld of Malvern, IA     26:59

          40 - 49         Chenoa Sunderman of Villisca, IA   48:35

50 - 59         Collen Moore of Clarinda, IA                  48:35



Ages   12 & under    Grant Rogers of Griswold, IA         45:30

          13 – 18        Adam Houser of Henderson, IA      27:00

          19 - 29         Will Brown of Red Oak                 26:56

          30 – 39        Nick Rengstorf of Red Oak           21:37

          40 - 49         Lee Freeman of Creston, IA          24:15



Shuffle #1: Will Brown crossing the finish line of the Shamrock Shuffle 5K.

Shuffle #2: Dawn LeRette just finishes in front of Megan Roenfeld & Adam Houser in the Shamrock Shuffle 5K.