B.R. RYALL YMCA OF NORTHWESTERN DUPAGE COUNTY

Growing Together

Posted on December 5, 2013

My wife and I joined the B.R. Ryall Y about four years ago. Soon after we joined, I got to know the Member Service Coordinator, and I asked her if I could teach a bridge class here. She put all the pieces in place and I was able to teach a bridge group at the Y. The friendships in our group deepened and to this day, we get together monthly to play bridge.

I grew up on a farm and learned a great deal about agriculture and I attended a one-room school house. On the farm we had crops, cattle and horses. I used to love riding my horse bareback on the back forty as I herded the cattle each day. I went to college for agriculture studies and my career included teaching math and science.

Low and behold, my farming and agriculture background came to life once again at the Y when I noticed the north side of the building covered in growing vines. I knew it would be an ideal place to grow hydrangeas. So, I talked to the staff and asked if I could do some gardening projects. Now three years later, I have a gardening budget, tools, a few special hats, and beautiful gardens that I can enjoy and share with friends at the Y.

The Y is a place to exercise, meet friends, and I get a lot of pats on the back about the flowers, and that makes me feel really good.

– Leroy