From the Director’s Porch – November 2017

2017 is coming to an end and that means many holiday celebrations! I hope by now you have worked off all of the Thanksgiving calories but retained all the memories of time spent with family and friends. I want to give thanks to the hundreds of Leaders and Seniors that gave us feedback on BRLS2017. Because [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – October 2017

As Fall makes it's way to the mountains, the leaves explode with color and the views are even better than in June! If you get the chance to see Blue Ridge Assembly in October, don't miss it. And as we keep counting down the months until BRLS 2018 lets add a couple other announcements for all of us [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – September 2017

Wow, what a summer! We studied the work of the YMCA and of Blue Ridge Leaders’ School. We grew as Leaders' Clubs whose calling it is to serve others. Lastly, we've discovered that what we've gained at Leaders' School needs to be used the other 51 weeks of the year, “Beyond BRLS!” Speaking of last [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – May/June 2017

June 1st??? Really?? Right now the pages are flying off the calendar at a furious pace as we count down the days to another amazing year on the mountain! No doubt, BRLS '17 will be one of the best and I am excited to see what the week will hold for everyone. I have heard [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – April 2017

Springtime greetings from colorful Asheville. The earth has fully awakened from the winter slumber and is growing and blooming quickly. The pace around BRLS is quickening as well. Counselors are being named, staff are finalizing class plans and the Honor Leaders are working on their Vespers/Devotions. As we close the few remaining weeks, here are [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – March 2017

This is the time of the year when most folks really rush outside and enjoy shrugging off the winter chills and get ready for spring sports and other YMCA programs. It’s also that time of the year when the BRLS registrar ages about 5 or 6 years in just 2 months! I want to lift [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – February 2017

Wow, what an exciting time of the year. First the Grammy's, then the Oscars and now it's Leaders’ School registration time! It really does just seem like yesterday that Steve was telling all of us to be on the lookout for bears. And now we're talking about revised fitness assessments, exciting new clinics, and a [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – January 2017

Fitness Testing Update The YMCA Blue Ridge Leaders’ School has always been firmly committed to advancing the leadership qualities of its Leaders through the thoughtful use of physical fitness programming. As times change and knowledge grows, so does the programming offered by the YMCA. Just as the peach baskets of James Naismith evolved into [...]

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From the Director’s Porch – December 2016

Happy New Year!!!! As we reflect on 2016 we look back at twelve months of amazing impact in our local Y communities. As we look forward we see a lot of exciting changes for BRLS in 2017. We will ring in the new year with a totally re-purposed and redesigned website! This site will have [...]

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