Join the Kiwanis Club of Wilton for lunch this Wednesday to hear about what the Wilton YMCA is currently planning for program development and facility renewal, when Kiwanis member and Wilton Family Y CEO Bob McDowell speaks at the club’s weekly lunch meeting.

McDowell has had a relationship with the YMCA almost his entire life. For the last 10 years he has served as CEO of the Wilton Family YMCA (now the Riverbrook Regional YMCA). McDowell and the Board of Directors of Wilton’s Y have become agents of change as they consistently engage in strategically meeting needs of local youth, families and seniors through programs and key partnerships that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA serves nearly 9,000 different individuals and has a chartered service area of Norwalk, Redding and Wilton. It supports a variety of programs and facilities that strengthen the foundation of our community with over 200 employees and 250 volunteers. During the summer months the Y expands its programs during its operation of the best youth Day Camp in the County with over 500 in attendance each week. An additional 125 Summer staff under the age of 22 are employed during the Camp season.

McDowell has been a full time YMCA employee since 1980, serving YMCAs in the Philadelphia area and Binghamton, NY. He and his wife, Karen, an RN, have been married for 33 years and have 3 children. Their daughters are both teachers and are married and living in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Their son is a sophomore student athlete and Finance and Economics major at Marist College.

Kiwanis meets every Wednesday for lunch at the Episcopal Presbyterian complex (WEPCO), 48 New Canaan Rd., from noon-1:30 p.m.. For more information, and to reserve a spot, contact Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208. The cost is $15 per person and can be paid at the door. Lunch begins at 12:15 p.m., speaker 1-1:30 p.m..

Upcoming Kiwanis Club Lunch Programs

May 4:  Megan Smith Harris, editor, Wilton Magazine
May 11:  Denise Merrill, Secretary of the State of Connecticut, “New Voting Opportunities”
May 18:  Anne Newton, president, Stay-at-Home Wilton
May 25, Memorial Day Program:  Jim Newton, Marine Lieutenant and Vietnam Veteran
June 1:  Middlebrook Singers, directed by Janet Lofink Nobles
June 8: 
Men’s Canticle Singers of the Wilton Congregational Church
June 15:  Rudy Marconi, Ridgefield first selectman
June 22:  First Lunch at Kiwanis Park (No Program)