From the NAYDO Chair: What I Know These Days

by Shelly McTighe-Rippengale on August 11, 2020

What I Know These Days

Here are a few of my truths in today’s landscape:
- Nothing is the same.
- I am having to make excruciating decisions, which often keeps me up at night.
- I need a daily workout to clear my head and remain focused and positive.
- Staying connected with Y staff (and furloughed staff), volunteers and donors is more important today than it was in January.
- I will forever be grateful for the extra time I’ve been able to spend with my family over the past five months.
- My focus right now is ensuring the Y remains strong for my daughter and future generations of McTighe-Rippengales.
- NAYDO is needed now more than ever!

When I’m on a NAYDO call or leading a NAYDO meeting, I’m thinking bigger than just my Y. It broadens my view and my perspective. Our Y Movement has survived many crises, including world wars, recessions, and the Great Depression. I want to do my part to continue this heritage and legacy.

NAYDO is facing its own challenges, and we’ve had to make some difficult but necessary decisions, also. But, the desire to connect and network has never been stronger. The need for sharing and learning is paramount. The knowledge that others understand what I am experiencing is essential. It lifts my spirit and heals my soul to be part of such a meaningful organization of genuine, heartwarming, inspiring, uplifting colleagues and friends.

Please consider NAYDO your home – your safe space, your support team, your place to find resources … even if you don’t know what they are. Reach out to Mary, Kristen, or any NAYDO Council member whenever you need a sounding board, a listening ear, a new idea, or encouragement. We’re here for you. Together, we will remain NAYDO Strong.

Shelly McTighe-Rippengale
NAYDO Council Chair
Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer
YMCA of San Diego County