This post is dedicated to the class of ’56 at ETHS
So many of us grew up together at the Y.
Growing up in Evanston, the YMCA was an important place to all of us. Starting with Little Women in grade school, through Tri- High in high school, the Y programs and leadership had an influence on who I am today. I tell a story from my Y days that proves the point.
I was a junior in high school and supposed to attend a meeting at the Y after school. I decided to join friends at Cooley’s Cupboard instead. (french fries and a cherry coke) A few days later the director of girls and women, Zenol Moore, called me on the carpet. You could do that in those days! It was the first time I had ever heard the expression,
To those much is given, much is expected.
Zenol carefully explained to me that as a leader among my peers, certain expectations came along with that position. Coming from a woman I revered, and wanted to please, this was a heady conversation. I have never forgot Zenol or her words to me. I am forever grateful to the YMCA, where I played sports, danced at the Plant Room, was a delegate for Youth and Government, and made life time friends. During college I worked one summer for the girl’s department at the Y. My last year at Camp Echo, after I married, I was the Asst. Director to Miss Zenol Moore. The girl that remains within me can make her way along Grove Street with the large Elm trees hanging over head, to the entrance of the Girl’s Department. Opening that door I can smell the chlorine from the pool, and find all the boys and girls who grew up on that corner of Maple & Grove.