YMCA leader shares notes on Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Greencastle will not be getting a swimming pool through the Waynesboro YMCA any time soon. Executive director Alan Smith told Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce members a pool was the most frequent request, but the population would not be able to support it financially. He spoke at the March 17 chamber breakfast held at Rhodes Grove Conference Center.

Smith said four needs assessments had been conducted in the Greencastle area over the past twenty years, but funding was always the issue. He said the Y was interested in expanding its programs in town, but needed space. It did offer a successful childcare program at Assembly of God Church near the school campus.

Smith spent his entire career with the Y. The Waynesboro native graduated from Penn State with a degree in biology, and loved tennis. He walked into the Y and asked director Dick Marks if he needed a tennis instructor. The answer was no, but the Y needed a physical instructor for various types of classes.

“I’ve been there ever since,” Smith said.

He moved up through the ranks to his current position. He was offered jobs elsewhere but chose to stay in Waynesboro. And he did get to coach tennis at Penn State Mont Alto for 30 years.

Smith offered advice on finding success: Take advantage of every opportunity that is available. Be involved in service and church organizations. Work on what you are not good at; perfect what you are good at. Be a people person. Enjoy every day. And finally -

“I surround myself with really sharp people. They make me look good.”