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Jamestown Area YMCA
At the Jamestown Area YMCA’s annual meeting held recently, Greg Smith was honored with the Paul B. Sullivan Lifetime Service Award.
Presented by Mark Eckendorf, YMCA CEO, this prestigious award was presented to Smith for his years of exceptional service, dedication and commitment to the Jamestown Area YMCA.
As a lifelong Y member, Smith’s involvement with the Jamestown Area YMCA began in childhood. He played basketball in junior high and high school, and continued to play noontime basketball for the next 20 years. He’s been an avid player of all racket sports—tennis, squash, and table tennis—and a frequent user of the Y’s fitness center.
“But he didn’t just use the Y,” said Eckendorf of Smith, “he started giving back.”
Smith started coaching and refereeing youth basketball, and about 20 years ago, he organized the league for several years, during which time the number of players grew from 30 to over 200.
Smith spent nine years serving on the board of directors of the YMCA, and has been a member of several committees over the years.
“He became chairman of the board and stayed on as president for three years,” Eckendorf said. “We were lucky enough to have on the board for as long as he was, let alone serve as president for three years.”
Smith is now a member of the board of trustees and is semi-retired, but he has always been available for every trustee meeting, even from Florida.
“The thing about Greg is that he is a deep thinker and he likes to analyze,” said Eckendorf. “I’ve taken many problems to him over the years and he always comes back to me with a well thought out answer.”
Smith has previously received the YMCA’s Volunteer of the Year and Board Member of the Year awards.
“The bottom line is, he’s always been there for the YMCA and supported our mission,” Eckendorf stated.