Jenk­in­town res­i­dent named YMCA vol­un­teer of the year

Glenside News - - OBITUARIES - By Jar­reau Free­man

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To be named vol­un­teer of the year is no small feat, and af­ter 40 years of vol­un­teer­ing with the Abing­ton YMCA, Jenk­in­town na­tive and re­tired in­sur­ance con­sul­tant iou Riggs wel­comed this honor humbly.

“I am very hon­ored and pleased,” Riggs said. “It’s al­ways nice to be rec­og­nized for your achieve­ments. You al­ways wish you could do more.”

Riggs was rec­og­nized for his ser­vice and com­mit­ment to the Abing­ton YMCA at the YMCA mhiladel­phia and sicin­ity An­nual Meet­ing June T at the ioews mhiladel­phia Ho­tel.

“I was given a nice piece of glass with my name in­scribed on it and a free lunch,” Riggs said with a smile. “You can’t beat that.”

To be a vol­un­teer of the year, YMCA sice mres­i­dent of Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Omoiye Kin­ney said that the or­ga­ni­za­tion looks for in­di­vid­u­als who are en­gaged at the Y, who are mak­ing an im­pact at their branch and show a pas­sion for the or­ga­ni­za­tion. She said that Riggs PHW DOO WKHVH TuDOL­fiFDWLRQV.

“I was chair of the Abing­ton YMCA board and have been very in­volved in fundrais­ing,” he said. “I started the an­nual golf tour­na­ment and my wife, menny, and I have vol­un­teered with the Gob­ble Wob­ble.”

Riggs said he has en­joyed be­ing part of the YMCA be­cause it has a lot of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties.

“When I was part of board de­vel­op­ment, I brought peo­ple through the YMCA on tours,” he said. “They xusu­al­lyz said to me how they didn’t know the YMCA of­fered xso manyz things. Be­tween child care, xvar­i­ousz classes and camp we have a lot.”

Riggs said his fam­ily has been in­volved at the YMCA for many years.

“My fa­ther and step­fa­ther SODyHG RQ WKH fiUVW AELQJWRQ YMCA bas­ket­ball team,” he said.

“My grand­son, Tyler Ral­ston, is an Abing­ton YMCA camp coun­selor. My daugh­ter, Sara, who lives in Rich­mond, sir­ginia, joined a YMCA in Rich­mond.”

Riggs’ community ser­vice ex­tends be­yond the Abing­ton YMCA. He said he is also in­volved with the ioaves and cishes cood Cup­board at the Jenk­in­town United Methodist Church and is a mem­ber of the Rotary Club of Jenk­in­town.

Al­though Riggs is very in­volved in the community, he said he has cre­ated many found mem­o­ries at the YMCA.

“I re­mem­ber I was tak­ing a new YMCA mem­ber around the Abing­ton fa­cil­ity … she was a res­i­dent of Ry­dal mark, which is down the hill from the fa­cil­ity,” he said. “I joked and asked her if she jogged here. She looked at me and said, ‘iou, if I could take a cab to the kitchen I would.’ I will never for­get she said that.”

Al­though iou is U0 years ROG, yRu wRQ’W fiQG KLP hang­ing up his vol­un­teer hat any­time soon. In fact, yRu wLOO fiQG KLP DW WKH Abing­ton YMCA Aug. 1T when he and other board mem­bers spend time with campers and coun­selors or lead an ac­tiv­ity to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to be a camp coun­selor for a day.

“I hope to be in­volved with the YMCA for 40 more years,” he said. “I have al­ways en­joyed the phi­los­o­phy of the YMCA and how they don’t turn peo­ple away who are in need and have pro­grams for many walks of life. It’s a great or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Abing­ton YMCA vol­un­teer of the year Lou Riggs.

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