A Message from our President and CEO, Dale Brunner


Dear YMCA Members,

Thank you for being a member of the Auglaize Mercer Family YMCA. As you consider how you can best care for your family and neighbors during this crisis, I would like for you to take a moment to consider how you might be able to support your community through your local YMCA.

As you most likely know, the YMCA is a Non-Profit Organization that is so much more than a gym or fitness facility. Our mission focuses our work within three core areas: Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility. This work is overseen by a local volunteer Board of Directors from throughout the Auglaize Mercer Family YMCA’s service territory of Celina, Minster, New Bremen, St. Marys and surrounding communities. Local YMCA’s are funded by local members and local donors. Your support of your local YMCA helps to keep your local Y and our Community strong.
The volunteer Board of Directors of the Auglaize Mercer Family YMCA and I recognize that these are challenging times for us all, but I am writing to you today to ask you to “stay with us”, not as a fitness member, but as a Cause Driven Member that is partnering with us so that our YMCA can take on the challenging task of serving our local community as follows:

  • We have transitioned our New Bremen Learning Center into a Pandemic Childcare Facility.This facility has received the approval of the State of Ohio to provide childcare for our communities essential Health Care, Emergency Personnel and Grocery staff. To learn more about these services or to enroll call us at 419-629-2507.
  • Our full-time staff began last week the task of calling our Senior Members to check on them and to see if they need assistance in picking up groceries, medications or something else.Our phone calls have been very well received and we have many more calls to make. If you are in need of assistance, please call our South Branch at 419-629-9622 or our North Branch at 419-586-9622.
  •  We have launched a new option on our website for members to participate in called the “Virtual YMCA”. We have over 60 high quality YMCA branded workouts for members to participate in and more available to members now on our website at https://amymca.org/virtual-ymca/.


Your support of your local YMCA is more important than ever! We are asking that you “Stay with Us” and not cancel our pause your YMCA membership. Should you choose to stay with us, while our fitness activities in our branches are temporarily suspended, we will treat your April membership draft and any subsequent drafts as a tax deductible, charitable donation to support all the necessary community work that your Y is currently engaged in. If you must place your membership draft on hold, you can do that by visiting the form on our website here. Pause April Dues

Maybe you are interested in doing more to partner with us?  Should you like to make a donation to support our work in providing emergency child care to our community click here: https://amymca.org/donations/



Lastly, to some of you, I may be a new face and you may be wondering why the leader of the YMCA of Greater Dayton is writing this letter and featured in the video posted to the Auglaize Mercer YMCA website. In August 2018, the Board of Directors of the Auglaize Mercer YMCA officially entered into a management agreement with the YMCA of Greater Dayton. Since then, we have been working hard to support the operations of your local YMCA with the goal of strengthening the community through a stronger YMCA. As a Y, we know that we are stronger when we work together through shared resources, talent, expertise and fostering deeper relationships within our region.


Thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate these unprecedented and difficult times.


Dale Brunner
President and CEO