By Sharon Dayhoff
When I moved to Gettysburg from Richmond, Virginia 15 years ago I hoped one day I could give back in some way to the community that welcomed me. After working in public accounting in Baltimore and Camp Hill I found my dream job at Gettysburg College where I am currently the Senior Director of Financial Services and Controller. One of my colleagues, a former board member of the YW, recommended me when the YW Treasurer position became open in October.
I have to admit, I was not familiar with the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and so the first thing I did was go to the YW’s website. The dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all was clear. Every day, the YWCA lives their mission through their childcare, fitness, aquatics and Road Scholar Adventures in its Lifelong Learning Program.
As an accountant, I appreciated the financial transparency the YW offers by posting their audited financial statements and annual reports on their website. When I entered the YWCA on Fairfield Road, for the first time, I was impressed with all of the activity I saw. There was swim practice in the indoor pool, a seniors’ fitness class in mid-stretch and basketball in the gym. I was greeted with a warm smile and welcome at the front desk by one of the dedicated staff who help ensure that everyone who enters the YW finds what they need. I met with Dotty Dalphon, Executive Director of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, and learned of the passion and dedication she and her team put into realizing the YW’s mission. After our meeting it was not a difficult decision to offer my time and expertise to the Board as Treasurer. I was eager to become a part of that team and was thrilled when the Board of Directors approved my position.
I look forward to working with an organization that offers an opportunity for women to develop leadership skills and have a real voice in the organization’s management. I am now a proud member of the YW.
If you are interested in finding out more about the programs or services the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County has to offer I encourage you to check out the YW’s website at www.ywcagettysburg.org. Or if you are driving by the YWCA at 909 Fairfield Road I encourage you to stop in and see what the facility has to offer. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Sharon Dayhoff is the treasurer of the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County board of directors.