A message from the International Convention Committee Chair
In 1920, a young member of the Toledo YMCA noted that local service organizations were having great success appealing to young professionals to engage in activities of community support. With the help of YMCA Booster Members, the TOLYMCA group was launched to provide support and funding for that Y. Building on that idea, Paul William Alexander, a Booster Member, shaped a service organization to enhance support for the Toledo YMCA. By early 1922, the first Y’s Men’s Club was formed, with Alexander as President.
In the almost 100 years since that momentous date, Y’s Men International has expanded across the globe to many countries and cultures, and now includes women and youth in their numbers. YMI is now recognized as the most diverse in membership of all major service groups.
As we prepare to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2022, you are invited to join fellow Y’s Men and Women, Y Service members, Y’s Youth and Y’s Menettes from around the world, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i for our centenary International Convention. It is fitting for this event to be held in the USA, the birthplace of our movement. You will be “wowed” by the local culture and the “aloha spirit” of our Host Committee members from Hawai‘i, as well as the team members from across the United States, as well as from Canada and the Caribbean.
As the International Convention Committee Chair, it is my great privilege to be involved in the planning for this special convention, with its focus on our past legacy, our current successes, and our progress towards a shining future for Y’s Men International. I am very confident that you too will love being a part of history in the making as we proudly move together into our new YMI century, starting in Hawai‘i!
I hope to see you in Honolulu in August 2022!
International Convention Committee Chair
A message from the Host Committee
As Co-Chair of the Host Committee, I wish to invite each and every one to attend the Y’s Men International 100th Anniversary Convention being held from 11 to 14 August 2022 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
The journey to selecting Honolulu was made after considering many possible locations in the USA from Atlantic City, New Jersey (site of the first convention) to Toledo, Ohio (birthplace of Y’s Men and site of the 25th Anniversary Convention), to Minneapolis, Minnesota (location of the Y’s Men archives and conventions in 1960 and 1990), to Long Beach, California (site of the 1948 convention), and others. The return to Hawai‘i (location of the 1966 Convention), is distinguished by a long history of dedicated Y’s Men starting in 1926 and continuing through present day.
The Host Committee has built a team of dedicated volunteers from across North America – Hawai‘i, California, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, as well as Ottawa and Nova Scotia, Canada, etc. – to welcome you to the island of O‘ahu. We have planned a program that will honour the history of YMI while recognizing the active service of our strong and committed members around the world. We will endeavour to inspire the next generation of members with focus on youth involvement and environmental awareness. Building on our Legacy for the next 100 years!
The venue will be the beautiful Hawai‘i Convention Center with accommodations conveniently nearby at the Ala Moana Hotel and the oceanfront Prince Waikiki Hotel. Come early and stay later to enjoy the experience of a lifetime. There is so much to see and do in Hawai‘i – see you there in August 2022!
Debbie Redmond, Co-Chair
E KOMO MAI (WELCOME)!
I join my co-chair in welcoming you to the beautiful islands of Hawai‘i.
Hawai‘i is one of the most diverse states in the union featuring beaches, mountains, volcanos and a vibrant indigenous culture that nurtures its roots through respect and appreciation for the land, language and traditions that form the backbone of island life. We invite you to enjoy a convention program that includes time to immerse yourself in the unique traditions of these islands as well as providing service to the host community with plenty of time to enjoy the warmth and welcoming aloha of the people of Hawai‘i.
O‘ahu, site of the convention, is often called “the gathering place” and we look forward to welcoming Y Service members from around the world to our special island.
As the old Hawaiian proverb says: ‘O ke aloha ke kuleana o kahi malihini- Love is the host in strange lands.
Phil Sammer, Co-Chair