Rockdale officials talk ‘Y’ in Round Rock
The session was coordinated by the Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD).
Primary purpose of the meeting was to explain how the YMCA works with the local medical community to provide health, fitness and rehabilitation programs and services.
In addition to YMCA executives, representatives from Seton and St. David’s Hospitals made presentations and a Round Rock councilwoman explained the benefits of her city’s partnership with the YMCA.
Details on how a city initiates and supports a YMCA project over time were shared. Many of the early efforts there involved “programs without walls,” since facilities were limited in the city but the demand for services was great.
Prior to this meeting, MDD sponsored a general informational meeting and a meeting with Rockdale ISD administrative staff, teachers and school board members.
In that meeting, emphasis was on programs the YMCA runs “in partnership” with other school districts. Examples included a wide range of after school programs.
Former Hutto Supt. Ernie Wayne Laurence made a presentation on how the Hutto/YMCA partnership was conceived and nurtured in the Hutto School District.
“These meetings are a continuation of a process of building support and interest for a YMCA in Rockdale,” Gary Griesbach, MDD board president, said.
Current MDD “Y subcommittee” members are Elaine Gerren, Georgia Richards and Griesbach.
“Collier Perry was on the committee but has been replaced by Mrs. Richards so that he could focus on other projects,” Griesbach said.