First, we need to clarify that the Bolivar Aqua Zone and the Roy Blunt YMCA of Bolivar are operated separately. The Aqua Zone is owned by the City of Bolivar and has been operated by the City since September of 2013. 

A Y is developed only when a community requests and when they demonstrate the support and desire to use the Y as the vehicle to improve their community. 

Each Y is led, shaped and funded by each individual community. This not only ensures support but also allows the total commitment of a region to a Y. It takes the total support of the area’s leadership, unwavering volunteer commitment, possession of the future vision for the community and financial support to provide the programs and services needed.

Unfortunately, the Roy Blunt YMCA of Bolivar has operated at a loss for the past eleven years, and this is the concern. The Ozarks Regional YMCA Association has been supporting the losses of the Bolivar Y, and that is no longer a feasible solution. The Y should be able to be sustained by its own community. 

We are proud to be a part of this community and will continue to be guided by our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Paula Shepard, Roy Blunt YMCA, Bolivar

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