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Tentative Schedule for the week of May 13th, 2019

by Kristi Potts on 05/13/19

Here is our tentative schedule for the week! Wednesday is your last day to get your Preschooler (Age 4+) or Kindergartner sign up for T-Ball! Check out our Youth Programs page to sign up or for my great activities!

Spaghetti Dinner SUCCESS!!

by Kristi Potts on 05/06/19

On Saturday, April 27th, the Montgomery County Family YMCA along with several volunteers and contributors from local churches and businesses came together to prepare a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for those affected by a fire at an apartment house at 6th and Reed Streets in Red Oak on Saturday, April 20th, 2019. 

Over 150 community members were in attendance at the dinner and $2734 was raised.  In addition to this, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial’s Matching Fund Program contributed $2500 in matching funds for a total of $5234 that will go to the fire victims. 

Sponsors for the Spaghetti Dinner were Hy Vee Food Stores, Inc. of Red Oak, Fareway Stores, Inc. of Red Oak, and Mark Jackson’s Downtown Red Oak Hardware Hank. 

Both the YMCA and the Modern Woodmen felt this was a well-attended and well-received event which shows how the local community can come together to help our neighbors in need.  “The community truly came together to support a local need and that support is what it’s all about,” said Carol Walters, local Modern Woodmen volunteer leader.   

John Blomstedt, Executive Director of the YMCA, commented, “The thanks from the displaced residents and the outpouring of community support was overwhelming.” 

For more information on how one can become a member, volunteer, donor, or simply involved with the Montgomery County Family YMCA, please stop in for a visit or tour of the YMCA, call the YMCA at 712-623-2161, or visit the YMCA on Facebook, or the Y’s website at

We Need Baseball Buddies!

by Kristi Potts on 05/06/19

Putting out a request for help of volunteers (baseball buddies) for our STAR League baseball games. As you might know this is a league for children between ages 5-18 with developmental disabilities. Many of these children have no other opportunities to participate in team sports other than this league.  We are drawing parents and kids from outside of Red Oak (Treynor, Clarinda, Avoca..etc) as the word spreads about the league..its growing! So we need more volunteers! 

Our opening game of 2019 season was Saturday, May 4th and we desperately need more volunteers as it takes quite a few to manage the games with these children. We have games this coming Saturday May 11th and Saturday May 18th  at the RO Sports Complex.

Volunteers (baseball buddies) would help kids run bases/fielding/throwing/batting. We need volunteers to report by no later than 9:30 am to the Complex so we can get all oriented and ready for 10 am game start.  Game is over by no later than 11:00 am. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years of age or older. You do not need to have a lot of experience with baseball/softball to volunteer.  

If you should have any questions please give me a call at the YMCA @ 712.623.2161.

Matt Davis
Part-Time Program Director
Montgomery County Family YMCA


by Kristi Potts on 05/01/19

Montgomery County Family YMCA

SALARY: $8.00 per hour
30-35 hours per week


Under the direction of the Aquatic/Program Director and the Summer Day Camp Director, the assistant will assist with the program including but not limited to assistance with daily lesson plans, weekly themes, and overall goals of the program. 

Day Camp will start June 11th and run weekly until August 10th with the week of July 4th off.  Camp runs Monday through Friday 8am-4pm with staff arriving early and cleaning up each day afterwards. 

Past experience with children 
Strong public communication skills
References regarding childcare, communication, and reliability 
Able to assist in caring for the facilities, equipment, and resources
Physically able to do a large amount of walking and activities inside and out
Will take CPR and get certified with a YMCA trainer

Missy Stickland Aquatics/Program Director
101 E. Cherry Street
Red Oak IA, 51566
Telephone 712-623-2161

Good Friday Breakfast

by Kristi Potts on 04/23/19

Montgomery County Family YMCA Press Release (Red Oak, Iowa)
Friday, April 19th, 2019


The Montgomery County Family YMCA in partnership with the Montgomery County Family YMCA Men’s Thursday Bible Study Group and the Montgomery County Ministerial Fellowship held the 7th Annual Good Friday Breakfast on Friday, April 19th, 2019. Pastor Ricky Rohrig of Crossroads Church, Red Oak began the breakfast with a prayer followed by Master of Ceremonies Steven Colerick giving a reminder about the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2nd. The National Day of Prayer is held annually on the first Thursday of May. This year will mark a change in location to the Gold Fair Building at 6:30 a.m., instead of the usual location of the Red Coach Inn & Restaurant. Parkersburg Iowa Police Chief Chris Luring will be speaking on the power of the human spirit, of self-sacrifice, and how god worked in Parkersburg in the midst of death and destruction after the EF-5 tornado hit the rural community and in the wake of the death of his mentor and friend Football Coach Ed Thomas who was fatally shot in the high school’s weight room. The program continued with Mindy Docker of Red Oak singing reverent hymns of thanksgiving about Jesus’ love and sacrifice at the cross on Easter. This year’s featured speaker Pastor Jason Latta of City Light Church of Southwest Iowa in Emerson, IA continued the mood of worship with a message from Mark 14:32-36 which recounts Jesus’ prayer at Gethsemane before he would bare the pain and weight of our sins and separation from God the Father during his death. Why did He do it? Pastor Latta revealed the answer to be as simple and true as the song: Jesus loves us. To end the program Reverend Roger Claxton of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Red Oak, IA led the gathering in a closing prayer.

Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Good Friday Breakfast on April 10th, 2020.

For more information about the Montgomery County Family YMCA and its programs, memberships, and volunteer/donor opportunities, call us at 712-623-2161, stop by the Y located at 101 East Cherry Street, Red Oak, Iowa, visit us on Facebook, or our website at