The C.W. Avery Family YMCA is celebrating its 15th Anniversary on Wallin Drive in 2021! To commemorate this milestone, we are sharing the story of fantastic Y members each month. Today we shine the spotlight on Gus and Diane Rousonelos. Gus and Diane are regulars in group exercise classes and have been friendly faces around the Y since day one! You can learn more about them in the Q&A below.
Q: What inspired you to join the Y?
Gus: For me, the Y is so close to where we live. If I walk, I think it only takes 10 minutes. You really couldn’t beat that. They also built the Y right when I retired so how could I not come? It’s been really good for me.
Diane: I knew that I needed to work out and I’m not good at doing it by myself. I would always find excuses to stop what I should be doing. Being in classes has helped with that and I always get the full benefit.
Q: What do you enjoy about using the Y?
Diane: It’s nice and spaced out. You’re not shoved into one small area with all the machines. The entire place is also kept clean. The Y has very good instructors who are very helpful. I also like the camaraderie with the other participants. It’s just a great community.
Gus: That’s the same thing I love. The camaraderie and the community. I don’t use the workout center as much as I should but they really have turned the Y into a wonderful building.
Q: We know the last year has been a challenge for many in the Y community, how did you adjust?
Gus: Last year, we were on vacation when the Y was closed. We got back right about when they started outdoor classes. Then, as soon as the doors opened last June, we were here. I was glad to get back.
Diane: The Y really extended themselves to do outside classes last year, but it was exciting to get back inside for classes.
Q: You support the Y through charitable giving, why do you find that an important part of your Y experience?
Gus: I donate because I enjoy my time here so much that I want to help with what the Y needs.
Diane: We enjoy getting together to get a picture of the whole Boot Camp group for our banner. We consider it good money spent.
Q: What makes you most proud to be a member of the Y community?
Diane: I like the idea that the Y offers families daycare services as well as the outside summer camp activities for the kids. There is also something for every single age group available. Nobody is left out and nobody who is thinking about joining the Y should ever feel intimidated. You will always feel welcomed.
Gus: I really love how it brings people together. I’ve met so many people since we joined the Y. I farmed my whole life and it was kind of a secluded life. Now I get the pleasure of seeing more people.
We would like to thank Gus and Diane for their incredible support over the last 15 years. We look forward to making a positive impact on members of our community through 2021 and beyond!