YMCA details many programs in visit with Medina Lions Club

Provided photo: Pictured from left include Jesse Cudzilo, Katie Cudzilo, Jim Hancock and Noori Bebe at the Nov. 7 Medina Lions Club meeting.

Posted 14 November 2023 at 8:11 am

Press Release, Medina Lions Club

MEDINA – On November 7, the Medina Lions Club held its monthly dinner meeting at the Junior Wilson Sportsman Club. This meeting was also our Thanksgiving celebration, and 42 members attended.

Our guest speakers for the evening were Jesse Cudzilo Orleans County YMCA executive director; Katie Cudzilo, Caregivers Revitalize coordinator; and Noori Bibi, vice president Orleans County YMCA Board of Directors.

Jesse Cudzilo, a veteran, and community activist with a business background, enthusiastically shared many of the programs at the YMCA and other community sites. He indicated that the Y has 500 to 600 members. The Y has something for everyone. It is adult-centered and child-centered.

The Y has been remodeled and now offers an indoor playground, weight room, teen center, summer camp, and an area for community groups, such as the Girl Scouts, to meet. It also offers exercise classes such as Silver Sneakers, Spin Classes, Yoga, Rock Wall and baseball practice range classes. Various exercise equipment and personal trainers are available for workout sessions. The Y also offers the Child Watch program, which allows parents to have their children cared for while working out.

The Y offers innovative programs such as an after-school care program for children in Lyndonville and Medina. The program instills the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and offers homework help, arts and crafts, science experiments, enrichment and a healthy snack.

Katie Cudzilo facilitates the “Caregivers Revitalize” respite program. This program realizes that families caring for older family members need and deserve a break. This program meets on Thursday afternoons. Check with Katie for the time and location.

Noori Bibi spoke about the Homeschool Extension Program. This program began small but now has 36 participants. It is for Pre-K through fifth-grade homeschoolers and meets on Tuesday afternoons. It enhances socialization and provides children with art, music and physical education.

We are fortunate to have this organization in our community. For more information about the Orleans County YMCA, visit www.glowymca.org. For more information about the Medina Lions Club, visit our Facebook page or our new website, www.medinalionsny.org.