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National Water Safety Month

May is National Water Safety Month, ongoing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic might be competing for our energy and attention right now, focusing on drowning prevention and safe aquatic facilities and camps  is all the more important as we continue to operate through disruptions and transition this summer.

Sign up today & take advantage of one of our summer lessons!

New CEO Selected for the Illinois Valley YMCA

Chris Weittenhiller was selected to be the next CEO of the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru.

Weittenhiller brings 22 years of YMCA experience and comes from the Christian County YMCA in Taylorville, where he has been the CEO since 2009. In May, he will succeed Dave Potthoff, who has served as CEO for the Illinois Valley YMCA since 1987.

Weittenhiller has been involved with his community, serving as board president for the Taylorville Kiwanis Club and Christian County Mental Health Association as well as serving on the Taylorville Memorial Hospital’s External Community Health Needs Assessment Committee for the last 10 years. Most recently he served as the chairperson for the 2020 Illinois Alliance of YMCA’s Fall Staff Rally.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to provide leadership for the Illinois Valley YMCA; work with their established staff team and dedicated board of directors to deepen the Y’s impact in the communities we serve,” Weittenhiller said.

Weittenhiller earned his bachelor degree in exercise science from Winona State University in Winona, Minn. He started his YMCA career in 1998 with the Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg as the sports and fitness director.

In 2004, Weittenhiller became the associate executive director for the Bloomington-Normal YMCA. For the last 12 years he has served as the CEO of the Christian County YMCA.

“My wife Hope and I are truly excited to be part of your community, getting involved and developing positive relationships. It will be my goal to be very visible in the community and be involved with organizations that with missions similar to the Ys,” Weittenhiller said.

Representing the board, President Bob Suarez said he is excited to have Weittenhiller as the next CEO.

“We appreciate all our members who have stuck with us during these restricted times and look forward to a bright future as we emerge from this pandemic and onto a new chapter,” Suarez said. “Chris and his wife are excited to join our community. We feel proud and honored that the Illinois Valley is where they want to call home and look forward to his involvement in our community. We want to thank the combined efforts of the search committee for their diligent work through this process in finding our next CEO. Finally, we also thank Dave Potthoff for the contributions he has made during his 36 years at our Y. We are in a strong position based on his leadership and thank him for his service and for helping build our YMCA to what it is today. We wish Dave and Mary Beth best wishes in retirement.”

Through the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, the Illinois Valley YMCA said it remains devoted to strengthening the foundations of the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Continuing to affect the lives of thousands of families and individuals throughout the Illinois Valley is important to Weittenhiller, who said “The Illinois Valley YMCA has been such a great asset for the community and I am excited to join the Illinois Valley YMCA during a time in which I believe our best work as a mission driven, non-profit, community organization is yet to come”.

Executive Vacancy Announcement

Executive Vacancy Announcement at Illinois Valley YMCA

The CEO of the Illinois Valley YMCA is responsible for establishing and implementing the mission, vision, goals, and values of the YMCA within the organization and the community.

The Successful Candidate Will Achieve Excellence in the Following Areas:

  • Provide Strong Fiscal Leadership
  • Develop and Implement a Strategic Plan
  • Demonstrate Mission/Purpose Driven Leadership
  • Member Retention and Acquisition

Apply Online Only At:

Deadline for Resumes: February 28, 2021


Reopening Programs

We are sliding down to Tier 2 on January 15th & will begin to open our programs back up beginning January 18th. Please contact Carmen by January 11th to insure your membership is reactivated & any drafts for programs, if you need them activated for the January 15th draft.  Carmen can be contacted via phone at 815.223.7904 Ext. 036 or email at

Swim Meet Change

Good Afternoon ~

We are sorry for the late notice, but our swim team meet will take place Saturday, November 14th – NOT the 21st like originally scheduled. All the Lap lanes will be closed and in use by the swimmers.

Good News

Our Tumbling & Trampoline program is set to begin September 1. To get registered please email Jessica Turczyn at

We are also bringing back Tae Kwon Do! This is set to begin September 8! To get registered please give the Y a call at 815.223.7904.

Summer Camp – Limited

CHALLENGER CAMP (Full Day only; 6-10 yr olds)

Your child will have the opportunity to participate in an array of organized educational and recreational activities, all of which promote social skills, self-confidence, sportsmanship, character development, and healthy kids!

**Only taking children registered for the week. We aren’t taking daily drop offs*
This camp is limited due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

** As of now, we are limited to first come, first serve IVYMCA Members, full day- Full week registrations only! Credits won’t be given for missed days. Full week registration must register by Wednesday June 10 to guarantee a spot. We will accept applications all summer.

** Please bring lunch, water bottles, and sun block – The Y will not be providing these items!

Contact Shannon Parham, Camp Director at 815.223.7904 Ext. 035

Dates: June 15 – August 16
Time: 8:00a-4:00p

Before care available at 7:00am ($3/Day) & After care available until 5:30pm ($5/Day)

Weekly Members: $115/Weekly
Weekly Non-Members: $140/Weekly

Click below to download the application & then email it to Shannon Parham, Camp Director at as soon as possible. Camp begins June 15!
2020 Camp Packet

Summer Camp 2020

YMCA 360

Good Morning Members ~

The Y360 is the brainchild of the YMCA and a group of founding Y’s like Houston, Charlotte, Twin Cities, and Tacoma (Pierce & Kitsap Counties). In the light of the COVI-19 challenges we are facing, we are making the content on thee YouTube channel available to all Ys to share with their members.

So just follow the link below to start working out from home!

  • Highlight the link
  • Right click the link; select copy
  • Open Internet Browser
  • Click the address bar
  • Right click the address bar and press “paste” (This will paste the link into the address bar)
  • Then press “Enter” on the keyboard to to directed to YouTube.

Cornovirus Update



Dear members ~
The Illinois Valley & Mendota Area YMCA will temporarily be closed effective at 10:00pm on Monday, March 16, 2020.
Based on the advice of the YMCA-USA, The State of Illinois, Public Health officials, the facility, and our programs will be closed. The Y staff will deep clean all areas. Our hope is that the coronavirus can be contained, develop treatment, and our populations are protected. We will continue to monitor this situation with the hope we will open very soon. We thank you all for your understanding during this difficult situation.
David P. Potthoff
Illinois Valley YMCA