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In 2018 after 24 years of stellar service, Jim Asleson retired as CEO of the Albany YMCA.

When Jim's predecessor retired, the Y board granted him a lifetime membership. Recent CEOs retiring in Eugene, Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls each received a life membership as thanks for their service. When Jim retired, the Albany YMCA board (or possibly only a few members in leadership) gave Jim only a one-year membership. To add insult to injury, the board recently sent Jim a letter stating his membership expires in December.

Jim is devoted to the Y. In addition to his many duties as CEO, he and his committee were the driving force of the seven-year struggle to raise funds to construct the beautiful YMCA so many enjoy today. The new YMCA was Jim's vision; much of it was his actual design. He spent years gathering grants and contributions. Jim is the only CEO in Oregon who has overseen the completion of an entirely new building. For his amazing work within the community, Jim was named Albany citizen of the year in 2017.

Jim treats everyone with respect, consideration, and a loving heart.

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It is inexplicable that the present board leadership could be so unappreciative, so hurtful, and so unjust. A lifetime membership in the Mid Willamette YMCA is the very least the board should do to show the appreciation Jim undeniably deserves. Each of us should make it clear to the board that it must immediately correct this unjust decision.

Lori Humphrey

Albany (Oct. 30)

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