YMCA Honors Linda Wood As Red Triangle Inductee

Wood Receives Highest Honor Given to YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Volunteers; Adult and Youth Volunteers of the Year Also Honored

Winston-Salem, NC (2018) – The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is pleased to induct Linda Wood into the Red Triangle Society. The Red Triangle Society was established in 2002 and induction into the Society is the highest honor a Y volunteer can receive. Recipients demonstrate long-term and significant commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to the YMCA mission.

Growing up, Linda Wood played basketball at the Y. But it wasn’t until her daughters attended YMCA Camp Hanes that she became a Y volunteer. By checking one simple box on a form when she picked her daughter up from Camp, she set into motion more than two decades of volunteer leadership for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina.

She joined the YMCA Camp Hanes Board of Managers in 2000, the summer after her daughter first attended camp. In the years that followed she has served in many leadership roles for the Y. She was chair of the YMCA Camp Hanes board and joined the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Association board, where she also became chair and Chief Volunteer Officer for the Association. She has led the Annual Giving Campaign, the Strategic Plan process, as well as Capital Campaigns and other committees like the Compensation Committee for the Association.

In each of those roles she brought a leadership derived from her corporate career but combined with her kindness, sense of humor, and love for the Y.

“Linda’s leadership set in motion the YMCA we know today,” said Stan Law, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. Without her adept direction and never-failing commitment to excellence, we would not have the strategic plan and foundation that guides everything we do to impact lives in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”

A video of Linda’s contributions can be viewed in the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina’s Annual Report online at ymcanwnc.org/2017annualreport/.

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina honored 14 Adult Volunteers of the Year:

Barbara Laymon with the Davie Family YMCA, Brian McMillan with the Fulton Family YMCA, Bryan Starrette with the Statesville Family YMCA, Jane Oldham with the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, Jerry Hodge with the Yadkin Family YMCA, Julie Koch with the Wilkes Family YMCA, Kelly Hines with YMCA Camp Hanes, Lynn Clarke with the Robinhood Road Family YMCA, Mary Hargraves with the Winston Lake Family YMCA, Matt Cooksey with the Alexander County Family YMCA, Pam Rife with YMCA Childcare Services, Susanna Nunn with Kernersville Family YMCA, Tonya Culler with the Stokes Family YMCA, and Will Hege with the Jerry Long Family YMCA. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina honors adults who demonstrate exceptional volunteerism and consideration toward others with the YMCA Strong Award.

The following Youth Volunteers of the Year were also honored: Colin Coffey (Alexander County Family YMCA), Jasmin Puruncajas (Fulton Family YMCA), Jaylin Hacker (Jerry Long Family YMCA), East Forsyth & Glenn Student Community Based Vocational Training (Kernersville Family YMCA), Seth Strickland (Robinhood Road Family YMCA), Aiden Deaton (Stokes Family YMCA), Patrick McBean (William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA), Nicholas Beard (Wilkes Family YMCA), Kierra Leak (Winston Lake Family YMCA), Justin Price (YMCA Camp Hanes), and Lesyia Smith-Sims (YMCA Childcare Services).

About YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 115,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in communities across seven counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ymcanwnc.org.