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Sydney-Riverview Y Service Club

'To acknowledge the duty that accompanies every right'

Once again this year, the Sydney-Riverview Y Service Club will hold its annual Christmas Cheer Campaign to make certain that every child receives something on Christmas morning. Y’s Men have been actively engaged in community service in this area since 1923 and the Christmas Cheer campaign began that first winter. We have made certain that children in needy families receive a gift and treats for Christmas ever since. We depend on your donations to make this most worthwhile project happen. You can give your donation to any Y’s Man, make a secure PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX or debit donation by clicking the 'Donate' button (above right) or mail it to: Y’s Men’s Christmas Cheer, 250 Keltic Drive, Sydney, B1R 1V6. Together, we can make sure that no child is forgotten. Merry Christmas!

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Let's make sure no child is forgotten! 

A Letter To Our Sponsors

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Sydney-Riverview Y Service Club

'To acknowledge the duty that accompanies every right.'

Dear friends of the Sydney-Riverview Y Service Club,

Since 1923, the Sydney-Riverview Y Service Club has been providing volunteer service to our community and the YMCA. Our club is extremely active, not only through contributions to the YMCA, its youth camp and its children’s programs, but also to other worthy organizations like the Regional Hospital Library, the Pediatric Ward, Autism Cape Breton, L’Arche Cape Breton, the Children’s Wish Foundation, St. Theresa’s Men’s Club Spring Camp for Children and many, many others. Funds from our numerous projects held throughout the year allow us to continue this on-going support.

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Sydney Y’s Men’s Club marks 90th year of helping residents

ys men 1922The first meeting to discuss the creation of the Sydney Y’s Men’s Club was held in August 1922 at Petersfield Park in Point Edward. From left, front row, Fred MacInnis, Leonard Snow, John MacKinnon, Henry Pope, G.B. Richmond. M. R. Chappell and H. F. Moriarty; second row, unknown, Alex MacDonald, T. W. Miles, Dan MacKinnon, Wilfred Edmonds, Donald Morrison, Fred Boutilier, O. N. Mann; back row, Alex Kennedy, H. M. Israel, Gordon Spencer, H.S.F. Parsley, and Gordon Hill. © Submitted by Sandy Reynolds

Cape Breton Post - March 01, 2013

One of Cape Breton’s oldest community service clubs finds itself at a crossroads as it celebrates its 90th year of service to those in need.

The Sydney Y’s Men’s Club holds the distinction of being the first club to receive an international charter from the organization which was first formed in 1923 in Ohio.

Local club president Sandy Reynolds boasts that the Sydney club put the organization on the international map and continues to be the oldest, active club in the organization.

An affiliate of the YMCA, the club is mandated to promote and support the work of the YMCA along with specifically targeting services and programs aimed at youth. It now operates in 70 countries with a membership of nearly 30,000.

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5 Reasons to Join A Service Club

Here are 5 good reasons why you should think about joining a local service club:

  1. 1 Networking. Although your primary motivation for joining shouldn't be selfish, you can discover a group of people who know and share your values.
  2. 2 Building a resume. Potential employers like to see people involved in more than just work. It shows initiative and a willingness to expand your pofessional relationships and strengthen your leadership skills.
  3. 3 Making new friends. There's something about seeing each other every week over supper, and working alongside each other that builds lasting relationships.
  4. 4 It just feels good. A service club is involved in many community service projects. Giving back to your community is a very rewarding feeling!
  5. 5 It's fun. Plain & simple!