The Association is formally organized by 11 men on board a steamer on the Potomac River. Its first name was the Association of General Secretaries of the Young Men’s Christian Association of the United States and British Provinces. This meeting also marked the first of the annual, biennial, or triennial conferences of the employed officers of the YMCA that have continued in some form (uninterrupted) to this day.
“Gymnasium supervisors” are admitted to the annual conference for the first time at the request of Luther Gulick, thus identifying a new type of secretary—the Christian physical education director.
Provisions are made at the annual conference for “sectional” meetings.
Organization’s name is changed to the Association of Employed Officers of the Young Men’s Christian Association (EOA).
The Employed Officers Relief Fund is initiated. This was the forerunner of AYP’s Emergency Assistance Fund.
Sections are formally organized and they begin planning their own programs at conferences. Over the next six years (1906-1911), ten sections come into existence.
EOA leaders initiate the idea for a YMCA Retirement Fund.
Forum, the Association’s professional journal, is first published. In the beginning, it is available through a subscription. Twelve months later, it is included as a “privilege” of membership and included in the annual dues.
EOA leaders initiate the idea of a certification process for YMCA secretaries.
Organization’s name is changed to the Association of Secretaries (AOS).
Geographical chapters are officially recognized for the first time. The Association quickly becomes a very complex organization as section units within chapters and chapter units within sections are formed.
Lawrence K. Hall, a member of the national YMCA staff, becomes the Association’s first executive secretary on a part-time basis.
Leslie J. Thompkins, also a National YMCA staff member, succeeds Hall as the Association’s second Executive Secretary on a part-time basis.
J. Robert Knight, a member of the national YMCA’s Ohio-West Virginia Region staff, is hired to become the Association’s first full-time executive. The AOS office is moved from New York City to Columbus, Ohio for two reasons: 1) Identification apart form the National YMCA was desired; and 2) Knight currently lived there.
Organization’s name is changed to the Association of Professional Directors of YMCAs in the United States (APD). This action was taken after the Canadians withdrew their memberships to start their own association.
Robert C. Goff is hired as the second full-time National Executive Director of the Association.
Perspective, Journal of YMCA Professionals, publishes first edition, combining and building on previous published APD professional journals.
James G. Stooke is hired as the third full-time National Executive Director.
APD’s national Office is relocated from Columbus, Ohio to Bloomington, Minnesota.
APD’s membership overwhelmingly approves a new Constitution and Bylaws for the Association, thereby eliminating the three national sections (Administration, Health and Physical Education, Program), reducing the National Board in size from 60 to 30 members, and establishing seven region councils.
John B. Coduri is hired as the fourth full-time National Executive Director.
APD’s national office is relocated from Bloomington, Minnesota to Westerly, Rhode Island.
APD’s membership and National Board of Directors approves a new Constitution and Bylaws for the Association.
APD’s membership and National Board of Directors approves a new association name change to Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP) and mission statement:
“To advance the YMCA profession.”
Donna French Dunn, CAE, is hired as the fifth full-time National Executive Director and CEO.
AYP adopts a new logo and the mission statement, “A Better You, A Better Y”
Natalie Norton, is hired as the sixth full-time President & CEO.
AYP hosts its national conference in Washington, DC.
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