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.
The 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.