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Updated: 10/23/2013 11:35:51PM

YMCA shares improvements at Chamber After Hours

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Attending the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce After Hours at the Lake Wales YMCA are: (l to r) seated, Velma Henry of the Green and Gold Foundation; Marta Horne and Geri Burch. Standing, (l to r) are Lake Wales Mayor Gene Fultz and his wife, Jan Fultz.


Others attending the affair were Denise Tembridge, Lake Wales board member and Marilyn Moran, YMCA childcare director.


Lee Rolf of Citizens Bank and Trust attended the YMCA After Hours event.


Gopika Trivedi, owner of the new Lake Wales Pharmacy, left; Brian Marbutt, president of the chamber, and Mariela Duque, pharmacy tech, attended the After Hours event and introduced the new pharmacy.


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Decorated with new paint and polish, the Lake Wales YMCA was the setting for the monthly Lake Wales Greater Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours buffet and networking social Tuesday. The YMCA is in the process of renovation that has already been concluded in the children’s and childcare wing of the building.

Goals and future accomplishments were shared by Clark Heter, CEO, with the Chamber members and friends attending the event.

“New sports are planned with a master swim team being organized and a kickball tournament for adults,” Heter said.

New fitness equipment has been ordered, new flooring in areas is planned, and lights will be installed shortly for night swimming at the outdoor pool. New tots and nursery rooms all have Disney themes with Disney-themed carpeting and characters on the walls with each room sporting new paint. An underwater theme with Nemo, a princess-themed room for young toddlers and Mickey Mouse nodding on the walls of the infants’ nursery are all cheerful, happy themes.

The infants, toddlers and children through the fifth grade can find a safe haven during the day at the YMCA. Childcare is offered for all age groups, all day from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; half days, or before and after school or just before or after. Tutoring is available for the older children who are picked up at their schools and taken to the “Y” to have a treat, do homework and have some free time.

A grand reopening of the YMCA is planned Nov. 14, said Heter.

Chamber President Brian MarButt introduced two new Chamber members, Gopika Trivdedi, owner of Lake Wales Pharmacy next to the Lab Corps in the Orange Grove Plaza on State Road 60 that offers free delivery of all prescriptions, sells a list of 99-cent prescriptions and accepts all health insurances.

Joe Bennett with Victory was introduced as a new member business.

Marbutt reminded members of the next After Hours to be held Oct. 29 at the Grove Center on 11th Street and at James M. Weaver P.A. attorneys office on Park Avenue with a Mexican theme on Nov. 12.

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