Rye Y Story Project: Dottie

DottieI’m the Vice President for the Rye Association for the Handicapped. My husband was a stroke survivor and had no place to exercise. About eight or nine years ago, I was at a senior swim at Beckwith Point in New Rochelle when I met Irving Rothman. He told us about the Rye Y and the Rye Association for the Handicapped. So we came.

My husband, who wasn’t a water person, found the experience phenomenal because of all the people. The lifeguards, the staff, and members were all so helpful and concerned. They try to make your life comfortable here. From Gregg (Howells) to Juan (Davila), they’re all helpful. My husband passed away in January 2009. I stayed on as a volunteer with the Association and became Vice President about two years ago.

To give back to the Y, I helped organize Senior Day with (former Fitness Center Director) Charlie Clute. We had a great time. I also help out with the Rye Derby. I’m still here and still reaping the benefits of the Y. It gives you a sense of belonging.

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