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How Y's Men Began ...


Judge Paul William Alexander
Founded in Toledo, Ohio, USA in 1922 to support a local YMCA, Y's Men International is now oriented to serving the worldwide YMCA, the largest non-governmental youth organisation, and through it the communities in which it is present throughout the world. Since the YMCA is usually known as "the Y" in the USA, and as the Y's Men movement started there as a club of "men of and for the Y", it was named the "Y's Men's Club".

Judge Paul William Alexander (photo) was the founder of the first club together with a group of young men. (Click on photo to obtain larger one - then "Save As" to download to your computer.)

However, today women can be full members of our movement (and indeed many women are among its members and family participation is encouraged in numerous activities). This is a very important selling point in many communities. Since 1995 local affiliated clubs wishing to emphasize this openness can choose to call themselves "Y's Men and Women's Clubs" or "Y Service Clubs". Members are known as Y's Men or Y's Women.

Today Y's Men International has almost 1,500 clubs with around 28,000 members in 69 countries on all continents.


OUR MOTTO:

"TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE DUTY THAT ACCOMPANIES EVERY RIGHT"


OUR MISSION:

As Y's Men International is a world-wide fellowship of persons of all faiths working constructively together,
based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, in partnership with and supporting the YMCA, its mission is to strive through active service to develop, encourage and provide leadership to build a better world for all humankind.

OUR EMBLEM OUR LOGO Y's MEN SONG
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Y's Men song.


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The Y's Men emblem consists first of a red triangle, the symbol long employed by the YMCA to denote its three-fold programme of spirit, mind and body building.

In the upper border of the triangle appears the word INTERNATIONAL, indicative of the scope of our purposes.

Within the triangle a golden star sheds rays of light on the name, "Y'S MEN'S CLUB".

This star symbolises the Star of Bethlehem. Just as that star served as a guide to the Wise Men of the East, so shall this golden star, which also represents the ideals of our club, serve as a constant guide to the Y's Men of today and lead them to a true realisation of the nobility of unselfish service.
WEAR THIS EMBLEM WITH JOY AND PRIDE AND AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION. TRULY ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT IT SYMBOLISES AND MEANS THROUGH YOUR PERSONAL CONDUCT AND ACTIONS.




  NAME CLUB Profile Picture YEAR
  Kenneth Somanader
Colombo 1975 - 76
  Stanley Arnold
Colombo 1976 - 78
  Wimsy Sinnathamby
Colombo 1978 - 80
  Gladstone Thevadasan
Colombo   1980 - 81
  Darrel Perera
Moratuwa 1981 - 82
  Lanka Nesiah
Colombo 1982 - 83
  Devane Perera
Wellawatte 1983 - 84
  Ercon Godlieb
Colombo 1984 - 85
  George Chinnathamby
Kurunegala 1985 - 86
  Joseph Antonirajah
Wellawatte 1986 - 87
  Jackie Ratnam
Colombo 1987 - 88
  Clifford Ratnavibhushana
Moratuwa 1988 - 89
  Jean Godlieb
Colombo 1989 - 90
  Noreen Chinnathamby
Wellawatte 1990 - 91
  Hilary De Alwis
Colombo   1991 - 92
  Elizabeth Dwight
Wellawatte 1992 - 93
  Justin Perera
Kurunegala   1993 - 94
  Rajinda Wijemanne
Kurunegala 1994 - 95
  Ercon Godlieb
Colombo 1995 - 96
  Darrel Perera
Young Moratuwa 1996 - 97
  V. Manoharan
Wellawatte 1997 - 98
  Ranjan Fernando
Young Moratuwa 1998 - 99
  Lakshman Perera
Kurunegala 1999 - 00
  Norman De Zilwa
Dehiwela 2000 - 01
  Nilkantha Fernandopulle
Kotte 2001 - 02
  Jayantha Fernando
Young Moratuwa 2002 - 03
  Rita Hettiarachchi Colombo 2003 - 04
  Veraan de Mel Moratuwa 2004 - 05
  Felician Perera Kurunegala 2005 - 06
  Anton Kandiah Dehwiela 2006 - 07
  Enrico Brown Colombo 2007 - 08
  Nihal Peiris Young Moratuwa 2008 - 09
  Michael Matthysz Cinnamon Gardens 2009 - 10
  Godfrey Francis Young Moratuwa  2010 – 11
  Sarojini Nagendran Wellawatte 2011 - 12
  Rienzie Diaz Dehiwala   2012 – 13
  Anton Kandiah Dehwiela 2013 - 14


 
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