People work out at the Taylor Family Branch of the YMCA in Elgin. The boards of the Elgin-based Prairie Valley Family YMCA based in Elgin and the Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg have voted unanimously to pursue a merger. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:23AM
The boards of the Prairie Valley Family YMCA based in Elgin and the Alfred Campanelli YMCA in Schaumburg have voted unanimously to pursue a merger, according to a release from the organizations.
The vote follows a move in February by the Prairie Valley Y to contract with the Campanelli to take over management responsibilities of the Elgin organization. It was done with the goal of determining if merger was in the best interest of both organizations.
“After eight months of management by Campanelli YMCA, with numerous due diligence evaluations and discussions with community leaders, members, and staff, the Prairie Valley YMCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to take the final steps toward merging,” the release said.
“In similar fashion, the Alfred Campanelli YMCA Board of Directors voted unanimously to also move toward merging. This is an historic time for both YMCAs and an opportunity for both organizations to continue to grow together.”
According to the two YMCAs, the resolution adopted by both boards identifies several important factors that support the decision to merge:
Both organizations have a common heritage and operated together until 1983 when Campanelli (formerly Twinbrook) became independent. Merging allows the Y family to come back together to realize the potential of its founders and serve all the communities surrounding both organizations.
Both organizations believe that merging is in the best interest of each organization and that the combined entity will be “better together” — financially, programmatically, and charitably, to ensure a strong, vibrant, mission-oriented, and financially sound organization.
Both organizations will merge as “equals” with a common board, mission, and purpose. Camp Edwards, Taylor Branch, and Campanelli Branch will remain the three primary branches, with outreach programs in Gilberts, St. Charles, and other communities in the combined service area.
Although challenged by several factors, both organizations believe that delaying the merger would not be in the best interest of either organization, nor would it produce a more, or less, compelling argument to merge.
The release said the next step toward merger will be the formation of a merger committee composed of corporate board members from each association to finalize the governance structure, board structure, bylaws, asset/liability distribution, legal documentation, naming or renaming, and other similar tasks.
This next step is anticipated to take six to ninth months and involve various staffing, contract, and financial decisions, according to the release.
The current CEO, Dr. Gary Bublitz, has appointed Dave Burisek as executive director of Taylor Branch and the outreach programs of Gilberts and St. Charles. Burisek was the former vice president of operations at Campanelli YMCA. Camp Edwards will remain under the leadership of executive director Jody Heimos, with Campanelli in the process of hiring a new operations director to manage the branch operations in Schaumburg.