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Two inducted into Old Town-Orono YMCA Heritage Club

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Aimee Thibodeau | BDN
Aimee Thibodeau | BDN
Old Town-Orono YMCA Heritage Club inductees Shawn Small (far left) and Jay Shorette (far right) pictured with Old Town-Orono YMCA CEO and Executive Director Debra Boyd and Board Chairman David Wight.

Shawn Small and Jay Shorette recognized for their dedication, service

OLD TOWN, Maine – Two local residents were honored Wednesday, Oct. 26, for their longstanding dedication and service to the Old Town-Orono YMCA.

Shawn Small and Jay Shorette joined an elite list of Old Town-Orono YMCA Heritage Club Members when they were inducted into the group by CEO and Executive Director Debra Boyd and Board Chairman David Wight at the Y’s annual Heritage Dinner.

The Heritage Club was established in 1990 as a way to recognize individuals who have shown outstanding commitment and decication through service to the Old Town-Orono YMCA. The charter members of the club were: Herbert Sargent, Joseph Sewall, Earland Sleight, Beverly Spencer, Robert Coe and Theodore Curtis Sr.

Shawn Small, retired and former owner of CES, Inc. engineering consultants in Brewer, has been a longtime supporter of the Old Town-Orono YMCA. Small serves on the organization’s Program and Membership Committee, and also has worked with the State of Maine Y Alliance. The Old Town-Orono Y’s building has undergone some major changes since it opened on Stillwater Avenue in 1979 and Small helped to create a much-needed up-to-date set of blueprints to properly map the facility.

Jay Shorette, Milford selectman and owner of Dirigo Slipform in Old Town, has held several leadership positions with the Old Town-Orono YMCA Board of Directors, serving as president, vice president and leading the board through its most recent search for a CEO. He has supported the organization with numerous services, including the roadside sign, parking lot updates, and the recent renovation of the preschool kitchen.

With the addition of Small and Shorette, there are 30 members of the Heritage Club. When inducted, each receive a Heritage Club jacket and personal plaque. In additon, their names are added to a plaque that is displayed as part of the Y’s Heritage Wall along the main hallway, just outside the facility’s Stan Peterson Gymnasium.


About the Old Town-Orono YMCA
The Old Town-Orono YMCA is a community centered organization that serves all ages by promoting healthy living, nurturing the potential of every individual and family, and fostering social responsibility.
Our YMCA is Christian in it’s heritage and ecumenical in its delivery of programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living, & Social Responsibility. otoymca.org
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net