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YMCA Europe Newsletter January - March 2015
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Dear friends,
 
We hope that you enjoy reading one more NEWSLETTER.
 
As “Friends of YMCA Europe”, your support continues helping to implement our mission and actions. You can find examples of our recent achievements throughout this NEWSLETTER and also invitations to upcoming key events such as our General Assembly, the YES Seminar and the Staff Conference. 2015 is the last year of our current Strategy and we are already working on its evaluation as a previous step in the process that will take us to the new strategic period 2016 – 2020.  
 
On behalf of our Executive Committee and Staff Team, we thank you for your continuous support and active participation.
 
All of us at YMCA Europe wish you a blessed Easter, as we also invite you to reflect on the deep meaning of this season.
 
The spirit of Easter
Is all about Hope,
Love and Joyful living.
Happy Easter!
Welcome to the YMCA Europe 2015 General Assembly that under the title “Paths to Progress” will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, May 14th – 17th 2015. Please note that the 3rd Movement Strengthening Conference will take place before the GA (only for those of you active in Field Groups, Partner Groups and Programme Groups). And, of course, the YES Seminar takes place during the full week also in Tallinn! Read more and REGISTER NOW!
January 10th - 11th, representatives of Executive Committee and staff, YES Network and Christian Orientation Group came together in Prague to prepare the programme of the General Assembly 2015.
Registration for the 14th YMCA/YWCA Staff Conference in Helsinki is open. We encourage you to benefit from an excellent programme. Read more
February 8th to 14th, 35 young people from 16th countries gathered at European Youth Center Budapest for the Peace Work Institute Alumni Reunion.  Read more
YMCA Setubal (Portugal) celebrated its 40th Anniversary on February 26th. YMCA Europe`s Executive Committee attended the celebration and Ed Eggink (YE President) gave an input, congratulating this local YMCA for the achievements during all these years!
Øystein Magelssen has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the YMCA-YWCA Norway. Read more
"Paths to Progress" - YES Seminar: Tallinn, Estonia 11th to 17th of May 2015. Read more
YMCA Europe General Assembly. Register now!
12th to 14th of January, YMCA Europe office in Prague hosted the first staff meeting of 2015. The Strategy Implementation Plan 2015, division of tasks, evaluations of 2014 and other technical issues were in the agenda.
From 29th Jan to Feb 1st, Unify Leadership Conference took place in Cluj, Romania. The participants were YMCA leaders who are involved or aspire to be involved in planning Christian Mission conferences at a national or European level. Read more
The YMCA Europe Executive Committee had its first meeting in 2015 in Setubal, Portugal. Reports, General Assembly issues, process for the new Strategic Plan and more than 20 other items were on the agenda for discussions and approval.
The European Ten Sing Conference took place from 26th of February until 1st of March in Switzerland. Read more
"Manifesto", a signature programme of YMCA England.  Read more
ESY Programme Group had its Board meeting in Skopje 25th to 28th of March.
"Kerry knows it’s fun to stay with YMCA" Read more
From 23rd to 25th of January 2015, the Presidents and National General Secretaries of the Nordic network of YMCA/YWCA's (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Denmark) met in Helsinki. Read more
February 16-20th, World Alliance Meeting of YMCA National General Secretaries took place in Camp Camohmila (YMCA of Mexico). The implementation of "Our WAY" Strategy was among the key aspects in the meeting. More info.
YES Board meeting in Geneva. Read more
YMCA Vitebsk organized an event to celebrate the 15th birthday of YMCA Belarus! Read more
European YMCA Treehouse Leaders Training Camp had its preparatory meeting on March 13th in Germany. Read more
The European YMCA Volleyball Championships: May 28th - 31st, 2015..Last call for registration.
Olga Lukina (Belarus) was appointed as “Regional Assistant for Movement Strengthening and Project Management” at YMCA Europe.

Olga has a long and deep experience both at YMCA Belarus and YMCA Europe on the governance and programme fields. She will combine her work within the Belorussian movement with her contribution to further developments also in Moldova, Ukraine and Russia.
European YMCA / YWCA Staff Conference. Helsinki, Finland - 23rd to 27th of September 2015. Early booking price! Register NOW!
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