February 27, 2014

A general history of the YMCA and the history of Frederick County’s Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame were the topics of discussion when Frederick County YMCA CEO Chris Colville addressed the Francis Scott Key Lions Club at its annual “sports night” meeting. Her 29 years of YMCA experience include service in Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona, and Texas, before coming to Frederick in 2012. Frederick’s YMCA was founded in 1858 and, besides being one of the oldest YMCAs in the nation, is the second-largest in Maryland and the 7th largest employer in the county. The YMCA is “not just a ‘swim and gym’”; it has become family-centered and family-oriented. The Frederick County YMCA has been in its current location since 1965. The Sports Hall of Fame is named for Alvin G. Quinn, who was hired by the local YMCA in 1919 as general secretary and stayed with the organization until the early 1950s. The HOF was created in 1977 and currently has 227 inductees; the induction ceremony occurs the first weekend in February each year.

Frederick County YMCA CEO Chris Colville is shown with FSK Lions First Vice-president Duane Voitel after speaking to the club about the history of the YMCA and the Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame.

The FSK Lions have an annual sports night where members are encouraged to wear apparel in support of their favorite sport, team, or athlete. This year’s “colors” included (clockwise from back left) Barbara Myers, Washington Redskins; Paul Gray, Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens; Lynn Stimmel, Dale Earnhardt Jr./NASCAR; Duane Voitel, Tony Stewart/NASCAR; Mark and Deborah Morehead, Baltimore Orioles; and John Aulls, University of Maryland Terrapins.


The FSK Lions meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Barbara Fritchie Candystick Restaurant, 1513 West Patrick Street, Frederick. For additional information on the FSK Lions or on becoming a Lion, visit www.fsklions.org or contact Membership Chairman Darlene Aulls at 301/662-2360.




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