February 28, 2014 Updated: February 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Dan Dummermuth stepped down as CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region with a big smile on his face.
He's headed for Nashville to become CEO of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.
At his final annual-report banquet on Feb. 20, he reported a $19 million operation, a focus on corporate wellness, a focus on serving military families, a District 11 sports program for students and a corps of volunteers topping 1,700.
He said it's bittersweet to leave. "We run hard. We play hard. We have a lot of fun."
What also made Dummermuth smile was the delightful keynote speaker, John Register, associate director for community and veterans programs for U.S. Paralympics. He started his sports career at age 9 with swimming classes at his area Y in Illinois.
Tops in baseball, football and track and field, and named All American at the University of Arkansas, he was a star, an Olympian in the making.Then, as a soldier, he was running hurdles, landed the wrong way and ended up an amputee. In an instant, his life's pendulum was swinging the wrong wa. His family wouldn't let it happen and he indeed became an Olympian, a Paralympian.
Captivated by Register's speech were the volunteers of the year chosen from the different Y facilities: Tyler Lohman, Briargate; David Arrambide, Southeast and Armed Services; Lois Carlock, Garden Ranch; Alex Walker, Fountain; Jay Elmor, Tri-Lakes; Karl Schneider, Camp Shady Brook; Gary Feffer, YMCA Association Services; and James Byrnes, Downtown Y.
Andy Cobb, received the Y's top honor, the J.H. Woodgate Award, named for the first chairman of the YMCA.