The YMCA is Birdie’s “home away from home”. In the time span, Birdie has spent his Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA and his Mondays and Wednesdays at the Lincoln Family Downtown branch. Birdie is a true example of a man who loves his community. He is seen bringing in guests to see our YMCA and then showing them why they should become a member.

Before Birdie joined the YMCA, he served in Vietnam during the years of 1968-1969 as part of the 199th light infantry brigade. Birdie is also a family man, having been married to his wife Frances for fifty-five years and the father to two daughters and grandfather to seven.

Birdie has also become an inspiration to those in doubt; he currently has two artificial knees and hips but still stays dedicated to his work out and his health by utilizing the YMCA as much as he does.

Birdie has said to us, “Don’t say you can’t” when describing his work regiment and how he has stayed dedicated to the YMCA and our mission.

Throughout his years of service, his years of marriage, his years at the YMCA Birdie has summed it up in saying, “Thank Jesus, I give God all the praise and glory”.