Joan Rhinesmith’s first memory of YWCA New Britain was when she was 7 years old and wanted to start swimming lessons.
“There was a growth chart on the wall, and you had to make a certain height in order to be able to swim,” said Joan.
She cozied up to the chart and she stretched as much as she could to make the cut. She admits she probably made it by a single hair. But she just couldn’t wait to get in the water.
Her excitement and desire to be part of the YWCA may have started there, but that’s not where it ended. YWCA New Britain has continued to play an important role in Joan’s life since then.
Joan participated in the “YW-Wives Club,” enjoying leisure activities such as bridge, square dancing, golf, painting, and crafts. The Club also volunteered in the community, raising funds for the New Britain Community Chest and assisting with other citywide projects. Joan has also served on the Board of Directors, on the Women in Leadership Luncheon and Evening of Treasures Auction event committees, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees.
When it came to naming YWCA New Britain as a beneficiary in her estate planning, she said the decision was easy.
“The YWCA was my first memory of New Britain. For many people planned giving is a scary thing because they want to make sure they can provide for their family. I am giving a percentage of my estate, that way I didn’t have to worry about not having enough to go around. It’s a lot easier for me to put away a percentage,” said Rhinesmith.
Joan says the reason she has stayed involved with the organization for so long is because she believes in the mission, diversity, eliminating racism, and betterment of the lives of women in the community. Her gift will help ensure that vital YWCA programs and services will continue to be available to all women and their families.
Upon learning about Joan’s intentions to name YWCA New Britain as a beneficiary in her will, we added her to the 1910 Society, our legacy society. The men and women of the 1910 Society are those that have already made a gift of $1,000 or more to our endowment, or have notified us of their intention to include YWCA New Britain in their estate plans. At YWCA New Britain, we think it’s important to recognize donors who have made arrangements in their estate plan and to thank them today for a gift that will make a positive impact tomorrow. We also hope that by showing our appreciation for planned gifts, we are able to educate our members and the community about planned giving opportunities at YWCA New Britain. Managed by the Board of Trustees, the YWCA Endowment Fund provides a permanent source of income for the organization. The continuing financial health of YWCA New Britain depends greatly upon the growth of our endowment funds through the generosity of such caring members and friends.
Thank you so much, Joan, for all you have done with YWCA New Britain. And to all the members of the 1910 Society for your vision, dedication, and passion. You are helping to ensure our future and setting the example for the next generation of philanthropists.