YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

Member Spotlight

Get to know our Y community!

Published 08.09.19
 
To help you get to know our Y community a little better, we have decided to start highlight some of our very own members: 
 

Susan Prentice

How long have you been with the Y?

I have been a member of the Nir Family Y since 2013, and an on/off again member of other Y's since the early 1980s.

What's your favorite thing about coming to our Y?

My favorite thing is the community atmosphere--I really appreciate the inclusiveness. 

What initially brought you to the Y?

I initially joined to get back in shape and started personal training with Rob Ross. That led to taking more classes, weight loss challenges and now Y-Zone.

What would you like Y members and staff to know about you?

You can achieve any goal you set for yourself with support of those around you and a little bit of effort on your part.

What do prospective members need to know about our Y?

I have "joined" lots of gyms but never felt as welcome as I do at the Nir Family Y. Even just walking in, I feel a part of! The instructors are amazing. They, along with class members, always encourage me to do the best I can. It's why I keep coming back.

Tell us about your trip!!

As I was coming to grips with the fact that I was about to turn 70, I began thinking of how I wanted to celebrate. Possibilities included a cruise, a trip, or simply a big party. My significant other suggested we ride our motorcycles to California, and I spent the next several months listing all the reasons I couldn't do it. Although I have been riding motorcycles since 1974, it never occurred to me to do a ride quite this big. But then we started planning, and it looked more and more possible. Finally, on the morning of April 25, 2019, we left Wrightsville Beach and headed to California. With camping gear, clothes and other essentials packed, off we went. 

In all we were on the road for 27 days and covered 7,315.5 miles. We missed most of the really treacherous weather (flooding, tornados, etc.) along the way, except for what seemed like endless days of very gusty winds (sometimes as much as 50 miles an hour). We camped, stayed with friends, and in motels. Our route took us from North Carolina through South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. We stayed off Interstate highways as much as possible, and we ate in "chain" restaurants only twice on the entire trip! 

It was a life-changing experience. I learned about taking life one day at a time and feel like I accomplished something I never thought possible. I'm still a little tired, but I'm already planning the next trip.