Brodsky named YMCA volunteer of the year

By Scott Halasz shalasz@civitasmedia.com

April 15, 2014

XENIA —Steve Brodsky has been giving for years.

Now it’s his turn to receive.

The City of Xenia Development Director was recently named the Xenia YMCA Volunteer of the Year and was recognized during the YMCA’s 143rd Annual Meeting at the David H. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

“It’s very humbling,” Brodsky said. “There’s a tremendous number of people who do a tremendous amount of work for the Xenia YMCA. There’s a lot of people that I think were certainly deserving of the award. To be singled out, is humbling. It’s nice to know that you’re appreciated.”

In a release from the YMCA, Brodsky was described as an “ultimate example of a committed board member.”

“He is committed to Y events, a supporter of the annual campaign and is a strong advocate in the community,” the release said. “He has worked tirelessly to establish relationships and collaborations with other organizations for the improvement of the Xenia Y.”

But Brodsky isn’t looking for recognition for himself. He’s all about marketing the YMCA.

“(I try to) promote the Y in the Xenia community and keep it at the forefront of people’s thoughts because it’s a great organization,” Brodsky said. “I try to promote the Y as best as I can and assist as much as I can.”

That seems to be a common theme in Brodsky’s life in general.

Brodsky also serves on the board of directors of the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, the board of the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, the board of the Xenia-Xenia Township Joint Economic Development District, the Faith Community United Methodist Church Leadership Team and is a member of the Xenia Rotary Club.

He does all of that in addition to his regular job with the City of Xenia, which he has held for essentially nine years.

“The biggest thing is that I’m blessed with an incredibly supportive wife and family who know that giving back to the community is important to me,” Brodsky said. “My philosophy has always been, I’ve been very blessed in my life and I want to pass on those blessings to others.”

Brodsky has been associated with the Y for approximately eight years. He’s been the chairman of the board of directors for the Xenia branch the last five years and heads the Y’s major fund-raising effort — the Strong Kids Campaign. That program ensures that anyone wishing to use the YMCA won’t be turned down because of inability to pay.