Celebrating 100 years of fellowship and service 

This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118).

15-17 November 1922

Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA). The International Association of Y’s Men’s Clubs is founded and Paul William Alexander from Toledo, Ohio is installed as the first International President.

15-17 November 2022

Taipei, Taiwan. The International Association of Y`s Men’s Clubs, known commonly as Y’s Men International or YMI, celebrates 100 years of engagement for a better world.

This is indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us. Together with the Host Committee, we have made an exciting programme filled with festivity and fellowship to celebrate our longstanding service and create momentum for an inspired future. It is my great honour and privilege to welcome all Y’s men and women, as well as our YMCA friends and partners, to commemorate this historic milestone of our organisation.

The story of our journey from Atlantic City to Taipei City is a powerful one made possible only through the collective determination and passion of our members. Beginning as a luncheon club in North America, we have grown into an international fellowship of clubs built on a unique set of values that are reflected in our vision and mission. YMI is synonymous with selfless service and sacrificial giving. We have touched and lifted the lives of thousands of people by acknowledging it as our duty. YMI bears witness to the ability of ordinary people to make extraordinary impact in their own lives and in the lives of others through volunteer service. We have demonstrated the power of partnership and honoured our heritage by providing ongoing support to the YMCA, and the multitude of independent community impact projects that showcase the true nature of YMI, providing its identity and strength. 

By combining experience with new ideas, we can build upon this identity and evolve into a thriving organisation that will be attractive to a new generation of global citizens working for an equitable and sustainable world.

Taipei is a modern and innovative city, a fitting location to inaugurate the next phase our organisation Let’s meet in Taipei, Taiwan to celebrate and start the journey of our next 100 years together!

 Jose Varghese

 International Secretary General