Volunteer Leadership Award

Chris Badtke, Fond du Lac YMCA Board Member

Chris Badtke is in the final year of his 6-year board term with the Fond du Lac Family YMCA. It’s hard to think of another volunteer who has had such a tremendous impact on our Y, as much as Chris has had in that time. Chris is the definition of a servant leader and has been a go-to person for our Y in so many ways.

Chris leads our Property Committee and has found countless ways for our Y to be more efficient, through systems, controls, and other building analysis. Through his leadership, he has also led our Y through several challenges (and crisis), including major flood damage in 2019. Chris was there immediately to help lead the team through recovery, clean-up plans, and financial obstacles. Chris had the Y’s best interests in mind first, and served as a main point of contact for the Y staff, the cleaning company, and the contractors. Our Y would not have come through that crisis as well as we did without Chris’s leadership.

Chris has been instrumental in current projects and plans, and has been essential in helping the Y and Boys and Girls Club gain greater understandings of our collaboration, which will ensure long-term partnership stability moving forward.

Overall, we could not be more grateful for the time, talent, dedication, and overall leadership that Chris has brought our YMCA. Thank you for always putting the Y and its mission first. We appreciate all you have done for us!

–JJ Raflik, CEO/Executive Director

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