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The boards of directors of the YMCA of Rowan County and Cannon Memorial YMCA of Cabarrus County have voted to merge, effective Jan. 1. The new association will be called Rowan-Cabarrus YMCA.

The merger follows successful shared services between the organizations that have been ongoing since 2013. A task force of board members representing both Y’s recommended the merger after months of positive dialogue and planning. Final details of the merger will be completed over the coming months. YMCA of Rowan County CEO Jamie Morgan becomes president and CEO of the new YMCA beginning in January, which coincides with the retirement of Cannon Memorial YMCA CEO Ron Davis.

“Blending the efforts of our YMCAs makes great sense,” said Davis. “We began working together six years ago to maximize our resources. Our teams are already working together, and the direction of proven leader Jamie Morgan will ensure a smooth transition for members, participants and volunteers.”

Leaders say the history, culture and values of the two Y’s are perfectly matched, and the relationship between staffers and volunteers is positive and strong.

Collectively, the Y’s will serve more than 53,000 adults and children and employ more than 670 staff members, with an annual operating budget of $12 million.

“This merger is the coming together of two equals. Combining these successful YMCAs in this growing region creates opportunities for us to deepen our impact and become better together as one,” said Shane Wolford, YMCA of Rowan County board chair.

“Together, we will be positioned to make a huge difference in our communites. We will be able to expand our base of volunteers, donors and partners to transform lives and impact youth. The YMCA is more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do,” said Rob Betler, Cannon Memorial YMCA board chair.

The two volunteer boards of directors will combine to provide oversight to the Rowan Cabarrus YMCA. The new Y will serve the area with six branch locations:

» J. Fred Corriher Jr. YMCA, China Grove.

» J.F. Hurley Family YMCA, Salisbury.

» Saleeby-Fisher YMCA, Rockwell.

» Cannon YMCA-West Cabarrus, Concord.

» Cannon YMCA-Harrisburg.

» Cannon YMCA-Kannapolis.

“We are excited about expanding our footprint,” said Morgan. “But we remain committed to responding to the specific needs and honor the special qualities of each unique community within our reach and to elevate our Christian mission.”