Who shall be eligible to hold a membership at this organization?
Individuals of all races, sex, religion, or ethnicity have the right, and are encouraged, to be a part of the Penobscot Bay YMCA. However, the protection of our members and guests participating in programs and/or using our facilities is a paramount interest of the Y. The Y reserves the right to deny/ terminate access or membership to any person who has been accused or convicted of any crime involving sexual abuse; is a registered sex offender; or who has demonstrated unlawful conduct that may be conceived as a threat to the well- being of Y members and guests.
MEMBER CODE OF CONDUCT
Together, we can do more to help strengthen our community. Toward that end, the Penobscot Bay YMCA Association members are expected to consistently celebrate the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility with behavior that illustrates these values.
To ensure the safety and well-being of our members and guests, we may suspend, cancel, or terminate a membership, and/or prohibit individuals from having access to our facilities, programs, events or program spaces in the event an individual’s behavior or conduct appears contradictory to the association’s core values. Inappropriate language, or behavior deemed to be in conflict with the welfare and safety of members and staff, is prohibited. The Y also reserves the right to deny facility access or membership to any person who is a sexual offender or who has been convicted of (or who has been charge with) any crime involving sexual abuse. Membership suspension, cancellation, or termination at one branch, or from one program results in suspension, cancellation, or termination at all Penobscot Bay YMCA branches and programs.
What standard of conduct will Y members and guests be expected to adhere to while a part of this organization? The Penobscot Bay YMCA expects persons using our facility and programs to behave in a mature and responsible way and to respect the rights and dignity of others. The Penobscot Bay YMCA Code of Conduct does not permit language or actions that can hurt or frighten another person. Specifically this includes:
Members and guests are encouraged to be responsible for their personal comfort and safety by asking any person whose behavior is in violation of the Code of Conduct listed above to stop the offensive behavior. If a member or guest feels uncomfortable confronting the person directly, they should not hesitate to notify a staff person. The Chief Executive Officer will review all reported incidents. If a violation of the Code of Conduct has occurred the decision to suspend or terminate Y membership or guest privileges will be made at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer.
Families of active military personnel will receive a complimentary Y membership. Active duty orders and military ID must be presented when joining. For more information, please stop by our front desk or call the Y, 236.3375.
The Y may close due to uncontrollable conditions such as weather. Closings will be posted in advance when possible on local radio and TV stations, Village Soup Online, our Facebook pages, mobile app and our website. To get notifications by e-mail, please join our mailing list.
BANK DRAFT CANCELLATIONS
A bank draft cancellation form is to be completed in order to cancel a bank draft membership. Completed forms must be received before the 1st of any given month. There will be a cancellation fee not to exceed $50 for any membership that is cancelled before the required minimum 12 month commitment.
MEMBERSHIP REFUND POLICY
Membership fees are non-refundable and are not transferable to another Y facility.
Programs Fees are non-refundable. A Y credit may be issued in some instances with Program Director approval. Requests for credit will be considered on a case by case basis. A credit or refund will be issued if a class is cancelled by the Y and a make-up class is not offered.
A membership may be put on hold due to a medical concern. A doctor’s note is required stating the amount of time the individual will require the membership to be on hold. Holds will be administered on by full month increments.
A Snowbird membership hold is a monthly bank draft membership where the member has a summer or winter home and they would like to have their YMCA membership fee placed on hold. Please refer to our Welcome Center for guidelines.
Members receive guest passes yearly based on the membership type. Individual memberships receive 3 guest passes and family memberships receive 6 guest passes. Members are encouraged to bring relatives, friends, neighbors as guests of the Y. Any guest pass that is not used in a calendar year may be carried over for a maximum of two years. A guest of the Y will not incur the normal day fee but will be required to pay a drop in fee for any programs. Guest passes may be acquired by contacting the front desk during business hours.
MEMBERSHIP CARD USAGE
All annual or bank draft memberships will receive a membership card which must be scanned upon arrival at the Y to ensure proper identification.
Nationwide Membership enables Y members to visit any participating YMCA in the United States through membership at their “home” YMCA (your home Y is your local association that has enrolled you as a member and collects membership dues.) Photo ID and membership card will need to be presented at the time of your visit along with a signed waiver.
It is a requirement of the Y to obtain appropriate waiver forms for all members, non-members and program participants. A release and waiver of liability will be required before processing memberships, registering for programs and/or admitting guests into the facility.
LOST AND FOUND POLICY
All items placed in the lost and found bin will be donated to a local charity on the 15th and 30th day of each month. Such items as jewelry, cell phones, i-pods, etc. will be held for one month. Please check at the front desk.
POOL GENERAL RULES
ROCK CLIMBING CENTER POLICIES
Penobscot Bay YMCA 100% Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Policy
The Penobscot Bay YMCA (PBYMCA) is dedicated to providing its employees and visitors with a safe and healthy environment. PBYMCA is a 100% smoke and tobacco-free campus, effective September 30, 2017.
PBYMCA recognizes that smoking and the use of tobacco products on our grounds is detrimental to the health and safety of everyone. This institution supports an environment where employees and visitors are not exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and are supported in efforts to live tobacco-free. Therefore, PBYMCA has adopted a 100% smoke-free/tobacco-free campus policy, that exceeds state law (22 M.R.S.A. § 1580-A).
This policy prohibits all smoking and the use of all tobacco:
- In all PBYMCA owned, leased and affiliated buildings.
- On all PBYMCA owned or leased grounds.
- At all PBYMCA sponsored events– both indoor and outdoor.
- In all PBYMCA owned, leased or rented vehicles.
- In all personal vehicles parked on PBYMCA owned, leased, and affiliated property.
- At all events hosted or organized by PBYMCA.
The smoke-free/tobacco-free campus policy applies to all employees and visitors including organizers of, and attendees at, public events, including but not limited to, conferences, meetings, lectures, social events and/or cultural events using PBYMCA owned, leased and affiliated property.
As a part of our commitment to transparent business practices the Penobscot Bay YMCA is happy to provide members access to copies of Board of Director meeting agendas and minutes upon request. In addition, the IRS 990 documents and the organization’s Annual Report are available for review. Any member wishing to address the Y Board of Directors in person is welcome to do so by submitting an agenda item to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) a minimum of five business days prior to a scheduled meeting of the Board. The member may also be permitted to attend the Board meeting for the purpose of presenting the submitted agenda item. In the interests of parity, fairness to all, and the efficient conduct of business on behalf of all members by the board, an allotted period of time will be provided for the presentation.
The Penobscot Bay YMCA is an inclusive organization open to all. We welcome employees and members of all ages, genders, faiths, economic backgrounds, and orientations without discriminating and without being judgmental.
The Penobscot Bay YMCA follows the Maine Human Rights Commission law, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. In addition, to maintain our not-for-profit status, Y’s must not discriminate in accordance with federal civil rights laws.
Y’s serve people of all religious backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and income levels and are open to all members of the public. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, Y’s unite men, women, and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities, and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, Y’s have proudly served America’s communities for over 160 years by building health spirit, mind and body for all.
On December 28, 2005, Maine extended coverage under its nondiscrimination statute to include a “person’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality or gender identity or expression.” The law covers discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and education. This makes Maine the second state in New England to provide explicit legal protections to transgender people.
The Maine Human Rights Commission recently released regulations to implement the new antidiscrimination law in Maine protecting sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. These regulations define “gender identity” as “an individual’s gender-related identity, whether or not that identity is different from that traditionally associated with that individual’s assigned sex at birth, but not limited to, a gender identity that is transgender or androgynous.”
They further define “gender expression” as “the manner in which an individual’s gender identity is expressed, including, but not limited to, through dress, appearance, manner, speech, or lifestyle, whether or not that expression is different from that traditionally associated with that individual’s assigned sex at birth.”
One important obligation on the YMCA imposed by these regulations is to make reasonable accommodations for transgender employees and members. The regulation states that it is “an unlawful employment practice of an employer, employment agency, or labor organization to fail or refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services that apply directly or indirectly to gender identity or gender expression, unless the covered entity can demonstrate that the accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the conduct of the business of the covered entity.”
Such accommodations may include being allowed to use the most appropriate bathroom or planning the best way to transition while on the job. It is also illegal for an employer to deny employment if that denial is based on the need to make a reasonable accommodation.
For your own safety and the safety of others, the Penobscot Bay YMCA does not allow any potentially dangerous items to be brought onto Y property. Possession or use of firearms and other dangerous weapons on Y grounds is strictly prohibited.
Y property encompasses all owned and leased facilities including surrounding areas such as sidewalks, fields, driveways, parking lots, vehicles and other spaces being used to conduct Y programs.
The Penobscot Bay YMCA reserves the right to inspect or screen all packages, bags, backpacks, purses, or suspicious clothing to assure compliance with this policy.
All on-duty law enforcement personnel are exempt from this policy.