Help save the YWCA Clinton pool

Martha Truax

Periodically, YWCA members, staff and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, long-time YWCA aquatic instructor Martha Truax discusses how the YWCA pool has benefitted her and why it is a necessary community resource.

As a long-time patron of YWCA Clinton, I can say that swimming in the YWCA pool has been very beneficial to my friends and me. Being able to use the pool not only provides me with cardiopulmonary exercise, but in the pool, all my joints are exercised without damage as well.

I have taught deep-end Aquacize classes for 30 years. In that time, I have had knee replacement surgery, and the ability to do water exercises has made my recovery much easier. I am convinced that regularly swimming and exercising in the YWCA pool has greatly benefitted my overall health too; even colds, sinus issues, and joint pain are almost non-existent.

Besides these health benefits, attending aquatic fitness classes at YWCA Clinton three plus times each week has given me a balanced social life. Many of my friends are people I met at the YW. Over the years, I have attended their birthdays, weddings, and graduations and, in turn, those friends have come to my aid when needed. My time using the YWCA pool has given me many life-long friends, from fellow classmates to YWCA staff members.

In addition to being important to those like me who benefit from aquatic fitness classes, the YWCA pool is also important to our community’s families. I can’t imagine living in a river town that does not have an indoor pool for the youth to learn to swim year-round. I strongly believe that the YWCA pool is necessary not only to our community, but for our neighboring communities as well.

If you feel the same as I do, there are many ways you can help. If you are able, I ask you to please help support this vital community resource by becoming a YWCA Splash Sponsor. A gift of $1,000 will fully cover all pool-related expenses for one day. We are looking for 360 individuals to join together as Splash Sponsors and fund the pool for one year, but a gift of any amount helps.

To donate online, please visit, scroll to bottom of the page and click “donate.” However, you can make an even bigger impact by clicking “Start Fundraising” to easily set up your own online fundraising page. Share this page with your friends and family and let them know how important the YWCA Clinton pool is to you and our community.

You can also give in person at YWCA Clinton or mail a check to YWCA Clinton, 317 Seventh Ave. South, Clinton, IA 52732. Just be sure to note “Pool donation” in the memo.

If you have more questions, please contact YWCA Clinton Executive Director Shannon Sander-Welzien at 242-2110 or via email at Thank you for allowing me to share my story and joining me in the fight to save our pool!

Martha Truax,

YWCA aquatic instructor