Chi Rho Award
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is proud to honor the past 50 years of the Chi Rho Award and all of our recipients from its inception in 1967. The Chi Rho Award is the highest volunteer award given by the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. Its name is derived from the Greek letters Chi and Rho, the first letters in the spelling of “Christ.” The individuals who receive the award are longtime volunteers who reflect the YMCA’s mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
The YMCA is a non-profit agency that relies heavily on the work of our volunteers. From coaches in youth sports to service on our boards, each volunteer is an integral part of our success and helps to ensure that the YMCA will continue to be for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for years to come.
2017 Chi Rho Honoree | Bob & Pat Gersten
Bob and Pat Gersten have been dedicated volunteers with the Northwest YMCA for over 13 years. They are a husband and wife team that is a constant at their home-away-from home on Boat Club Road. For over three decades, YMCAs across Texas have enjoyed the loyalty and support of the Gerstens, including Lubbock, Midland, San Angelo and Coppell.
They serve on the Board of Managers at the Northwest Y and are active members. When help is needed, they always seem to be there by stepping up to lend a hand at special events like the Fall Festival, golf tournament or the annual Health and Safety Fair. Additionally, committee service can be added to their resume including the Active Older Adults, Youth Development and Healthy Living committees at the branch. Pat stays busy teaching line dancing to seniors while Bob gets his hands dirty prepping the branch, indoors and out, for the numerous kids and families who swarm the branch during summer day camp.
They are passionate about the Y and youth reaching their potential. As an example, they not only support the Y’s Youth and Government program, but specifically provide funds to purchase professional wear for students who do not have the appropriate clothing to participate in District and State Conference activities.
Pat combines her passion for the Y with her volunteer service in the community. As an active member of the Northwest Y’s Sew n Sews group, they make blankets each year for children at Cook Children’s Hospital, where she also serves as a volunteer. She raises the spirits of seniors by taking one of their seven dogs to a Weatherford nursing home every Sunday for visitation. Previously, Pat was a volunteer firefighter for seven years in Parker County.
Bob is currently a volunteer firefighter in Parker County, dedicated to service for over 13 years. Previously, Bob flew search and rescue flights for the Civil Air Patrol.
Bob and Pat are both retired from IBM where they worked in marketing and sales.
For over 35 years, the Gerstens have been faithful supporters of the Y with their time, talent and treasures. Through these experiences and more, Bob and Pat exemplify the dedication and commitment of Chi Rho honorees. The YMCA is proud to recognize them for their commitment and appreciates them for past, present and future support. Their roots run deep with the Y!