Keynote Speaker Greater Waterbury YMCA CEO James O’Rourke: Watertown Foundation to Host Annual Meeting and Dinner

James O’Rourke

WATERTOWN — The Watertown Foundation announced that James O’Rourke, CEO of the Greater Waterbury YMCA, will be the keynote speaker during the foundation’s 96th annual meeting and dinner on October 6, at the Watertown Golf Club, 246 Guernseytown Rd.

Mr. O’Rourke has been with the Greater Waterbury YMCA for the past 13 years in the capacity of CEO and part of the YMCA movement for 32 years.

He and more than 280 employees and 100 volunteers engage over 22,500 individuals annually from a nine-town service area that fosters the Y’s mission for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

During the annual meeting, the Watertown Garden Club will be honored for its commitment to the community through civic development, conservation, education, and the promotion of better horticulture practices.

For more than 50 years, Watertown Garden Club members have enriched the Watertown and Oakville communities as ambassadors of the environment by endorsing the protection of wild flowers, trees, and birds, as well as through numerous beautification projects.

Founded in 1925, the Watertown Foundation will soon be celebrating 100 years of community service.

More information about the Centennial Club campaign and Membership Drive will be available as the foundation continues its legacy of giving through the support of programs and initiatives that touch the lives of thousands of people in the community.

Recently, $83,500 in scholarships were awarded to 28 students and $80,000 in grants will be distributed to 36 organizations during 2021-2022.

Registration for the annual meeting and dinner is available at,, or 860-274-2511.

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