A Message from the outgoing President of the Board of Directors…

On Thursday 3/9/17, the Children’s Museum of Yuma County held its annual meeting where new board members and officers of the board were elected. Abiding by the term limits prescribed by the bylaws, I could not be elected to a third consecutive term as president. I want to be clear that I will remain on the board, and I am looking forward to helping the new executive team. Also, we are all looking forward to supporting our day-to-day leader, Executive Director, Melissa Rushin Irr.

Without further ado, your officers for 2017-2018 are:

  • President Jim Larson
  • Vice-President Jenny Kaste
  • Secretary Anna Chaulk
  • Treasurer Kevin Burge

Congratulations Jim, Jenny, and Anna! Also, we elected a new board member, Mary Onwiler. Welcome to the team, Mary!

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, and fellow board members for their support during the growth of the organization. When I became president of CMYC in 2015, I communicated to the board I wanted to grow in a sensible way. Never could I have imagined the successes with grants, a generous gift to fund a director position, or the ability to host a limited run but high impact summer program with the City of Yuma. I won’t name all those that helped because the list is too great, but I will just say, “Thank you, Yuma.”

I look forward to the exciting growth ahead.

Remember, the Journey begins with us!  Enter the world with enthusiasm while learning and having fun like a child.


Kevin L. Burge
Past President

7 Comments On “A Message from the outgoing President of the Board of Directors…”

  1. You are an enormous asset to CMYC. Yuma is lucky to have you.

  2. Good job, Kevin!

  3. Your passion inspired so many to bring this dream to life. Kudos Kevin!

  4. When will you open?

    • Hello Jean.

      Our Summer Children’s Museum is returning to the Yuma Art Center from June 3-July 29. We will be open Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and admission will be $2/person. We are also available this summer to co-host parties with the Art Center (such as Youth Arty Party, Youth Movie Party, VIP Children’s Museum Parties, and Night at the Museum Parties). You can contact the Yuma Art Center for more information about scheduling a party.

      We hope to see you this summer!

      Melissa Rushin Irr, Executive Director

  5. Welcome Mary!! Great addition to the team.

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