Thursday is a big day for the YMCA. It's the last day on the job for president and CEO Cal Johnson, who is retiring after 26 years of service.
Johnson says the YMCA has changed as the community has changed. When he started, women made up about 15 percent of the membership, and now women make up more than half. The YMCA also serves a lot more people too: there are 17,000 members in the Roanoke Valley, up from about 3,000 when he started.
"What's exciting to me is the Y's future," Johnson said. "It's best days are ahead. I think we're positioned well not only to serve more people but to serve in a better way through youth development, health living, social responsibility."
He says they have a good team and it's the people he will miss the most.