YMI Mourns PIP Rachelle Reeg

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YMI Mourns PIP Rachelle Reeg

PIP Rachelle R. Reeg
65th International President – 1990/91
10 July 1933 – 15 December 2023 (90 years)

The International Association of Y’s Men’s Clubs is mourning the loss of Past International President Mrs Rachelle R. Reeg, who died on Friday 15 December 2023. She was 90 years old.

A visitation and mass in honour of her remarkable life will be held on 13 January 2024 in St Louis, USA.

A trailblazer and a symbol of female empowerment, Rachelle’s legacy is marked by her remarkable contributions and inspiring journey within Y’s Men International. A first-generation college graduate with a master’s degree in education, she served as an elementary school principal, balancing her professional and family life with exceptional dedication.

Her tenure in Y’s Men International was marked by significant milestones. Elected as an International Council Member from 1986 to 1989 and Area President in 1987, Rachelle’s most notable achievement was becoming the first female International President in 1990, a role in which she set a high benchmark for future presidents.

Rachelle was instrumental in Y’s Men International’s pursuit of NGO Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Her leadership played a pivotal role in aligning YMI’s activities with the United Nations’ agenda, subsequently contributing significantly to the organisation’s involvement in malaria eradication through the Roll Back Malaria initiative, now a key global programme.

Rachelle’s work extended beyond her official roles. Her involvement in numerous projects and fundraisers, coupled with her unwavering commitment to education and empowerment, earned her profound respect and admiration within her family and the wider community, cementing her legacy as a cherished and impactful figure in the lives of those she touched.

For all her outstanding achievements, Rachelle received YMI’s highest tribute, the Harry M . Ballantyne Award in 2011. Her journey reflects the broader struggle for gender equality and the significant strides women have made within Y’s Men International since being allowed membership in 1974.

Rachelle R. Reeg receives the Ballantyne Award in 2011

Rachelle R. Reeg’s life and achievements remain an exceptional example of leadership and serve as a continual source of inspiration and motivation for women within and beyond the organisation.

Rest in peace, PIP Rachelle R. Reeg.