New International Logo is Launched
and a new name coming
Our parent international organization has approved a new name, subject to confirmation by clubs around the world, and has launched a set of new logos.
The International Council, meeting in Stavanger, Norway, at the end of July approved the new name, “The International Association of Y Clubs.” The intention was to get rid of “Y’s Men,” seen as sexist and discriminatory in some quarters.
Early information indicated the name change could go into effect at once but details in the council minutes published in mid-September show the name change requires an amendment to the international constitution and that means a worldwide vote.
However, the new logo is in “guidelines,” not part of the constitution itself, so needs no further approval.
The minutes show that the alternative name “Y Service Clubs International” has been cut from the guidelines so apparently is intended to be dropped from use as a secondary way of referring to the parent organization. However, for now, this website will keep using Y Service Clubs until we officially learn otherwise. “Y Clubs International” is listed as an appropriate alternative.
It is clear that clubs can continue to use a variety of terms in their own clubs names, such as “Y's Men and Women's Club,” “Y Service Club” and “Y’s Men's Club,” and a new one has been added: “Y Community Club.”
Since the purpose was to remove the possibly discriminatory word “Men’s” from Y’s Men’s, the name we’ve gone by since the organization was founded in Toledo, Ohio, in 1922, the “Men’s Club” phrase has been removed from the international logo.
You can download copies of the new logo from the website http://ysmen.org under “downloads.”
(Note: It may work better for you if you click on the logo in the International website to open it on our screen and then copy it. Your webmaster got bigger, crisper copies that way.)
The new logo is in effect now.
Here are a couple of examples: