CN2 Hometown Hero: Former CEO Moe Bell To Leave Lasting Impact At Upper Palmetto YMCA

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Some big changes are on the horizon for the Upper Palmetto YMCA – one being a new CEO.

On May 1st, CEO Moe Bell welcomed the Y’s new CEO, Kirk Eich.

While the Y is confident Eich will do a great job, he sure does have some big shoes to fill in the hearts and minds of everyone.

Bell has worked in almost every position at the YMCA since the early 1970’s; lifeguard, camp counselor, camp director, youth sports director and finally CEO after Robert Hope’s retirement in 1991.

Since that time, the Y has enjoyed unprecedented growth.

He started with the facility on Charlotte Avenue in 1976 at Camp Cherokee where he still awards the “Moe Bell Peace Prize” each week to a deserving camper and the York Branch.

Under his leadership, there are 15 branches spread throughout York, Chester and Lancaster Counties, as well as two expansions of Charlotte Avenue and ongoing improvements at Camp Cherokee.

Bell has seen the Y grown from 3,000 members to 46,000 members and has now decided to step down as CEO and welcome in a new face.

Many people know and love Moe Bell as he has worked hard to build relationships and focus on the community.

That’s why CN2’s Morgan Cox is naming Mr. Moe Bell our latest CN2 Hometown Hero. See the surprise and learn more about Bell in the video above.