The newspaper notice read in full:
"Y.M.C.A. -- A meeting is called for this evening, at Mrs. Maynard's reading room, to take steps for the organization of a Young Men's Christian Association. A cordial invitation is extended to all who are interested in the movement."
Catherine Broshears Maynard, the second wife and widow of Seattle pioneer David S. "Doc" Maynard (1808-1873), lived at 1st Avenue S and S Main Street at the time and was active in a variety of social and civic causes. However, she was not a member of the original all-male YMCA board, chaired by banker Dexter Horton (1825-1904), and the record does not indicate she played any further role in what became the YMCA of Greater Seattle.