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YMCA groundbreaking gives Vandalia area a reason to celebrate

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:14 am

A vision became a reality last Thursday when a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a YMCA building to be constructed within the city limits of Vandalia.
“The Vandalia Leader” has published countless articles, thanks in large part to the help of Kim Trainor, on the project for the last eight years providing the community updates on the $1.6 million project.
The prospects of such a large project becoming a reality in our smaller, rural community seemed like a tall task. For many, it may have felt like a pipe dream. Well, the time has come that this project is happening.
Grove Construction has already been doing work on the site up through the official groundbreaking last Thursday.
The potential timeline for the project’s completion is eight to nine months.
For a community our size to have such a great facility, this could only happen with the passionate drive of countless volunteers who knew just how valuable this facility will be to our community and the immediate area.
While most projects have volunteers, this particular project had the right volunteers needed for such an undertaking through the guiding help of Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell and others.
Everyone from Felicity, to the YMCA board members along with the guidance of YMCA Mexico officials, the Vandalia Recreation Corporation board members, city and county officials, and countless others have provided the right mix of passionate people and talents to help make this dream come true.
While so many area communities our size are suffering, Vandalia has an energizing buzz all of a sudden.
We’ve overcome the closing of two restaurants but one is already sold and the former Pizza Hut location is reportedly under contract.
Our new library building opened last week, a major electrical company is building a business in town, and now the YMCA project has its groundbreaking ceremony.
I enjoyed Audrain County Eastern District Commissioner Alan Winders joking at the ceremony last week that all of this has happened in the first month of City Administrator Darren Berry taking over that position.
A lot is happening here in a short amount of time and all Vandalia area residents should be excited and proud of what is taking place.
Donations are still being sought for the YMCA Project as dollars are needed for its first year of operation.
As it gets closer to its opening, memberships will be sought for the location as well along with the fulfillment of previous pledge amounts.
This project is moving forward but it will still need all of our support to help this facility meet the needs of our community for many years to come.
Again, a big thanks to the volunteers and everyone who has played even a small role in making this YMCA Project go from a vision to a reality.
Donations can still be made online at Select the “Vandalia YMCA Project” as the campaign donation.
The site does take credit cards.
In addition to donating online, pledge forms can be picked up at County Market in Vandalia or printed from the project Facebook site.
Simply complete the pledge form and mail to Vandalia Recreation Corporation, P.O. Box 91, Vandalia, Missouri or contact Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell at 573-473-9362, Terri Jungers at 573-406-2982, or email All donation amounts are kept confidential.