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YMCA/Library Update

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:25 pm

YThe Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA project is moving forward little by little and is looking to keep everyone in the local area up-to-date with current happenings.
Task Forces
Communication Task Force
The Steering Committee is currently working on several different task forces to ensure that once the NAP grant is received we can move forward with the project in a timely manner. One task force that we hope will keep everyone informed is the Communication Task Force. In the future, the newly-formed Communication Task Force will be provide updates to area papers, work to develop and maintain a website, answer FAQs, and create brochures and publications to educate the public. Our main objective is to keep everyone informed and have this project be on their minds on a regular basis. We are currently collecting e-mail addresses and/or mailing addresses. If you would like to receive information by e-mail, please provide your e-mail to If you would like to be contacted by phone through text or snail mail, please drop us a note with your contact information to; Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA project, PO Box 91, Vandalia, Mo., 63382.
Felicity set up a table at the recent Craft Fair at Van Far and gathered e-mail addresses for newsletters, distributed brochures, and answered any questions. She plans to set up during the cheer clinic and home basketball game in December and a Blessing in a Bag event in January or February.
Members of the
Communication Task Force
Jason Dickerman lives in the city of Vandalia and is a member of the Communications Task Force for the YMCA and Library. He is married to Ramsey who is the city of Vandalia’s State Farm agent and they have two beautiful children Rayne (1) and Reeve (6). Jason excelled at sports in High School and received all-district honors in both baseball and soccer. He also placed sixth place in the State finals at 135 lbs. for Wrestling his Senior year. He continues to play softball in several recreational leagues. Jason proudly served six years for the United States Navy as a Nuclear Trained Electrician’s Mate. He graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Fla. in 1998 and later the year from the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, N.Y.
He then served aboard the fast attack submarine USS Honolulu based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Jason went on to pursue a career in I.T. after leaving the Navy and became a Certified Microsoft Professional. Currently Jason works in the I.T. department of Executive Personal Computers located in St. Charles. He is also co-chairman of the Calumet Fund, a non-profit organization based out of Clarksville.
Brian Ingram was raised in a small town near Hannibal and Mexico by the name of Vandalia, MO. Brian’s parents are Donald and Marilyn Ingram of Vandalia. He is married to his beautiful wife Amanda and has three beautiful children Madilyn, Taylor, and Peyton. Brian graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a B.S. in Crisis and Disaster Management and a Computer Science Minor. He joined the Air National Guard and was a Crew Chief on the B-2 Spirit. After leaving the Air Force, he started another B.S. degree in Computer Science, he is one year from graduation. Brian is very excited to see the YMCA come to Vandalia.
The YMCA he says “Something this town needs, and something to pull the community together, we don’t even know who our neighbors are”. “We need this!!”
Nancy Case is the office manager at The People’s Tribune. She brings 32 years of newspaper experience to the project. Nancy and her husband, Travis, have two children; Schuyler and Reaghan. Nancy was a Charter member of Dianthus Club and continues to be a very active member. She has co-chaired the Angel Tree for seven years. Nancy feels that the YMCA and Library will be an asset to the Vandalia community for the youth to give them something to do.
Crystal Beatty has lived in Vandalia for the past 13 years with her husband, Rick and three children; Kristin, Richard and Nathan. Crystal has worked at The Vandalia Leader for five years as graphic designer and the bookkeeper. Previous to the paper, Crystal was the Director of Vandalia Community Play Care.
“I think the YMCA will be an important investment for the community. The town needs something like this to bring everyone together. It will give us all a sense of accomplishment to know that we have all worked together to build such an amazing facility.”
Kimber Nation served as an educator for the surrounding communities for 13 years. Now she helps people accumulate money and protect their assets for their future. She is married to Wes Nation and they consider themselves blessed to have a daughter, Grace. Kimber is a member of the First Christian Church and volunteers as the local Public Relations for the Salvation Army. She is a member of Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR).
“I’m so excited about getting a new library and gym in our community,” Nation said. “Vandalia is a great place to live and raise a family.”
She believes it’s important to invest locally into the lives of those who follow in our footsteps.
“What kind of example are we setting for future generations? Unfortunately some want to flee from here and never come back but I want my daughter to have options. Options in the community will take resources being poured back into our own, so lives can be improved,” Nation added. “There are so many good people in Vandalia, Farber, Laddonia, Middletown, Wellsville, Curryville, Bowling Green, Center, that I know they can work together to accomplish this YMCA/library project.”