News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 23, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 23, 2012


Valley rallies to make YMCA real

The Vigo County YMCA is celebrating our six-month anniversary and would like to take time to thank all those who have made this vision into a reality for our community.

To begin, we would like to thank all of our new members — all 3,002 of you — for entrusting us to deliver a YMCA that you are not only proud to be a part of but also excited to tell others about.

Thank you to our major donors: Troy Fears, United Way of the Wabash Valley; Rick Burger, Duke Energy Foundation; Scott Teffeteller, Union Hospital; Beth Tevlin, Wabash Valley Community Foundation; Mary Ann Conroy, Terre Haute Regional Hospital; Barley Family Trust; Jon Bennett, Children’s Bureau, Inc.

Also, to the media and “Choose Downtown” Terre Haute, who have faithfully promoted our events and programs: The Tribune-Star, WTHI, WTWO, Hi 99, WMGI, WWSY, WIBQ Danny Wayne, and Heather Penny Strohm, Wabash Valley Spotlight. We could not have done this without you.

Our Vigo County Steering Committee: Ashley Delaunois, Becky  Buse, Mary Ann Conroy, Bernice Helman, Brian Kooistra, Courtney Richey, Dave Wright, Doug Grim, Jason Starr, Jeriah Threlfall, Nancy Merritt, Matt Sinclair, Missy Schaumleffel, Morgan Wiggs and Mellissa Winn.

Those who helped us clean and renovate our facility:

Agape Church, Andy’s Collision Repair Inc., Eagle Scout candidates Nathan and Travis Pugh, EZ Clean, Federal Bureau of Prisons of Terre Haute, Salt of the Earth Church, Sherwin Williams, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Sycamore Engineering, Terre Haute Parks & Recreation, T.K. Wilson at Complete Home Renovations, U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Office and Wallace Brothers.

Our Vigo County YMCA donors/partners:

Alorica Inc., Baesler’s Market, C.H. Garmong & Sons Inc., Chances for Indiana Youth, Commercial Interiors, Crossroads Door & Hardware Inc., Danny Tanoos of Vigo County School Corp., David Wulf of Templeton Coal Co., Delta Kappa Gamma Society/Beta Eta Chapter, Euronique, Inc., Hugh B. Lee, his friends and family, Lenex Steel, Local Electrical Union No. 725, Lu McCreery, Marc Evans of Frontier Communications, Mary Ann Conroy, Nancy Merritt , Norm Lowery of First Financial Bank, Old National Insurance, Paradise AG Painters, Pepsi Refreshment Services, Plant Brothers Excavating & Construction Co. LLC, Rachel Leslie, Ray Dreher, Re/Max, Republic Services and Sycamore Ridge Landfill, Riddell National Bank, Templeton Coal, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Top Notch, Wabash Valley Road Runners, Wal-Mart Supercenter 1310, W. I. C.,

Special Events donors:

Covered Bridge Special Education, Denny’s Restaurant on Third Street, Hobbs & Co., Kathy Hollis, McDonald’s at Third and Poplar streets, Prairie Farms Dairy, Terre Haute North basketball and wrestling teams, The Bouncin’ Barn and Wabash Valley Youth for Christ.

Our thanks to our local universities, with their many different departments and volunteer student groups, including Indiana State University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. We want to thank Mayor Duke Bennett and the City of Terre Haute, Eddie Bird and the Terre Haute Park and Recreation Board. And very special thanks to our wonderful staff at Vigo County YMCA and Clay County YMCA, the YMCA of Clay County Association Board of Directors and Wade Hampton from YMCA of the USA.

Last, but not least, we bestow special thanks upon our wonderful spouses, Tim Ramseier and Kevin Ringo, and to our families, who have supported us selflessly throughout these beginning stages.

It is extraordinarily evident that this has been a community effort. We are extremely proud to partner with so many who have joined together with us to serve the Wabash Valley. If you have not already, please come in and check out our newly renovated facility and all the new programs and exercise classes we currently offer. Inquire about our new classes being offered to help tackle those New Year’s resolutions.

Once again, our sincere thanks to the Wabash Valley.

— Eleanor Ramseier

Executive Director

Vigo County YMCA

Deborah Plummer Ringo, CEO

YMCA of Clay County Association

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