"To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy
body, mind, & spirit for all"
"We build strong kids, strong families, and a strong community"
The YMCA is a worldwide organization with a history of serving communities
for over 150 years. The YMCA of Southeast Missouri was established in 1995 and
opened its first facility in 1998. The current facility was opened in 2009.
1993 - Sikeston Community leaders meet with representives from YMCA of Greater
St. Louis to discuss possibility of YMCA in Sikeston.
January 1994 - YMCA Board of Directors founded. Board begins Founders Campaign
to provide start up funds for YMCA.
October 1994 - Founders Campaign exceeds goal of $200,000.
March 1995 - Jeff Parridge is hired as first Executive Director.
June 1995 - YMCA starts its first program, Summer Day Camp.
September 1995 - YMCA recieves charter from National YMCA.
October 1996 - YMCA Board purchases land from city of Sikeston for the development
of YMCA facility. The board begins $400,000 capital campaign to renovate former
middle school gym and contract additional program space.
February 1997 - Renovation and construction on YMCA facility begins.
March 1998 - YMCA facility opens.
November 1998 - YMCA membership reaches 1000. YMCA raises $27,000 in first
June 1999 - Day Camp enrollment reaches 70 kids per day.
November 1999 - YMCA Board of Directors approves YMCA Strategic plan for 2000-2004.
April 2000 - YMCA enters into contract with the city of Sikeston to manage
the Sikeston Jaycee Pool.
July 2000 - YMCA recieves grant to operate Day Camp in Sunset neighborhood.
Over 40 kids attend daily.
September 2000 - Sikeston JayceeYouth Center opens. Youth Center funded through
$50,000 gift form Sikeston Jaycees.
December 2000 - YMCA Annual Campaign raises over $50,000. Board President
Richard Montgomery donates additional $32,000 for capital improvements.
November 2001 - YMCA Board Members Robert MacGillivray and John Rowland along
with Executive Director Jeff Partridge attend Capital Development Workshop sponsored
by the YMCA of the USA.
December 2001 - YMCA Board of Directors vote to begin Capital Development
Program to expand current facilities.
June 2002 - Board approves revisions to YMCA Strategic Plan.
November 2002 - YMCA raises $62,000 in annual Partnership With Youth Campaign.
Food Giant, Sikeston Jaycees and Americare Provide Corporate Sponsorship.
June 2003 - Day Camp enrollment exceeds 100 per week.
February 2004 - YMCA announces plans to for facility expansion and enters
into a long term lease agreement with City of Sikeston for current pool property
July 2004 - Chris Hodgkiss rejoins YMCA Staff as Program Director
YMCA provides swimming instruction and water safety to 291 youth.
February 2005 - Market Study is conducted by Balducci & Associates of
Tampa, Florida for the YMCA to test the future facility and program plans. Results
are presented to Board of Directors.
September 2005 - Development Study is conducted by American City Bureau for
the YMCA to test capital fundraising capability of proposed facility plans.
Results are presented to the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors votes to begin Capital Campaign to expand current facility.
Board of Directors contracts with American City Bureau as fund raising counsel.
January 2006 - Richard Montgomery and Jim Hux agree to co-chair YMCA Growing
Our Future Capital Campaign.
May 2006 - YMCA announces facility design plans to the public.
May 2006 - YMCA is chosen as the 2006 Sikeston Civic Group of the Year by
the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce.
June 2006 - Kenny Stone hired as Health & Fitness Director.
October 2006 - YMCA receives $900,000 challenge grant from Mabee Foundation
for the Growing Our Future Campaign. Campaign is announced publicly having raised
November 2006 - YMCA announces $500,000 gifts fromMontgomery Bank and the
Sikeston Jaycees for the Growing Our Future Campaign.
September 2007 - June Barton makes a $2 million gift to the YMCA Growing Our
Future Campaign in the name of her late husband David M. Barton. The new YMCA
facility will be named in his memory.YMCA exceeds $6.5 million goal for the
Growing Our Future Campaign by raising $7.8 million. Mabee Foundation challenge
grant is met.
October 2007 - YMCA selects Keifner Brothers as General Contractor for the
new YMCA facility.
November 2007 - Ground Breaking ceremony takes place and construction begins
on new facility.
March 2008 - YMCA purchases the Bailey school property from Sikeston Public
Schools. YMCA now owns the entire city block.
July 2008 - YMCA receives a $100,000 Basic Support Grant from the Missouri
Foundation for Health to be used toward fitness equipment in the new facility.
December 2008 - YMCA adds three full time staff positions. Brandy Mason is
hired as Member Service Director, Brett Blackman as Aquatic Director and Bob
McCord as Property Director.
February 2009 - YMCA opens new facility which includes indoor pool, fitness
center, indoor walking track and gymnasium. Renovation also begins on existing
June 2009 - Renovation for the original existing facility completed. Keenan
Youth & Family Gym opens.
June 2010 - YMCA expands Summer Day Camp program by offering program at both
Tanner Street Church of God and First United Methodist Church
August 2010 - YMCA hires Eric Chappell as new Aquatic Director
December 2010 - YMCA hires Cassandra Limbaugh as Child Care Director
January 2011 - YMCA and Sikeston Public Schools collaborate to expand YMCA
After School program from one to six school sites.
2012 -YMCA contracts with Daxko to upgrade Operations and Accounting Software
2013 -YMCA completes member and program participant impact measurement study
with Seer Analytics.
2013 -Board of Directors approves new Strategic Plan
2014 -Board of Directors establishes Endowment Committee. Richard Montgomery
agrees to serve as Chairman of the Committee
2014 -YMCA completes new YUSA Branding requirements including new exterior
2014 -Bob McCord retires and Dennis Hilkenkamp is hired as new Property Director
2015 -YMCA upgrades fitness center with new floor
2015 -YMCA receives $180,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health
to fund initiative to assist infant mortality and at risk pregnancies for low
2015 -Brandy Mason is promoted to the position of Membership and Program Experience
2015 -YMCA annual Partners Campaign raises $122,000
2016 -YMCA begins work with Praesidium to improve Child Abuse prevention policies
2016 -Board of Directors establishes Board Governance Committee to improve
overall effectiveness of the Board.