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Building the Vision: Marshall community center and aviation museum open house scheduled for Jan. 20

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It is with supreme pleasure that I bring to you the news that the Martin Community Center is open for business! To celebrate that momentous feat and to welcome you to one of Marshall's newest facilities, you are invited to an open house on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. You are encouraged to come to the site at Marshall Municipal Airport, to take a tour, wander around, enjoy refreshments, and perhaps think about how you can put the Community Center to use.

I think you will be amazed at the space available, the building layout, the attractive colors, the size and efficiency of the catering kitchen and the variety of areas available for rental. As a matter of fact, several events have already been booked for the near future, and the Center is now available for public use.

Campaign Headquarters, which was located on the east side of the Marshall square, has closed. It is now the office of the Martin Community Center/Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum and is housed in the building which it so proudly represented while downtown. Mr. Mel Sharon continues to run day-to-day operations and will gladly answer your calls at (660) 886-2630 to help you in any way he can. That includes, of course, booking your event.

Rates for use of the Center have been established and will be determined by the number of people you wish to accommodate. Rates are reasonable, as promised, so that everyone can use this wonderful place.

You are encouraged to walk through, look at the various room sizes, and determine what amenities you will need so that you can choose a space suited to your needs. Linens are available for rent, and a large number of tables and chairs are housed at the Center for your use. You may select a theater-style set-up, tables for a sit-down dinner or for work space, or just an open area. The sound system is "state-of-the-art." It's your choice, your decision ... your building. This is truly a community center!

The Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum is still a work in progress. When you come to the open house, you will be able to walk around in the museum space, and it will be easy to visualize how large and attractive it will be when filled with historical objects.

The target date for completion of the museum is the summer of 2008. Those working to make this museum a source of both history and pride for Marshall are continuously collecting items for display and are planning interactive exhibits to make history "come alive."

Many people have contacted us about relatives involved in early aviation, told us about their own connection with flying and with the Nicholas-Beazley enterprise and have contributed memorabilia to the museum. You are encouraged to call the office to let us know about objects and/or stories that can be included.

The NAP credits have all been taken on this second round, but remember that we are still a 501(c)(3) entity, and your contributions are tax-deductible. Bricks are for sale, and can be engraved to commemorate any person(s) or events of your choosing. A Donors' Wall will recognize those who have given to the project and there is still a need for contributions as the building is furnished and completed. A list of needs and possible giving opportunities is available for your perusal. As always, your help is appreciated. Without the generosity of the many people who have joined in this endeavor, this project would never have reached this point. Again, thank you!

Well, there were doubters and people who just shook their heads in a dubious way when the early plans for the Community Center/Museum were revealed. But there were also those who believed in the project and knew this would be an asset for Marshall. It has been a long road, and there is still more work ahead to complete the museum, but the end is in sight.

This is not said to brag or gloat, or to say "I told you so," but to thank all of those people who had faith and set out on the business of Building the Vision. Thank-you is not enough. The real reward to everyone will be to put the facility to use and to truly enjoy this wonderful addition to our community.

See you at the Open House on Jan. 20!

ANITA WRIGHT, Columnist
Building the Vision