At its meeting in City Hall on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Valley City Park Board passed a resolution naming the Valley City Wellness Center in honor of the George and Audrey Gaukler family. The center, to open in fall 2016, will be named the Gaukler Family Wellness, Health and Physical Education Center.
In presenting the resolution, Dick Gulmon, Park Board president, said that the construction of the Wellness Center would not be happening without the inspiration, driving force and financial support that came from George Gaukler and his family.
In his remarks following the approval of the naming resolution, Gaukler shared credit with his wife, Audrey, and children—Michael Smith, Tracy Smith and Geoffrey Gaukler—for their support. He also recognized the efforts of Jennifer Feist, director of the Valley City–Barnes County Development Corporation, and Larry Robinson, VCSU executive director of university advancement, in garnering community support for the Wellness Center.
Valley City businessman and philanthropist George Gaukler—a 1962 VCSU graduate—serves on the VCSU Foundation Board of Directors. His wife, Audrey (Dohman) Gaukler is a 1967 VCSU graduate, and their son, Michael Smith, is a 1984 graduate.
“We are so blessed to have stalwart alumni Audrey and George Gaukler as leaders in our local community,” said VCSU President Tisa Mason. “They set a high standard and serve as a great example of what extraordinary friends can do for Valley City and VCSU. This is a well deserved honor for the Gaukler family.”
Members of both the VCSU and Valley City communities will be able to use the 65,000 square-foot Wellness Center upon its completion. Located east of Osmon Fieldhouse on the VCSU campus, the facility will feature a fitness center, swimming pool, multi-use court space, an indoor playground and gathering spaces.
The Wellness Center will serve as the home of the VCSU Health and Physical Education Department, replete with classrooms, offices and a physiology lab for students in the university’s athletic training, health education, physical education, and exercise science and leisure studies programs.
The Valley City Parks and Recreation Department will manage the facility, and its offices will also be located in the Wellness Center.
For a webcam view of Wellness Center construction, visit technologyservices.vcsu.edu/vp.htm?p=3420.