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WAUSAU (WAOW)--Tom Jackson, Executive Director of Wausau's Woodson YMCA will retire, effective April 1st.   Jackson says, "We've had a lot of support from the staff, the members and the community, I want to thank them all, I will cherish that."

  Jackson has a long relationship with the YMCA. While growing up in Wood County, his parents got him his first Y membership at the age of 7. Jackson reveals he took swimming lessons and he was hooked. Later, he became a camp counselor. After college, Jackson worked at YMCA's in Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan.

  In 1990, he took over leadership of the Woodson Y in Wausau. At that time, Jackson recalls the budget was $800,000. He says it has since grown to $7.5 million dollars. During that time the Woodson has grown through several expansion projects, the Aspirus Y in Weston opened, Camp Sturtevant has expanded and several other community centers opened.   

   Jackson says he and his wife are looking at possibly relocating to Northern Wisconsin to enjoy the outdoors. Travel is also on his list of things to do.

   Bryan Bailey, CEO of the South Wood County YMCA has been hired to replace Jackson.   

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