Released to KKAN Radio – April 29, 2014:

Another milestone was reached at the Home on the Range on Sunday, April 28 when the final two foot bridges on the Pete and Ellen Rust Memorial Nature Walk were completed. This will now allow the trustees to locate and build the seven information stations that have been reserved.

The bridge completion was possible because of the leadership of Clark Lambert, Smith Center Rotary Club President and Dr. Roger Marshall, Great Bend, who is Rotary District 5670 President Elect (2014). Clark and Dr. Marshall recruited excellent volunteers who brought their own tools and worked very hard allowing rapid completion of the project.

All the volunteers were special but mention needs to be made of a group of McPherson College students, members of Rotaract, who volunteered at the invitation of Dr. Marshall. It was a delight to have them learn about this historical site in Smith County. Rotaract describes junior members of Rotary learning more about Rotary International.

The Smith Center Rotary Club has been a major player at the Home on the Range Site since 1954 when they provided the leadership, funds and materials for the renovation of the cabin and provided that it would survive and stay on site. The Smith Center Club funded and built the first of the three foot bridges and worked to help complete the final bridges. Dr. Marshall explained that Rotary International is devoting their work efforts toward permanent projects such as historical sites and the Home on the Range project was an excellent fit for their plans.