Rhys Vanderhoof is an 8th grader at the McPherson Middle School. He’s also a Boy Scout who just completed a service project to improve the fencing at one of McPherson’s public parks.
“Rhys came to me in the summertime asking about doing an Eagle Scout Project at the Boy Scout Cabin located at Lakeside Park,” said Wayne Burns at Monday’s city commission meeting. “He wanted to replace the split rail fencing that we had in the park, and he wanted to concentrate on the area close to the Boy Scout Cabin.”
Burns is the Director of McPherson’s Public Lands and Facilities. He and the McPherson Park Department approved the request, and Rhys then went on a fundraising campaign. His goal was to raise $1,650. However, that’s not exactly what happened, as Burns explained to the commissioners and others present, gesturing to the poster-sized check Rhys brought for the public presentation.
“He has a check here today to present to the commissioners for $2,400.”
Rhys told the commissioners that it took him about five weeks to raise the money. But he also recruited most of the volunteers for the project himself.
“He recruited all the volunteers, [although] we had a couple of city staff that were involved in it,” said Burns. “[It’s] really nice, round-rail fencing.”
Rhys and his core of volunteers finished the project at Lakeside last month. This week, Burns and the commissioners presented him with a plaque from the city and public recognition for a job well done.
“We’d like to present a certification of appreciation from the city of McPherson to Rhys for all your hard work and dedication,” Burns said, turning to address Rhys directly. “Good job.”
Commissioner of Public Lands and Facilities Bob Moore added in his praise with the others, as he shook young Rhys’ hand.
“Good job,” Moore told Rhys. “We need more young people like you.”
Rhys is a member of Boy Scout Troop 133, which is chartered by Trinity Lutheran Church and is one of the three Boy Scouts of America units that serve the youth in the city of McPherson.
Photo caption L-R: Wayne Burns, Director of Public Lands and Facilities; Robert Moore, Commissioner of Public Lands and Facilities; Rhys Vanderhoof, McPherson Boy scout Troop #133