We would like to welcome our friends and neighbors to this very
special event. We are very proud of our new facility. I am Ted
Wynn, Chairman of the Community Center committee. I’d like to
take a moment to ask God’s blessing on all those with us today and upon
all those who have had a hand in bringing this facility to a reality.
The community center building committee, along with many volunteers,
worked countless hours to see this project through to completion.
Joe Cukjati chaired this committee and Henry Ashbacher and Norine Laird
served with him. Would you three please stand? We owe them
a great debt of gratitude and round of applause.
The Community Center Committee will work with all of you in seeing that
this facility is used to it’s full potential. Let me introduce
our committee. Please stand: Margaret Kennedy, Norine Laird, Veda
Maxwell, Tammy Wayman, Alice Baldwin, Frances O’Blak and Dianna
Dianna is our Community Center Manager. She will work with those
wanting to use the facility, as well as managing routine operations of
Our entire committee will be available throughout the afternoon to
answer any questions you may have or to assist you with reserving the
Our goal is for this community center to be the location of many happy
celebrations that will create wonderful family memories. For
years the community hall was the center of family reunions, birthday
parties, holiday celebrations, lodge meetings, church activities,
funeral meals, and much more. We hope to continue that tradition.
We have plans to offer activities for seniors and youth, which we hope
will become monthly events.
The dream to have the community center back has been fulfilled.
Through dedication, commitment and hard work this center was
built. If we had the entire afternoon we could possibly name each
and every person who contributed to the success of this project, but we
felt that was not possible.
Each of you who worked in any way toward seeing this building become a
reality did so because of a caring heart. We know that those who
donated time, money or talent, did not do so for recognition. It
was your kindness and caring that helped the community recover from a
This center will be the focal point of the community for generations to
come. When we speak of community, we do not speak only of
“Franklin”. Our community extends far beyond the boundaries of
Franklin. That is evidenced by the generous outpouring of
compassion from all of our friends and neighbors.
Governor Sebelius was unable to attend today due to previous
commitments, but she sent a letter which I’d like to read. (Read Governor
Senator Brownback was also unable to attend this grand opening event
and also sent a letter which I will now read. (Read Senator
We are honored to have with us Congressman Jim Ryun of the 2nd District
of the State of Kansas. Congressman, we’d like to formally
welcome you and ask you to say a few words. ---- Thank you Congressman
Ryun. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Our next guest is Chuck Banks, USDA representative. Please make
him welcome and then he will speak to us.------Thank you Mr.
Banks. We deeply appreciate the support your agency has given to
We spent a great deal of time discussing how to honor, or even mention,
all those involved in this building and our entire rebuilding process,
but found that, indeed, time would not permit us to do so.
If we start with the architect, the contractor, the government agencies
and representatives, those who contributed time, talent and resources,
our list would be several pages long. Those who were part of this
in any way carry with them the satisfaction of “A Job Well Done”.
They did so out of the goodness of their hearts. This is what
makes “Community” work - selfless sacrifices. Your names are forever
engraved on our hearts.
This is truly a community building;
You built it with your support through donations of time, talents and
You built it with generous personal donations and sacrifice.
You built it with your ideas and your shared vision.
You built it by not quitting when obstacles blocked your path and
weaker, less committed people would have abandoned the effort.
You built it with your passion that this community center would help
heal the wounds from the devastating natural disaster that fell upon
You built it when you dared to dream of this glorious day.
You built it with your love, with your heart and soul.
You built a building that causes the spirit to soar; a building
that enthralls all who enter. This is truly a “Community”
Therefore, WE DEDICATE THIS CENTER to those who have made Franklin
their home through the years and to those who were directly affected by
the tornado of May 4, 2003.
We dedicate this to the angels without halos or wings who carried us on
their shoulders to see this project through, and to our loving God, who
has wonderfully blessed this community.
Thank you for
The Spirit of Franklin Remains.....
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