New Legion Post holds monthly meeting


October 28, 2013

American Legion Rough River Post 213 held its regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 22.

Commander John Roeder called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Guest speaker for the evening was Michel Ricks, Manager at Rough River State Park.

Ricks spoke briefly of his background before going into operations of the park. He reported on the income and the expense of the park for the last four years stating that all state parks rely on state funding to meet their budget. The state parks receive only .03% of the overall income of the State that is divided between 47 state parks.

Ricks admitted that the appearance of the park in the spring of 2013 was not up to his standards, and this was due to a breakdown of equipment. He also promised that it would be ready to go next spring. He commended the ground maintenance crew for a job well done when the equipment was put back in operation.

Ricks spoke of a six-year plan that would move the marina, allowing it to be used year around. He also said that the Friends of Rough River had donated a courtesy dock to be placed in front of the lodge next spring.

During a question and answer session, a Legionnaire asked about the closing of the golf course. Ricks answered by admitting that was an untimely decision because two other golf courses also closed in Grayson County.

Before closing, Ricks announced that an open Town Hall Meeting with State Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker and other officials would be held at Rough River State Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12.

During the Legion meeting, it was announced that Rough River Post 213 had presented a proposal to the Department of Kentucky to host a Service Officers School in April, 2014.

Also, a Veterans Day dance will be co-hosted with the V.F.W. Post 3852 and located in Falls of Rough on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Before closing the meeting, Roeder encouraged everyone to attend the Town Hall Meeting and let service to the community, state, and nation be ever a main objective of the American Legion and its members.