Ronan hall of fame committee seeks to honor alumni, community members
News from the Ronan Hall of Fame Committee
RONAN — A small committee composed of graduates of Ronan High School is working toward creating a hall of fame that would recognize and honor former graduates and Ronan community members who have made important contributions to society as a whole. The hall of fame, when completed, will have an online version as well as a location in the Ronan Event Center. The committee is hoping that induction of the first class into the hall can take place during the 2022 winter sports season.
“The Ronan schools and the Ronan community have produced many individuals and teams that have contributed greatly to the Mission Valley and the world beyond,” stated committee chairman Gale Decker. “Our goal is to recognize these individuals and teams and encourage the younger generation to aspire to achieve something remarkable while in school or after graduation.”
The committee is working with a software company to determine the cost and type of software that best fits the needs of the project. The committee wants the virtual version of the hall of fame to be available to anyone having internet service. At the onsite location in the event center, visitors will be able to access the hall by using a touchscreen that will bring up a menu of available options.
The committee received some startup funds from the Flathead Reservation Historical Society and is waiting to hear whether other grant applications have been successful. Total startup costs are estimated to be about $10,000. The committee has written Articles of Incorporation and received 501 (c) non-profit status. Hopefully, RHS graduates and community members will help support the project through donations. Donations can be made at Valley Bank to the Ronan Hall of Fame Committee and all donations are tax deductible.
Committee members are Chris Jackson, Naomi Mock, Ray Aylesworth, Mackenzie Kelch and Gale Decker.