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Rahll Activity Center holds grand opening

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Rahll Activity Center holds grand opening

The grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Rahll Activity Center was held on Saturday January 21, with the ribbon cutting being held at 10 a.m. and community members being given a chance to try out ev- erything the center has to of- fer for free until about 1:30 p.m., along with a free lunch of hot dogs and brats.

The opening began with speeches by Louise and Gene Rahll, who donated the money to build the fa- cility and donated money to run it for the first five years of its operation. There was also an invocation by Terry Stegall and a speech by Jay Peeples. Louise and Gene then cut the ribbon to offi- cially open the center. After the ribbon cutting, a photo- graph of Gene and Louise was unveiled in the foyer.

“This activity center is needed in town. We have some facilities but not much and certainly not one that will cover everything from little kids to old folks like us,” said Gene Rahll in the announcement of the opening. “It is for the com- munity, it’s not for us— you know, we don’t have much time here we’re in our 90s.” Gene Rahll re- peated that at the opening, bringing a laugh from the crowd as his wife Louise disagreed about the com- ment about how much time they have left.

Following the speeches and ribbon cutting, those who attended were allowed to tour the facility and try out the different games and activities. The opening was newsworthy enough around the Panhandle that it was at- tended by multiple media representatives, including KXIT-FM, KFDA News- Channel 10 from Amarillo, and the Amarillo Globe- News.

The facility will be oper- ated as a completely private entity, with a non-profit 501c corporation being formed to Bill Kelly | Dalhart Texan Louise and Gene Rahll cut the ribbon to officially open the Rahll Activity Center. run the center with a board of directors. The board in- cludes Jeff Lloyd, who is the chairman, and Herman Berngen, Kyle Grimsley, Michelle Macha, Jay Pee- ples, Kacey Schniederjan, Joni Atha, Coby Cummings, Kerry Juilfs, Parker Noel and Wes Ritchey.

The RAC will be man- aged locally by Dannie Claycomb, with operation- al support from Kids, Inc. in Amarillo. Kids, Inc. is an affordable youth sports program with a mission to provide quality year-round sporting activities, while en-suring that every child who desires to participate has the opportunity to do just that. Plans are being made to host sports leagues in the near future for both youth and adults. Those leagues will include indoor soccer, pickleball, adult basketball and adult volleyball, and flag football to name a few. Additional local individu- als will also be hired to help with day-to-day operations. The center will also be look- ing for volunteer coaches and sports officials for those leagues, especially for youth leagues.

Since it is a private en-tity, no tax dollars are being used for the center, so mem- berships are being sold and fees are being charged for certain activities. In order to keep those memberships and fees as low as possible, the center is taking dona- tions from businesses to help run the facility. Each business that donates has a sign made and displayed in a specific location in the center, and there are differ- ent size signs based on the size of the donation.

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