The Great Falls Rotary Club hosted its annual recognition luncheon for the north-central Montana Eagle Scouts during the club’s weekly meeting at the Meadow Lark Country Club.
More 20 Eagle Scouts were recognized for their projects.
Owen Rapkoch was one of the 2022 Eagle Scouts that were recognized. Rapkoch, a Great Falls native, was selected for building a walking bridge over Rafferty Creek.
"It took about six months to complete all the way through," Rapkoch said. "We went through about all four seasons going through that process. In the last day, we built the bridge in two feet of snow.
Rapkoch noted that the biggest challenge that came from it was the logistics aspects.
Rapkoch said, "Getting in contact with the community. Making sure that all of the logistics and financial aspects were secure. Fortunately enough, all of the materials were donated by the community and the Rotary Foundation didn't have to donate a dime."
The Great Falls Rotary Club has honored Eagle Scouts since 1995. Great Falls Rotary Club president Dirk Smith spoke on the Scouts' accomplishments.
He stated, "It's just so heartwarming to hear the stories. Each one of these Eagle Scouts who put many hours of service projects into the community not only in Great Falls, but Helena and the Hi-Line. It's just so heartwarming to have this event every year."
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