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Girl Scouts help welcome Governor Brownback to Smith County


Smith Center Girl Scouts took pride in their community and in Kansas history when they helped welcome Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to town. When Gov. Brownback’s plane arrived Sept. 3 at the Smith Center Municipal Airport, Troop 20467 was there to greet him and welcome him to Smith County for a ceremony dedicating and renaming a portion of K-8 highway as the “Home on the Range Highway.” The ceremony was at the Home on the Range Cabin in Smith County, where “Home on the Range” was written by Brewster Higley more than 140 years ago.

In their welcome, the 20 members of Troop 20467 recited the Girl Scout Promise for Gov. Brownback, who invited them to take a look inside of his airplane, said Troop Leader Cherie Herredsberg.

“The Girl Scouts not only represented Smith Center very well, but they also represented the Girl Scout organization at large by the respectful and kind welcome they gave the governor,” Herredsberg said.

Kansas Senator Elaine Bowers of Concordia, who proposed Senate Bill 43 designating the 17-mile stretch of the highway as the “Home on the Range Highway,” was also present for the Sept. 3 ceremony.

“At the end of the event, Senator Elaine Bowers offered to come to Smith Center to do a Government badge with the girls,” Herredsberg said. “She said she did it for a troop in Great Bend and would love to do it for us!”