~ Work Sessions at Sullivan Sanctuary ~



Much work had been done in the new sanctuary before the flood of 2007


The flood washed out much of the prior work as well as adding flood debris


Jim Reed, Director organized new work sessions to clear the area


On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 an energetic group of 20
from the Community Covenant Church in Lenexa, Kansas began the days session


A hard working group, they made great progress clearing the trail South of Rush Creek


Jim remarked that he was very impressed with their attitude and energy


At noon, a lunch break was called in English Landing Park


Grilled hot dogs, chips and soda


And marshmallows to roast for dessert


It looked like they had a great time working and then during lunch break


Now heading back across the park to continue with an afternnon work session


<Later in the afternoon another larger group arrived from a YMCA Volunteer Youth Corps


From the Sanctuary we saw them approach, it looked like at least 100 entering the park


Jim remarked that he could sure use his share of that group


Some were assigned to work in English Landing park and then a large group headed our way


It would seem at least 50 or so were going to help in the Sanctuary


I asked where they were from, one representative said "From all over the States!"


Jim Reed had a job just getting them oriented to the task, but soon they were at it with great vigor


Anyone would be impressed at the attitude and energy this group put into this work session


There was at least one still photographer from the media catching photos and taking notes


And Channel 4 TV News was at the park, I later saw that on the evening news


To observe these two sessions wouild certainly renew your faith in our outstanding American youth


Then on July 9-10-11-12 another work group from the Greater Kansas City Volunteer Youth Corps


On Monday July 9, they worked on the South trail reconstructing steps...


These steps were washed out in the flood earlier, now waiting for the handrails to be added


On Tuesday, July 10, they were working on the North Trail, spreading wood chips on the new trails


More than plenty of poison ivy in this new section and I would think lots of chiggers and ticks


In a previous session, I thought I was avoiding the obstacles but came home with four chiggers and one tick...


The previous day was oppressively hot and humid... 90 degrees


This time I went earlier in the day and it was cloudy and cooler and a lot more comfortable


Here a Volunteer Youth Corps supervisor, J.J., joins in to help load chips


They had a small tractor to help on transporting the chips but it conked out


Here Jim gives up after some time trying to jump start it


But there was still some manual transportation available


One load coming, others empty going back for a refill


Then on Monday a lunch break
The food prepared and brought to the park by Diane Reed, Jim's wife
A sumptious repast of Cincinnatti chili... over spaghetti and topped with cheese


Tuesday,the next day, the food was being prepared by Dianne Kixmiller another hard working Committee member


Wednesday lunch, tacos prepared and served by Pat Harris, another full time Committee member...


A smaller volunteer group this day but plenty of work was accomplished