From left: Kim Fritchie, Randy Cain, Charlotte Lea, Andrew Carr, Joe Snook, Mayor Randy Rhoads, Robert Sanchez, Carol Rothwell, Sue Forbes, and Lila Raymond
By Kim Fritchie, Chairperson,
Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission
Mayor Randy Rhoads of Lee’s Summit, signed the Monarch Pledge Tuesday, August 8, at the Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission’s Annual Landscape Contest Awards at the Gamber Center.
A group of more than 40 citizens including contestants in the contest, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation staff, and Beautification Commission members were on hand to witness the Mayor signing the pledge to commit to providing habitats throughout Lee’s Summit for the Monarch butterfly.
As a part of the pledge, the City of Lee’s Summit agrees to communicate the efforts to provide habitats for the Monarchs. One such opportunity will be October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gamber Center. Parks staff and Beautification Commission members will provide an informative presentation on the Right of Way Beautification Initiative that has recently begun in strategic areas in Lee’s Summit. The public is invited to learn about the steps to beautifying Lee’s Summit and creating a Monarch habitat at the same time.
A pivotal contributor to this initiative was Mary Nemecek of the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City. She wrote the $20,000 grant to plant 40 acres of right of way area in Lee’s Summit with native wildflowers and milkweed to draw the Monarchs.
To locate more information on the Monarch Pledge, details are provided on the National Wildlife Federation website. Questions regarding this presentation should be directed to Andrew Carr of Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, 816-969-1533.