Earl Parsons will have a building named after him -- and he'll be alive to see it.
Parsons, of Tonganoxie, was the main donor on for the Leadership Lodge at Rock Springs 4-H Center outside of Junction City. The building, the Earl W. Parsons Leadership Lodge, will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. today.
``Earl's a very generous person,'' said Bill Riley, the president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation. ``He's been very much a supporter of 4-H on the local level as well as the state.'' The lodge cost in excess of $1 million.
Parsons' generosity is unusual because he give large gifts while still alive, Riley said, instead of through his estate.
Riley said that a dozen other major contributors would also be honored at the dedication. Among those contributors is the Simons family of Lawrence, who gave a donation honoring Dolph Simons Sr., the longtime publisher of the Journal-World and a longtime board member and chairman of the Kansas 4-H Foundation board who died in 1989.
The Rock Springs 4-H Center is a year-round camping and conference facility. It is used by 4-H groups and many other non-profit organizations. Last year, there were 400 events at the center; 27,000 people used the facilities.
The new lodge will be used to house 4-H counselors who come to the camp early for leadership training. Riley said that 400 to 500 counselors help with 4-H camps a summer.