FRCF Donates to Powder River 4-H in Honor of Victor Rue
By Susan Ferrin, Executive Director, Fay Ranches Community Foundation
In November the Fay Ranches Community Foundation donated to the Powder River 4-H in honor of the late Victor Rue. Victor, the father of Fay Ranches agent, Kebi Smith, was involved in his local 4-H program from a young age. He raised his family for many years in Powder River County and was a proud member of the community. Even after a move to McLeod he returned almost every year for branding and family gatherings. Kebi is a fourth-generation Montanan and cattle rancher who also enjoys getting involved in the agricultural aspects of the community. Kebi’s father promoted her love of the outdoors, and she has continued that tradition with her own family.
Kebi stated, “Vic Rue was so proud of his roots in Powder River County and Broadus. His family (the Rue and Scofield families) homesteaded on the Little Powder River near Biddle, Montana in the late 1800’s, where they were deeply involved in the rural, agricultural, and political communities. In the 1950’s, Lloyd Rue (Kebi’s grandfather) was instrumental in bringing a large circus tent to the Fair when a building didn’t exist for the event. Vic participated in the 4-H program during his youth in Powder River County as did his grandchildren. He would be greatly honored knowing that the Fay Ranches Community Foundation made this donation to the 4-H program on his behalf knowing that it benefits the youth in the area. And, on behalf of Vic Rue and his family, we are grateful and thankful for the gift made by FRCF.”
We are honored to assist the Powder River 4-H and the youth that participate in their programs. The Fay Ranches Community Foundation was founded to combat the lack of resources and opportunities indicative of small towns across the country. The Fay Ranches Community Foundation supports these efforts because we envision a future where families choose to live in rural America, where they have access to quality education, healthcare, and growth prospects. We are dedicated to helping rural America by focusing on improving the quality of their healthcare, education, and youth resources. By focusing on these areas, we can increase the well-being of residents and the economic prosperity of towns. Providing sustainable resources to rural America has a significant impact on their communities as well as a domino effect on the rest of the country. We must ensure that residents have the tools and resources they need to build a better life for themselves and their families thereby creating a legacy for their communities and this nation. Providing resources and opportunities for these communities is our passion and mission. We invite everyone to join us in looking toward the future of rural America.
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