In 1996, a small group of community members consisting of Robert Duncan, Ron Marshall, Elta Bertolino Ayre, Donna Tandy, Lyle Wright and MarCo LaRowe saw the need to form an organization to benefit the future of Roberts. The result was the formation of the Roberts Community Foundation.
The vision created by this founding group has guided board members over the years. The Roberts Community Foundation has built a significant endowment fund and provided a tool for those who believe in this community and school system to leave their mark on its future.
Over the years, the Foundation has been responsible for the facelift of the Roberts Town Park, a new sidewalk the length of First Street, adding lighting along Highway 212, additional street lights within the community, improvements in the Roberts Fire Department, Christmas lighting in the community, a new score board and bench for the gym, and a new electronic marquee to publicize school and community events. Also, the Foundation created a master plan for the future, which includes beautification projects in the community, and has resulted in purchasing and planting over 200 trees. The Foundation has funded educational opportunities in the school and community.
RCF provided funding for educational and musical equipment and materials, safety features, furnishing the new library, a new trophy case and scoreboards at the school. One of the Foundation’s goals is to reinforce the community’s spirit and image. We support a number of youth organizations within the school and community. RCF has obtained grants and funding that have provided over a quarter million dollars of improvements and positive changes within Roberts. The Foundation administered a grant through Carbon County and the Montana Department of Transportation and built "gateway monuments," designed by D-RockBoyz, along the highway on either end of town. RCF maintains the flowering plants and grasses on those monuments.
Board members have changed over the years. Current board members are President Alan Schuyler, Vice President Gordy Hill, Co-Treasurer Kelley Guasp, Co-Treasurer Patti Prinkki Keebler, Secretary Paula Marshall Pederson, Tim Swansborough, Andrew Dimich and Janice Polzin. We are in the process of seeking an additional board member. Many other citizens have served on this board throughout its history and deserve credit for keeping the spirit of “a place to come home to” alive today. (A list of all who have served as board members is below.)
The Roberts Community Foundation’s mission is to safeguard and enhance the integrity of the Roberts area community and school system. Our collective purpose is to establish a strong fund development program that assists those services and programs considered important for the Roberts area now and in the future.
Roberts Community Foundation * History of Board Membership