The table was a gift from the "Friends of Ron Flewelling" to the Flewelling family as a tribute to their dearly departed friend. In attendance on Tuesday were Ron's wife Donna Flewelling, along with Mike Leckband of the Chronicle Times, a representative of the "Friends of Ron Flewelling," and Bob Carlson, President of the Grand Meadow Heritage Center.
"After Ron passed away, we all really wanted to do something for Ron's memory," said Leckband. "At first we were going to get a memorial bench and thought to place it at Grand Meadow. So, we contacted members of Grand Meadow Board and asked if it would be alright to place a bench out there and they were onboard with the idea.
"We then contacted Donna,and asked if that would be appropriate. As it turns out, she attended school at Grand Meadow, so she too thought it a nice idea," said Leckband.
After talking with members of Grand Meadow Board, it was mentioned that they could always use more picnic tables, so the "Friends' decided that they would go with a table instead of a bench. Several of Ron's friends then pitched in and raised the funds needed and purchased a table from R.J. Thomas Manufacturing of Cherokee.
"Ron was very special to all of us and after his death we wanted to do something special for him," explained Leckband. "He always loved doing stories about the happenings at Grand Meadow. He was a gifted writer, and whenever he did something about Grand Meadow, he would go out of his way for our readers to make sure that the stories were fun and exciting. You could tell that his heart was really into it. That's why we felt that Grand Meadow would be the perfect place to place the memorial."
Carlson added, "Ron did a lot of publicity for the Center, something we were grateful for. There will not be another Ron Flewelling."
"It is our hope that when people visit Grand Meadow they will see the table and remember Ron and how much this place meant to him and how much he meant to us." said Leckband.