May 12, 2016
UNITY VILLAGE, Mo.—Approximately 150 people attended the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the newly renamed Carl L. Chinnery Nature Trail on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Guests included Kirby Asplund, president of Rotary Club No.2376 of Lee’s Summit; Ron Baker, CEO of St. Luke’s East Hospital; Lynette Wheeler, COO of Truman Medical Center-Lakewood; and Matt Sogard, CEO of Lee’s Summit Medical Center. Also in attendance was Evan Hill, Wildlife Program Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
New signage, mile markers, and benches were installed this spring on the scenic 2.15-mile loop thanks to generous donations from funding partners Rotary Club No. 2376, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Saint Luke’s East Hospital, and Truman Medical Center-Lakewood.
Dr. Charlotte Shelton, Unity World Headquarters CEO, acknowledged these partners and paid tribute to longtime Rotarian and civic leader Carl L. Chinnery in her remarks. Chinnery has held leadership roles in the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Truman Medical Center Planned Giving Council, Children’s Mercy Planned Giving Council, Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education, and Community Foundation of Lee’s Summit, among other positions.
David Vest, Unity World Headquarters chief financial officer and Unity Village mayor, provided a history of the trail, a portion of which follows the old Missouri Pacific rail bed along Little Cedar Creek. A log cabin overlooking the trail was built by the railroad around 1865 and is the oldest building on the property.
Vest also announced that the trail has been named as a site along the Great Missouri Birding Trail.
The trail is open during daylight hours unless otherwise posted. Visitors are asked to observe all posted rules.
Unity was founded in 1889 and helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village publishes Daily Word®, a magazine of inspirational messages distributed to nearly 1 million people in more than 100 countries. The Unity prayer ministry, Silent Unity®, offers prayer support 24/7. Silent Unity receives nearly 2 million letters, telephone calls and online requests for prayer annually. Anyone in need of prayer support at any time may call 816-969-2000 or visit silentunity.org. Unity World Headquarters is located at M-350 Highway and Colbern Road (1901 NW Blue Parkway), near Lee’s Summit, Mo.