Not successful in their attempt to get enough votes to receive a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, Shelton Post 297 put up the money for the purchase and construction of a new water slide at the municipal pool in Shelton, Nebraska. At a total cost of about $45,000, the slide was up and ready for the 4th of July festivities in this the town of 1,100 people located in south-central Nebraska.
Post 297 worked hand-in-hand with the Shelton Village Board of Trustees and the Shelton Pool Board to raise funds for the slide. However, given the slow progress of fund raising efforts, Legionnaires put the project on the fast track and agreed to fund it given that village resources were tied up in resolving an ongoing water restriction problem caused by the loss of a water well.
Post 297 also worked together with the slide manufacturer, Mason Industries and owner Dick Mason who helped them ensure the slide would meet state requirements. The slide was cleared for use and was dedicated on the 4th of July, named "The Bob" after long time Post 297 Legionnaire and Adjutant Robert "Bob" Jacobs of Gibbon, Nebraska. On hand for the dedication ceremony was Village Board President Lynn McBride, Pool Board Member Sherry Lyons, and current Post 297 Adjutant Jody Moeller, who spoke to a large crowd in attendance.
McBride commented that this was an example of what can be done when a few people set their mind to doing something positive for the overall good of the community.