MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — After going on a mission trip to Costa Rica with his wife and TACTICA Ministries in February of 2011, he made a commitment to return and help full time.
Rick Rought and his wife, Sherry Rought, turned a three- to five-year plan into just a few short months leading to his resignation as trustee from the Montcalm Township board.
“I am unable to complete my term because of residency requirements,” Rought said in a letter addressed to Township Supervisor Michael Adams, the township board and the residents of Montcalm Township.
Rought and his family, including two daughters, will be going back to Costa Rica in August, however because things happened so fast, the Rought family has transitioned out of Montcalm Township until that time.
Adams said the board was fully aware of Rought’s goal when he was appointed to the trustee position, and added everyone involved thought it was going to take a few years.
“It’s a pretty amazing story,” Adams said.
When accepting the position, Rought said he thought it was a great opportunity to get informed and a serve close to home and thanked everyone who was willing to give him a chance and for making him feel welcomed.
During Wednesday night’s meeting, Montcalm Township Clerk Carol Rosebrook thanked Rought for all he has done.
Rought still owns 25 acres in Montcalm Township and said they plan to build on the property when they return.
“Thank you for allowing me to serve,” Rought said. “I apologize for any problems or inconveniences my early withdrawal will cause. We will continue to pray for healing in our township.”
Adams said the township will be in search of a trustee to sit on the board until November.