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Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Noreen Hyslop photo Young Scouts, and some not-so-young Scouts, turned out Saturday to help mark the 100th birthday of Scouting. After members of Troop 200 officially presented the colors, some former Scout leaders and Eagle Scouts, below, recited the never-forgotten Scout Oath. From left to right are Tony Stevens, Bob Keathley, Mike Clippard, Don Parks and Carl Sanders. Saluting (above) are Ryan Hulshof, Tyler Hulshof (hidden) and John Reeves, with longtime Scouting leader, Terry Holder, at far right.
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It was a day of remembering, but more importantly, a day set aside to pay tribute to the men and women who over the years have given of their time and talents to instill character in the youth of our area.

The 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouting in the area took place Saturday, beginning with a long-awaited dedication of the 32-foot totem pole overlooking the city of Dexter at the Vernon Gales Memorial Scout Hut on the Outer Road North.

The totem pole is a hand-carved tribute to a fallen local Eagle Scout. Andrew Trammell, son of Gary Trammell and Pam Trammell of Dexter, lost his life in an automobile accident in May 2003. He was 25 years old.

The family of Andrew Trammell, along with friends and fellow Scouts and their families, were on hand Saturday morning as the Trammell family was asked to unveil the stone marker that has been put in place at the site of the totem pole. Bruce Plummer, who served as designer and primary woodcarver of the totem pole, addressed the crowd in tribute to their lost Scout, as did Assistant Scoutmaster Randy Graves, who served as the young Trammell's leader in the 1990s.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, about 50 Scouts and interested parties gathered at the site of the original Scout hut on N. Elm Street to witness the planned recovering of a time capsule that had reportedly been placed behind the cornerstone of the hut upon the hut's completion in 1950.

With considerable anticipation, the crowd moved in to get a look at what Scouts of 50 years ago had placed within the Scout hut walls for strangers to reopen half a century down the road. In its place, today's Troop 200 members and Graves had their own items from 2010 to reinsert in the form of a time capsule.

But when the cornerstone was removed, a disappointed, but lighthearted crowd had to smile. Nothing but mortar and brick lay behind the stone. There was talk of removing another cornerstone at the south end of the building to see if the 1950 capsule might have been placed there, but it was decided that discovery would have to wait for another day.

At 1 p.m., a centennial birthday celebration got underway at the local Elks Lodge where several tables of local Scout memorabilia was on display.

While guests didn't come in the numbers anticipated by the planning committee, it was evident in looking around the room the influence that Scouting and Scout leaders have had in the area over the years.

With the focus within their years of Scouting having been on community service, a look at guests revealed local doctors, educators, a senator, bankers, ministers, entrepreneurs, and several business owners, They were men and women who have gone on to influence generations of youth in the area. And on this 100th anniversary, all were paid tribute for a job well done.

Guests further enjoyed a video compiled by the organization committee, depicting the history of Scouting in the area over the past several years.

More photos from Saturday's event appear on page 13 of today's edition.

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Scouting draws out the very best of the men and boys who become involved in the adventure. Scouting is much more than wearing the uniform and going through the motions. Scouting instills the morals and character that builds a boy into a man and finally a successfull leader. HOOAHH to all those who give of their time and to those who quietly give of their resouces to promote this time honored organization!!!

-- Posted by demopublican on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 11:06 AM

A former Eagle Scout myself, I had planned to attend Saturday's festivities. I was looking forward to visiting with some of my former leaders (Mr. Graves, Mr. Clippard & Mr. Sanders specifically) but I was delayed in California while on a business trip. I'm very sorry I missed this!!

-- Posted by polar_bear89 on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 11:42 AM

An Eagle Scout myself, I was looking forward to being able to attend this event and take the opportunity to visit with many of my former leaders and old friends. Unfortunately, I was delayed in California while on a business trip and was unable to get back home in time. I deeply regret not being able to attend this event!

-- Posted by polar_bear89 on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 11:48 AM

Does anyone know why 89 didn't make the event?

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 4:01 PM

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