Elks recognize excellence in Scouting

ESCANABA – Escanaba Elks Lodge 354 honored 15 Eagle Scouts with dinner and awards during a special ceremony held on March 10.

Over 100 Scouts and Elk volunteers were in attendance. The Scouts are members of the Red Buck Sub-District of the Bay Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Eagle Scouts in attendance were twin brothers Cody and Kyle Johnson from Troop 466. Also from Troop 466 was Ben Fornier. From Troop 414 were Aaron Radlicki, Dereck Bernson, Michael Whitman, Ryan Wendt, Gabe Ostrenga and Nick Chenier. From Troop 473 were Chase Pinar and Paul Flaminio. Troop 411 had Andrew Fitch and Tom Simons. Troop 408 had Lucas Poisson and Zack Taylor.

Elks Youth Activities Chairman, Art Rodgers along with Boy Scout Chairman John Pickard from Escanaba 354 Lodge presented each of the boys with an American flag, along with a certificate of recognition.

John Berres, Exalted Ruler of the Elks, spoke of the importance of Scouting and the recognition that an Eagle Scout epitomizes the very best ideals of the Boy Scouts and is among the best kind of citizens of the United States.

“These Boys worked very hard to achieve this award and honor. They are a credit to their families, their community and to their nation,” he stated.

The dinner meeting was also held to recognize and honor the many volunteers who provide the Scouting program to area youth. Red Buck Sub-District serves youth in Delta County, part of Schoolcraft County, and a part of Menominee County, all of this with only one paid professional Scouter.