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Boy Scout District recognition and awards dinner
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 8th, 2018

The annual Recognition and Awards Dinner for Three Rivers District Scout leaders, youth and their families was held on January 25 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Speakers included the Key Three for the district. They are Meghan Polk, District Executive; Matt Gavin, District Chair; and Dave Yansky, District Commissioner.

Ms. Polk is remaining in the Hawkeye Area Council, but is transferring to Old Capitol District, which is the area in and around Iowa City. The new DE for Three Rivers, Tyler Aalfs, was introduced.

Among the activities which took place was the presentation of certificates to the 2017 commissioner staff and ceremony for those who will serve as commissioners during 2018. This was done by Dave Yansky.

Twenty-three young men from Three Rivers District earned their Eagle Scout rank in 2017. Each did an Eagle project to help an entity in their community. In addition, they completed many merit badges, some required, and served in leadership positions in their troops and community.

Brendan Klostermann, Troop 35

Michael Ammons, Troop 560

Zachoriah Watson, Troop 555

Ryley Radack, Troop 560

Christian Pint, Lone Scout

Daniel O'Hara, Troop 560

Hunter Volk, Troop 35

Charles Hingst, Troop 55

Gunner Hageman, Troop 40

Kaden Kilburg, Troop 40

Cavan O'Hara, Troop 560

Michael Kuchera, Troop 40

Jack Fejfar, Troop 55

Ryan Hearn, Troop 89

Tyler Moores, Troop 360

Mason Reuter, Troop 66

Joseph Bioche, Troop 68

Brayton Frey, Troop 54

Noah Arthur, Troop 44

Cameron Clough, Troop 44

Noah Carlson, Lone Scout

Connor Haines, Troop 360

Taylor David, Troop 360

Six of the above Eagle Scouts had outstanding projects which were nominated for Eagle Project of the Year. They are Michael Ammons, Brendan Klostermann, Ryan Hearn, Christian Pint, Charles Hingst, and Ryley Radack.

Christian Pint was named the winner of the Eagle Project of the Year. (He was unable to be at the district dinner.) His Eagle Project was a shelter and was completed at the Winding Creek Meadows assisted living community in Jesup.

The project began with parking and excavating the site, digging and setting 6" by 6" posts for corners, and raising the shingled roof. Then the group framed and poured a concrete slab and sidewalk to connect to the existing sidewalk. Last they finished railings and post wraps. Christian's project involved 24 people and took 184 hours of work.

Two special Scout leader awards were presented this year. Mark Ammons received the Boy First Award and Jami Anderson received the Extra Mile Award.

Alan Kessler received a special adult award, the NOESA, or NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. (NESA stands for National Eagle Scout Award.) This award is one of the highest levels of honor. According to the information about the award, "Often, these men have devoted a lifetime of service to their community and the Boy Scouts of America at a great sacrifice to themselves and their families." It was presented by Council Commissioner and NESA member Bruce Dolder.

Alan is not done with his service. In about a month, he will officially become the Council Commissioner for the Hawkeye Area Council.

The final presentation of the evening was for the District Award of Merit. This is the highest award available to volunteer Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level.

This year's District Award of Merit recipients are Linda Merck and Matt Lorenzen. They were nominated along with others and were selected by a special committee which recommended them to the council through the head Scout Executive. They also will be introduced at the overall Council Awards dinner in March.

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