Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
An Eagle Court of Honor is a remarkable event. On Sunday, June 28, at the Shelter Rock School, Troop 97 of the Theodore Roosevelt Council Boy Scouts of America welcomed five new Eagle Scouts: Marc-Andrew Ardito, Joseph Calderone, Michael Geoghegan, Eric Kaminsky and Matthew Woo. Each of these young men assumed leadership roles in their troop, earned a minimum of 21 merit badges, demonstrated proficiency in outdoor skills and completed an Eagle Scout project which provided over 100 hours of service to the community. Respectively, their Eagle projects were conducted at the Lakeville AME Zion Church, Catholic Charities’ Neumann House, The Art Guild at Elderfields Preserve, MOMMAS House and Clark Garden.
The Shelter Rock auditorium was a vision of red, white and blue for the ceremony. In addition, an impressive array of Boy Scout insignia was on display. The large number of guests and dignitaries who attended was testimony to the importance of the occasion. Many officeholders came and personally bestowed citations along with words of wisdom. They included North Hempstead Councilman Fred Pollack, Town Clerk Leslie Gross representing both North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and N.Y.S. Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Manhasset Board of Education member Cindy Cardinal representing Nassau County Legislators Judi Bosworth and Wayne Wink, Jr., Jon Wicks (an Eagle Scout himself) on behalf of Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell. Master of Ceremonies and Scoutmaster Victor Sostar presented commendations sent by Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, Comptroller Howard Weitzman, Congressman Gary Ackerman, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Dr. Dean Schlanger, principal of Manhasset High School. Local BSA officials in attendance included Kenneth Boglia, the Shelter Rock District Chairman, who gave a rousing speech at the time of his presentations.
American Legion Post 304 is the sponsor of Troop 97. Thus, a highlight of the proceedings was Commander Anthony Buzzitta awarding Good Citizenship medals and citations. First Vice Commander James Brooks, the troop liaison, played an integral part in the ceremony. His speech detailed a Scout’s long but rewarding journey on the trail to Eagle and provided extremely valuable perspective.
A special focus of the day centered on the many years of dedication to Troop 97 given by Wayne Trigg. He has served as mentor to the new Eagles as well as many past and current Scouts. His heartfelt remarks and poem described the essence of what it means to be a Scout. Tom Kaminsky, a Cornell graduate and Eagle Scout, read the Eagle Charge challenging the new Eagles to continue their good work. Father Allan Sikorski of St. Mary’s Church kindly gave the invocation and benediction stressing reverence for God and country.
Many thanks to all who helped make this Eagle Court of Honor a day to remember.