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Troop 45 Celebrates 90th Anniversary

Mineola Boy Scout troop started way back in 1921

In March of 1921 Warren G Harding was inaugurated as President of the United States, later that same year, KDKA Radio in Pittsburg broadcast the first baseball game and in June of 1921 the first charter for Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 was issued. On that first charter the Troop was sponsored by the Civic League of Mineola, Joseph Nohowec was the first Scoutmaster and Mr. F.L. Jenkins was the Troop Committee Chairman.

That first registration listed 18 boys as Scouts and was the beginning of 90 years of continuous service to the boys of Mineola.  On Saturday, Nov. 26, over 260 people gathered at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place to mark the anniversary and to celebrate 90 years of turning little boys into young men.

Troop 45 Assistant Scoutmasters and Troop 45 Eagle Scouts Don Franz and Scott Strauss, also mayor of Mineola, chaired the anniversary event and they, along with the Troop’s Anniversary Committee worked for over two years to pull off the event and to make it the unqualified success it was.  As well as the current Troop Family, over 100 members of the Troop’s alumni traveled from New Jersey, Florida, Ohio and as far away as Arizona to be a part of this event.

Ninety years has seen thousands of Scouts move through Troop 45 and the Troop has produced 125 Eagle Scouts, and there was a good representation of both groups at the event. Memories were relived, friendships renewed, and stories of what Troop 45 had meant to their childhood were shared with both fellow alumni and the current Scouts of Troop 45.

There were also a number of former leaders at the event who had participated over the years as Committee Members or Assistant Scoutmasters. Everyone in Troop 45 was very honored that former Scoutmaster Frank Pewarski traveled from Florida to be a part of the occasion.

Frank, a decorated New York City Police Officer and a former trustee of the Village of Mineola, was a member of Troop 45 as a boy and adult for over 40 years and Scoutmaster for 23 years and shared memories with many of the alumni who had been Scouts under his leadership or fellow adult leaders.

There was also a slide show with lots of photos from the past and many of the alumni had a good laugh at the clothing and hair styles from their past lives. The evening was an unqualified success according to many of the alumni who were also very proud to see that today’s Troop 45 is still a great Boy Scout Troop.

The Scouts of today’s Troop 45 were honored that so many former members were a part of the event and were honored to share their pride in Troop 45 with past generations. Senior Patrol Leader Glenn Peters stated how proud he was to be the Scout Leader of Nassau County’s best Boy Scout Troop.

Scoutmaster Steve Grosskopf echoed the pride that Glenn had for both the accomplishments of the Troop and for the Scouts that make up Troop 45. He also thanked the Scouts and leaders of the past for the legacy of greatness that they left and told the alumni that as great as their memories were of Troop 45, the present Troop is as great as it has ever been.

“In this case”, Mr. G said, “you can come home and find that nothing’s changed!”

Committee Chairman Frank D’Elia said that the 90-year history of Troop 45 is really about the people that have been a part of the Troop over the years and saluted many of the folks who were in the room that night both in the past and current leadership of the Troop. A number of proclamations from local leaders and friends of Troop 45 were presented including ones from Former Mineola Mayor and current State Senator Jack Martins, North Hempstead Councilman Angelo Ferrara, and Mayor Scott Strauss.

There were also the annual awards that the Troop presents each year for achievements of their members. Scout Chris Mueller was honored as Troop 45 Scout of the Year, and the Pheonix Patrol under his leadership was named Honor Patrol of the Leader.

Troop 45 alumni, Mineola Village Trustee, and current Troop 45 Assistant Scoutmaster George Durham was named this year’s Silver Stallion recipient and SPL Glenn Peters surprised Scoutmaster Grosskopf with a special award of thanks from the Scouts of Troop 45.  There was acknowledgement of close to 30 years of Marla Franz’s service to the Troop as treasurer and Glenn had a kiss and a dozen roses for Patrice Grosskopf for all she does for the Troop and for allowing her husband Scoutmaster Grosskopf to come out and play with the Scouts.

The night was an unqualified success and as the clock approached midnight, the only complaint heard was that the night was coming to an end. The alumni were thrilled that as Scoutmaster Grosskopf said, they could come home. Today’s Scouts were proud of not only their Troop but of the achievements of this past Scouting year. The committee was tired but elated that the event had been a great night for all.