State Senator Jack Goodman presented a resolution passed by the Missouri Senate marking the occasion.
The resolution read, "Whereas, American Legion Hobbs-Anderson Post #91, of Monett, takes as its mission to mentor youth and sponsor wholesome programs in the community, to advocate patriotism and honor, to promote strong national security, and to continue devotion to service members and veterans; and
"Whereas, 60 years ago Cub Scout Pack #140 was established through the efforts of Post Commander Ralph Hendrix, and today Ronald R. Branum, a retired Army Staff Sergeant, continues the work of his predecessors as Post Commander and Charter Organization Representative for Cub Scout Pack #140;
"Now, therefore, be it resolved that we, the members of the Missouri Senate, 96th General Assembly, join unanimously to applaud the history, goals and accomplishments associated with American Legion Hobbs-Anderson Post #91, to thank its members for their military service, and to convey to all of those involved this legislative body's most heartfelt best wishes as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of chartering Cub Scout Pack #140."
Recognition of the benefits of scouting continued throughout the evening.
Dean Ertle, scout executive council member, acknowledged the work that Assistant Scout Leader Greg Simmons had done in working with volunteers. Simmons had earlier presented a thank-you gift to Laurie Bowling, who had volunteered to teach a class in forestry to the Cub Scouts.
Simmons had himself been a young scout when Ertle first met him and had risen to a leadership position.
"Scouting is something that you can live with and enjoy your entire life," Ertle said.
Ertle reported that in 2011, 279 area young people had gone to summer camp through the scouting program on camperships. No young person in scouts is denied the chance to attend camp for lack of family funds.
Bryon Haverstick, district executive, recalled that Feb. 8 marked the 102nd birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. Locally, seven districts make up the scouting council, and there are 90 units in the district. Pack #140 is in the district composed of Barry, Lawrence, Jasper and Newton counties. Haverstick asked for donations to help raise $402,000 in 2012 for the Friends of Scouting, which underwrites insurance for the scouting program.
Branum presented certificates of appreciation to Eric Merriman, who was completing his term as Cubmaster, and to Alan Hughes, the Weblos den leader who takes over as the incoming Cubmaster. Branum also recognized the top popcorn sellers in this past year's drive, including Christopher Simmons as the top seller.
The banquet included a variety of skits and performances as entertainment for the evening.