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Community partnership of Cub Scouts and American Legion marks 60 years

Friday, February 17, 2012

State Senator Jack Goodman, at right, presented a resolution of appreciation from the Missouri Senate to Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91 for the Post's 60 years of sponsorship for Cub Scout Pack #140 to Post Commander Ron Branum. Cubmaster Eric Merriman, at left, led the applause for the Senate's gesture. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Cub Scout Pack #140 in Monett celebrated 60 years of sponsorship by Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91 in Monett. At the annual Blue and Gold banquet last week, the scouts extended thanks to the Legion.

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

Monett Cub Scout Pack #140 celebrated 60 years of being chartered by Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91. Cubmaster Eric Merriman, at left, and Post Commander Ron Branum held up a cake celebrating the milestone at the Blue and Gold Banquet held at the Post last week. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
"Whereas, on Feb. 28, 1952, American Legion Hobbs-Anderson Post #91 chartered Cub Scout Pack #140, since which time the Post has provided annual charter fees, leadership and guidance, and a positive influence on the lives of hundreds of Scouts in Barry and Lawrence counties; 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."

Members of Cub Scout Pack #140, shown above, celebrated 60 years at the annual Blue and Gold banquet last week. In the front row, from left, are: Aiden Willis, Juan Cruz and Aiden Pierce. Second row: John Watson, Myron Crouch, Josh Wallace, Drake Carey, Christian Johnson, Charles Ortwein, Aiden Eggert and Colton Watson. Third row: Cade McCollough, Jacob Hughes, Tyler Waterman, Tyler Whittington, Harrison Merriman, Wyatt Eggert, Keaton Hohensee, Senator Jack Goodman and Ben Verstrate. Fourth row: Jonathan Hughes, Christopher Simmons, Nathan Arnall, Race Bremer, Wesley Merriman, Taylor Whittington, Luke Pierce and McKenzie Langley. Fifth row: assistant scout leader Gregory Simmons, incoming Cubmaster Alan Hughes, Cubmaster Eric Merriman, Legion Post Commander Ron Branum and assistant scout leader Adam Verstraete.
Goodman presented the framed resolution to Commander Branum.

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.

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