WARRENSBURG The leaders of his cub pack were there remembering a chubby cheeked bundle of energy, now observing him towering over them at six feet, four inches and being awarded the highest rank of the Boy Scouts. His former Scoutmaster, Joe Klewicki, Eagle Scout, was there as well and, of course, his current Scoutmaster for the past three years, Pastor Roger Richards.
Dean Cleveland was honored at the Court of Honor held at Warrensburg First Baptist Church. Dean came to grow and to know in many ways, particularly spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally into the leader that he is today. It is not an easy or a commonly achieved fete to be awarded the Boy Scouts of Americas highest rank of Eagle.
Only about two percent of all Scouts earn Eagle. Many Eagle Scouts have gone on to assume important positions. One of our recently deceased Presidents was an Eagle Scout; Gerald Ford, as was one of our past Presidential candidates, billionaire businessman, H. Ross Perot. A previous survey of leaders revealed that 17 of our United States Senators, over 60 of our U.S. Congressmen, 11 of our state Governors, and the list goes on. And now, Dean Cleveland, the heights of whose achievements time will surely reveal, God willing.
The ceremony was also honored with the presence of Theresa Sayward who presented a letter ratified by the NY State Assembly honoring Deans achievement. And the members of Troop 31 presented a U.S. Flag flown over the United States Capital graciously supplied by U.S. Representative Kirsten Gillibrand.
Deans Eagle project involved designing, planning and building three foot bridges for the nature trails at St. Cecilias Stony Creek ranch at Compass Pond. This effort involved nearly 200 man-hours of work by the troop and overseen by Dean Cleveland. Peter Bailey, the representative from St. Cecelias attended Deans Court of Honor as well, making a presentation on behalf of St. Cecelias in memory of the project.