A welcome by Scoutmaster Klewicki opened the Eagle Court of Honor, followed by an invocation by Pastor Wayne Schoonmaker. A description of what it takes to qualify for the Eagle rank was presented by new Scoutmaster John Bellini, with an excellent history of the Eagle Scout honor given by Kathy Barlow. Although State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Chestertown Supervisor Fred Monroe couldnt make it to the ceremony to speak, their letters regarding the achievements of Cody and Brandon were read to the audience. Minerva Town Supervisor Mike McSweeney and Minerva School Board Vice President Mike Corey both spoke to the gathering about all the hard work the two Eagle Scouts had accomplished during their scouting history. Joe Klewicki provided a talk on what it means to be an Eagle Scout and then officiated during the pinning ceremony at the end of the program. This ceremony included Cody and Brandons parents, Clyde and Becky, and recognized the importance of family support during the great effort along the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.
Pastor Wayne Schoonmaker closed the ceremonies with a benediction, and then all present were invited to enjoy a barbeque picnic there at the Rod and Gun Club, with a fine roast pig provided by Fred Comstock, Chief of the Garnet Lake Fire Department.
When you see them, please congratulate Cody and Brandon on all their hard work as they rose to the rank of Eagle Scout. Their effort was not an easy one, but it was worth it. As was mentioned during the ceremony, when one reaches this highest honor, the honor sticks; becoming an Eagle Scout means that one remains an Eagle Scout, constantly setting an example of good citizenship, responsibility, and character.