JOHN C. STEWART: Boy Scouts deserve community support

Dear Editor:

On Sunday night, June 28, 2015, it was my great privilege to be invited to speak to 65 Boy Scouts and eight adult leaders of Troop No. 114 at the barracks on Mackinac Island.

I can’t begin to thank Scoutmaster Jim Williams for this honor. It was my hope to inspire all Scouts to follow the path of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Troop No. 114 presented me with an eagle feather, a Scout Service Badge and a kerchief that states, “Always with Honor.” The best gift that anyone can give to all Scouts is to live by the values and principles of Scouting for the rest of their lives.

I was fortunate to receive my Eagle Scout Award on Feb. 18, 1964. It was almost exactly 50 years ago that Gov. George Romney visited my Boy Scout Troop at the barracks and spoke to us. We shared a dessert of ice cream and then played softball on a Sunday night.

The Big Rapids community is extremely fortunate to have adult leaders of the highest integrity for their Scout troop. For more than 60 years, this Scout troop has been meeting at the United Church in Big Rapids. They are represented by more than 104 Eagle Scouts.

The people of Big Rapids have every reason to be proud of this Scout troop and their leaders, Jim Williams, Joel Schultz and Jim Lindsey. They deserve to receive the full support of the community and Ferris State University.

Sincerely yours,

John C. Stewart,

Eagle Scout and attorney, 37 years

State Representative 2000-2006

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