Letters to the Editor for 11-28-12
We would like to take a few minutes while we are currently still an official Boy Scout Troop, to thank you for your support in any way to the youth and the troop we serve. It comes with a heavy heart, that we must declare our disappointment in the Boy Scout Program.
This marks one of the most unheard of events in our program, where we have been refused the right to recharter our Cardington Boy Scout Troop because we stood firm on our beliefs and rights as a registered unit, and held our Merit Badge Day event to help raise money to help the scouts in our communities current Boy Scout Troop. Therefore, the paid officials of the Heart of Ohio Council (Alex Tyms, Eric Clark, Chad Schnitzler) and with the assistance of key committee members (Jeff Youngs, and Steve Warnock) and with the support from the National Boy Scouts of America, have blocked and have chosen to not accept our charter renewal as a troop, or the leaders in any other position. They have revoked the current Cardington Rotary Club as the local Charter Organization because they stood by our side. Meaning, as of January 1, 2013 your Cardington BSA Troop 30 as it stands, the young men and their leaders are being ousted as registered BSA members and will no longer exist.
We as leaders stand firm on our decision on our actions, and take great pride in our service with the young men we worked with and led toward and through the trail of Eagle. We are disappointed that the lack of care and respect for these young men that have been expressed by the council and district members who are paid to help keep us strong, but instead forced these young men and their leaders to seek a new direction away from the community they live in, and are proud to support.
It gave us great pleasure to provide you with our community service. We believe that a community who works together, stays strong. We appreciate your confidence in us to ask us to help when you needed, you give us pride. Thank you.
To our fellow scouts, stand strong. A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. To us, this means a lot. Why, because it is WE the scouts, and the volunteers who keep it true today. We can all hope that someday the core values of the BSA program will someday be again what it was intended, instead of what it has become. As they say, “money is the root of all evil” and so it is said.
To our fellow leaders, thank you. Thank YOU for what you do for the sake of our youth, and without pay. It seems that when money becomes a factor, things change and sometimes as in this case, not always for the good. It is YOU who truly make the scouting program what it is to the youth we serve! Stand firm on what is right.
And last but not least, thank you to those who have supported our troops Merit Badge event that ended in our troops demise. Please know that no matter what you are told, Merit Badge Events ARE a success for scouting, held by Troops, Districts, Councils, Churches and Colleges held all over our great nation. Even stated by a representative at the National Boy Scouts of America in Texas, our council really should have supported us with our event, and did (the first two years) long enough for us to establish a successful event that they openly admitted, THEY will be holding at a district level, and that we would be a competition to their event.
Respectfully Yours in Scouting,
Cardington BSA Troop 30 Members
We had been ask to provide key contact information for any of you who want to express your opinion and or concerns with the Heart of Ohio Scouting Program.
Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive
BSA national Executive Board
1325 Walnut Hill Lane, PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015–2079
Alex Tyms, Heart of Ohio Scout Executive
Heart of Ohio Council, BSA
471 US Route 250 E, Building D P.O. Box 368
Ashland, OH 44805 419–207-8300
Dale Holbrook — BSA Regional Director
We are including member contact information for Cardington Troop 30 for any information or verification you may want. Your support to our Boy Scout Troop 30 and our local Cardington Rotary Club is greatly appreciated.
Audrey Mesaros-Gale, Cardington Troop 30 Committee Chairman
Mike Gale — Cardington Troop 30 Committee Treasurer
4414 Co. Rd. 124
Cardington, Ohio 43315 419–946-2597
I have a happy story that I would like to share and just maybe have in posted in the paper to put some smiles on others and that there are still many wonderful people out there who will help.
Just this last Saturday Nov. 17th I was driving to Columbus and my Son who is stationed in Ft. Lenard, Missouri was catching a flight out from St.Louis to head to the Military base in Colorado to be with some friends for Thanksgiving.
He called me as I was headed to Columbus and said Mom I have good news and some bad news. Well the bad news he missed his first flight out from St. Louis to Colorado but was catching the next flight out 2 hours later and was going to have a 30 min. lay over in Columbus. So as a Mom I said I will be there to see you. Not knowing what the airport would look like with being busy for the Holiday travelers I was there at 11:20a.m. I had called one of my Daughter’s to try and make it so she to could see him. but when I was there the line of people checking in and I counted and there was 110 people waiting to go pass security and I was sitting there thinking I”m not going to see my Son. So as a Mom my eyes started to tear up and I thought the only thing I might get to do is have him stand where he can stand before coming out and just wave at him. because I knew he wasn’t going to make it out and go back pass security. So I thought Debbie just go for it and ask so I waited my turn inline with tears and excitement I was going to see my son. I went up to the counter and ask the gentleman Is there any human possible way I would go threw security and go see my Son. I just wanted to give him a kiss and put my arms around him and say I Love You. The man asked me what his name was and could see his plane landed at 11:40 and he had to be on the next plane at 12:10p.m.. I couldn’t believe it he asked for my ID and printed me off a pass right there and rushed me threw security.
My head was spinning with so much excitement and it was going so fast that I had to explain my daughter was on her way as well and when I looked back she was coming in and I told the man there she is and he said you go on and I’ll get her passed. we both got passed and as we walked to My son’s gate he was getting off the plane and they were already loading up for his next flight out. But the best of all was I got the best gift of 3 min. with my Son Jonathan and was able to hug him and give the Mom kiss on the cheek and tell him I love you and I stood there as he loaded up saying that”s one fantastic mititary soldier and he’s my Son. as my daughter and I left the airport we went up to the man at the southwest counter and shook his hand and said Thank You. If it wasn’t for him this wouldn’t have happened.
The reason I wrote this is I read the papers and don”t seem to read about very many happy stories and with the holidays coming I wanted to share a happy moment and share a Mom’s Treasure when it comes to her children.
Debbie Snell, Mt.Gilead
Dear Sir or Madam:
I would never have believed that Americans would opt out of being thankful for everything that God has given them in favor of getting up at four a.m. in order to save a few bucks on the latest I-Phone. Now it would seem that the money changers have even done the unthinkable of starting their sales on this day of THANKSGIVING.
How many of you reading this feel any sense of shame for allowing yourselves to be suckered into this conspiracy to completely remove God and anything associated with Him from the American way of life? Mark my words, it will only be a matter of time until Christmas will be just another day much like the one before it and after it, with no thought as to why we celebrate it. It already is pretty much just another opportunity for the money changers to increase their bottom line.
The Money Changers should be as ashamed, if not more so, in that not only are they contributing to the deterioration of this most marvelous celebration, not to mention that they are taking their employees away from their families. Thanksgiving has, until recently been a special time for Families and for them to remember and reflect on good and bad times and enjoy each other’s company and, by opening their stores to the Madding Crowds on Thanksgiving, they are denying their employees this family time.
I know I am from the Jurassic Era, living in the ‘What’s in it for me?’ era but that’s ok, because not being grateful is not one of my failings, because I am constantly being grateful, because I know, that as sure as God has given me everything I have, as little as I may think it is sometimes, He can take it away just as fast.
If you do feel any sense of shame, I have only one thing to say, YOU SHOULD!
Darl Mills, Mt. Gilead