Troop 215 Eagle Scouts

From left are Andrew Garland, Alexander Brownfield, Mason Dill, Andrew Lepri, Blake Melchert and Russ Spicuzza, Elks.

Five members of BoyScout Troop 215 in Bethel Park were recognized for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor ceremony held June 2 at Bethel Presbyterian Church.

The final hurdle in the quest for the highest rank of Scouting is a community service challenge, the Eagle project. The candidate for Eagle must be in charge of all aspects of the project, and the tasks include, but are not limited to, planning, financing, implementation, completion and final presentation of the completed project to a committee of Boy Scout leaders.

Blake Melchert’s project benefited Windover Hills United Methodist Church in South Park Township. The project included installing a half basketball court, five-foot chain-link fencing around the court, a bocce ball court and removing the remaining pieces of a Quonset hut.

Andrew Lepri’s project benefited the Montour Trail, replacing two pedestrian shelters, including planning, procurement and design and construction, plus the demolition of some existing structures.

Andrew Garland’s project benefited the Neville House grounds in Collier Township. He worked with local businessmen, designed and collected funds and wood to repair the fence and clear the parking area.

Alexander Brownfield’s project benefited Horses With Hope in Bethel Park. He led a team in building a playground out of natural materials. The project involved clearing brush and laying mulch, proving a safe and environmentally safe place to play.

Mason John Dill’s project also benefited the Montour Trail. He refurbished and improved the conditions of five campsites. The project included installation of four benches, three fire rings and a picnic table, and spreading 30 yards of mulch.

The Scouts received letters of recognition from national, state and local dignitaries. Scoutmaster Todd Zahnister gave an inspirational talk explaining the process and responsibilities of an Eagle Scout, as well as detailing the road taken by the five Scouts to achieve the rank. The Eagle Charge was given by John Roth.

Russ Spicuzza, Elk Scouting representative of BPOE Lodge 2213 in Bethel Park, gave a short congratulatory talk and presented the new Eagle Scouts with two framed certificates of merit, one each from the local and National Elks Lodge in Chicago. Spicuzza read the personal letter from Michael T. Lohr, Exalted Ruler, congratulating the Scouts on their accomplishment. He presented them with a personal-sized American flag and a small gold lapel pin, which represents 80-plus years of the relationship between the Elks and Scouting.

A touching moment occurred in recognition of Jerry Paulick, Troop 215’s first Eagle Scout (1944). He was the father of Renee Paulick Spicuzza, Russ’ wife, and the acknowledgement drew a round of applause.

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