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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME?

Most everyone is aware that there are two newly formed districts in the Anthony Wayne Area Council. These districts now have names!

The Scouters of Whitley and Kosciusko County voted at their March Roundtable meeting to name their district the “Lincoln District” in recognition of the fact that the Lincoln Highway runs through the heart of both counties.

The Scouters in Adams, Huntington, Jay, and Wells Counties also chose a district name at their March roundtable. “Wabash Valley District” was chosen from among 20 different district name suggestions. The Wabash River flows in each of the counties in the Wabash Valley District.

It is interesting that each of these names denotes a physical feature, which geographically ties these districts together. It is the hope of all concerned that the spirit of Scouting brotherhood, and desire to achieve a common cause will also serve as “ties that bind”. Congratulations to Lincolnway and Wabash Valley Districts for your well-chosen names!

(Information taken from THE COURIER (the official messenger of the Anthony Wayne Area Council which now serves more than 13,700 youth in 11 counties in 5 districts.)

COMMENT: I remember the name of the Boy Scout District that I used to live in when I was growing up in West Virginia. The name of the district was Elkahobi District – They took the first two letters of the Elk, Kanawha, Holly, and Birch voting districts and combined the letters to form what sounded like an American Indian name. We thought it was pretty neat. It’s too bad that Buckskin Council broke it off and combined the area with another and changed the ‘neat’ name to one that doesn’t sound so neat. Whatever it is, it didn’t leave an impression with me because I can’t remember what it was. Maybe it’s just old age . . .

Even with the new names that Anthony Wayne Area Council agreed on, I’ll still miss hearing the sound of good old ‘Tomahawk District’. I do think the Tomahawk District patch that I have in my collection will now increase in value though.

 

NEW BSA FIELDBOOK NOW AT THE SCOUT STORE

Stop by the Scout Store at 8315 West Jefferson Blvd. and pick up a new edition of the new BSA FIELDBOOK. It has sections on leadership and trek preparation, Leave NO Trace Principles, trek adventures, and on appreciating our environment. There are 600-plus pages, 34 chapters, 500 color photographs, and 200 illustrations. The price is $19.95.

 

BOY SCOUT FOOD DRIVE – ITEMS STILL NEEDED

Anyone wanting to donate to the ASSOCIATED CHURCH’S FOOD BANK may donate: canned goods, shelf items, non-perishables, and boxed items by dropping them off at the Anthony Wayne Area Council office at 8315 West Jefferson Blvd between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm. From the light on US 24 (Heading toward Huntington), turn onto Old Canal Place, go past Verizon Headquarters, and the AWAC office is at the very end of the road very near I-69. The Boy Scouts want to thank everyone for their generous donations.

 

JOINING THE ONE OF THE GREATEST ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD

NOTE: If you are not a member of a Boy Scout Troop and would like to join one, contact the AWAC Service Center at 260-432-9593 and ask about a Boy Scout Unit near you. You must be between the ages of 11 years and 18 years for Boy Scouts or between the ages of 14 years and 21 years old to join a Ventures Group. Volunteer Adult help is always welcome no matter what the age. For information about Scouting in the Waynedale area, contact Ray McCune at THE WAYNEDALE NEWS – 747-4535.

 

AUTHOR OF HUMOROUS BOOK TO DONATE 10% OF PROFIT TO BSA

Ray McCune, author of HOW TO EAT A WILD GREEN PANCAKE and other humorous tales, told us that for every book sold, he will donate 10% of his profit to a Boy Scout Troop in the area. He is currently selling his autographed book for $19.50 each, and it is on sale at The Waynedale News office at 2700 Lower Huntington Road, here in Waynedale. Of course his profit is not $19.50 but a smaller percent of that amount. Books sold through Barnes & Noble or Amazon return an even smaller amount of profit even though their price per book is a few dollars higher.

Ray let us in on a little secret; each of the book’s 30 chapters contains the words ‘Boy Scout’ somewhere in the text. He said, “It’s a subliminal way of telling the world about the Boy Scouts of America, the greatest organization in the world.” He also said, “There’s a laugh on almost every page.”

For those who can’t afford to buy his book, you can check it out at the Allen County Public Library, take it home, and read it for free. The library currently has 4 copies.

The Waynedale News Staff

Ray McCune

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