Eagle Scout project begun as local troop disbands

By Linda Trest, Staff Writer
Posted 6/2/21

Michael Lowes spent his Memorial Day weekend completing his Eagle Scout project: building a protective covering around the air conditioning units at Lions Hall. 

The project was begun the …

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Eagle Scout project begun as local troop disbands

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Michael Lowes spent his Memorial Day weekend completing his Eagle Scout project: building a protective covering around the air conditioning units at Lions Hall. 

The project was begun the prior weekend, and Lowes has had the help of several of his fellow scouts and adult mentors. Some additional landscaping was also included in the project which Lowes designed, proposed and found funds for. 

Lowes was a member of local Boy Scout Troop #448 until they disbanded this year. He has transferred to Troop #462 sponsored by the VFW Post in Washington as have some of his fellow troop mates, in order to complete his Eagle Scout commitments.

Howard Haase, president of the Gerald Lions Club, says Lowes project is a win-win for both organizations. “It will be very beneficial to the Lions Club and we have always been willing to help the scouts in any way we can,” he notes. “He’s doing a wonderful job.”

Indeed, the Lions Club has long been a sponsor for the local troop, which could no longer find adult leaders to maintain the troop. 

Haase was also one of the original members of Troop #448 which was organized in the mid-1960s. The original troop master was Bob Bloemke, he remembers. For nearly 60 years the troop was an integral part of the Gerald community and evidence of their work can be seen around town. 

Lowe’s project may be the last testament to a once vigorous organization. 

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