"The best ever..."
I want to commend you for the splendid story on the Ahuna family, presented so vividly in the October 2005 issue. It was indeed most inspirational, and I can truthfully say the best I have ever readand I have read a lot of material about Scouting. I'm an Eagle Scout (1930) and a 75-year veteran.
P. K. Hurlbut
The feature on veteran Scouters Joe and Janice Ahuna and their Scouting family's dedication to the art of Polynesian and Native American dancing was the latest in Scouting magazine's award-winning "A Family Together" series. To read about other fascinating Scouting families in the series back to 1998, go to www.scoutingmagazine.org, click on "Search" and then on "Family Together Series."
Troop has two heroes
After reading about the five Scouts from the Westark Area Council's Butterfield Trail District who received BSA lifesaving or meritorious action awards in 2004 [see "Five Heroes From One District" in the October 2005 News Briefs], I was inspired to share some news about two heroes from our troop.
Last October, the BSA Medal of Merit (awarded for an outstanding act of rare or exceptional character reflecting an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others) was presented to Eagle Scout Bryan Murphy and assistant Scoutmaster Joseph A. Mathos. They were honored for their actions in August 2004, when they helped a woman get her mother out of a car that had rolled over following a highway collision.
John Long Sr.
Lifesaving and meritorious action awards are presented by the BSA National Court of Honor, based on the type of action and degree of danger involved. In 2004, 306 Scouts or Scouters were honored for heroic actions. For a history of the award and profiles of some outstanding recipients, see "Scouting's Medals of Valor" in the September 1997 issue, available online at www.scoutingmagazine.org/issues/9709/a-honr.html.
St. Croix not oldest settlement
The article "Meeting at Moosehorn" in the September 2005 issue stated that St. Croix Island, located on the St. Croix River between Canada and the United States, was the site in 1604 of "the first permanent European settlement in North America."
However, on that date, St. Augustine, Fla., founded in 1565, was already 39 years old.
Thank you for the correction. Not as old as St. Augustine or some even older sites in the southwestern United States and Mexico, the St. Croix island settlement is more accurately described on the National Park Service Web site (www.nps.gov/sacr) as "one of the earliest European settlements on the North Atlantic coast of North America" and is preserved today as an International Historic Site "as a monument to the beginning of the United States and Canada."
Scout motto more than just words
Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, I received the note below from Dr. Mike Kiernan, an assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 230, Metairie, La., where I was an assistant Scoutmaster prior to moving to Houston. It represents what Scouting is all about:
As you may have heard, I had to step into the role of chief medical officer and directed the rescue efforts at Tulane Medical Center along with 11 other members of our command team.
How to get Csatari painting
Is there a way to purchase a copy of Joseph Csatari's 2005 BSA illustration, 75th Anniversary of Cub Scouting, as shown in the September 2005 issue of Scouting?
Juan Carlos Cabestro
Joseph Csatari's painting is available as an 18-by-24-inch poster for $8.95, plus applicable taxes, from www.scoutstuff.org. Click on "Gifts" and then on "Prints & Posters." Or stop by your local Scouting retailer or Scout shop (locations available on www.scoutstuff.org). You can also order by credit card from the BSA National Distribution Center, 2109 Westinghouse Blvd., P.O. Box 7143, Charlotte, NC 28241-7143, fax (704) 588-5822, or phone (800) 323-0736.
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