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Terence Lee - Eagle Project Earns Congressional Medal

Photo Courtesy of Fritz PhotoGraphics - Terence Lee, center, wearing his Congressional Award Gold Medal, is flanked by Congressional Award Chairman Paxton K. Baker, left, and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu.Terence Lee - Los Altos Eagle Scout Service Project Earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

With Silicon Valley hailed as the technology capital of the world, it would seem just about everyone here owns a computer. It’s a necessity for most – required to type up a resume, send an email to a co-worker or conduct online research for an essay. For some people, however, a computer is a luxury they cannot afford. Los Altos resident Terence Lee hopes to fix that. For his Boy Scout Eagle Service Project, Lee organized a program to recycle, refurbish and redeploy unwanted computers to help educate underprivileged youth at the San Jose-based nonprofit Sunday Friends, a recipient of the Town Crier Holiday Fund. See the rest of the story here.

Dr. Roderick Neale - 101-Year-Old Peninsula Eagle Scout

Dr. Neale's interviewDr. Rod Neale - Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Compassion – Still relevant today?

Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Compassion – Still relevant today? Eighty-six years after Roderick Malcolm Neale, M.D. earned his Eagle Scout Award in Troop 119, San Mateo – today, at 101 years old, Dr. Neale reminisces about the significance of Scouting in his life and for youth (and parents) in 2014. See the interview in VIDEO #1 here. (2:54 min.) Asked if Scouting is important today he said, “It matters even more today because life is getting faster and more complicated.” The Pacific Skyline Council’s Executive Board of Directors in recognition of his many years for exceptional service to his nation, community, and profession, has presented Dr. Roderick Malcolm Neale with the National Eagle Scout Association’s OUTSTANDING EAGLE SCOUT AWARD and the JAMES E. WEST FELLOWSHIP/ENDOWMENT AWARD – Bronze Level. If you also wish to honor Dr. Neale by contributing any amount to the Council’s local “Endowing Peninsula Scouting for the Next 100 Years” Endowment Fund, please read about the James E. West Fellowship Award here. For more about Dr. Neale, see the St. Helena Star newspaper story hereExternal Link.

Prepare Today. Lead Tomorrow.
Still Leading and Serving at 101 years old.
See VIDEO #2 here (4:48 min.)

Dr. Roderick Neale - 101-Year-Old Peninsula Eagle Scout

Dr. Rod Neale photoDr. Rod Neale - 101-Year-Old Peninsula Eagle Scout Seeks Lifetime NESA Membership

Dr. Roderick Neale earned his Eagle Scout Award on December 3, 1928 with Troop 119, San Mateo County Council. In December of 2013, he decided to purchase a Lifetime NESA membership as a personal Christmas gift to himself. Is your NESA membership current? Join Dr. Neale and purchase your lifetime membership. Membership fees support NESA Eagle Scout Scholarships. Download the Eagles' Call magazine article about Dr. Neale, “A Lifetime of Scouting Memories” here. (248k)

Robert Beresford Williams - Receives Recognition For His Veterans Initiative

Bob Williams portraitRobert Beresford Williams - Establishes Veterans Initiative

Robert Beresford Williams, 2012 Distinguished Eagle Scout, 2012 Pacific Skyline Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award Honoree receives recognition for his Veterans Initiative involving colleges and high schools all across the country honoring veterans at their home football game closest to Veterans Day. See NBC's "Bay Area Proud” video hereExternal Link.


Samuel Moore - National Eagle Scout Project of the Year 2011

Samuel Moore - Eagle ScoutSamuel Moore - National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award 2011

In 2008, Sam traveled to Tanzania with his family to go on a safari and to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. While Sam was in Tanzania, he visited a primary school called the Maya School. He toured the school, spent a few hours in the classrooms, and met with the headmaster. In 2009, when Sam began thinking about his Eagle Project, he decided to do something for the Maya School. See the rest of the story and photos here.




George Maher - Becomes Eagle Scout at 85

George Maher Eagle photoGeorge Maher - Age 85, Receives Eagle Scout Award 70 Years Late 

George Maher was in a rush to become an Eagle Scout. The year was 1944 and George was a sixteen-year-old who had signed up to join the Navy to fight in World War II. Still, George wanted to get that Eagle Scout badge before he shipped out. He had completed all the necessary work, gotten all the necessary merit badges to qualify. All that was left was his board of review hearing. The hearing was scheduled for March 10, 1944. It started, but it never ended. George's mother burst into the room . . . . See the rest of the story, two news articles, a news video, and photos here.




Patrick Selover - Eagle Scout Gives Back in Perpetuity

Patrick Selover clicking his heels photoPatrick Selover - New Eagle Scout Finds a Way to Give Back to Peninsula Scouting in Perpetuity.

Patrick Selover, Eagle Scout 2013, Troop 37 spoke the Eagle Scout Promise for the first time at his May Eagle Court of Honor. These new words . . . "to make my training an example, my rank and influence count strongly for better Scouting, and for better citizenship, in my troop, in my community" . . . took on a special challenge and new opportunity for Patrick. Patrick knew what he wanted to do. See the rest of the story and photos here.




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High School junior provides filled backpacks for homeless veterans

Eagle Scout James Holmes with Warren Slocum and Hank ScherfJames Holmes - Provides 75 veterans basic necessities

At last Monday night's County of San Mateo Veterans Commission meeting, Eagle Scout (Troop 28, Burlingame) and Junipero Serra High School (San Mateo) junior James Holmes presented his Eagle Scout project that provided 75 backpacks to homeless veterans. Each backpack was filled with a blanket, t-shirt, socks, hat and gloves, shaving kit and toiletry items, flashlight and extra batteries, water bottle and food items -- so useful to our homeless vet population. This project required a total of 371 hours of effort along with the help of 80 volunteers. Thank you, James! And thank you to our Veterans Commission Chairman Hank Scherf, himself an Eagle Scout. (Pictured: San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, left, Eagle Scout James Holmes, center, Hank Scherf, right) See it on Warren Slocum's facebook page hereExternal Link.


Bay Area Scout spends holiday collecting hundreds of pairs of shoes for charity

Vishank Battar moving boxes of shoesVishank Battar - Collects 1,424 pairs of shoes for impoverished people

Vishank Battar of Troop 87 in Mountain View spent the past two weeks collecting more than a thousand pairs of shoes for people who need them. "I just wanted to do a project that would help a lot of people," said Vishank. Helping a lot of people is one of the ways Vishank hopes to make Eagle Scout. When he started, he hoped to collect 400 pairs of shoes. See the rest of the story and photos here.


Palo Alto Troop 57 Eagle Scouts Make a Lasting Contribution to the Community

Aadit & Will, Eagle ScoutsPalo Alto Eagle Scouts - Make Lasting Contribution to Community

The Palo Alto Pulse decided to meet a few of the students from Palo Alto’s Troop 57External Link who are pursuing Eagle Scout rank to learn why they decided to take on this endeavor. Although these local Scouts each have unique backgrounds and interests, they share a remarkable sense of confidence, self-direction, and commitment to community service. See the rest of the story and photos here.


Eagle Scout Patrick Tornes Recognized For His Service to the Community by the San Mateo County Supervisors

Patrick Tornes photo

Patrick Tornes - Commended for Community Service

Troop 206 Eagle Scout Patrick Tornes was recognized for his service to the community by the San Mateo County Supervisors during their monthly board meeting. Supervisor Slocum had gone to the Maple Street Shelter to see Patrick's project and had taken a picture of the garden with the benches which he had up on the monitors. He talked about Patrick, his activities and interests and told everyone about his Eagle Scout project. Patrick also said a few words about his desire to continue serving the community. Supervisor Slocum presented Patrick with a commendation. Patrick is the son of James and Jackie Tornes.

"The Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County honors and commends Patrick Tornes for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout demonstrating that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. We commend you for the meaningful Eagle Scout Project at the Maple Street Shelter's Serenity Garden in Redwood City. Your fundraising efforts enabled the Shelter to install a flagpole with an honorary plaque for the shelter's veteran residents and the three new benches for its garden. We congratulate you for your accomplishments as an Eagle Scout, your efforts in Troop 206 and your commitment to community service."
- Signed by the five San Mateo County Supervisors

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