Garrett Schreiner, Carter Robison and Noah Burton receive Eagle Scout medallions

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[February 06, 2017]   LINCOLN - Garrett Schreiner - In the Eagle Scout presentation held on Sunday, Pastor Robert Henderson presented Garrett Schreiner. Henderson opened by reading his letter of recommendation to the Eagle Scout review board, written exactly one year earlier.

In his letter, Henderson noted the leadership skills displayed by Schreiner as he organized a team to implement his Eagle Scout project.

Henderson noted that Schreiner demonstrated well the characteristics of an Eagle Scout, “Trust, honor, and devotion to his family and peers.” He said that Garrett “stands tall among his peers due to his likability, genuineness and sincere devotion to the betterment of others.”

Schreiner completed his Arrow of Light, the landmark accomplishment that graduates a Cub Scout to a Boy Scout, in 2009. He completed 37 merit badges as a scout. He completed the Lincoln Pilgrimage – a 20-mile hike from Lincoln’s New Salem in Petersburg to Springfield – four times.

Schreiner was also nominated by his troop to attend a national leadership training. He has held several leadership roles within his troop, and he has attended several camps including a trip to Philmont Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico

Henderson then awarded Schreiner with his medallion.

When Schreiner took the stage, he opened by welcoming everyone to the day's event and thanking his parents for their “tremendous love and support.”

He spoke about the cost and sacrifice of the family who supports a scout. He noted that the sacrifices are not only of time, but also of money.

Schreiner spoke about his Eagle Scout project. He worked to erect a sign for the Lincoln Community High School FFA organization. The sign is located near the curve at Woodlawn and Keokuk. He said that land was donated for the sign from a local farmer/land owner. He said he wanted to highlight the FFA and acknowledge through that sign what the FFA does and what it means to the community.

Schreiner noted all those who contributed to the success of the project, and thanked those who assisted him in the project.

He noted his special mentor, Bob Cox was unable to attend on Sunday, but he wanted to express his appreciation to Cox for his leadership throughout his career. Schreiner then called his parents to come to the front for the ceremonial pinning.

Carter Robison

Pastor Mark Thompson was the presenter for Carter Robison. The pastor said it was an honor to present Carter. Carter has been a student at Zion Lutheran School and the pastor has known him for several years. He noted Robison’s dedication to God and faith and said he had encouraged him to go into the Lutheran ministry.

Robison received his Arrow of Light in 2012 and graduated into Troop 1102 at that time. He has completed 48 merit badges, gone on the Lincoln pilgrimage four times. He became a member of the Order of the Arrow in 2014. He has served at Ingersoll Camp as a youth counselor for two years. He’s attended several camping adventures including Philmont Scout Camp.

After Robinson received his medallion from Thompson he took the stage to address the audience.

He began with thanks to the audience for their attendance and support. He added thanks to those who had put together the program for the day.

He turned to his parents, thanking them and other members of his family who supported him in his scouting.

Robison named all the scout masters and assistant leaders who have led and taught him throughout his scouting career.

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Robison said for his Eagle leadership project, he built a sign for the Zion Lutheran Church at the corner of North Logan and Fifth Street. He expressed gratitude to his team that worked with him to erect the sign.

Robison then presented his mentor team to Ed Robison, his father. He noted that he wanted to thank Ed who “was always there no matter what, though he was forced to.”

Carter then invited his mother to join him and his dad on the stage, where he gave her the mother pin, then gave a second, father pin, to his dad.

Noah Burton

Michael Meader, Assistant Scout Leader for the troop was called on to present Noah Burton.

Meader spoke about the mission statement of the boy scouts. He said the purpose of the Boy Scouts is to make better citizens.

He reviewed the scout oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

He moved on to the 12 principles: A Scout is: trustworthy, obedient, loyal, cheerful, helpful, thrifty, friendly, brave, courteous, clean, kind, and reverent. Meador commented, could anyone think of a better set of standards by which to live.

Meador said that Burton had set a fine example of all those principles.

Burton began his scouting career in Mason City. When his family moved to Lincoln, he transferred his membership to the local scouting organizations. Burton has earned a total of 34 merit badges. He has “swam the mile,” an accomplishment Meader said few scouts achieve.

He noted that Burton also had earned his God and Country award, an award that is not required in scouting. He also attended a national leadership conference. He has held several leadership roles within his troop. Burton has attended several camps including Philmont Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico. He has also been awarded the Order of the Arrow, something that is not earned, but given by his peers.

After receiving his medallion, Noah took the stage. As had all the others, he expressed his appreciation for those who had come to witness this occasion. He thanked his parents especially, who gave of their time and supported him in all his efforts.

Noah acknowledged the hard work and time devoted to all boy scouts by the leaders and assistant leaders.

Burton’s Eagle project was to build storage cabinets for the band room at Lincoln Community High School. He named his team members and thanked them all for being a part of his team and helping him to an extra degree because he was recovering from shoulder surgery and couldn’t do as much of the physical labor.

Burton presented three mentor pins as well as the pins to his parents.

Burton concluded by thanking all the Eagle Scouts in the room for permitting him to become a part of their elite group. He added an additional word of thanks to the members of Boy Scout 1102, whom he said had taken him in and made him feel welcome and a part of them when he transferred to Lincoln from Mason City.

[Nila Smith]

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