St. Helena Scout Troop One wishes to express its ongoing gratitude to so many in our community for their continuing support, so we are using the occasion of National Scout Month to do so.

As an all-volunteer program, our boys and leaders receive no payment for what they do, beyond, of course, the tremendous benefits of the experience. And we trust in turn that our community benefits as well. Anyone in want of fresh encouragement these days need only drive Railroad Avenue on a Wednesday night to see a swirl of lively enthusiasm around and about old Scout Hall as tomorrow's leaders charge in and out of the place.

So it is only right and due that we name some of the individuals, businesses and organizations that provide time, materials, funds and exposure necessary to help us do what we do, year after year, for close to 100 years. I list these in no particular order and apologize in advance for any that I've left out. Some organizations most helpful to us: The City of St. Helena (Scout Hall maintenance); St. Helena Rotary (Chartered Troop Sponsor); St. Helena Kiwanis (utilities); American Legion; St. Helena Oddfellows; St. Helena Masonic Lodge. All of these contribute time, meeting space and/or material support.

Individual and business contributors: Cathy Patterson, Central Valley Builders; Ron and Gary Menegon, Steves Hardware and Houseware; Phil Burton, Barrel Builders; John Raybould, Harold Smith and Sons. Some of these contribute funds and materials to Eagle Scout projects constructed in our parks, churches and schools. Some also play a key role in our ongoing wine barrel planter sales. And the many wineries who have donated used barrels over the last 29 years? They're far too numerous to list. But we remember each and every one of you every time we do what we do. And last but not least: The St. Helena Star, without whom we wouldn't have this voice.

Jon Dodge, Scoutmaster

BSA Troop One

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