Sunday morning found us out at Robinson State Park in Agawam to honor two very special young men, Paul Hotaling and Christopher Rumplik, both of whom were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, an achievement realized by only 5% of all Scouts. Fans of Moe’s may recall Paul as one of our valuable assistants who helped get our trailer up and running. What you may not know about Paul is that he designed, developed and constructed the informational kiosk at the entrance of Robinson State Park and also led a team of volunteers who assembled, painted and distributed 36 picnic benches for the park as well.
Chris created three gardens at the Granger Elementary School, managing a project that brought out 26 volunteers and replacing old and dead plantings with 21 new bushes and over 150 flowers as well as repairing and replacing a retaining wall, edging, installed a birdbath, feeder and nesting box so that students could observe the wildlife.
With so much bad news and a general sense of pessimism out there in the world today, the example set by these two fine young men shines like a beacon in the darkness and lets us all know that there are still young people who stand out with their example of strength, achievement, responsibility and the ability to work hard and achieve their goals. Our hats are off to these two fine young men and we congratulate not only them but their parents and families who provided the foundations that Paul and Chris were able to build upon!