The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

March 10, 2014

Do A Good Turn Daily

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — Everyone has heard how Boy Scouts are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient,  cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

You can add generous to all of the above, as local Scouts and their supporters attended last week’s Greenville Friends of Scouting Luncheon.

Host Roselyn Lane told the audience gathered Tuesday at Johnson Street Church of Christ that the event was among the organization’s most important fund raisers.

“We collect about 30 percent of our monies that go into the Scouting program which benefits Hunt and Rains counties,” Lane said.

The Circle Ten Council, Tonkawa District is one of 23 which serves the two counties. During 2013, eight Eagle Scout awards and 20 Webelos Arrow of Light awards were earned in the district.

“These are all important awards,” Lane said. “They have done a lot for our community.”

Scouts in the district collected more than 5,100 pounds of food, which was distributed to local food banks.

Jason Morales, a PE teacher at Carver Elementary, said Cub Scouts come to the Greenville school once or twice a month, to visit with students.

“The boys love it because they get to have double PE,” Morales said, adding the Scouts teach lessons in subjects such as flag etiquitte, citizenship and first aid.

“Then they get to play,” he said. “They are playing games that teach them teamwork.”

Lane said the Tonkawa District was hoping to raise $61,000 in the coming year, to help support the district’s programs.

“And this luncheon is just going to be a part of that,” Lane said.

It turned out to be a significant part of the total, as those attending the event donated $24,763.

Guest speaker for the event was Rev. Jimmy Vaughn, who as a Scout in his youth achieved the ranks of Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout among other distinctions. Vaughn said Scouting helped him overcome an occasional rough childhood, during which his father was killed in a freak accident and his mother died as a result of drinking and driving in a crash which left Vaughn severely injured.

“That’s enough to swamp anyone’s boat,” Vaughn said, noting that once he learned of Scouting, earning Merit Badges became his goal. “I wanted all of them, because they looked so cool.”

Vaughn said he didn’t realize at first that the friendships he made and the goals he achieved through Scouting helped mold him into a more mature and responsible person, which was emphasized after he accepted Christ as his Savior in 1987, “When the ideal of ‘Be Prepared’ became a lifestyle for me.”

Vaughn said the Boy Scout Slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily” and the three promises, “Duty to God and country, Duty to other people, and Duty to self” are more than just words to him.

“You hope these characteristics are what society sees in you every day,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn serves as a church liasion for Troop 377 in Lone Oak and said he still has his Boy Scout uniform in the back of his closet.

“It doesn’t fit any longer,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn keeps it as a reminder of the good times he enjoyed, and the values he learned, as a Boy Scout.

“The only things of any merit that I did as a teenager, I did through Scouting,” Vaughn said. “I’ll never be able to repay what Scouting did for me. It put into me what God grew through me.”