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Robin Kelly’s office honors Lansing Eagle Scouts

LANSING, Ill. (April 5, 2018) – At the April 3 meeting of Boy Scout Troop 276, five Eagle Scouts were honored in a special presentation. Rick Bryant, Senior Advisor to Illinois 2nd District Congressional Representative Robin Kelly, joined the meeting to award five flags that had been flown over the United States capitol. Congresswoman Kelly purchased the flags at her own cost, but she was in Washington and was not able to present the flags personally.

Congresswoman Kelly did however include the following letter with each Eagle Scout’s flag:

Congratulations on attaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. This accomplishment shows you are a young man of integrity who works hard to improve yourself and your community. You are among the select few who through dedication and perseverance have achieved this honor. Eagle Scouts have a reputation for excellence, and you are an example of just how much a Scout can accomplish.

Your Scoutmaster Jacobsen has informed me that you steadfastly follow the Scout Law, which calls for Scouts to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind, brave, and reverent. You also have demonstrated qualities of leadership and compassion.

Your dedication and commitment to service will have a positive impact on the lives of many people. I hope that one day you will use these same qualities in service to your community and the nation.

For your admirable achievement, I present to you a US flag that has flown over the US capitol in Washington, DC.

I wish you the very best in your future endeavors.

Robin Kelly

Senior Advisor Bryant called up each of the Eagle Scouts individually to accept the flag and the letter.

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Liam Polanski achieved Eagle Scout on March 26, 2017. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Thomas McClain achieved Eagle Scout on August 17, 2017. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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William Pasco achieved Eagle Scout on November 2, 2017. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Joshua Drosos achieved Eagle Scout on December 5, 2016. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Giovanni Flores is away at school and was not able to return for the ceremony, so his flag was accepted by his father. Giovannie achieved Eagle Scout on November 28, 2016. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Troop 276 has had 72 Eagle Scouts in their 65-year history.

Regular meetings of Troop 276 take place on Tuesdays at the American Legion Post 697, located at 18255 Grant Street in Lansing. Boys ages 11 to 17 are welcome to join. Contact Scoutmaster Chuck Murach for more information.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.