Troop 41 celebrates Golden Anniversary
George Washington Council
Hopewell Valley News
How do you celebrate a really important event, your 50th anniversary of service to the community? Pennington Boy Scout Troop 41 held a Court of Honor, and to make the event special, they invited former Scoutmasters and alumni as guests. The evening began with dinner at the Pennington First United Methodist Church, followed by speeches, memories, and awards.
Pennington Mayor Mike Winkler, State Senator Bill Schulter, and State Assemblyman Leonard Lance presented commendations. Jim McGuire introduced the former Scoutmasters and read the names of Eagle Scouts graduated by the Troop. Doug Ditmars spoke about the values of Scouting and their positive effect upon the community. Franklin Smith, Mercer Area District Executive, represented the George Washington Council.
A beautiful, new neckerchief, designed to commemorate the occassion, was presented to each of the former Scoutmasters, and to each of the Scouts currently in the troop.
Originally chartered to the Pennington School in 1944, Ray Hill was the first Scoutmaster of the troop and meetings were held at his house on West Welling Avenue. Later, the Hopewell Lions became the sponsor and troop meetings were held at the Scout House on Reading Avenue. Present co-sponsors are the Hopewell Valley YMCA and the Pennington First United Methodist Church.
(The above article was published by the Hopewell Valley News, March 30, 1995, on the occasion of the Troop 41 50th Anniversary Court of Honor. The same article was later published in the Pennington Post, September 21, 1995. . . jos)