On December 11, 2019, at Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse in Utica, NY, Eagle Scout alumnus Big Mike Morrill (called Big Mike because he stands over 6’4” tall), CEO of Total Solutions, Inc. of Clinton, NY, (2019 Utica Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year), sponsored for the second time this year, an Eagle Scout reunion for the Leatherstocking Council. The first Eagle Scout alumni reunion he sponsored was at Ocean Blue restaurant on April 24, 2019.


As part of the program, Council president Matt Dziedzic of Allstate Insurance in Yorkville, NY, thanked Total Solutions and provided everyone with a Council update and introduced Paul Obernesser of Rome, NY, the Council Camping Properties committee chairman, to let everyone know about the pledge Steve Barnes made, to donate $100,000 to Camp Kingsley’s 100th anniversary capital campaign, if we can raise another $200,000 by July 4, 2020.


By the end of the night another $37,500 was pledge by three Eagle Scout alumni: Jim DiCastro of Rome, NY, James Jordan Associates, Architects of Richfield Springs, NY, and the family of John Edwards of Liverpool, NY (who will be naming the Camp Director’s office with gifts from five members of the family).


Together with Mr. Barnes’s pledge and other gifts and pledges received over the last couple of months, the Leatherstocking Council needs to raise another $150,000 over the next seven months to complete this $300,000 project!


For more information, please visit https://www.leatherstockingcouncil.org/RobertBarnesCenter


The Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves Scouting families across Delaware, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties. Its mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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