Benefactor: First United Methodist Church of Lemont Project History: After nearly ten months of Planning and almost one year to the date this project was conceived it will become a reality for Ryan. About 18 months ago he asked Pastor Noah Panlilio if he had any ideas for an Eagle Scout Project that would benefit the Church. The Pastor said that there was a Flower Garden at the rear of the Parsonage that Ryan might want to look at updating. Ryan immediately thought this would be something he would like to do and asked the Pastor to keep the idea marked for him until he could meet with him at the Parsonage to discuss it with him. The Pastor patiently waited for six months. Spring was in the air when Ryan finally got there and he quickly learned that it would be no small project. Project Description: Ryan's project will take place at the Church's Parsonage located at 900 Schultz Street in Lemont and has three phases that will all be done on May, 17, 2003 starting at 8:00 AM. First, ten Boy Scouts from Troop 49 will removal and reconstruct an existing 6' wide by 40' long Flower Box made of wooden timbers. The new Flower Box will be constructed with new stone retaining walls blocks to match the color of the Parsonage building. It will take almost 450 8" square blocks to rebuild the wall, all of which have been donated to the project by Eddie's Landscaping & Maintenance of New Lennox, IL. Jeff Ludwig of Ludwig's donated ten 50# bags of Torpedo Sand, and guidance to the Scouts during construction of the wall be by Hoppy's Landscaping of Lemont. Simultaneously, another ten Boy Scouts will plant (19) Burning Bushes at the East and South walls of the Parsonage that are currently bare of any plant life.This will involve removing some 85' of lawn edging, widening a two feet wide section of decorative stone near the foundation to 4', removing the present stone, cleaning it and then mixing it with two tons of new stone that will then be placed in the new 4' wide section after the bushes and new weed barrier are put in. New Lawn Edging will then be put down. Touch of Green Landscaping & Nursery of Lockport and Beary Landscaping of Orland Park have donated the Burning Bushes, Galassi Stone of Worth the two tons of stone, Howie Ludwig of Country Landscape donated 100' of Lawn Edging, and Hoppy's Landscaping 100' of Weed Barrier. The third phase will consist of the Lemont Public Works Department installing a new Parkway Tree in front of the Parsonage. Also, the Boy Scouts will fill in all of the low spots in the yard with new black top soil and then plant new seed. Hoppy's Landscaping has donated the soil and grass seed. Total value of the above donations, not including labor, is $2000. Special thanks to the Lemont Public Works Department for project advice and transportation of tools and materials to and from the job site and their overall support to Scouting in Lemont. Also to Mr. Joe Vucko, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 49, Ryan's Project Counselor, Mrs. Maureen Randazzo, Scoutmaster, Mr. Matt Schmitz, District Advancement Chairman, and all the other Assistant Scoutmasters and Boys Scouts in the Troop who helped Ryan attain his goal. Some facts About Ryan: Age 14, lifetime resident of Lemont. High Honors student at Old Quarry Middle School and Charter Member of the National Junior Honor Society. This past year he has volunteered for the after school Study Buddy program helping younger grade school students with reading skills. He is a member of Old Quarry Wind Ensemble Band and is graduating 8th Grade this May and is enrolled at Lemont High School next fall where he will continue his music as a member of the Lemont H.S. Symphonic and Concert Bands. Ryan's sport of choice is competitive swimming. He has been on the Lemont Dolphins and Lockport Lightning Teams and currently is a member of the Romeoville Stingrays. He is also a Certified Ellis and Associates Junior Life Guard for Water Parks & Pools. In the summer months he volunteers as a "shadow life guard" at Lemont and Orland Park pools. His big hobby is computers and he is currently a "Beta Tester" for Microsoft programs and helps keep his Dad's office computers running smoothly. He joined Scouting at age 5 as a Tiger Scout and currently at the rank of Life Scout has earned 37 Merit Badges. His positions of responsibility within Troop 49 have included Chaplain Aide, Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Acting Senior Patrol Leader. He has attended numerous campouts including Summer Camps in Wisconsin and St. Louis where amongst other things he has rafted on the Wisconsin River. This July he will attend his first High Adventure Camp where he will camp for a week on an Island in the Florida Keys. Last August he was one of two scouts selected from his Troop to attend leadership training at the BSA Bear Paw program and this summer he will be returning as a Staff Member in the position of Instructor. As Boy Scouts progress through the ranks of scouting the boys are taught to give back to scouting by mentoring younger scouts in the skills and leadership that the scouting program have helped them attain. Since scouting involves the entire community this "give back" also involves giving something back to the community. The First United Methodist Church of Lemont has been a Charter Sponsor of scouting for 45 years and recently received an award from the District Council for their long time support. Currently they sponsor two Cub Scout Packs, Two Boy Scouts Troops, and a Venture Crew. For Ryan's entire scouting experience he has always had his Pack and Troop meetings at this church which is why he thought an Eagle Scout Project benefiting the Church would be a good way of his giving them something back.
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