The Boy Scouts Troop 194 of Pleasanton held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall on Sep. 8, to honor five boy scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout: Augustin Guadalupe De La Torre, Felix David Gutierrez, Blaine Walter Macmanus, Allen Lloyd Rogers III, and Davin Ray Startz.
The five Eagle Scouts served as the Troop’s Color Guard and presented the colors under the direction of Eagle Scout Allen Lloyd Rogers III. Carrying the US Flag was Eagle Scout Davin Startz and carrying the Texas Flag was Eagle Scout Augustin De La Torre.
William “Bill” Meadows served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Bill Meadows, is the past scoutmaster and current charter sponsor representative for the Pleasanton Lions Club. He welcomed special guests: Twila Guajardo, Principal, Pleasanton High School and her husband Frank; Melicio Garcia, Welding Instructor and CTE Director, Poth High School; Mayor Travis Hall, Jr. and his wife Linda; City Parks and Recreation Manager Greg Leach and his wife Marsha; Terry Ellis, Longhorn District Executive with the Alamo Area Council; Lisa Luna, Lifestyles Editor, Pleasanton Express; Aaron Davidson, Graphic Designer, Pleasanton Express also an Eagle Scout and Bruce Yarbrough, Treasurer for the Pleasanton Lions Club.
Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster gave the invocation. He asked the audience to hold hands as it takes a village to raise a man as he gave the opening prayer.
Four distinguished members of our community were invited to speak. All four speakers offered encouraging words of wisdom, thanking them for their dedication and hard work to earn their achievement of an Eagle Scout.
Mrs. Guajardo spoke of some of the attributes of an Eagle Scout including that they are trustworthy, loyal, friendly, courteous, and kind. Mr. Leach shared about the continuing partnership between the Troop and the City of Pleasanton on the past, present. He is looking forward to the future Eagle Scout service projects with the city as the River Park project is underway.
Mayor Hall spoke of his time as a Boy Scout in the Pleasanton Troop and the skills that he learned in carpentry and outdoor skills that helped him during his service to his country in Vietnam and during his career. As a recruiter during his career with the Texas Department of Public Safety, he shared about the many resumes he reviewed and the first thing applicants listed on their resume was Eagle Scout. He told the audience of the total service hours for these five eagle scouts which was 1,132.3 hours and how they all had a new friend in Mayor Hall!
Mrs. Guajardo presented each of the PHS students with a Certificate of Distinction. Mr. Garcia presented Davin Startz with a Certificate of Achievement, and Mayor Hall presented all of the Eagle Scouts with framed Certificates of Recognition.
The Keynote Speaker was William “Bill” Fehr, Past Scoutmaster. Bill presented the history of Eagle Scouts back to 1912 and highlighted the more famous Eagle Scouts and their service to our country. His words were inspiring to the boy scouts and he spoke about the statistics of Eagle Scouts. Only four percent of Boy Scouts actually achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Seven Boy Scouts from the Troop presented the Trail to Eagle Ceremony under the direction of Mr. Meadows. He presented the requirement for each seven scout ranks, and during the ceremony each scout showed the Scout emblems and read a brief description of each rank. The Scout Rank as presented by Seth Macmanus, Tenderfoot Rank, by Koal Schaub, 2nd Class Rank, by Zander Temple, 1st Class Rank, by Connor Below, Star Scout Rank, by Wanish Tortes- McGinnis, Life Scout Rank, by Wesley Maspero, and Eagle Scout Rank, by Eagle Scout Jesse Fehr.
Mr. Meadows presented each of the five Eagle Scout Service Project, their accomplishments in scouting and what their plans are for their future as follows: •Augustin Guadalupe De La Torre, age 16, is a junior at Pleasanton High School and is a member of the graduating class of 2020. Augustin was a member of the JROTC for his freshman year, ranking Private First Class. Augustin is a Black and White Belt in Tae Kwon Do from the Kukiwon House of TKD in Tri City Martial Arts. Augustin is an ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of Boys Scouts and belongs to the Aina Topa Hutsi, Lodge #60. Augustin’s Eagle Scout Service Project improved the landscape at the Pleasanton City Pool on May 19, 2018. Augustin became an Eagle Scout on June 25, 2018. After graduation, Augustin plans to work with music and mechanical engineering, attending at Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences and the Universal Technical Institute. Augustin is the son of Rafael and Carmen De La Torre. •Felix David Gutierrez, age 19, is a 2017 graduate of Pleasanton High School. Felix played the trombone in the Mighty Eagle Band. Felix is an ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of Boy Scouts and belongs to the Aina Topa Hutsi, lodge #60. Felix’s Eagle Scout service Project refurbished four historical markers in Atascosa County on September 28, 2016. Felix became an Eagle Scout on November 28, 2016. Felix is currently attending Palo Alto College working on earning his associates degree in biology/ pre-nursing. Next, he plans to attend at the University of Texas in Austin continuing his career to become a Cardiologist. Felix is the son of Felix Gutierrez and Angel Rodriguez. •Blaine Walter Macmanus, age 17 is a junior at Pleasanton High School and is a member of the graduating class of 2020. Blaine is active in FFA Parliamentary Procedure, National Honor Society, Video Game Club, and earned his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from the Kukiwon House of TKD in Tri City Martial Arts. Blaine started as a Tiger Cub at age 6 and worked his way to the Boy Scouts in 4 years. As a Boy Scout he has held the positions of Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and Chaplains Aide 2 years running. Blaine is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of Boy Scouts and belongs to the Aina Topa Hutsi, lodge #60. Blaine’s Eagle Scout Service Project made a prayer garden at the St. Andrews Parish Hall on November 11, 2017. Blaine became an Eagle Scout on March 26, 2018. After graduation, Blaine hopes to go to Texas A&M and study Organic Chemistry to help figure out how to cure diseases once he graduates. Blaine is the oldest son of Paul and Tera Macmanus. •Allen Lloyd Rogers III, Age 16 is a junior at Pleasanton High School; he is a member of the graduating class of 2020. Allen is a part of many school activities including, the Mighty Eagle Band where he plays French horn, trumpet, and B flat mellophone, debate where he has qualified for state twice and served as a captain for two years, and lastly many other UIL activities. Allen has been thoroughly involved in scouting activities since 2013. He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of Boy Scouts and belongs to the Aina Topa Hutsi, lodge #60, since May 2017. Allen is part of the summer camp staff at the Bear Creek Scout Reservation where he served for the past three years, and of course our local troop, where he has contributed since 2013. Allen’s Eagle Scout Service Project “The ID Project” prepared and help fill out missing children kits for the youth in the Pleasanton area. Allen became an Eagle Scout on November 27, 2017. After completing his Post-graduation, Allen wants to further his education at Baylor University and go for his doctorates in Mathematics and a Master’s in Education and give back to his community as a teacher. Allen is the son of Allen and Mary Rogers. •Davin Ray Startz, age 18 is a senior at Poth High School. He is a member of the graduating class of 2019. Davin is also enrolled in classes at Coastal Bend College, where he has achieved a level one certificate in gas tungsten metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and gas metal arc welding. In addition he was awarded a marketable skills achievement award in gas tungsten metal arc welding and gas metal arc welding. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious “outstanding achievement award” from Poth FFA for his blue ribbon achievement at the AG Mechanics stock show. Davin has been an orderal member of Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of Boy Scouts and belongs to the Aina Topa Hutsi, lodge #60, since 2015. Also, Davin was a camp counselor at Bear Creek Scout camp in 2015. His scouting journey started in first grade and he has been a member of troops in Corpus Christi, Wray, Colorado and Floresville before coming to the troop in Pleasanton in 2014. Davin was able to attend a trip to Philmont scout camp the summer of 2017 as well as many awesome high adventure trips he has taken with his troop. He has been blessed with many outstanding leaders in his scouting career, his achievements are shared with the many people that have helped him on the road to Eagle Scout. Davin’s Eagle Scout Service Project improved the Picnic Area at the Floresville United Methodist on February 10, 2018. Davin became an Eagle Scout on March 26, 2018. Davin plans to join the United States Navy after graduation. Davin is the son of Aaron and Cristal Startz.
William “Bill” Meadows presented the Eagle Charge; Eagle Scout. Renee Schorsch, Troop Committee Chairman, presented the Eagle Challenge.
During the Presentation of the Eagle Scouts, Mr. Meadows called each scout and his parents forward. Each mother pinned the Eagle Scout pin on the left pocket of their son’s scout uniform. The Eagle Scout in turn pinned his mother with a Mother Pin, and the Scout also pinned his father with a Father pin. Each scout also received an Eagle Scout Emblem Scarf and Slide which was placed on each scout by his parents.
After each scout received their Eagle Scout pin and had returned to their seats, Mr. Meadows administered the Eagle Scout Promise.
Mr. Meadows introduced Mr. Aaron Davidson, Graphic Designer with the Pleasanton Express, also an Eagle Scout from Troop 194, who presented the five Eagle Scouts with framed certificate graphically designed by Davidson on behalf of the Pleasanton Express.
Mr. Meadows introduced Bruce Yarbrough, Treasurer for the Pleasanton Lions Club the Troop’s charter sponsor. On behalf of the Pleasanton Lions Club, Mr. Yarbrough presented checks to each of the five Eagle Scouts in the amount of $500, to be used towards college and/or future scouting high adventure treks. The Troop expresses their sincere thanks to the Pleasanton Lions Club for this amazing gift to these five Eagle Scouts.
Each scout was given an opportunity to thank the major contributors to their projects and give out Mentor pins to the people who had helped them throughout their scouting career on their journey to becoming an Eagle Scout. The speeches were heartfelt and it was very emotional and moved many of the recipients and the audience. There was a commonality between the five Eagle Scouts in how they awarded their Mentor Pins. They thanked their fathers for setting the example of how they wanted to be good men just like they were.
Blaine Macmanus thanked his father for showing him how to be a good Christian man. They all thanked their mothers for their love and support and for being with them through it all, and for taking them to all of their scouting activities. They thanked their present and past scout leaders for teaching them about scouting, outdoor skills, taking them on camping and high adventure treks and for their continuous encouragement throughout their scouting years.
Joett Morrison served as the Eagle Coach for all five Eagle Scouts. They all had a tremendous amount of respect for her. Several of them called her their “Scout Mom” and said that they were very grateful for her continuous help with Eagle Projects, her encouragement and support above and beyond. David Startz referred to her as a force from God! Felix and Davin thanked their school teachers. Blaine thanked his grandmother and he also thanked his brother for always having his back and Augustin thanked his Tae Kwon Do instructor and his boss.
Augustin Guadalupe De La Torre presented seven mentor pins; to his mother Carmen De La Torre, his father Rafael De La Torre, Joett Morrison, Eagle Coach, Bill Fehr, Past Scoutmaster, Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, Peter Bonin, his Tae Kwon Do Instructor from the Kukiwon House of TKD in Tri City Martial Arts and his boss J. R. Maspero, owner of Maspero 311.
Felix David Gutierrez presented six mentor pins; to his father Felix Gutierrez, mother Angel Rodriguez, Bill Fehr, Past Scoutmaster, Bill Meadows, Past Scoutmaster, Joett Morrison, Eagle Coach, and Ralph Unger, his former high school band director.
Blaine Walter Macmanus brought down the house with his very energetic and emotional presentation of his six mentor pins; Bill Fehr, Past Scoutmaster, Joett Morrison, Eagle Coach, his mom Cheryl Crim, his brother Life Scout Cade Macmanus, his mother Tera Macmanus and his father Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster.
Allen Lloyd Rogers III presented five mentor pins; his father Allen Rogers, Jr., his mother Mary Rogers, Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, Bill Fehr, Past Scoutmaster, and Joett Morrison, Eagle Coach.
Davin Ray Startz presented his mentor pins; Melicio Garcia, Welding Instructor and CTE Director, Poth High School (he had to leave the ceremony early due to a medical emergency), Bill Fehr, Past Scoutmaster, Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster, Joett Morrison, Eagle Coach, his father Aaron Startz, and his mother Cristal Startz.
Joett Morrison presented a very special award to Lisa Luna and the Pleasanton Express on behalf of the Troop. She shared the following story about Lisa. Eleven years ago as Mrs. Morrison became a Cub Scout Den Leader, she started writing articles and taking photos of the Cub Scouts to help promote of all of their activities of their local Cub Scouts Pack 194 with the community. She contacted Luna and shared with her that she was going to take her on a 12-year journey through the eyes of her son Danny and his Den 12 Tigers (of which Blaine Macmanus was also part). Lisa said she wanted to be a part of that journey and she and the Pleasanton Express have faithfully published every article that Mrs. Morrison has written on behalf of the Pack and Troop to help promote scouting in our local community. Luna made a comment that she needed to join the Troop so she could travel to all of the great places that the scouts went to.
To Lisa Luna’s surprise, she was made an honorary member of Boy Scout Troop 194 on Saturday evening. Mrs. Morrison and Terry Ellis, Longhorn District Executive presented Mrs. Luna and the Pleasanton Express with Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their outstanding service to youth. Luna was truly moved by the award and was really humbled by the recognition.
Eagle Scout Ryan Tudyk and a member of the PHS Class of 2018 was the recipient of the first Red White and Blue Eagle Scout Honor Cord on behalf of the National Eagle Scout Association. Ryan helped present three honor cords to the members of the senior class of 2019 Eagle Scouts Jesse Fehr, Danny Morrison II and Davin Startz to be worn along with their cap and gown during their 2019 high school graduation ceremony.
Mrs. Morrison asked her son Danny Morrison II to remain up front as she announced that on Monday, Sept. 10, the new VFW Post 12162 of Pleasanton will present Danny with the 2017 Scout of the Year award and scholarship at their first awards ceremony at the Pleasanton Civic Center. The audience congratulated Danny with a round of applause.
Near the end of the Ceremony, Joett Morrison, Asst. Scoutmaster had the honor to present the Eagle Scout Recognition, first on behalf of the Troop with Texas flags individually flown over the State Capitol of Texas, US flags flown over the US Capitol in Washington, DC, certificates showing which day their flag was flown, as well as resolutions on behalf of Texas Representative Ryan Guillen.
Over the past six months Mrs. Morrison has worked with many of the offices of our elected officials in Texas and Washington DC to procure cards, letters and certificates of recognition for the honor of their achievement of the Rank of Eagle Scout.
In closing, Meadows thanked everyone for coming and stated that it truly takes a great effort to put together an event like this to honor our Eagle Scouts.
The Benediction was given by Paul Macmanus, Scoutmaster. As the Eagle Scout color guard retired the colors, Eagle Scout Danny Morrison II played TAPS on his trumpet.
The Troop extends their sincere thanks to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church for the use of the Parish Hall, all of the presenters, special thanks to Aubrey Smith and H-E-B for the donation of gift cards towards the purchase of food trays and two boxes of bottled water, Brandon Below, Asst. Scoutmaster, Joett Morrison and Lisa Luna for taking plenty of pictures, and last a very special thanks to all of our Eagle Scout parents and Troop leaders for all of their help with decorations and food for the reception and helping to make this an amazing evening these five Eagle Scouts will never forget.