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Memorial Day Ceremonies – Timing

Good Afternoon Troop 216,

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. This is a reminder email about
the Troop supporting the Memorial Day events on Monday. The scouts who are
participating with the two Rifle details from the American Legion and the
VFW need to Meet at the American Legion Post/Golf Course off of RT 157 at
0600. The scouts will aid the Rifle detail as they visit all of the
cemeteries in the area to perform a 21 gun salute and playing of taps. The
next event is the Memorial Day ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery. This will
take place at 1000. Need at least two scouts to support this event. The
volunteers for the Rifle detail are listed below.

Sam J
Sivia (3)

Adults: Kevin R, Mark M, Dave K, Mike O

I don’t remember if there were any specific volunteers for the Woodlawn
Cemetery event at 1000. We are not limited to how many scouts can
participate. The above individuals are the ones that raised their hand
Monday night. If there are other scouts that want to participate, please
let me know. Also, if I can get at least two scouts to commit to the 1000
ceremony, that would be great. Please let me know if there are any

Mike OKoniewski

Flags at Woodlawn – Tomorrow night

Troop 216,

Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow evening in lieu of our troop
meeting, we will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery to place flags on the graves of
our fallen military members. Show time is 630pm. Please remember to wear
your Class A uniform. See you tomorrow.

Mike OKoniewski

Fishing Shirt Order ?

Troop 216,

Now is the time to order fishing shirts if we want to have them for summer
camp this year. The bad news is, the ones from field and stream are no
longer available. The good news is, I found some equivalent quality ones
on AMAZON. See the links below for options. There are two ways to do
this. I could solicit orders from everyone and make one purchase. Or you
can buy your shirts on your own and then I will coordinate with BJ
printables on having the embroidery done. If you’re going to order a
shirt, just let me know what color and what size just for tracking
purposes. I think the easiest way is to have everyone order their own
shirt, then do the embroidery later. THere are still at least 5 shirts
left from the last order, all grey and in larger sizes. The options below
are navy blue or Grey.

Mike O

Fwd: Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop

Troop 216,

Please see below for a merit badge opportunity tomorrow.


Mike OKOniewski

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mike Okoniewski <>
Date: Sat, Mar 25, 2023 at 8:34 AM
Subject: Fwd: Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop
To: Troop 216 <>

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

*From:* Kevin Buhr <>
*Date:* March 24, 2023 at 09:12:13 CDT
*Subject:* *Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop*

I wanted to share this with your troops. I’m very motivated to get this
merit badge workshop scheduled. My nephew needs this last merit badge to
finish his Eagle scout before his birthday next month. Please share this
with your scouts. We need 2 or 3 more youth

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge Workshop

March 26th, 12:15 – 3:15 pm

To Register: email & Jeff Lott

Then you will receive an e-mail with the pre-course work and the zoom link

*Kevin Buhr* | Field Director

New Horizons, Gravois Trail, & Osage

Coffee Sale Staff Advisor

*Greater St. Louis Area Council*

4568 West Pine Blvd | St. Louis, MO 63108

M: 417-425-2961 |


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Fwd: Camp Warren Levis service opportunity this Sunday

Troop 216,

Sorry for the short notice, but I just got this. Please see below for a
service project opportunity tomorrow at Camp Warren Levis.

Also, Just a reminder that tomorrow is the District Awards dinner at
Edison’s from 4-800pm. It’s not too late to register.

Mike OKoniewski

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mike Okoniewski <>
Date: Sat, Mar 25, 2023 at 8:30 AM
Subject: Fwd: Camp Warren Levis service opportunity this Sunday
To: Troop 216 <>

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

*From:* Steven Kupsky <>
*Date:* March 24, 2023 at 13:08:25 CDT
*To:* Mark Mason <>, Mike O’Koniewski <>,
Christin Rigoni <>, Troop Troop 216 <>
*Subject:* *Camp Warren Levis service opportunity this Sunday*

See attached flyer for a fishing trail project being led by our old friend
Kevin Buhr. Maybe this should get emailed out to all of our troop families.
Obviously, the giant city contingent will probably not be able to


Distinguished Servant Leadership Award

Good Afternoon Troop 216,

It is my honor to announce this year’s Distinguished Servant Leadership
award winners from Troop 216 are Christin Rigoni and Tim Valley. Christin
is our activities coordinator and has been in that position for almost a
year now. This position on the Troop committee is probably the most time
consuming. Without a strong organized individual at this position, regular
monthly scout activities would not happen. We’ve had some turnover at the
activities coordinator position over the last two years, and Christin has
stepped up and taken charge without missing a beat. Tim has been our Troop
Treasure for over the past 10 years or more. He has done a great job
balancing the books, providing full transparency, and keeping the Troop
financially sound. His boys have long since aged out, but he remains
dedicated to the scouting program and believes strongly that the Troop
needs some continuity at this position. Plus, just like some other adult
leaders in the troop, he still enjoys camping when he can and likes to
remain active with the program. This recognition is longer overdue.

Please join me in congratulating these two fine individuals from our adult
leadership corps. Christin and Tim will be formally recognized at the
District Awards dinner Sunday, 26 March from 4-730pm at Edison’s, Outlet
annex. This is the third year of hosting this event at a more
sociable venue and it has been a big success. Hope you all can attend and
help celebrate the accomplishments of Christin and Tim with us next week.
Please see the link below to register and the attached flyer for more


Mike OKoniewski
Troop 1216 Committee Chairman

CPR class opportunity, Beaumont Camping/Tubing permission slip, summer camp update

Troop 216,

Please see below for information on free CPR classes being offered for the
rest of the month.

Aslo, we will be making a decision on summer camp soon. Probably will be
the 27 FEB or 6 MAR troop meeting. Quite a bit of information has been set
out about the potential of attending an out of council camp up in
Michigan. There also was a presentation/discussion at the 23 JAN troop
meeting. Please talk to your scouts about summer camp. I fielded some
questions back in January during the presentation, but that was it. We
want to make sure we’ve alleviated any concerns about our summer camp
options. We’ve got alot on the books this summer with Philmont back in the
mix. We understand that with summer school, sports/band camps, and family
vacations, schedules don’t always line up. If your scout can’t make one of
the troops scheduled camps, there is another option at S Bar F the last
week of July. It’s a trades/stem/merit badge camp for one week and does
not require troop participation. An individual scout can attend without a
parent for the entire week. Details to follow on this event.

Please let me know if you have any more questions on Camp Owasippe in
Michigan. Looking forward to the campout this weekend. Hope to see you at
the next scout meeting.

Mike OKoniewski

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Troop 216 <>
Date: Wed, Feb 1, 2023 at 1:17 PM
Subject: CPR class opportunity, Beaumont Camping/Tubing permission slip,
and more
To: Albert Middeke <>, Alex Rigoni <>,
Allyson Mason <>, Amber Koester <>, Beth
Martens <>, Brad Martens <>,
Brent Hall <>, Brian Heil <>,
Carrie Kistner <>, Christin Rigoni <>, David Kistner <>,
Diane Gill <>, Emily Joellenbeck <>,
Emily Klingensmith <>, Erika Hall <>, Erika Kennett <>, Gary Gill <>, Jamie Maurer <>, Jon Klingensmith <>, Katie Buckingham <>, Kevin
Buckingham <>, Kevin Buckingham <>, Kevin Rayman <>, Kirsten
Wilkerson <>, Kyle Kennett <>, Mark
Koester <>, Mark Mason <>, Martina
Bishopp <>, Mr. Wang <>, Nathan
Payne <>, Neil Joellenbeck <>, Nick
Walden <>, Peggy Emling <>, Pete
Wilkerson <>, Tara Kuhne <>, Tara
Kuhne <>, Todd Sivia <>

Hello Troop 216 scouts/parents,

For any interested scout (or adult), there is a free CPR class offered
through the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon Fire Depts. Info below. Please
call (618) 692-7540 for more information and to register.

Wed Feb 1 6:30 – 8:30 pm at RP Lumber Center (ice rink) – 3 spots remain
Wed Feb 8 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Glen Carbon Fire Department #1 (near the
covered bridge) – 10 spots remain
Sat Feb 11 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Glen Carbon Fire Department #1 (near the
covered bridge) – 4 spots remain
Sat Feb 25 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Glen Carbon Fire Department #1 (near the
covered bridge) – 3 spots remain

Also, find attached the permission slip for our next troop activity,
Beaumont Camping and Snow Tubing Feb 10-12. Permission slips and payment
due at the beginning of our next meeting, Monday Feb 6.

The boys were interested in rock climbing, I spoke with the manager at
Upper Limits Climbing in Maryland Hts. We are looking at reserving a 3-4
hour block on Sunday March 5th likely late morning to mid afternoon.
Details to come. Depending on the number of attendees, cost is $40-45.
Scouts will be able to earn the climbing merit badge at this activity.

Additional activities (mark you calendars):
Blues Hockey game, Tues 2/28 (inquire with me if interested)
Giant City Camping March 24-26
Beaver Dam and High Ropes Course April 21-23
Spring Camporee May 5-7

We may have additional activities upcoming although likely only daytime
events rather than full weekend camping trips.

As always, we love (and need) parental involvement with activities. Please
let me know if you’d like to attend any of these upcoming events.

Thank you,
Christin Rigoni

Troop 216 Beaumont 02.2023.docx

Summer Camp Discussion Monday 23 JAN – Reminder

Troop 216,

This is a friendly reminder that we will be having a summer camp parent
discussion this coming Monday at 800pm, during the last part of the regular
troop meeting. There is a good possibility we will be camping out of
council this summer at Owasippe Scout Reservation in Michigan. This is the
camp I attended as a young scout back in the 80s. It is the oldest boy
scout camp in the United States, opening in 1911 with over 5000 acres of
wilderness to enjoy. I can assure you this is an incredible camp and a
great opportunity for our troop. Please join us at 800pm for a 15 minute
presentation about what to expect. See the attached link below for the
2023 Owassippe Leader’s guide. Looking forward to seeing everyone on
Monday night.


Mike OKoniewski

Fwd: Activities update – JAN and FEB 2023

Troop 216,

Please see below for an Activities update from our Coordinator Christin
Rigoni. If you want to attend any of these events, please email Christin
Rigoni directly. It’s not too late to register for this Friday.


Mike OKoniewski

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Christin Rigoni <>
Date: Tue, Jan 3, 2023 at 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: Activities update
To: Troop 216 <>
Cc: Albert Middeke <>, Alex Rigoni <>,
Allyson Mason <>, Amber Koester <>, Barb
Kane <>, Beth Martens <>, Brad
Martens <>, Brent Hall <>,
Brian Heil <>, Carrie Kistner <>, David Kistner <>,
Diane Gill <>, Emily Joellenbeck <>,
Emily Klingensmith <>, Erika Hall <>, Erika Kennett <>, Gary Gill <>, Jamie Maurer <>, Jon Klingensmith <>, Katie Buckingham <>, Kevin
Buckingham <>, Kevin Rayman <>,
Kirsten Potter <>, Kyle Kennett <>,
Mark Koester <>, Mark Mason <>,
Martina Bishopp <>, Mike O’Koniewski <>,
Mike Veith <>, Mr. Wang <>, Nathan
Payne <>, Neil Joellenbeck <>, Nick
Walden <>, Peggy Emling <>, Pete
Wilkerson <>, Steve Kupsky <>, Tara
Kuhne <>, Tim Valley <>, Todd Sivia <>, <>

Hi everyone. The lock in is this Friday evening at Eden Church. Please
drop off and pick up your scout at the lower back parking lot (off to the
left side of the church when facing it).

Mr Valley has offered to accompany scouts grocery shopping for the event.
Please let me know if your scout can attend Thursday evening at 7 pm,
meeting at Schnucks.

Remember to bring board and card games as well as any electronic games and
wear comfortable clothes for playing sports in the gym.

Anyone who is not currently signed up but still wants to attend the lock in
(scouts and parents alike), please let me know. The more the merrier. You
can bring money/permission slip that evening but I’d like a final head
count before grocery shopping please.

Other reminders—the Klondike Derby is Jan 20-22. * I need two adults to
commit to this event for the scouts to be able to attend. If you can
attend, please let me know.*

If you have not purchased tubing tickets for hidden valley Feb 11 at 10 AM
please do so ASAP. *Any adults willing to attend this event should please
let me know. *

*Reminder there will be quick parent meeting regarding summer camp at 8:10
pm at the 1/23/23 meeting. Please plan to attend. *

Thank you,

Christin Rigoni

On Sat, Dec 10, 2022 at 1:49 PM Christin Rigoni <>

> Hey all. Mark your calendars for upcoming Troop 216 events…
> 1. Jan 6 830 pm to Sat Jan 7 830 am. Lock In at Eden Church
> (Edwardsville). The boys are encouraged to bring games (electronic or
> board…we should have access to Wi-Fi), sports balls for use in the gym, and
> a pillow/blanket. Wear comfortable athletic clothing. Food will be
> provided.
> 2. Jan 20-22 Klondike Derby at Camp Warren Levis (Godfrey) weekend camp
> out. (More details forthcoming)
> 3. Feb 9-11 Cabin camping at Beaumont (High Ridge MO) with snow tubing at
> Hidden Valley Ski Resort (Eureka MO). Parents of any scout wishing to
> attend will need to purchase tubing tickets at
> Please choose Sat Feb 11 at 10 am option. You will need to sign their
> waiver at time of ticket purchase. Tickets are $32 I believe. These
> tickets go fast so please do this ASAP to ensure a spot.
> 4. Feb 28 Blues game. I ordered tickets for the families that requested
> already. Anyone else wanting to join can purchase tickets independently.
> We are section 323 and 324 Row Q if you can get close to the rest of the
> group. Those tickets are about $35 each including fees.
> Please also remember that these events and activities can only happen with
> parent support. *Please consider being a parent chaperone for at least
> one of these events. Please respond to this email if you can help.*
> Summer Camp…the boys are planning to choose both the location and dates of
> summer camp in the next week or two. At the time this is finalized, we
> will reach out so you can mark your summer calendar.
> Thank you all for your support. The boys are getting to have great
> experiences because of supportive adults and parents!
> Please let me know if you any questions.
> Christin
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:46 PM Christin Rigoni <>
> wrote:
>> I just did a search for general admission tickets that night and found
>> seats with prices in the low $30s range. They are not in the designated
>> section for scouts but tickets are also about half the price. I don’t see
>> a good reason not to go this route and get the general admission tickets.
>> So please reconsider the price to be around $30-35. This event is open to
>> scouts and their families. Let’s still keep the deadline for tomorrow
>> afternoon for commitment…let me know the number of tickets you want.
>> Thanks!
>> On Mon, Dec 5, 2022 at 7:37 PM Christin Rigoni <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hey all. I just got an email from the Blues inviting us and other area
>>> Girl and Boy Scout troops to Scout night. Tickets are going very fast, but
>>> if you’re interested we can book a block of tickets as a group for the game*
>>> Tues Feb 28.* Currently the only ticket price available is $57 a
>>> ticket in Section 302. I can try calling tomorrow to see if they plan to
>>> open up any other blocks of tickets at a similar or cheaper price. Most of
>>> the boys expressed interest in this activity. If we are going to do this
>>> as a group, I need commitment asap (ticket availability has gone down
>>> drastically since I got the email Sat afternoon).
>>> P*lease respond to me by 4 pm tomorrow afternoon (Tues Dec 6) if you’re
>>> interested and how many tickets you want.*
>>> Once I purchase tickets, you are on the hook for the cost. Hopefully
>>> they still have enough tickets that all that want to go can and that we can
>>> sit in a group. Please respond to this email with your ticket order and if
>>> you have any questions.
>>> Thanks
>>> Christin Rigoni
>>> On a similar note, we are planning cabin camping at Beaumont the weekend
>>> of Feb 10-12 with snow tubing at Hidden Valley on Sat Feb 11. This is a
>>> similar situation where tickets go fast, so look for an email from me soon
>>> regarding commitment to this activity. Tubing tickets are around $32.

Troop 8216 charter renewal

Thank you to everyone who has responded.

If you have not responded yet, please let us know if you plan to recharter
with the troop as soon as possible.


Mr. Mason

On Mon, Nov 14, 2022 at 5:49 PM Troop 216 <> wrote:

> *From:* Tara Kuhne <>
> *Date:* November 13, 2022 at 14:47:51 CST
> *To:* Tim Valley <>, Mike O’Koniewski <>,
> Mark Mason <>, Barb Kane <>,
> Albert Middeke <>, Brian Heil <>,
> Steven Kupsky <>
> *Subject:* *Troop 8216 charter renewal–this is my final final
> version—ready to send out*
> Hello Troop 216 families,
> There is a lot of information in this email so please read it in its
> entirety. The troop is starting the 2023 BSA recharter process. We were
> able to make last year’s renewal process relatively painless and simple if
> the following information is gathered ahead of time. Please respond to the
> leaders in this email or contact me at any of the troop meetings or text or
> call. We would like to have the renewal process completed by Dec. 15th so
> the sooner we can get the information, the better. I would appreciate it.
> *For Adults:*
> 1. Are you renewing for 2023?
> 2. The renewal fee is $45 unless you are a merit badge counselor only,
> then there is no fee but I will need to know this.
> 3. Is your YPT current? If not, please complete ASAP.
> 4. How will you be paying for your renewal? Cash, check, Paypal, scout
> account? See Tara Kuhne or Tim Valley for the balances for the Scout
> account. See payment notes *in bold* below.
> 5. Are you keeping the same troop position? If not, I need to know
> that position to which position you are changing.
> 6. We are also collecting OA dues at this time and will pay that for
> you if you like (optional). Annual lodge dues are $15.
> 7. If you are registered and paying with a different Troop/Pack,
> please let me know this and who you are paying to so that I can enter this
> in the system.
> *For Scouts*:
> 1. Are you renewing for 2023?
> 2. The renewal fee is $75.
> 3. If you registering as a scout for the first time, there is a $25
> fee.
> 4. Do you want the Boy’s Life magazine? If so, this is $15 for the
> year.
> 5. We are asking that the Troop dues of $40 are paid at this time
> however, it is not mandatory. If you choose not to pay at this time, then
> the dues are $10 a quarter.
> 6. We are also collecting OA dues at this time. The annual dues are
> $15.
> 6. You can pay all the fees either by cash, check, Paypal, or through
> your Scout account.
> *Payment Notes:*
> * ***If you are paying through Paypal—in the comments section,
> please enter:*
> * 1. the scouts and/or adult name ($45 for adults, $75 for
> scouts)*
> * 2. if the amount includes Boy’s Life magazine ($15)*
> * 3. if you are paying for the Troop yearly dues ($40)*
> * 4. if you are changing positions within the troop*
> * 5. if annual OA dues are being paid for your scout (15$)*
> * The troop Paypal account is
> <>. *
> * If paying cash, check or via the scout account, you can pay
> at a troop meeting or you can also send a check to the address below but
> please let Tim or me know so that we can track payments. If you are paying
> by check, please include the same information with a note as requested
> above.*
> * Tim Valley (Troop 216) *
> * 121 E. Willow Bend Dr.*
> * Glen Carbon, IL 62034*
> ****If you are unable to pay any of the fees, please contact Tara Kuhne
> or Tim Valley. The Troop has funds set aside for this reason. We don’t want
> any Scout not to be able to participate due to financial concerns.*
> Please let me know if you have any questions. You can contact me at a
> meeting or by email at or by phone at (618) 334-8352.
> I appreciate your help in getting the information to me ASAP.
> Tara Kuhne
> —
> Additional information available on our webpage: – check
> the site often for Troop news, resources, calendar updates, etc.
> Please note that this email account is not monitored 24/7. If you have a
> question for a specific adult leader, please contact them privately.
> Troop Committee Chair – Mike O’Koniewski
> Scoutmaster – Mark Mason
> Advancements – Barb Kane
> New Member Coordinator – Tara Kuhne