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Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge – Update

Troop 216

A scheduling issue has come up and I will be unable to attend tonight’s
meeting. Session 1 of Citizenship in the nation merit badge that was going
to be offered tonight will now be next week 5 DEC at the 700pm troop
meeting. Session 2 will take place the very next week 12 DEC at the troop
meeting. Scouts who want to complete all of the requirements will need to
accomplish those listed below. The only requirement that actually involves
visiting a place is #2.

2. Do TWO of the following:
a. Visit a place that is listed as a National Historic Landmark or that is
on the National Register of Historic Places. Tell your counselor what you
learned about the landmark or site and what you found interesting about it.
b. Tour your state capitol building or the U.S. Capitol. Tell your
counselor what you learned about the capitol, its function, and its
history.
c. Tour a federal facility. Explain to your counselor what you saw there
and what you learned about its function in the local community and how it
serves this nation.
d. Choose a national monument that interests you. Using books, brochures,
the Internet (with your parent’s permission), and other resources, find out
more about the monument. Tell your counselor what you learned, and explain
why the monument is important to this country’s citizens.

3. Watch the national evening news five days in a row OR read the front
page of a major daily newspaper five days in a row. Discuss the national
issues you learned about with your counselor. Choose one of the issues and
explain how it affects you and your family.

6. With your counselor’s approval, choose a speech of national historical
importance. Find out about the author, and tell your counselor about the
person who gave the speech. Explain the importance of the speech at the
time it was given, and tell how it applies to American citizens today.
Choose a sentence or two from the speech that has significant meaning to
you, and tell your counselor why.

8. Name your two senators and a member of Congress from your
congressional district. Write a letter about a national issue and send it
to one of these elected officials, sharing your view with him or her. Show
your letter to your counselor, along with any response you might receive.

Sorry for the late notice about the reschedule. Hope everyone had an
enjoyable Thanksgiving.

YIS,
Mike OKoniewski

Additional information available on our webpage: www.troop216.org – 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 okie135@yahoo.com
Scoutmaster – Mark Mason matlsguy00@gmail.com
Advancements – Barb Kane barbek618@yahoo.com
New Member Coordinator – Tara Kuhne teeku2002@yahoo.com

Fwd: Scouting For Food Bag Pickup Tomorrow Morning (11/19/22) at 9:45 AM – Meet at Edison’s

Hello Troop 216!

*Scouting for Food* *Bag Pick-Up *is this Saturday (tomorrow),
11/19/20 at *9:45
AM*. We will meet at Edison’s (Edison’s Entertainment Complex) at 2477
Illinois Route 157 in Edwardsville. Hot chocolate and donuts will be
provided 🙂

Our Troop is covering our assigned, large area as well as another area that
would otherwise go uncovered, so we can use as many people as possible.

Once everyone assembles, Mr. Valley will hand out the maps of the areas in
which we hung bags last week. We hope everyone can help…and especially
need adults to help transport given the large area to cover.

Please wear your Class A uniform and appropriate footwear. In addition to
taking part in this great cause, your participation will count for service
hours and as an activity for rank advancement.

Like last year, the food drop off will be at Center Grove Presbyterian
Church at 6279 Center Grove Rd. in Edwardsville. This is another
opportunity for services hours. If you have some extra time, they can
definitely use some help in the sorting process before loading up the
trucks headed to the food pantry.

Mr. Valley can be reached by cell phone at (314) 378-8140, or at
T_Valley@yahoo.com at any time for questions, updates, etc.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning.

-Tim Valley

Cardinals Calendars Fundraiser – Orders Due Tonight (11/14/22) if You Wish To Guaranty Delivery In Early December

——

Just a reminder Cardinals Calendar orders are due tonight in order to
guarantee delivery in “early December.” You can still order calendars
after tonight, but the Cardinals do not guarantee any delivery dates.

BTW, the Cardinals just emailed us a picture of the 2023 calendar cover
featuring Albert Pujols. Please see the pic attached below.

Troop 216 is again selling Cardinals Calendars as a fundraiser (funds go to
individual scout accounts, not the Troop). These calendars are beautifully
done and make great Christmas gifts…especially after the Albert Pujols’
and Yadier Molina’s retirements, Albert reaching 700 career home runs, and
the Cardinals playoff appearance!

Tim Valley has brought some calendars from previous years to Troop
meetings, and will do so again for the next couple of meetings. Feel free
to take one of these prior year calendars if you would like to use it in
conjunction with your selling efforts.

If you were not at a meeting, but would still like additional information
or a prior year calendar, Mr. Valley’s contact info is: t_valley@yahoo.com,
or cell phone (314) 378-8140 (text or call)

Here is what you need to know:

1. Calendars sell for $17.00 each.
2. Of the $17.00 sales price…$7.50 goes into your individual scout
account.
3. Checks should be made payable to Troop 216.
4. Orders must be turned in on the order form (attached, and paper
copies available from Mr. Valley at our Monday meetings)
5. Money must be collected with the orders. Orders turned in without
payment will not be processed.
6. Order forms and payment due date: Monday, November 14th. Mr. Valley
will be happy to stop by your house, or meet somewhere, to collect the
order forms and money if you are not able to make it to the meeting on
November 14th.
7. Calendars will be delivered in early December.

Rewards:

– Please see the attached PDF listing all of the great prizes the Scouts
are eligible for at different sales milestones. Allocation of prizes to
scouts selling calendars TBD.

Please contact Mr. Valley via email (T_Valley@yahoo.com) for cell phone
(314) 378-8140 if you have any questions (if a scout is emailing, please cc
a parent or another Troop leader as well).

Fwd: Troop 8216 charter renewal

*From:* Tara Kuhne <teeku2002@yahoo.com>
*Date:* November 13, 2022 at 14:47:51 CST
*To:* Tim Valley <T_Valley@yahoo.com>, Mike O’Koniewski <okie135@yahoo.com>,
Mark Mason <matlsguy00@gmail.com>, Barb Kane <barbek618@yahoo.com>, Albert
Middeke <atmiddeke@aol.com>, Brian Heil <big_b_heil@yahoo.com>, Steven
Kupsky <skupsky1@charter.net>
*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 troop216.bsa@gmail.com
<troop216.bsa@gmail.com>. *

* 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 teeku2002@yahoo.com or by phone at (618) 334-8352.

I appreciate your help in getting the information to me ASAP.

Tara Kuhne

Veterans Day Parade – Details

Troop 216,

We will meet in the parking lot of Eden Church by 630pm Friday night 11
NOV. It’s going to be cold with temperatures in the Low 20’s so dress
warm. Also, a reminder that saturday 12 NOV is Scouting for Food bag
distribution. We will meet at Township Park, Shelter #1 at 0900. At noon
after bag distribution is completed, Troop 216 will be hosting a cooking
competition and providing lunch for all those who attend. Please RSVP
using the signupgenius link below so that we can get a good head count for
food. Hope to see you all at this weekend’s activities.

YIS,

Mike OKoniewski
Troop 216 Committee Chairman

Here’s the link:

www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084DABAB29ABF49-troop

Fwd: All Key 3 and Unit Commissioners

FYI

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Fwd: Cardinals Calendars Fundraiser – Orders Due at Our November 14th Meeting

Troop 216,

Please see email below from Tim Valley regarding our annual Cardinal
Calendar fundraiser.

thanks,

Mike OKoniewski

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Tim Valley <t_valley@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2022 at 1:45 PM
Subject: Cardinals Calendars Fundraiser – Orders Due at Our November 14th
Meeting
To: Troop 216 <troop216.bsa@gmail.com>

Would you please forward the following email to the Troop contact list?

Thank you,
-Tim

——-

Troop 216 is again selling Cardinals Calendars as a fundraiser (funds go to
individual scout accounts, not the Troop). These calendars are beautifully
done and make great Christmas gifts…especially after the Albert Pujols’
and Yadier Molina’s retirements, Albert reaching 700 career home runs, and
the Cardinals playoff appearance!

Tim Valley has brought some calendars from previous years to Troop
meetings, and will do so again for the next couple of meetings. Feel free
to take one of these prior year calendars if you would like to use it in
conjunction with your selling efforts.

If you were not at a meeting, but would still like additional information
or a prior year calendar, Mr. Valley’s contact info is: t_valley@yahoo.com,
or cell phone (314) 378-8140 (text or call)

Here is what you need to know:

1. Calendars sell for $17.00 each.
2. Of the $17.00 sales price…$7.50 goes into your individual scout
account.
3. Checks should be made payable to Troop 216.
4. Orders must be turned in on the order form (attached, and paper
copies available from Mr. Valley at our Monday meetings)
5. Money must be collected with the orders. Orders turned in without
payment will not be processed.
6. Order forms and payment due date: Monday, November 14th. Mr. Valley
will be happy to stop by your house, or meet somewhere, to collect the
order forms and money if you are not able to make it to the meeting on
November 14th.
7. Calendars will be delivered in early December.

Rewards:

– Please see the attached PDF listing all of the great prizes the Scouts
are eligible for at different sales milestones. Allocation of prizes to
scouts selling calendars TBD.

Please contact Mr. Valley via email (T_Valley@yahoo.com) for cell phone
(314) 378-8140 if you have any questions (if a scout is emailing, please cc
a parent or another Troop leader as well).

Rendezvous 9/30-10/2 — Permission slip and payment due 9/26

Hi, Troop 216!

Rendezvous weekend is September 30th to October 2nd. Scouts will have the
opportunity to participate in activities from the time of the fur traders
and trappers, including black powder rifle shooting, blacksmithing,
tomahawk throwing,candle making and much more. The Troop will be camping
Friday and Saturday nights.

Please have your scout turn in the attached permission slip with payment on
Monday, September 26th.

Thanks!

Martina Bishopp
Cahokia Mounds District – Camping Committee
Unit Outdoors / Activities Chair, Troop 216, First Christian Church,
Edwardsville

RESPONSE REQUESTED: Cub Launch Volunteer Opportunity 9/17

Hello, Troop 216.

Your scouts can get service hours by helping out at the Cub Launch at Camp
Warren Levis, this Saturday, September 17th. Several scouts indicated they
were interested during Monday’s meeting. I’d like to get a list of scouts
volunteering, as well as parents who might be able to drive.

The event <scoutingevent.com/312-2022CubLaunch> is from 12:00 to
5:00 pm. I have reached out to my contact for details on when volunteers
need to arrive prior to the start of the event and where to go. The moment
I know something, I will pass this information along.

*Please reply to this email as soon as possible if your son will be
volunteering — and if you can drive*. I’d like to have a finalized roster
by end of day Thursday.

Thanks,

Martina