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Monday night PLC/ Troop Committee

Troop 216,
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow night at 700pm we will hold our
monthly PLC and troop committee meeting in lieu of a regular monday scout
meeting. Please join us as we discuss the upcoming fall activities as well
as start planning out the winter and spring calendar. Hope to see you

Mike OKoniewski

Monday Night Recruiting Event – 14 AUG

Hello Troop 216,

This is a friendly reminder that in lieu of our regular Monday night
meeting, we will be conducting a recruiting event at both Liberty and
Lincoln Middle schools. The boys thought it would be a good idea to have
the whole troop participate in this event. We will have a table at both
middle schools during their open house for activities/organizations. The
event takes place from 600-730pm. See the list below for scouts and the
locations they will be at.

*Lincoln:* Blake Buckingham, Matt Sivia, Austin Sivia, Andrew Sivia, Caleb
Koester, and Ethan Walden. Adults: Mike Okoniewski and Todd Sivia

*Liberty:* Aiden Middeke, Davy Maurer, Cole Payne, Teddy Rayman, Danford
Mason, and Sam Joelenbeck. Adults: Albert Middeke, Peggy Emling, and Mark

If your scout didn’t volunteer for a location, please just show up at
whichever one is more convenient for you. Please wear your class A
uniforms. Can I have the adults for each location meet at the church in
front of the trailer to get your poster tri-fold, flyers, and applications.

Also, looking for folks who can bring one hiking backpack, one Dutch oven,
one fishing pole, and one tent for each location. If they allow us to set
up a tent somewhere that would be great, if not, at least we got it. I
encourage the boys to really talk about the scouting program and all the
neat stuff we do in addition to all that scouts has to offer. We are
trying to recruit those boys who aren’t already in the program, be it cub
scouts or boy scouts.

We will all meet at Annies Frozen Custard in Glen Carbon for ice cream at
745-800pm to finish off the evening. Please email or call me with any

Mike O

Monday Night PLC and Troop Committee Meeting – 7 AUG at 700pm

Troop 216,

Just a friendly reminder that we will be having a PLC and Troop committee
meeting next Monday 7 AUG. The change from the normal 2nd Monday is due to
a Recruiting event taking place on Monday 14 AUG at two
separate locations. With that said, I am looking for adult and Scout
volunteers to represent the Troop at the Open house night for Both Woodland
and Liberty Middle School from 600-830pm on 14 AUG. More details to follow
on this in future mailings and next Monday.

On another note, last month’s combined Troop committee / PLC meeting had
great attendance. If it weren’t for the extra adults that showed up to the
meeting we would have never had known about the recruitment opportunity on
14 AUG. In addition, over 10 scouts attended the PLC, providing activity
and agenda direction for the upcoming school/scout year. Some information
was sent out about Sea Base options for next year. It is highly advised
that a decision be made on that Monday night before spots fill up. If any
parents have any questions on cost and logistics for Sea Base, please reach
out to Christin Rigoni our activities coordinator. Hope to see you on


Mike OKoniewski
Troop Committee Chair

Fwd: June Committee Meeting Minutes

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mike Okoniewski <>
Date: Thu, Jul 6, 2023 at 5:13 PM
Subject: Fwd: June Committee Meeting Minutes
To: Troop 216 <>

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

*From:* The Middekes <>
*Date:* July 6, 2023 at 08:08:54 CDT
*To:* Mike O’Koniewski <>, Mark Koester <>, Mark Mason <>, Brian Heil <>, Barb Kane <>, Christin Rigoni <>, Gary Gill <>, Steven Kupsky <>, Tim Valley <>, Mike Veith <>, David Kistner <>
*Subject:* *Re: June Committee Meeting Minutes*

Base on feedback received so far (thanks Brian and Dave), I’m going to
assume these minutes are good to go and approved. I’m attaching a copy
here without the attendees highlighted in yellow. I am also attaching the
Treasurer’s report. I don’t think we’ve been emailing these to the entire
troop from what I’ve been seeing. I am happy to do so, if that is what we
want. At a minimum, we should start posting them to the troop website.
Please let me know if I need to do anything for distribution. Thanks,


On Monday, July 3, 2023 at 09:13:20 AM CDT, The Middekes <>

I’ve only hear from one person so far. If all good, we can publish the
minutes, but let’s give it another day. How are we distributing these to
the rest of the troop? There is a spot on the website, but it looks like
the last one was July 2022. Thanks, Albert

On Friday, June 30, 2023 at 09:14:34 AM CDT, The Middekes <>

Please review the draft minutes from the June 14th meeting and advise any
corrections or changes. I did not write down the attendees, so please
review the highlighted list for verification as I am going from memory

Thanks, Albert

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