Category Archives: Troop News

URGENT – Troop Committee and PLC Canceled for tonight Monday 22 January

Troop 216,

Due to the circumstances of the day regarding the weather and availability
of folks needing to meet, tonight’s committee and PLC meeting has been
cancelled. We will slip both the committee and PLC meeting to next week
Monday night, 29 January at 700pm.

The only pressing issue is that we are still needing adult volunteers for
bowling next saturday 27 January. Please contact Christin Rigoni if you
can help. Sorry for the late notification about tonight’s meeting.

Mike OKoniewski
Committee Chairman

Meeting Changes for January 2024

Troop 216,

Hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday break. We had to make a couple of
adjustments to our meeting schedule for January due to the school
calendar. We will have NO troop meetings on January 1st and 15th (no
school those days). Monday January 8th will be a normal troop meeting that
will focus on Klondike derby prep. Monday January 22 will be our monthly
troop committee meeting and PLC meeting, all our welcome. All Monday
meetings/activities begin at 700pm.

Reminder that next Friday, 5 January will be an Eagle Scout Court of Honor
for Zach beginning at 700pm at First Christian Church. The lock-in will
follow starting at 800pm at Eden Church. Permission slips were sent out
this week.

Hope to see you next Friday. Wishing you and your families a very Happy
and Healthy 2024.


Mike OKoniewski

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

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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

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