OSSIAN--Northeast Iowa is all about helping our neighbors. And that's what Lucas Feltz from Ossian is doing, and you can help too. Lucas Feltz from Troop 88 in Ossian is working on his Eagle Scout Project with the hopes that it will be completed before he enters high school. He chose to benefit the Town of Ossian and its new fire department. His goal is to put up a flag pole, a red bench, and statues on the south side of the building. In order to complete the project, he needs to raise about $4,000 with fund raising events and grants.
You can help him toward his goal by coming to the “Supper in Carey’s Park,” June 21, where he will serve pork loin sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, and Chinese coleslaw from U2 BBQ. The Boy Scout troop will also have a dessert bar and a drink will come with the meal.
Tickets for the supper are $8.00 and they serve from 5:00-9:00 p.m. or until meals are gone. Tickets are available from Bushman Insurance or Facebook/call 532-8905 to reserve tickets ahead so they know how many meals to make. Unsold tickets can be bought at the supper if any are available.
Proud of the work the Ossian Volunteer Fire Department does and with the new fire station and city maintenance shop near completion, Lucas chose to work on an enhancement project on the outside of the Ossian Fire Department. Working with his uncle Terry Franzen and Denis Holien’s, Lucas was able to put together his plan. He presented his proposal to Scout Leader, Mary Brincks, and Scout Master, LaVerne Anderson and got their approval for his project and fundraising ideas. He also presented his plan to the Ossian City Council in April and got their approval as the beneficiaries at the May meeting. He also needed final approval by the Boy Scout District Council for his plans to install a 20-foot flagpole with the capability to hold two flags, put in a spotlight for the flag, anchor a bench near the fire department’s meeting room door and place several statues in front of the building.
Once he had all approvals, Lucas approached Rick Gunderson at Riley’s Construction about making the flag pole. It was decided that a 20 foot tall, 2 inch diameter pole would be used. He also enlisted the aid of Scott Meyer to be his adviser in this process.
Eagle Scout project rules include two main points. First, the project must be a service project that benefits non-profit organizations or communities. Lucas is hoping to show patriotism through the addition of the flag. He even requested a flag from Congressman Bruce Braley that has flown over the Capitol. This flag will have a certificate with it that states the date and occasion for flying the flag.
The second point of the Eagle Scout project includes the scout’s leadership role in the activity and fundraising efforts. One fundraising activity that Lucas is learning about is how to write grants and letters of request. He is also planning to run the pop and snack concession stand at the Ossian Fire Department Dance on June 21. He will be selling popcorn and spicy pretzels at the stand. Earlier that same evening, he is planning a “Supper in Carey’s Park,” where he will dish up a pork loin sandwich, cheesy potatoes, and Chinese coleslaw from U2 BBQ. The Boy Scout troop will also have a dessert bar and a drink will come with the meal.
The project is moving along fairly quickly. Lucas has the cement completed, flag is ordered, and all four statues. The flagpole is in the process of being completed. He needs funds to order the bench. Dennis and Carol Willenborg from New Vienna's Willenborg's Lawn Ornaments donated the Dalmatian statue in which Lucas is now doing a “Name the Dalmatian” fundraiser contest.
The dalmatian statue is currently on display at the State Bank in Ossian. Each jar represents a name that Lucas has chosen for the Dalmatian. The name that makes the most "cents" will win the contest. To cast your vote, donate to the jar with the name that you like and the name that makes the most “cents” wins. The choices for names are as follows: Rover-Rural Ossian Volunteer Emergency Responders, Spot- Serving People of Ossian and the TriTownship, Sparky-Saving & Protecting All Residents, Kittens, & Youths.
“Being part of Troop 88 has been a great experience. We have only thirteen members at this time, but we are a very active group. We work together to help each other and others in our community. We currently have fifteen members that have reached the rank of Life Scout, making them eligible to work on their Eagle Projects. We work together and support each other in many ways. Lucas will not be the only scout involved in his Eagle Project as the Troop will work as a family to help complete the project,” explained the soon to be freshmen at South Winn.
There are a lot of rules and regulations when completing an Eagle Scout Project. “We have to keep track of everything we do, whether it is researching, planning, fundraising, or working on the project.” There are a lot of people involved in the projects that are done in this area. People like Steve Panos of Croell Redi-Mix and Rick Bollman from Upper Iowa Construction are always willing to help Scouts in their endeavors. Their assistance in pouring the cement for this project is greatly appreciated.
“Community members have been wonderful! I have many people interested in what I have been doing. Words of encouragement and praise are overwhelming. I have received assistance from many different people in many different ways. Writing grants is not a fun activity, but I have received support from Bushman Insurance employees, especially Dawn Lukes and from Mary McEnaney and Bruce Gullickson from South Winn Insurance in Calmar,” said grateful Lucas.
Eagle Scout Projects must be funded through fundraising processes. Lucas is looking forward to seeing many community members at the “Supper in Carey’s Park,” the night of the firemen’s dance. If you wish to donate to this Eagle Scout Project, send checks to: Lucas Feltz, 1713 Co Rd W46, Decorah, IA 52101.