Yarbrough Eagle Scout Court of Honor held The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for David M. Yarbrough, son of Stephen and Janis Yarbrough on Sept. 13 at St. Paulâ�?�?s Episcopal Church. David, a member of Boy Scout Troop 66 UCC Church, earned the 21 badges and fulfilled all the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank. To begin the Eagle Scout ceremony, Andrew Meyer and Alex Card presented the colors, Pledge of Allegiance and Scout Oath. Rev. Mercy Hobbs gave the invocation. John Mueller introduced special guests District Commissioner Tony Nelson and Sioux Council President-Elect Honorable Art Rusch. Silver Beaver program presenters included Tony Nelson, Art Rusch and Jane Holoch. Mike Card convened the Court of Honor. Jane Holoch congratulated David on his desire to help others with his locks of love. Mary Anne Meyer and Sharon Andrews gave Davidâ�?�?s scouting history. LeRoy Meyers presented the Trail to Eagle on behalf of himself and Jeff Andrews who was unable to attend. Escorts Andrew Meyer and Matt Andrews brought forward David, Stephen and Janis. Tony Nelson gave the Presentation of the Eagle Scout Charge, Oath and Award. The Eagle Scout neckerchief, award and insignia pins were exchanged. Tony Nelson explained about the Bronze Palm while Davidâ�?�?s godmother, Jane Holoch, pinned it on. David also earned the Bronze Palm by fulfilling the requirements for six additional merit badges and three months service within the troop after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Jeff Andrews received Davidâ�?�?s scouting mentor pin. The Honorable Art Rusch gave a presentation of the United States flag, which was flown over the Capitol in Washington, DC in recognition of Davidâ�?�?s achievements. Art Rusch read Gov. Roundâ�?�?s proclamation citing Sept. 13 as David Yarbrough Day in South Dakota. Art Rusch also presented David with an album of the many congratulatory letters received. Davidâ�?�?s response explained his Eagle Scout. To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, he carried out a leadership project that combined his passion for helping others at all times with his computer abilities. The Eagle Scout Project was a collaboration between BSA Scout Troop 66, United Way of Vermillion and computer mentor, Dave Wellsfry. David led over 40 prominent community leaders to design, develop, launch and maintain Vermillion Volunteers Web site. This Web site honors those who help throughout Vermillion who provide services to those in need and encourages others to volunteer. The Web site can be found at: unitedwayofvermillion.org, then add/volunteers which brings up the red Vermillion Volunteers page. Now a VHS senior, David asked the myriad of people who have been influential during his scouting since first grade to stand. A tree has been planted in their honor at the National Eagle Scout site. Various gifts and thanks were distributed to all participants. Special thanks went to Lois Wellsfry for the programs; Cyndi Dendinger, Ginny Knutson and Renee Ondrozeck for the decorations; Cakes by Monica; Stan May for recording the event on DVD, Hy-Vee Food Store and St. Paulâ�?�?s Episcopal Church. Rev. Mercy led the benediction, the colors were retired, pictures were taken and a large reception was held in the parish hall.
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