Thanks to everyone who helped make our "Heroes Night" such a successful event. Despite less-than-favorable weather conditions, we had a great turnout from Monroe's Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, their families and other community members who visited the Monroe Community Park last night to learn more about our local military and public safety teams and to say, "Thank you!" to the members of these elite teams. Representatives from Monroe Police, Auxiliary, SWAT and Fire Departments were on hand, as well as the American Red Cross, the U.S. Army, Butler County's Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) and local Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) members.
The event kicked off with the Monroe High School Band playing the national anthem, and after plenty of time to checkout the military and safety teams and their vehicles & equipment, the group reconvened at the center stage for the 'presentation of the plaques.' Rick Guba, who was instrumental in bringing this event to fruition, presented each military and public safety team with a plaque, honoring them for their service and showing our appreciation for their voluntary participation in this event. The ceremony was followed by a moment of silence to honor and remember those citizens who have fallen in the line of duty, both at home and abroad.
Visitors had the opportunity throughout the event to enjoy frosty treats from Kona Ice, as well as hot dogs, chips and the much-needed hot chocolate provided by the Monroe Boy Scouts' Troop 54. Also on-hand to videotape the event was Cincinnati's Local 12 WKRC news crew. The charismatic Angela Ingram interviewed Rick Guba, who represented Pack 54 well with his apt description of the event as an opportunity for our Cub Scouts and local community members to better understand how these teams put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe. She also interviewed a few Cub Scouts and siblings who expressed their appreciation for these teams and noted their own aspirations to follow in their footsteps when they grow up. Click here to view the Local 12 news segment covering the event, and check out pictures of the event by clicking on our Photos link within the left-hand navigation bar.
Pack 54 also hosted a canned goods drive during the event, and (60) items were collected from Scouts and the community. These items have been delivered to the food pantry of our charter organization, Monroe Church of the Nazarene, which is very appreciative of the donation.
Last but certainly not least, we'd like to say a very special thanks to everyone who put in time to bring this event together and to make a lasting, positive impression on our Cub Scouts. Rick Guba (Tiger Den Leader) chaired this event and spent countless hours coordinating the teams' participation, arranging for the site and developing the agenda & communications. Bryan Dolan (Wolves Den Leader) provided the sound system; Bob Hodgeman (Cubmaster) coordinated the plaque development; Dave Snedigar provided event photography; Dave Howell (Pack Committee Chair) coordinated the food drive; and many other Pack 54 leaders and spouses contributed their time and efforts. A big, Pack 54 'Round-of-Applause' goes out to you all!