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Scout project reaps rewards

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My name is Zack Misner, I am a Boy Scout with Troop 151 in Soldotna, and I recently hosted a blood drive at the Blood Bank of Alaska as my Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

I'm writing to thank everyone, those known and anonymous, who helped me accomplish my goal.

Through the generous donations from family, friends, area scouts, former scouts and caring community members, I was able to collect 43 life-saving units of blood. Summer is time when the blood bank uses many units due to travel accidents. This drive help elevate a portion of its urgent supply request, though more is always needed.

Community members, businesses, friends, family and scouts I would like to thank are Troop 151 Unit Committee Chairman Dr. Nels Anderson, Troop 151 Scout Master Matt Wilson, Scott, Joe and Nancianna Misner, John, Carol and Katie Clonan, Tiffany and Josh Weiss, Lee and Julie Bowman, Jonathon, Jennifer and Skeeter Krieder, Rodney Kautz, Lisa Perkins, Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Soldotna, Central Peninsula Hospital, Dave Derry, media outlets -- the Peninsula Clarion, KSRM radio station, the Redoubt Reporter and the Dispatch -- for helping me get the word out and for coverage of the drive, the endless lists of forwarded e-mails and word-of-mouth from co-workers and friends, Chevron Oil and Gas for posters and flyers, and the Blood Bank of Alaska and its awesome and professional Soldotna branch staff, Sarah Hardman, Emily Barry and Amanda Best, without whom I could not have begun nor accomplished this project.

I would also like to recognize the many, many people who came in several times trying to be part of my project and help save a life, but for various reasons could not donate at the time. Thank you so much, the time you gave trying impressed me and was great support.

The winners of my donor raffle drawings were Jon Fox, a Lamaglass rod; Damon Yerly, folding fish filleting table; Mitch Michaud, portable outdoor table; Lysa Diorec, nine-inch fillet knife, fish stick and 50-pound digital fish scale; Kenny Leaf, trout rod, reel and lures; Crystal Tricket, Ugly Stick Big water spinning combo; and Kristin Morrow, a Coleman dual burning camping stove.

While I was able to accomplish my service project goals, including blood donations, making a new sign and educating the public the importance of donating, I hope the community continues on and goes back in when the blood bank calls them with a reminder.

With people coming as far away as Homer to help, the Kenai Peninsula community really went out of its way to help me. Thank you.

Scouting has been a positive influence in my life. I have learned many useful skills I can use always, and I hope people help other Life Scouts on their trail to Eagle, as I was helped. The more people who help scouting, the longer it can live on.

Zack Misner

Troop 151

Kasilof



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