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The local Boy Scout organization kicked off its Friends of Scouting fund-raising campaign Wednesday with an “Honor The Eagle” luncheon that paid tribute to Armand Frank of Paris for his 73 years as an Eagle Scout.
“I appreciate this award. Scouting for me has been a lifetime thing. It started when I was about 15 years old, and I have been in it as both a young man and as an old man,” said Frank, 88, of 4030 Shannon, who received his Eagle Scout in 1939 in his hometown of Abbeville, La.
“I will continue to work in the Scouts as long as I can stand on my own two feet. Again, thank you very much for the honor,” said Frank, who was presented the Eagle Award by Paris mayor AJ Hashmi.
The event was held at the First United Methodist Church of Paris.
Frank came to Paris “30 or 40 years ago” as manager of the local Sears store, said David Hamilton, a Paris attorney and also an Eagle Scout. “He was with Sears, managing stores all over Texas, and Paris was his last assignment with Sears.”
Upon coming to Paris, Frank was invited to join the local board of directors of the NETseO Trails Council and served on the board for 23 years.
Hashmi told the luncheon crowd that Frank “is a prime example of the influence that Boy Scouts have on the daily lives of those in the local community.”
Armand also served the Salvation Army and Rotary while continuing to serve as an adult scout in the local council, the mayor said. Hashmi noted that the honoree has four sons in Scouting – two of whom attained the rank of Life Scout and two of whom attained the rank of Eagle Scouts.
The presentation was preceded by a Presentation of Colors by Troop 2, followed by the pledge of allegiance and the invocation by the Rev. Van Lazeroff, pastor of the First United Methodist Church.
Hamilton and Troop 2 Scoutmaster Mike Taylor gave examples of heroic acts and life skills demonstrated by local Scouts over the years.
Taylor finished with a plea for those present to participate in the “Friends of Scouting” fund-raising campaign.
NETseO Trails Council was chartered with the Boy Scouts of America in 1929. The council serves 1,700 youths in 13 counties – 10 in Texas and 3 in Oklahoma.
By CHARLES RICHARDS