Written by Alex Greco, email@example.com Saturday, 06 July 2013 00:00
In a memorable and well-attended Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Boy Scout Troop 43 of Sea Cliff, along with families, friends, dignitaries and religious leaders gathered at St. Boniface Church in Sea Cliff on Saturday morning, June 1, to celebrate the achievements of four deserving young men in our local community.
Bennett Genovesi, John Hardie, Kevin Kerr and Justin Robilotti were recognized for achieving the coveted rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony that included remarks by Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Deputy County Comptroller Paul Meli, Mayor Bruce Kennedy, and Sea Cliff village trustee Edward Lieberman. Also in attendance were North Shore School Board Trustees Carolyn Genovesi, George Pombar and Antoinette Labbate.
Troop 43 Scoutmaster Stuart Parker and Committee Chairman Mark Greco presided over the impressive ceremony, which began with an invocation by Deacon Tom Fox and a Troop color guard led by Senior Patrol Leader Dakota Martin. Standing beside their parents, Bennett, John, Kevin and Justin received their awards and were spoken of individually by advocates who described their Eagle service projects as well as their close personal relationships. John, Kevin and Justin each led their troop in the renovation of structures for their local churches, while Bennett organized a care package drive for U.S. Marines serving overseas. Their common traits of quiet, determined leadership were noted by the many adults and friends who spoke of them and their accomplishments.
As numerous civic awards were presented, the theme of leadership and service reminded several of the speakers of an earlier generation who looked up to President John F. Kennedy as a role model for young men wishing to serve their communities and their nation.
Greco, Assemblyman Lavine, and Lieberman all reminded those present of President Kennedy’s injunction to young people to ask not what their country could do for them, but what they could do for their country. Clearly, all four young men have heeded those words and taken them to heart. Families, friends and well-wishers came away with renewed optimism and faith in the future, based on the outstanding drive, dedication and skill of these newest Eagle Scouts.