Wednesday Dec 16 2009
Rocklin Lions, Scouts celebrate 50-year partnership
By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
For half a century, the Lions Club of Rocklin and Boy Scout Troop 29 of Rocklin have been a team. Through their collaboration, Rocklin has become a little cleaner and little more community-service oriented. If it weren’t for this partnership, Troop 29, one of the oldest, continuously operating troops in the U.S., would not be around today, according to Sandor Tiche, the scoutmaster for Troop 29. The Scouts of Troop 29 recently held a gathering to celebrate their 50-year partnership with the Rocklin Lions Club where Mayor Scott Yuill and all Rocklin City Councilmembers were present, as well as Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt, a group of Lions Club members and Troop 29 Scouts. The groups’ partnership began after the troop moved from Alta to Rocklin where it became active again in 1949. Rocklin Lions members Max Best and John Lehmann said they believe the Lions and Troop 29 parternship was influenced by Roy Ruhkala because of his involvement in both groups. Since their partnership, the groups have been combining forces for many community-centered projects such as collecting eye glasses to send to people in need across the globe, collecting donations for care packages to send to soldiers overseas and last spring’s park clean-up where Scouts and Lions cleaned barbecue pits and pavilions at a Rocklin park. Tiche said there is a synergy when the groups come together and said the collaboration goes along with the community service aspect of Scouting. “I try to direct my boys to enhance the community of Rocklin,” Tiche said. Many of the projects completed by Rocklin Boy Scouts include cleaning or constructing signage for local landmarks or parks and other community service projects. “They’re inspiring,” Lehmann said. “There is the youth there that we need.” “There isn’t a place you can walk around in this town and not see an Eagle Scout project,” Best said. Last week’s presentation was a formal thank you to the Lions Club of Rocklin for their involvement with Boy Scout Troop 29 and a determination to continue their partnership, Tiche said. “Boy Scouts wouldn’t exist without organizations like this,” Tiche said. The Lions Club of Rocklin is open to new members. For information, contact John Lehmann at 624-4400 or Max Best at 632-1294.