William Bailey, the committee’s CEO, was presented a $750 check June 15 from the proceeds of a Woodmen of the World fund-raiser, which took place at the Daylily Festival. The Woodmen sold ribeye steak sandwiches and held a raffle for a Boston butt and a 13-layer chocolate cake.
The fund-raiser was a ‘Joint Hands’ project for Woodmen lodges 542 and 358. Lodge 542 is located in Gray and meets at the Eston Altman Scouting Center. The lodge is under the leadership of President Fred Allen, and Charlotte Wilson is the president of WOW Round Oak Lodge 358.
The Woodmen of the World are currently selling tickets for grilled Boston butts as another fund-raiser for the scouting center. The Boston butts will be available for pickup July 3, just in time for the July 4 holiday. Tickets may be purchased for $25.00 at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call Bailey at 986-2568 or Frankie Lamb at 986-1042.
Bailey said the committee recently joined the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce and would like to host a business after hours for the community in the future. The Scouting Committee is made up of representatives of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts and members of the community, including the Woodmen.
Membership to the committee is available to the community for $10 a year. Bailey said the bylaws of the organization have recently been changed to include three at large committee members on the board.
He said the current project for the committee is to make improvements to the scouting center so it may be rented more frequently. The 7,200 square-foot facility has a meeting room that will easily seat 150 people with a kitchen area and bathrooms. It has central heat and air conditioning and rents for $150 for a 16-hour day or $75 for an eight-hour event. For more information about rental, call Penny Nesmith at 960-7008.
Bailey said the committee began as an idea of several leaders in Jones County. In 1986, with financial help from many in the community, the Eston Altman Scouting Center was built on property behind the Lions Club Fairgrounds on Highway 18 East.
The Scouting Committee manages and maintains the property, which is a meeting place for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and the Woodmen.