Photos courtesy of Allen Salmi
The year 2013 turned out to be a banner year for Boy Scout Troop 466 of Gladstone. It was the 75th anniversary of the continuously registered troop, and coincided with the awarding of their 98th, 99th and 100th Eagle Scout. Both achievements were celebrated at a dinner banquet held at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Gladstone. A special 75th anniversary cake was presented to the group by the three newest Eagle Scouts of the troop. They are: from left, Erik Marenger (100), Nathan Bellville (98), and Ian MacFarlane (99).
Al Gerber has been involved at all levels of Scouting in Gladstone and in the Hiawathaland Council (Now Bay Lakes Council). He was one of scores of Scouts and leaders who attended a recent celebration of the 75th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 466 of Gladstone. At 84, Gerber shared much of the early history of the Troop, including his brother Bert’s involvement. The Klondike Derby trophy was donated by the Gerber family. It is awarded each year to the troop with the best Patrol in the annual winter event.
Jim Dehlin earned his Eagle award in 1968, the same year as his brother Joe. Brother Tom Dehlin earned his Eagle in 1970 and the fourth Dehlin brother, John, earned his Eagle in 1972. Their father, Dr. James Dehlin, was a strong supporter of Scouting and, for many years, the basement of his medical clinic on 11th Street in Gladstone housed hundreds of weekly Scout meetings.
Anders Nyberg, Eagle Scout number 54 (1976) has served as the longest continuous Scoutmaster of the Troop. He recently retired and current Scoutmaster is Jamie Siedlecki.
Longtime Scoutmaster for Troop 466, Allen Salmi, and his wife, Dolly, point out the names of their three Eagle Scout sons, Allen (1987), Mike (1988), and Brad (1992).
Mark Goodman was the 21st Eagle Scout in Troop 466. He earned the honor in 1964. Goodman was the oldest Troop 466 Eagle Scout present at the banquet.
Recently elected Gladstone City Commissioner, Jay Bostwick, was the troop’s 69th Eagle Scout. His brother, Aric, also earned Eagle honors. Their parents, Monica and Irv Bostwick, served on the troop committee for many years and were instrumental in planning the meal for the recent banquet celebration.