An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held at Sardinia Methodist Church on July 8, for me, Joshua Bialecki of West Valley, N.Y. I needed 21 merit badges, but completed 41 merit badges, because I wanted to get the palms that my father and uncles never received.
I come from a family of Eagle Scouts. My father, Michael Bialecki, was an Eagle Scout and both of my uncles were Eagle Scouts, but no one in my family received a palm, so I worked hard to receive all three palms.
In order to receive a palm, you must complete 21 merit badges, do an Eagle project and receive the rank of Eagle. Once that is completed, you must do five merit badges, then receive a palm.
I am the first in my family to receive my Eagle and all three palms, which is a very big task. Only 5 percent of Eagles get palms.
My father was always there and pushed me to be the best Scout that I can be. I want to thank my grandfather, John Bialecki Sr., for pinning my Eagle pin. He was a Scoutmaster for over 10 years, and never received Eagle, but all three of his sons did.
The biggest thank you goes out to Bradley Tree Company of Holland. Without Rex and the crew, I would have never been able to do my Eagle project. They removed six huge trees that stopped my Eagle project halfway through, due to the safety from the limbs of the trees breaking off.
I also want to thank Pioneer Motor Sport and Waste Management, for their big donations. Also, I want to thank all the Scouts and fathers, for helping make my Eagle project a success.
My Eagle project was Lord’s Hill Cemetery. I did a clean-up and put a white fence up, had all the old and unsafe trees cut and cleaned up, and put a sign up, so people know that the cemetery is there and being taken care of.
I want to thank my father, Michael Bialecki Scoutmaster 972, for all his hard work, pushing me to be the man that I am today. I also want to thank Tony Molik and Beth Lancaster, Katie and Tom Clouse and Steve Clouse, for all the hard work they put in to make my Eagle Scout project and Court of Honor possible.
A special thank you to Pastor Dave and Supervisor Mary Hannon, for saying yes to the Eagle project and also Highway Superintendent Donald Hopkins for helping me clean up and for everybody in the town that helped make it happen.
Thank you Senator Patrick Gallivan for your proclamation and also Councilman Cheryl Earl, for coming to my court of honor.
Please accept my apology if I missed you and did not say thank you.