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American Legion Post 208 Sponsors Eagle Scout Project




On Saturday, April 7th, Prospect High School senior Christopher Petrovski completed work towards his Eagle Scout project at the American Legion Post 208, 121 N. Douglas in Arlington Hts. Initially proposed to the Post last fall, its members were pleased to sponsor this ambitious project which included power-washing, scraping, and repainting three sides of the building’s exterior, along with cleaning and staining the long wooden fence. When the early spring weather arrived, Christopher enlisted the help of his fellow scouts from Scout Troop 132, along with family and friends, to complete the building upgrades over two consecutive Saturdays. As project coordinator, Chris was required secure all the necessary tools, materials and refreshments for the two days and ensure that all aspects of the work were done correctly and on time. To fund the project, he received $100 from his troop and earned an additional $180 last October doing fall cleanup work.

Post 208 Commander, Ellen Janda, had high praise for Christopher and his volunteers. She said “I am amazed at how a young man can do such a big project so well from start to finish. He has really enhanced the image of our Post building in the community.” There is a family connection to Post 208 as both Christopher’s father and grandfather, John and Charles Petrovski, are current members. John Petrovski, is also a former Scout Master and currently the Assistant Scout Master for the 35 members of Troop 132 that is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church in Arlington Hts.

When asked about the next step in the project, Christopher said he must complete a written report before he turns 18 on May 22nd and, if it is approved by his Eagle Scout advisor, he will be recognized as an Eagle Scout at a formal ceremony held later this year. While Chris said he was initially hesitant to pursue the Eagle Scout designation, he takes pride in knowing he will be the first in his family to earn scouting’s highest honor. As for the future, Chris plans to attend Marquette University this fall and is considering a degree in mechanical engineering.

Submitted by Joanne Clevenger, Post 208 Auxiliary

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Photos Courtesy of Joanne Clevenger   


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