PORT JEFFERSON, NY – On Monday, August 8th, New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright joined elected officials, boy scouts, troop leaders, and scout families and friends to honor Troop 45’s newest Eagle Scouts: Gavin Barrett, Gabrial Zoda, Matthew LaSita, Gavin Chambers and Christoff Ulinski. The ceremony was held at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Jefferson and lead by Scout Master Mr. Bell.
“Congratulations to the newest Eagle Scouts of Port Jefferson’s Troop 45,” said Assemblyman Steve Englebright. “In you, we see the future. In you, we see hope. Thank you for setting a splendid example to your fellow scouts and to the community that you are now a leader of.”
The highest rank a Scout can receive is the rank of Eagle. In order to obtain this rank, a scout must earn 21 merit badges, complete a community service project and undergo a lengthy review process. The five Scouts received the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout after completing their community service projects within the Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Station communities. Christoff Ulinski developed and constructed a kayak and canoe oar storing rack at the Village of Port Jefferson’s Centennial Beach, which will allow residents and the Port Jefferson Rowing Club to safely store their equipment. Gabriele Zoda designed, constructed, and installed two new benches at the Veterans Memorial Park in the courtyard of the Port Jefferson High School. Gavin Chambers planned, developed and constructed a new exercise path on the grounds of the Port Jefferson High School, which will be utilized by students and residents to exercise safely and enjoy the scenery around the school. Gavin Barrett designed, constructed, and installed a replacement fence at the former Bayles House, which is a part of the Port Jefferson Free Library. Matthew LaSita constructed and installed shelving at the Welcome INN Food Kitchen, organized a food drive, and oversaw a team that assisted in preparing emergency kits to be handed out to those who utilize the services offered at the Welcome INN Food Kitchen
To join the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their web site. For more information, please contact Assemblyman Steve Englebright’s office at (631) 751-3094.