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Anyway, Russell said that missing the Order of the Arrow was one of the biggest disappointments in his life. Peggy took note of that and sent some emails to scouting acquaintances of hers, inquiring about Russ getting the award now. The Order director was very amenable to this idea and said we should come the next week!!
I think Peggy was just as excited about this as Russ was! She has been assistant scoutmaster in Phillips for 23 years and spending a week at Tesomas with her troop for that many years, as well.
I had told my mom that we were going to be doing this, and she sent an email today:
Am wondering what happened with Russell???? Did he go to the Scout affair with you??
And Peggy answered:
Well, yes, and no… :-)
He went over there, but he went with Margaret and her daughter, and Bob. Margaret’s son was AT camp this week, so they were going to go over there anyway, (that’s what it sounded like)… Gene had talked to Bob on Tuesday after we found out for sure that “all was a go”…. And he “buzzed up” on his motorcycle just before they left to go to Rhinelander. Margaret’s husband and daughter met us over there… and all of them, Gene included, went over to visit the son, out at his campsite, while I went up and took care of “business”…
The ceremony was nice…. And they “tapped” Russell out, just like the rest of the special inductees (into the order of the arrow)…. but, for Russell, at the end of the ceremony, the lodge chief and his two assistants, came back up to Russell and presented him with a sash….and put it on him. And the whole place applauded. Not once in my 23 years, have I ever witnessed applause at the ceremony….. It was so cool…. People that we didn’t even know came up and congratulated Russell. All in all… time spent well…. (I was still so excited that I had a hard time sleeping last night)…
Gene took a lot of pictures, and another fellow there took a video and said that he will send it to Gene.
I think that everyone was happy to have made the trip, and I’m just glad that it all worked out so well.