Posted on 25 November 2015.
High school student Kevin Galloway’s Eagle Scout project, the new picnic pavilion in Morley Park, was dedicated last Saturday, November 21. Cutting the ribbon was (L to R) Jeff Gust, of Gust Construction; Scoutmaster John Kerr, Kevin Galloway, and Cedar Springs City Mayor Jerry Hall. Photo courtesy T. Noreen.
By Tom Noreen
The first snow of the season brought out a pavilion full of residents, dignitaries and Boy Scouts on Saturday, November 21, to dedicate the new pavilion in Morley Park that Kevin Galloway’s Eagle Project brought to reality. It was apropos that everyone present was standing in the shelter as the snow fell.
Cedar Springs Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Conley opened the ceremony. She said, “We thank Kevin for the generous gift to the Cedar Springs Community of this wonderful shelter,” and “for the gift of service to our community, for the gift of leadership, and most importantly the gift of self he has presented.”
Roger Morgan, Kent County Commissioner for District 3, thanked Kevin for the privilege of being a part of the dedication. Morgan thanked him for his leadership, service to the community, and making a difference. He then presented Kevin with a certificate from the Kent County Board of Commissioners declaring November 21, 2015 as Kevin Galloway Day.
Next to the podium was State Senator Pete McGregor. McGregor said, “I have been to many Eagle Courts of Honors but never to a dedication of the Eagle Project itself.” He went on to say how impressed he was of the leadership skills and confidence that Eagle Scouts possessed. Pete presented a flag that had flown over the State Capitol.
Jeff Gust, of Gust Construction Company, who volunteered his services as the general contractor said, “Kevin asked many questions. We would give him a list of tasks he needed to work on and in a week or two he’d have them done.”
Scoutmaster John Kerr said, “Some days it is hard to be a Scoutmaster but then there are days like today that make it all worthwhile.” He praised Kevin for this perseverance and determination in tackling a project of this magnitude.
Red Flannel Festival Board member, Randy VanDuyn, thanked Kevin for his contribution to the community and presented him with a Red Flannel Festival shirt and mug.
Kevin then took the stage and thanked all who had made his project possible. In particular, he thanked Gust for his help and walking him through the project and his parents, Todd and Brenda. Galloway said he learned many life lessons from this project.
Jerry Hall, Mayor of Cedar Springs, said that he could not add to the accolades the others had spoken. However, he did want to emphasize the difference one person can make if they set their mind to it. In recognition of Kevin’s achievement, Mayor Hall presented Kevin with a You Make a Difference award and the Key to the City.
The dedication concluded with the cutting of the official ribbon by Jeff Gust, John Kerr, Kevin, and Mayor Hall.
Fresh apple cider and donuts were served up for all to enjoy.