Afforded the opportunity to update the Colusa Veterans Hall, a Boy Scout will soon earn his Eagle honor while boosting pride for local veterans.
Following a visit from the District Commander for the Northern California Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy Scout Charlie Franklin, 15, of Colusa, received a suggestion for his upcoming Eagle Scout service project.
“I happened to be working on another eagle scout project when they were discussing the addition of flag poles and sign,” said Franklin, “ The District Commander commented it should be my Eagle Scout project.”
Ecstatic to begin, Franklin worked with local VFW members to develop a design and presented it to its members, as well as the County Board of Supervisors.
“While we all were aware that the Veterans Hall was in rough shape, Charlie’s presentation was pretty impressive and had a lot of great ideas,” said Colusa County District 2 Supervisor, John Loudon, “the board was impressed and wanted to do what we could to move the project forward.”
Following Franklin’s presentation, the board of supervisors approved the project and awarded $5,018 from the District 2, Special Project Fund.
“It takes a lot of courage to speak before the Board of Supervisors and Charlie did a great job presenting his project and request for assistance in funding for his project at the Colusa Veterans Hall,” said Colusa County District 5 Supervisor, Denise Carter, “It is my honor to support this young man in his community-based project.”
The $5,018 was allocated to the purchase of two 25 foot aluminum flag poles, one 30 foot aluminum flag pole and one 18” painted aluminum Veterans of Foreign Wars Plaque for the Colusa Veteran’s Hall. Additional expenses for the Eagle Scout project materials will receive funding from other sources or sponsors.
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During the Colusa VFW’s July meeting, County Supervisors, John Loudon (D2) and Denise Carter (D5) presented the check to Boy Scout, Charlie Franklin, as well as Colusa VFW Commander, Bill Tanner.
“It is with a unanimous vote by the Colusa County Board of Supervisors, that this check goes to the VFW for the purpose of putting the flagpoles up in support of Charlie’s Eagle Scout Project,” said Supervisor Loudon.
Franklin gave both Supervisor Loudon and Carter a detailed overview of his plans.
“There will be three flag poles installed at an angle that will display the American Flag, the Veterans of Foreign Wars flag, and the KIA/MIA flag,” said Franklin.
His design also includes installing a monument sign, repainting the building, installing three benches and landscaping the property.
“All of the plants will be low maintenance and drought resistant,” said Franklin. He also hopes to prune and shape existing plants.
Colusa VFW Member, Dennis Sanders, project coordinator commented that It had been a lot of fun working with Charlie.
“He has great enthusiasm and a lot of great ideas,” said Sanders. “The project will bring a lot of pride and ownership to the veterans hall.”
An inside remodel also planned, said Supervisor Loudon.
“For the last four years, the County Supervisors have worked on the details of a remodel of the Colusa Veterans Hall that will provide greater access and use,” said Supervisor Loudon.
He commented that the restrooms in the facility would be upgraded to support ADA functionality, in addition to the installation of a commercial kitchen.
“It has been a long process, and it is in our budget to get it completed this year,” said Supervisor Loudon.
Following the completion of the remodel, the Colusa VFW hopes to provide a rental opportunity for events and gatherings.
“We want to become a sustainable organization and to be able to maintain the building ourselves,” said Sanders, “importantly we want to reduce the burden of the county and have a place where veterans can gather with pride.”
The Colusa VFW holds member meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Colusa Veterans Hall, located at 108 E. Main Street in Colusa.■