Woodmen donate to local groups

Published 10:06 pm Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Woodmen of World Lodge 420 in Troy made donations to two local organizations Tuesday as part of its community involvement program.

Kenny May, Lodge president, said Woodmen of the World seeks to provide assistance to non-profit organizations that are working within the Troy and Pike County communities.

“Lodge 420 is proud to be able to support local organizations that express a need,” he said. “We had been contacted by the Boy Scouts here in Troy asking for assistance and we are proud to make a donation to the Alabama Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America.”

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The Boy Scouts of America organization is celebrating 100 years as the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, May said.

David “Doc” Kirby, an adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, presented an overview of the Scouting program and outlined maintenance needs at Camp Alaflo, the local Boy Scout camp near Enterprise.

“Scouting provides something for everyone,” Kirby said. “Scouts work toward 100 merit badges that include areas of interest from hiking and camping to space exploration and communications.”

Kirby told the Woodmen that the Boy Scouts of America provides opportunities for young people to attend National and World Jamborees and high adventure camps.

The Woodmen also presented a donation to the Pike County Salvation Army in Troy for the third year.

“The Salvation Army operates a food bank and provides assistance with utilities, rent, travel expenses and other needs associated with other urgent needs situations,” May said. “The Salvation Army is always ready to assist victims of fires and other disasters.”