Winter weather may have been sparse this year but the single snowy weekend was enough to postpone a fundraiser which Pilot Mountain Boy Scout Troop 545 views as vital to its success.
On Saturday morning, the troop members and leaders will be counting on better weather as they host the annual Dan Stone Memorial Pancake Breakfast.
“This is an important fundraiser for the troop,” Troop 545 representative Chet Jessup noted. “This can make a difference in boys having uniforms and being able to go to summer camp. It helps us to make sure that some boys are able to be in the troop.”
Two months after it was originally planned, the donations-only meal will be held from 6-11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Troop leaders will be working to prepare plenty of pancakes for all as scouts stay busy serving patrons and promoting the fundraiser meal.
The church is located at 202 South Stephens Street and the public is invited to come out and enjoy breakfast while showing support for the troop.
The event honors the memory of Pilot Mountain resident and long-time scouting advocate Dan Stone. Stone lost his life in May of 2011 in a single vehicle accident while on his way to a Boy Scout Troop 545 meeting. He was 56 years old.
The annual event has since proven popular and now serves as the troop’s only fundraiser. Fittingly, raising support had been one of Stone’s several contributions to the troop. The first memorial breakfast was held on August 20, 2011, the date of Stone’s birthday.
A lifelong Pilot Mountain resident, Stone had become actively involved in Troop 545 as a youth and went on to earn an Eagle Scout award in 1968.
As an adult, he had remained active with Troop 545, the Dogwood District and the Old Hickory Council.
He was known as a proponent for scouting, volunteering both locally and regionally, with much of his local work directed toward the oversight and raising of funds for the troop.
He served as troop committee chairman of Troop 545 from 1996 until his death. He received the District Award of Merit in 2001 and was a member of the Old Hickory Council Executive Board in 2002.
Throughout his years of work with scouting, Stone held a special affinity for the Eagle Scout program and saw a challenge in helping boys become Eagle Scouts.
This work continued even after health issues had forced his 2004 retirement from the NC State Bureau of Investigation. He had served in the department as a special agent for 26 years, including four years as the special agent in charge of the governor’s security detail.
Stone was well known for his support of the Eagle Scout program and its participants. He had also served for several years as the Dogwood District Eagle Scout Candidate Committee Chairman. The 2010 class of Eagle Scouts for the Old Hickory Council was named in honor of Stone at the March 2011 Recognition and Awards Banquet.
“We felt it was fitting to honor his memory with this, our only fundraiser of the year,” Jessup said.
For additional information on the fundraiser, Jessup may be reached at 374-5409.