Troop 501 Eagle Scouts

Andrew Jackson - 2011

Project: Recycle Bins at the World Bird Sanctuary

William "Billy" John Fisher, III - 2012

Project: Fire Truck Reading Center at Arnold Branch Library

Christopher "Blake" Hufford - 2013

Project: Flag Pole Installation and Beautification Project at New Hope United Methodist Church

Paul Morton Claeys - 2013

Project: Playground Renovation and Update; Construction and Installation of Benches at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Drew Vitello - 2014

Project: Development and Installation of interactive, 3-D, educational playground mural at New Hope United Methodist Church's Preschool

Movers and Shakers of the New World Order

As we get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Independence Day, let’s turn our focus, briefly to one of the men who made it possible, Benjamin Franklin.

By , of Noet:

BenjaminFranklin2Of all the influential figures in Colonial America, Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most memorable. Politician, author, scientist, postmaster, diplomat, inventor—he was the quintessential Renaissance man. He was born to humble origins and worked his way towards becoming one of the most influential men in America—if not the world.

Franklin credits his rise to prominence to a good work ethic and his constant endeavor to improve himself. At the age of 20, realizing that he was becoming trapped by poor decisions, he set out to unlearn his bad habits, replacing them with good ones. He identified 13 virtues and even kept a journal recording his progress. (Curious about what these 13 virtues entailed? Download today’s free book from!)

In his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin admits that he fell short of his virtuous ideals on multiple occasions. However, he writes that his lifelong pursuit of virtue did make him a better, happier, and more successful person.

Throughout his Autobiography, Franklin shares nuggets of wisdom learned through his many successes and failures. These timeless insights remain relevant today.

5 Pieces of Advice from Benjamin Franklin, Renaissance Man

BenjaminFranklin1 About opportunity: “Human felicity is produc’d not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.”

About personal relationships: “I grew convinc’d that truth, sincerity, and integrity in dealings between man and man were of the utmost importance to the felicity of life.”

About besetting sins: “In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.”

BenjaminFranklin4About self-improvement: “If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix’d in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.”

Nothing is below his notice! “[I]f you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas.”

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