Boy Scout Troop 3’s year-long centennial celebration will culminate with a gala Oct. 26 at the Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour.
John Anglace, president of the Shelton Board of Aldermen, and a Troop 3 alum, will serve as chairman of the gala, and Eric H. Schultz, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO, will be the keynote speaker.
The troop is among the oldest Scout Troops in Connecticut. Founded by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church just 4 years after Scouting arrived in America, the troop continues to meet and be sponsored by the historic Elizabeth Street church.
Troop 3 is unique in that although headquartered in Derby, its membership is composed of scouts and leaders from throughout the lower Naugatuck Valley area.
Troop 3 Scouts, leaders and alumni will gather to reflect on 100 years of scouting success.
Many local scouts have gone on to become successful in all walks of life. Consequently, many notables from the sports world, theater, medicine, military and other areas will be present to recognize scouting values, pay tribute to past leaders, and to help inspire today’s youth to reach their goals in life.
Bob Skoronski, the legendary Superbowl I and II Green Bay Packer’s captain, is an alumnus of Troop 3.
Keynote speaker Eric Schultz also was active in Derby based Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Explorer Post 33 Derby, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Schultz and his wife Kim have two grown sons – both Eagle Scouts. Schultz has been an active volunteer scouter as an adult, having served as President for Mohegan Council BSA in Massachusetts for three years and most recently he held the position as Area One President for the Northeast Region Boy Scouts of America.
Schultz has also served on the training staff at the BSA’s Philmont Training Center in New Mexico.
Schultz is a proud recipient of the National BSA’s Silver Beaver Award and he, along with his mentor, the late Edmund D. Strang, are the only Troop 3 Eagle Scouts to receive the National BSA’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Schultz holds an MBA in Health Care Leadership from Yale University’s School of Management, as well as a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Connecticut.
In 2009, he received an honorary doctoral degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
With more than 25 years in the health care industry, he is currently the president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a health plan spanning across Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
He and his wife live in Boston, Mass.
Troop 3 was founded by the late Rev. Alfred Budd, who served as scoutmaster until 1935, when the late Edmund Strang, who was serving as cubmaster of Pack 3, also became scoutmaster of Troop 3.
Strang, who was involved in Scouting from 1922 until his death in 1995, served as scoutmaster for 25 years. The late George Tierney Sr. followed Strang, serving 15 years and was followed by the late Larry Potter Jr, Andrew Kopasz, Bruce Sill and the late Robert Penney.
Randy Ritter served as scoutmaster from 1987 until 2002, when Jim Frovarp assumed leadership of the Troop. Frovarp was succeeded by Jason Thompson in 2004, serving until 2006 when Ritter returned as scoutmaster and continues to serve in that position.
There are more than 40 members of the Troop 3 committee with many years of service, including Rodman Kneen of Shelton, who has 82 continuous years in Scouting.
Reservations for the Oct. 26 dinner can be made by calling Raymond Oppel at 203-929-6616 (daytime) or 203-929-7210 (evenings), or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although more than 60 years have passed, these memories of camping and the dedicated scouting leaders like Rodman Kneen and the late Ed Strang and Walter Petz have been the driving force to continue his involvement and support of Boy Scout Troop 3.
Troop 3 is honoring Dr. Lewis at their 100th anniversary celebration on October 26, with the “3 for Life” Award, a special honor reserved for alumni who excel in their field and have had a lifelong commitment to Scouting.
Rodman Kneen, Sr. of Shelton, his 91 year old former leader who is still active with the troop, will present the award.
After becoming Troop 3’s 27th Eagle Scout in 1948, and graduating from Derby public schools, Dr. Lewis received a B.A. degree with honors and an M.S. degree in microbiology from the University of Connecticut. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Brandeis University. During 1963–1964 he was a senior scientist in the Space and Life Systems Division of United Technologies Corporation.
This was followed by a thirty year career as Director of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT.
He was a Visiting Professor at Trinity College, Hartford, CT and at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Africa (in part this opportunity to teach in Sierra Leone came about because he had been awarded the 1990 International Travel Award by the Association for Clinical Chemistry).
Dr. Lewis continually shares his knowledge and interests with others outside of his own laboratories and institutions.
He has served on various panels and committees, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the Connecticut State Department of Health Services and Department of Higher Education.
He uses these opportunities to promote the best of clinical chemistry for the betterment of people’s lives.
Dr. Lewis and his wife Gwendolyn reside in Bloomfield.
“We are indeed thrilled to be able to honor Sherwood with the 3 for Life Award,” stated John Anglace, a Troop 3 Committeeman and the 100th anniversary dinner chairman. “As a contemporary of Sherwood’s, I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for all he has done in participating in Troop 3 functions and helping send deserving scouts to the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation each Summer,” Anglace said.
Charles Stankye, Jr.
If your last name is Stankye and you grew up in Derby, chances are you were involved in Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3. Charles M. Stankye, Jr. is the patriarch of the Derby Stankyes and by his example has instilled in his family a lifelong commitment to Scouting. Charlie will be recognized by Boy Scout Troop 3 for more than 70 years in Scouting on Oct 26 at Troop 3’s 100th anniversary celebration at Villa Bianca in Seymour. The troop is sponsored by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church, where it was founded in 1914, and continues to meet there.
3 Generations of Eagle Scouts Charles III, Tyler, Charles IV and Charles Jr. at Tyler’s 2011 Eagle Scout Court of honor
Stankye will be receiving the “3 for Life” award, presented every 5 years by the Troop to alumni who have been outstanding in their commitment and support of Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33. Previous recipients include the late Scouting pioneer, Edmund D. Strang, Walter R. Archer, Jr, the late Walter Petz, Robert Bednarcik, the late Charles Rotteck, Jr, Rev. John Carr, former Ansonia Mayor Bill Menna, the late Christy Testone, the late Anthony Pepe, Superbowl 1 & 2 Green Bay Packer’s Captain Bob Skoronski, the late Frank Skoronski, Dr. Robert Feeney, Shelton Aldermanic President and 100th anniversary dinner chairman John Anglace, Jr. and Rodman Kneen, who has been involved in Scouting for 82 years. Joining Stankye at the dinner as latest “3 for Life” recipients will be Dr. Sherwood Lewis and James Florczak.
Charlie Stankye, Troop 3’s 34th Eagle Scout, started his scouting career in 1942 when he became a Cub Scout in Pack 3 under legendary Cubmaster Edmund D. Strang. Charlie continued on to become a Boy Scout in Troop 3 in 1945. While a scout in Troop 3, Charlie served as a Den Chief and was Patrol Leader of the East Derby Beaver patrol. Charlie continued on to become a member of Explorer Post 33, where he served as Post Scribe and Post Guide. While a member of Troop 3 and Post 33 Charlie performed in the Annual Minstrel Shows as a soloist and endman. In 1950, Charlie attended the National Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA, where he worked at the Trading Post. He was also on summer camp staff at Camp Workcoeman, in New Hartford, CT.
In 1953, along with other scouts from Troop 3 and Post 33, Charlie traveled by train to Irvine, CA to attend the National Scout Jamboree. While at the Jamboree, Charlie and the other scouts had the opportunity to meet with Danny Thomas and Debbie Reynolds. The highlight of the trip was when the scouts of Troop 3 made national headlines after a private meeting with Mitzie Gaynor. Several of the Scouts including Charlie, got to have their pictures taken with her.
As an adult, Charlie continued his scouting career. He joined the executive Board of the Housatonic Council and served on the board for 15 years. While on the board Charlie served as Council Treasurer, Vice President and President. During his term as President, the Council renamed and dedicated its camp, Housatonic Scout Reservation in Goshen after long time Scouter, Edmund D. Strang. Charlie was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Housatonic Council. He was also awarded the Bronze Pelican by the Archdiocese Catholic Committee. Charlie is also a recipient of the Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Gold Seal Award.
Charlie continued his volunteer service to the community outside of Scouting. Charlie has been very active in the fire service not only in Derby; but throughout the State of Connecticut. He has been a member of the Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company #4 of the Derby Fire Department for 60 years. As a member of the Paugassetts; Charlie served as a Lieutenant and Captain. He was the Company Secretary for 20 years. Charlie eventually rose through the ranks of the Derby Fire Department as Asst. Fire Chief and became Chief of the Derby Fire Department where he served for 8 years. In 1975 Charlie became Deputy Fire Marshal and has served in that capacity for the past 35 years. Charlie is a Past president of the Valley Fire Chief’s Association and currently serves as the Association’s Treasurer. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Valley Fire Chief’s Regional Fire Training School and serves as its Treasurer. He is also a member of the building committee of the new regional fire school.
Charlie is a Past President and the current Treasurer of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association. In 2011 Charlie was inducted into the Connecticut State Firefighter’s Association Hall of Fame. In 1999 Charlie was appointed by then Governor John Rowland to the Commission on Fire Prevention & Control; where he still serves.
Charlie serves on the Board of Directors of the Derby Public Library and is a Past President of the Board.
Charlie is retired from the New England Engineering Company and the Hancock Engineering Company. He has been married to Anne Francione for the past 57 years. Anne has also been involved with Cub Scout Pack 3 for more than 45 years. Charlie and Anne have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. Charlie’s 3 sons --- Charles, III, Ronald and Richard are all Troop 3 Eagle Scouts. Grandsons Charles IV, Tyler and Timothy Stankye are Troop 3 Eagle Scouts and Zachary Geffert earned Eagle Scout Rank with Troop 1 Oxford. Ryan Stankye, of Washington state, is a fifth grandson very close to completing Eagle Scout rank. Charlie’s brother-in-law Thomas Francione is Troop 3s 51st Eagle Scout.
“Charlies Stankye was an obvious choice when we were deciding honorees for this year’s “3 for Life” award.” Stated Richard Williams, Troop 3’s Committee Chairman. “As the patriarch of an 8-Eagle Scout family that has been part of Troop 3 for more than 70 years, his community service alone is a model for us all”, Williams added.
All Troop 3 alumni and friends are invited to the 100th anniversary dinner at noon on Oct. 26, at the Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Raymond Oppel at 203-929-6616 (daytime) or 203-929-7210 (evenings).
DERBY – Calling all boys and girls of the Valley! Archery, rope bridge and ice cream making are a few of the free activities to be offered at the Derby Green on Saturday, Sept 27 from Noon to 3PM as part of Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3’s 20th annual Ed Strang Day. The event has been held annually since 1994, when the city of Derby welcomed home actor Brian Dennehy to honor Scouting pioneer Edmund D. Strang, Dennehy’s former Cubmaster.
Additional activities including pinewood Derby racing, obstacle course, scavenger hunt and a fireman’s challenge will be offered to boys and girls to introduce them to the adventures of Scouting. A flag retirement ceremony will begin at noon. The public is invited to bring to the ceremony any flags in a condition no longer fit for displaying.
A time capsule will be buried on the Derby Green to commemorate Troop 3’s 100th anniversary. Founded by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church in 1914, the troop continues to be sponsored by and meets at the Elizabeth St. church on Wednesdays at 7PM. Additional 100th anniversary events include an Alumni Minstrel & Gang Show on October 25 and an celebratory dinner at Villa Bianca on October 26. All alumni and friends of Troop 3 are invited to attend.
Representatives will be on hand to provide information for free membership to Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will be available to all eligible youths who complete an application with a parent or guardian present. Assistance is also available for providing Scout uniforms. Current Scouts from throughout the Naugatuck Valley are also invited to attend in uniform and participate in the free activities.
The event concludes at the Derby 2nd Congregational Church at 4PM with the awarding of Eagle Scout Rank to Troop 3 Scouts Anthony Bartholomew and Colby McLiverty.
For more information contact Scoutmaster Randy Ritter, 203 732 0343
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Constantine "CJ, Chris, Connie" J. Testone, age 82 of Vineland, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014 at home. Constantine was born in Derby, Conn., to the late Constantine and Ida May (Smith) Testone and graduated from Fairfield University in 1953 with a degree in Social Science. He served with distinction in military intelligence from 1954-1958 in Berlin, Germany.
Following his military career, CJ began his Boy Scouts of America professional career in 1958 as an Assistant District Executive in Nassau County, Long Island, NY. In 1959, he was promoted to District Executive until 1963 when he was selected to serve as District Executive in Middlesex Council, Highland Park, NJ. In 1964, Connie was selected to serve as District Executive in the Transatlantic Council, Heidelberg, Germany. Among his many assignments two are most noteworthy. He founded Camp Heritage, a self-reliant summer camp in Germany which still exists today and also served as the American Liaison officer at Kandersteg International Scout Chalet in Switzerland. Following his overseas assignment, Chris was selected to serve as Program Director in the Suffolk County Council, Long Island, NY., in 1968. In 1970, he was promoted to Director of Support Services. Among his many contributions, he was instrumental in substantially improving the camping program of the Council including the acquisition and construction of a self-reliant camp in the Adirondacks.
In 1975, CJ was selected to service as Scout Executive of the Southern New Jersey Council, Vineland, NJ. He successfully served in that capacity for 22 years, retiring from the professional services of the Boy Scouts of America in 1997. After 39 years of service, some of Connie's notable achievements included: growth of the Council Endowment Trust Fund assets from $70,000 to 5.5 million dollars, construction of a new Scout Resource Center valued at 1.5 million dollars, completed a major capital campaign resulting in acquisition of camp properties and camp improvements; and introduction of new outreach programs for minorities and the handicapped.
Chris is a 60 year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 3. He has served as and Asst. Cub Master, Asst. Scoutmaster, Committee Member and Scout Master. He has earned the Scouters Training Award and Scouters Key. Chris is an Ernest Thompson Seton Member of BSA's 1910 Society and a multiple James E. West Member. He has been honored by his community and the State of New Jersey for his outstanding service to youth. He has been a member of the Kiwanis International, Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and many local community organizations.
Constantine was predeceased by his brothers, Lawrence and Joseph Testone, and sister Marie A. (Testone) Kashuba. He is survived by two brothers, Jackie (Clara) Testone and Henry Testone. He is also survived by his two daughters, Carol (Testone) Warren and her husband Elmer of Millville and Patricia (Testone) Grablow of Vineland and one son, Shawn Testone and his wife Robin of Horseheads, NY. Also four loving grandchildren Serena, Julianna and Michael Testone and Cassidy J. Grablow. He is also survived by dear cousin, Clara Finnucan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral liturgy will be held Friday, January 24th at 11:00 AM from Chris the Good Shepherd Parish, Church of St. Isidore 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland. Burial will be private. Visitation hours are 9:00-10:45 AM Friday in CHURCH prior to the liturgy. Please visit wbfuneralhome.com to send on line condolences and or tributes to the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Constantine's memory may made to the BSA at BSA Troop 3 Derby, PO Box 8, Derby, CT 06418 or the American Diabetes 1701 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA,. 22311 or by phone at 1-800-342-2383. Arrangements are under the supervision of Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, Vineland, NJ.