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New Scout troop forms in Spokane Valley; dedicated to Father Tully

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the March 20, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

St. John Vianney Scouts were among those who received religious awards last month from Bishop Skylstad at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Pictured in the front row is Andrew Sauvé (Light of Christ medal). Middle row: Parvuli Dei medal recipients Mark Verhaag, Anthony Glatt, Jeff Nelson, Tyler Gulliford and Dennis Sauvé. In the back row are Michele Gulliford, Bishop William Skylstad, and Scoutmaster Dan Glatt. Also receiving Parvuli Dei medals, though not pictured, were Vinnie Bunch and Tommy Gill. (IR photo from St. John Vianney Parish)

A new Boy Scout Troop has formed in the Spokane Valley. The troop was chartered by the Knights of Columbus Council at St. John Vianney Parish, and also includes St. Paschal Parish. Five boys from St. John Vianney who have attained the Webelos rank will form the nucleus of Boy Scout Troop 431.

Troop 431 has been dedicated to the late Father Terence Tully, who was the diocesan Scout chaplain for most of his priesthood of 60 years. The troop will officially come into being April 4, when the boys will participate in a “Crossover” ceremony that will elevate them to Boy Scout status. The ceremony will be held at St. John Vianney Parish at 7 p.m.

The five Scouts in Troop 431 are Adam Crowley, Anthony Glatt, Joseph Ippolito, Michael Mendez and Dennis Sauve, all fifth graders. Dan Glatt is Scoutmaster, and the other four fathers also have roles in the troop’s organization, either as committee members or assistant Scoutmasters.

Glatt said that in organizing the troop, “we have been trying to do it by the book.” He said they are working with Dale Peters, the senior executive committee member of Boy Scouts Grizzly District to make sure everything is done properly to build a solid foundation. “We’ve been working on it about a year,” he said.

Glatt is particularly interested in having a “strong Troop, since that will help the Cub Scout program grow,” he said.

Former Scouts have already been asked to help with activities for the new troop. One former Scout is a survival school instructor and one is an Emergency Medical Technician. “We’ve got some good folks lined up,” Glatt said.

Even though they are not yet an official troop, the Scouts have already had some activities. They took a day hike in the Dishman Hills area, accompanied by the survival school instructor who had them “eating pine needles, Oregon grape and different clovers,” Glatt said. They’ve been invited to a camp-out with the Boy Scouts from Assumption Parish in June.

The Scouts’ biggest focus, Glatt said, will be to earn the rank of First Class Scout this first year. “It’s important for them to succeed,” he said. He also wants the troop “to have a sense of purpose,” and do “meaningful projects” for the parishes.

The Scoutmaster said they were “looking forward to gaining more members from St. John Vianney and St. Paschal. “We want that connection to the parishes,” Glatt said. “We want to be a Catholic Scout troop.”

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