Eagle Scout Award: Better late than never

Jim Spellmeier receives Eagle Scout award 50 years later, due to his Boy Scout post closing when he earned it in 1968.

Submitted by Burdel Welsh

On Saturday, June 22, Jim “Harry” Spellmeier, 68, of Fairview, received his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Award after years of waiting.

Spellmeier earned the award 50 years ago, but his Boy Scout Troop closed before his Eagle recognition was awarded to him.

After seeing contact information for the Boy Scouts of America office in a news publication, Spellmeier contacted the Boy Scouts last Wednesday, June 20, and inquired about his award.

Records still existed at the Boy Scouts and indicated Jim earned the award in 1968.

Boy Scout Headquarters quickly mailed it to him and it arrived Saturday, June 23.

Along with his award, were pins for his parents.

Spellmeier is the son of Emil and Helen Mae Spellmeier of Fairview. Helen Mae died several years ago, but Jim shared the pin with his 96-year-old father during a small family gathering in Sabetha.

“I am proud to receive the award 50 years later and share it with my dad,” Spellmeier said.

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