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Weekly post March 22, 2015

posted Mar 20, 2015, 3:05 PM by Scout Master

Hello Troop 737,

No meeting next Monday, March 23rd.  Have a great spring break.

Most of the kids do not have school on Monday, March 30th, but we will have a Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting at the regular time 6:30.  If you are a Patrol Leader or in a troop leadership position please come and help plan the upcoming Troop activities. If you are a Patrol Leader and you cannot make it to this meeting you need to talk to your assistant Patrol Leader or someone in your Patrol so that all Patrols are represented at the PLC.

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His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.  There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.   
  
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.  
 
'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'
 
'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
 
'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.
 
'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.   
 
'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.
 
Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.  

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin.   The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill ... His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

This is another example of “What goes around comes around.” 

The Scout slogan is; “Do a Good Turn Daily”.  By doing a Good Turn Daily you never know how that will affect people and the ultimate consequences of that kind act.  In our story, the farmer’s good turn did not just affect the farmer and the boy stuck in the bog.  It affected the farmer’s son and the Noble man.   Indirectly, it helped invent penicillin, which has saved millions of lives.   Without Winston Churchill leading England, the outcome of WWII could have been completely different.  So continue to do a Good Turn Daily, you never know what will happen.  Someday maybe you will save millions of people’s lives. 

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