Scouting News: Troop 33 honors new Eagle Scouts


Courtesy of Brian Mellea
Troop 33 celebrated its new Eagle Scouts, from left, Ryan Biesty, Noah Herman, Matthew Mellea, Kai Jarmon and Anthony Mein.

Boy Scout Troop 33 of Los Altos conducted its Eagle Court of Honor ceremony for five new Eagle Scouts last month. The Eagle designation is the highest rank in Scouting. To earn the Eagle rank, Scouts must complete a community service project. The new Eagle Scouts:

• Ryan Biesty of Mountain View expanded the capacity of the Los Altos District’s Living Classroom to engage kindergartners in garden-based education. Over his six years in Scouting, Biesty held multiple leadership positions and continues to serve in leadership roles in the Boy Scouts’ National Honor Society.

Noteworthy: Library district elects new officers

The Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority Governing Board recently elected Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan its vice chairwoman.

The board provides policy direction, governance and oversight for the budget for the library district, which includes the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries.

Noteworthy


Graciela Tiscareno-Sato and Ivan Temes
 

Los Altos resident and U.S. Army veteran Ivan Temes teamed with former Air Force combat flier Graciela Tiscareno-Sato to present an interactive session on “Leading with Confidence” at the Oct. 8 Student Veteran Leadership Conference at the College of San Mateo.

The White House honored Tiscareno-Sato in 2014 for her work as a woman veteran. She publishes books in English and Spanish to educate youth about the challenges women in the military face.

Noteworthy: Los Altans host Japanese 'friendship' visit


Courtesy of Dee Gustavson
Dave and Dee Gustavson of Los Altos, left, wear the Sapporo Friendship Force’s costume as they socialize with Kishiko Otaki, their Japanese guest during a recent cultural exchange.

 

Kishiko Otaki of Sapporo, Japan, recently visited Dave and Dee Gustavson’s Los Altos home. Otaki was one of 15 Japanese travelers who stayed with local hosts for a week through the San Francisco Bay Area Friendship Force.

During the visit, Otaki and the Gustavsons were dinner guests of Los Altos neighbors Mary and Cal Morris. Other activities included four mornings of English classes, a welcome party at a Milpitas restaurant, pumpkin decorating, a Cultural Day with the Japanese guests entertaining their hosts with songs in Japanese and a dance featuring a 56-bamboo-stick mat to make various shapes in rhythm while singing. The Japanese group and their hosts gathered at Prusch Farm Park for the dedication of a fruitless mulberry tree, planted in the Friendship Force’s Friendship Forest in honor of the Sapporo club.


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