|Jon Skipper at his Eagle scout ceremony|
|Jon unloading the truck|
At one point, a speaker asked all the Eagle scouts in the room to stand for the scout pledge. My own dear husband, Mike, proudly stood and recited the pledge along with the others. He became an Eagle in 1962 in an honor ceremony for many scouts at the Milwaukee arena.
|Jon with cribs and diapers in the HOPE office - |
"Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent"
Jon's ceremony brought tears to my eyes. I thought: when do we ever hear idealistic words like those? Idealism led me to found HOPE Network 30 years ago. Idealism keeps me volunteering. And I do not do it alone. Hundreds and hundreds of people have kept HOPE afloat for three decades.
One thing I have learned: volunteers are some of the happiest people I know. Volunteers realize that it is not "all about them."
I believe that Jon Skipper is a happy young man, and if he keeps his giving spirit, he will be a happy man all his life.
Thank you, Jon.
|Jon with 31 cribs in HOPE Network office -|
"On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."