Patrick B. Jones, son of Maggie and Kevin Jones of Immaculate Conception Parish in Fort Smith, was presented his Eagle Scout rank during a ceremony Feb. 24.
Patrick earned his Eagle rank on Dec. 6, 2017, as a member of Troop 380 in Fort Smith. Patrick also received recognition for this rank from Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders, former President Jimmy Carter, former President George W. Bush, U.S. Sen. John Boozman, as well as the Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Pope Francis. Pastor Father John Antony provided the invocation while Surenneah Werely, director of religious education at IC, gave the benediction for the ceremony.
Patrick's Eagle Scout Project restored the Knights of Columbus playground area, including repair or replacement of portions of swings, bridge, addition of a sandbox area, repair and repainting of all playground equipment, replacement of nine handicapped parking signs, the addition of chain-link fencing around the playground, the setting of large timbers and rebar for water run-off diversion and safety, as well as the application of several layers of mulching for the entire play area.
The project was mentored by Dickie Spahn, with special thanks to the Knights of Columbus, Council 996, Jayne Ann Spahn, Loren Janes, Clyde Chaney, and Robert Collins, as well as Greg Nally and SSI, Inc., Sean Boyd, Yeager's Hardware of Fort Smith, Home Depot, Modern Fence Co., Surennah Werely, Leonard, Kellie, and Andrew Schmitz, Ezra Haddock, Andrew Price, Michael Miller, Bailey Fry, Ian Werthmuller, Kathryn, Martina, David, and Kristine Gooden, David and Steve Heinrichs and Kevin and Maggie Jones.
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