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Molalla Cub Scouts first Blue and Gold

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For Molalla's newly-organized Pack 257, Cub Scouts experienced their first annual Blue and Gold Banquet

CHARLIE WILLIAMS - At the first Blue and Gold Banquet for Molalla's Cub Scout Pack 257, Susan Williams, who with husband Charlie
 got the pack up and running last year, hands out awards to the scouts last week at their meeting place in Liberal. 
Every February, Cub Scout Packs hold Blue and Gold banquets. The event is held annually to celebrate the founding of the Boy Scouting program.

But for Molalla's new Pack 257, the Blue and Gold event held Feb. 25 was the Cub Scout pack's first banquet.

As part of the celebration, the young scouts and their leaders invited the Liberal Bible study group to the event as a way of thanking the members for sponsoring the scouts' meeting location at the Evangelical Community Chapel. Between the church members and the Cub Scouts' family members, nearly 100 people were on hand for the event.

Charlie Williams, left, with a Cub Scout at the Blue and Gold dessert auction tableThe boys made placemats for their guests, greeted them at the door, introduced themselves, helped guests to be seated, served them coffee or punch and a spaghetti dinner.

Awards were given to supporters of the pack and scout families.

The scouts received their earned segments and for the newest scout, Quinton Mclain, special recognition for earning his Bobcat in one week's time.

The evening included a talk by scout executive Jon Malloy, skits by the boys and a dessert auction to help with funding camperships for boys to attend summer camp.

New Cub Scout Quinton Mclain with guests at the Blue and GoldCharlie Williams, Chartered Organization Representative for the pack, with some of the scouts. Pack 257 is sponsored by Molalla Kiwanis. Charlie and Susan Williams started the growing Pack last year, which now boasts 11 Cub Scouts as members.

Tiger Cubs are: Derrick Helmig and Zachary Carlson. Wolf Cubs are: Johnathan Cushman, Dayton Griebel, Brandon Herrera, Landon Marshall and Quinton Mclain. Bear Cubs: Derick Hodak and Douglas Wells.

Leadership includes: Dan Cushman, Cubmaster, Susan Williams, Assistant Cubmaster, Charles Williams, Chartered Organization Representative and Executive Officer; Jennifer Carlson, Committee Chairman and Tiger Adult; Ryan Hoda, Den Leader, Laura Hodak, Asst. Den Leader and Wendi Helmig, Committee member.

The opening ceremony was led by the Bear Den, assisted by Dan Cushman. Awards and recognitions were presented by Dan Cushman, Susan Williams and Laura Hodak.About 100 people attended the Pack 257 Blue and Gold, held at a Liberal church