Boy Scout Troop 300 joined forces with Rebekah Lodge 260 Thursday afternoon at the Rose M. Nolen Black History Library, 209 Lima Alley, to plant several saplings that will someday grow into blooming white dogwood trees on the property.
Nolen herself was on hand to watch the planting procedure, as was Diane Zinn, a member of the Rebekahs.
The saplings were provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation, and originated out of a plant nursery in Licking, Mo., according to Norma Byrd, a Rebekah Lodge member.
The Lodge is celebrating its 114th anniversary this year, she noted. The Rebekahs are the female counterpart of the Oddfellows, which is over 200 years old.
The Rebekahs will celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, June 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Lodge headquarters at 13th and Marvin, Byrd noted.
The Lodge’s Living Legacy is to “plant a tree for he who follows after me. So we’re doing that as a community activity project, and we’ve asked the Boy Scouts from Lutheran Amigos de Cristo Church to join us and take that on as a project, also,” Byrd said. “We’re most pleased that Mrs. (Marge) Harlan let us do this at the black history museum.”
Elvera Satterwhite, committee chair, supervised the scouts, including Scout Dominic Alicea, 11; Life Scout Jose` Alicea, 13; First Class Scout Antonio Olivas, 14; and Star Scout Dalton Sheperd, 13. They all helped dig large holes in the ground to plant the saplings, and watered each tree with a bucket full of water to help start the growth process. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.