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Well, another summer has come to an end and that means the Fall Fix-it is right around the corner, on the weekend of September 16-17. There is plenty to do, and autumn is a beautiful time of year to head up to Owasippe! We will meet at Food Prep for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Michigan (Eastern) time on Saturday morning. All meals will be provided so come hungry. Bring your cordless drills, saws, hammers, and willingness to help! RSVP: osafixit@gmail.com or 630-310-0093 by September 12 to ensure we have enough food. WHAT WILL YOU BE HELPING WITH? •We will be doing road crew, painting, roofing, carpentry, general repairs, etc. PLEASE NOTE: 1) Persons under 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 2) Alcohol is strictly prohibited on Owasippe property. 3) Ground fires are not allowed by Reneker Cabins. ... See MoreSee Less

Fall work weekend

September 16, 2017, 8:00am - September 17, 2017, 12:00pm

Well, another summer has come to an end and that means the Fall Fix-it is right around the corner, on the weekend of September 16-17. There is plenty to do, and autumn is a beautiful time of year to head up to Owasippe! We will meet at Food Prep for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Michigan (Eastern) time on Saturday morning. All meals will be provided so come hungry. Bring your cordless drills, saws, hammers, and willingness to help! RSVP: osafixit@gmail.com or 630-310-0093 by September 12 to ensure we have enough food. WHAT WILL YOU BE HELPING WITH? •We will be doing road crew, painting, roofing, carpentry, general repairs, etc. PLEASE NOTE: 1) Persons under 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 2) Alcohol is strictly prohibited on Owasippe property. 3) Ground fires are not allowed by Reneker Cabins.

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Dear friends of Jim Chandler:

Owasippe staff member John Brown has brought to my attention that Jim Chandler’s cremains are buried next to his mother, father and infant baby brother in the Brookside Cemetery at Tecumseh, MI.; but Jim has no grave marker. The attached photograph is of the grave of Robert Chandler, Jim’s father. Jim’s urn is buried to the right of his father’s grave and as you can see there is no grave stone marking his site. The purpose of this E-mail is to solicit contributions to purchase a matching headstone for Jim. John has secured an estimate of $885 for a marker which will match the family’s headstones.

Please seriously consider making a contribution to memorialize this great Scouter who positively impacted many of our lives. While any contribution will be sincerely appreciated, we agree that a minimum contribution would be $25.00. All contributors will be listed on a memorial scroll which will be shared with all those making a contribution. The original of the scroll will be framed and placed on display in the E. Urner Goodman Memorial Museum at Owasippe. Any surplus monies will be equitably shared with the councils with which Jim was associated: Michigan Crossroads, Northeast Illinois, Pathway to Adventure and Glacier’s Edge Councils. We will request that these monies be placed in the councils’ endowment funds to be used for camperships for disadvantaged youth.

As it says on Jim’s memorial plaque at the Owasippe Scout Reservation Administration Center: “Jim made the dreams of thousands of youth become a reality. His spirit will live on through us all.”

​​​​​Please make checks out to: George Sparks with “JLC Marker” on the memo line and mail to George Sparks, 1113 Oak Valley Drive, Keller, Texas 76248.

I sincerely ask those receiving this E-mail to share it with others who knew Jim, but are not among those on the distribution list of this appeal. I also apologize to those who received more than one of these appeal E-mails. I was working from several lists and wasn’t able to cross check for duplications.

Sincerely,

George Sparks
1113 Oak Valley Drive
Keller, TX 76248
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