Barbecue fund-raiser Sunday will help Eagle Scout hopeful, other volunteers put finish touches on project at Nelta Community Center
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
Oct. 9, 2008 - A local Boy Scout needed a project to make Eagle Scout by the time he's 18. Nelta Community Center still needs to be completed.
For Everett Wilder, getting together community members and some of his buddies, who just happen to members of Boy Scouts Troop 61, and residents of Nelta, Hatchetville and Hagansport to finish the interior of the metal building seemed like a logical solution for both.
Nelta Community Center was constructed about five years ago, spurred by Robbie Bland. The building is essentially a one-room metal structure with two small restrooms. While the building is useable, serving as a meeting place once a month for a meal among Nelta neighbors, it still needs some finishing out on the inside to make it really shine.
The group of volunteers, consisting of Troop 61 Boy Scouts Wilder, Jacob Stahl, Zach Hope, Cody Austin and Jeremy Hatfield (who has already earned Eagle Scout) and community members have already gotten up the interior studs. But until money can be raised to help complete the interior with installation of paneling, the project is on hold.
The Scouts and community members have committed to donating the time and labor to finish out the project, finances allowing. To raise the cash, an Eagle Scout Barbecue Fund-raiser dinner will be held this Sunday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community center.
Many members of the Nelta community will be pitching to help the Scouts host the benefit. Some are donating briskets for Andy Wright to barbecue. Others will gather to make potato salad, while Robbie Bland will be cooking beans and a number of others will be making desserts such as cobbler to go with the meal.
Wilder, his fellow Scouts in Troop 61 and Nelta neighbors invite the community to stop by Nelta Community Center after church or at lunch time Sunday to partake of the tasty foods prepared. There is no set fee for the meal, but a donation is requesed. Every cent raised from Sunday's benefit will go to the Scout project, according to Everett's mom, Gina Wilder.
Those who wish to donate but who won't be attending the benefit may make a contribution by contacting Everett Wilder at 903-945-2150.j