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Cub Scouts march, fish, and camp

“Bernalillo’s Memorial Day Parade marks the beginning of our scouts’ very busy summer,” says Cub Master David Gardner. Pack 708’s cub scouts will participate in three summer parades. They will also go camping, fishing, hiking, racing, and enjoy various indoor activities.

The scouts are ready for summer, after creating musical instruments and serenading each other, helping with the Great American Clean-up, and accomplishing their three-mile hike along the Rio Grande in May.

Their BSA summer day-camps, June 21-22 and June 14-17, will give them additional skills and advancement. New Mexico’s free fishing day, on June 4, provides another fun outdoor opportunity.

To round out June, the scouts will choose either a rain-gutter regatta or a swim day before their Independence Day Parade in Placitas and overnight family camping event in July.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. The weekly meetings are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. New scout members are always welcome. Planning meetings with parents are held on the each month’s fourth Tuesday. For further information, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson at 867-2047.

Contest winner Abdullah Shah

Rio Rancho youth wins scholarship

—Suzann Owings

“Our Club’s champion Abdullah Shah won the District Award of twenty-five hundred dollars,” announced Venus Sanford, charter member of the Coronado Optimist Club of Bernalillo. Abdullah Shah, graduating senior at Rio Rancho Cyber Academy, won First Place in the New Mexico-West Texas Optimist International District Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The District’s CCDHH was held May 14 in Roswell where Shah competed against other Optimist Club and Zone winners. This year’s topic was “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.”

Annually, post-secondary scholarships are awarded to the winners of the local Optimist District’s Essay, Oratorical, and CCDHH competitions. Competitors must be 18 years or younger at the time of the competition. Submissions begin at the club level, before the District contests. Club deadlines vary in anticipation of the Zone, District, Region, and World contests.

The 2016-2017 Essay topic will be “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.” One District winner will receive a $2500 dollar scholarship. The Oratorical and CCDHH topic is “What the World Gains from Optimism.” The CCDHH District winner also will receive a $2500 dollar scholarship.

For the Oratorical Contest, three awards amounting to five thousand dollars are made at the District level. First place receives $2500 dollars, second place wins $1500 dollars, and third place take one thousand dollars. Additionally, five thousand dollars may be won at the Region competition, and $15,000 dollars at the World contest.

For further information, contact Suzann Owings, 867-0567, and visit the Coronado Optimist Club’s website at

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