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Eight attend Knights of Pythagoras encampment

Eight Middlesex youth attended the recent Knights of Pythagoras Council 44 Summer Encampment Program at Virginia State University in Petersburg. The group was sponsored by Bethlehem Star Lodge 249 of Saluda. Those attending were, front from left, Dameicrio Jones, Dracey Greenwood, Carnell Bagby, Andre Johnson, and Maurice Byrd; second row, Patrick Thompkins, Wayne Jessie Jr. and Neil South; and third row, worshipful master Que Mohammid, and assistant state director Bill Bagby.

The Knights of Pythagoras Summer Encampment program was held last week at Virginia State University in Petersburg and eight young men of Middlesex participated in the annual event. 

This year’s theme was “Teach One, Reach One, is a Terrific Notion.” Assistant state director William Bagby of Middlesex said this year’s camp was the “best in years.”

The local chapter of the Knights of Pythagoras is sponsored by Bethlehem Star Lodge 249 in Saluda. The purpose of the Knights program is “to lead young men into the future,” said Bagby.

Several Middlesex youngsters received honors. Carnell Bagby and Dameicrio Jones received education achievement certificates, and C. Bagby also received the best athlete certificate for his age group.
Jones and C. Bagby also were installed into “the most venerable grand knight mentor program,” which is designed to teach and stimulate mentoring of the participants’ peers.

The boys took classes on oratory, first aid, sex education, bowling, basketball, football and swimming.

This is the 12th year that Bethlehem Star Lodge 249 has sponsored a group to the encampment program. W. Bagby extended special thanks to David Harmon, superintendent of the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda, and Captain Denise Copeland for their assistance. Also, he thanked owners of Urbanna Exxon who allowed the group to hold a car wash/bake sale on their property to raise funds toward camp costs.

posted 07.25.2008

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