Celebrating his many achievements, friends, family and local dignitaries gathered at the Elks Lodge and read proclamations, delivered citations and made speeches on behalf of Eagle Scout Michael W. Flynn, Jr.
State Senator Lou DiPalma, Middletown City Councilman Bruce Long, and Newport City Councilman Charles Duncan were also in attendance. Greg Bolan delivered the key address, Mike’s Great Uncle Bruce A. Moro gave the invocation and Rev. Mathew J. Davis offered the benediction. Mike received thank you gifts from the Norman Bird Sanctuary of a bird house and t-shirt, along with a certificate, for his leadership project. May 6, 2012 was declared “Michael W. Flynn Jr. Day” in Newport in commemoration of his achievement.
Mike received proclamations from the Town of Middletown and the City of Newport and commemorative certificates from: Elks Lodge 104, National Boy Scouts of America, Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America, Attorney General Kilmartin, Secretary of State Mollis, Lieutenant
Governor Roberts, Governor Chafee, the Rhode Island Senate, Congressman Cicilline, Congressman Langevin, Senator Whitehouse, and Senator Reed.
A 2008 graduate from All Saints Academy in Middletown, Mike has been a scout since first grade, earning the highest Cub Scout award, the Arrow of Light. He has earned Troop 3’s North South Trail Award, earned by hiking across the State, 26 merit badges, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Mike was voted Crew Leader of eight scouts and three adult advisers on a 14-day outdoor adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in July, 2011.
Mike’s Eagle Leadership Service Project involved organizing donors and volunteers to finish the inside walls of two rooms at the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s Third Beach Coastal Education Center. Mike secured over $1,000 in plywood, molding, trim and other materials from several local businesses. He directed the energies of twelve scouts with two Troop 3 leaders and the owner of A1 Roofing. It took over 170 volunteer hours to complete this project. The finished rooms will allow use of the educational center for summer camp programs that focus on the ecosystems at the nearby rocky shore, sandy beach and salt marsh habitats.
Mike will graduate from Bishop Hendricken High School (BHHS) in Warwick, where he played soccer, wrestled, and was inducted into the National Honor Society and
the National English Honor Society. Mike was accepted into BHHS’s Media Arts Academy Honors Program and during the four-year program was awarded an Excellence in Film Acting Award and a Best Film Award at the 2012 Sene Film
Festival. Mike will attend Fordham University in the fall and is planning to enjoy a career in the military with an education in Computer Science. Mike has worked
summers at the Newport Creamery since he was 15, living in Middletown with his parents Michael and Terri Flynn and his younger brother Conner and younger sister Amy, since 2010. Mike was born and raised in Newport.
Boys in Troop 3 range in age from 11-17 years old.
They attend Thompson Middle School, All Saints Academy, Rogers, Bishop Stang & Bishop Hendricken High Schools. Boy Scouts of America has three objectives:
character development, citizenship training and personal fitness. For more information about BSA Troop 3
Newport, please call Glenn Gardiner at 401 846-9583 x 2002.