Dedication held at 19th annual COSAA Reunion

By Portia Williams

September 24, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

The 19th annual Camp Oyo Staff and Alumni Association Reunion and Open House was held Saturday at Camp Oyo.

The gate opened at 1 p.m. providing camp tours. A no-cost meal was served a with dedications and other events. Steve Shaffer, the outgoing President of COSAA, said they are celebrating a productive year.

“We have had a good year. We were able to completely restore one of the old cabins. We dedicated a new, historical marker,” Shaffer said.

Shaffer said guests were given the opportunity to view recent improvements to the camp while enjoying a free meal and Scout singing in the Dining Hall.

According to Shaffer, a historical marker was erected honoring the memory of Lt. Gary Nolan Shy, a Scout and Oyo Camper who way killed in action. He said a dedication was held for the new Camp Oyo historical marker, of which Senator Joe Uecker, and Rep. Terry Johnson took part.

“Lt. Gary Shy loved Camp Oyo. He was a Scout here when he was a boy. Scouts shaped his character, helped him grow into the good and patriotic servant of America that he was. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1968, he is lost to this world but not to our memory,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the marker was in honor to the late Shy, as well as his mother Ada Shy who was present at the ceremony, as well as other members of the Shy family.

“We honor him here today with this historical marker, and to his mother, Ada, all I can say is that you and your family have my most heartfelt and abiding appreciation. Thank you as well, ma’am, for your great sacrifice to the freedom of our nation. I am sure that God keeps and comforts your son, and that he awaits you in heaven,” Johnson said. 

Shaffer said they were glad to have Senator Joe Uecker to share in the dedication.

“Mr. Uecker read a proclamation regarding the marker. It made for a really nice day,” Shaffer said.

Shaffer said the COSAA Reunion held another dedication.

According to Shaffer, The Tom Leightenheimer Totem Pole is a 23-foot cedar peice of art and is the creation of Charlie Cook.

He said the dedication for the totem pole was performed by Bob Leith, retired Ohio University History Professor, who also served as the master of ceremonies.

According to Shaffer, the reunion also included displays of Scout Memorabilia, an awards ceremony, and a flag lowering.

“The reunions are always a wonderful time. Part of this is to remember Scouts from the area. There people who have given a lot. It was just a wonderful ceremony,” Shaffer said.

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