Quincy Mayor’s Good Scout Breakfast

Quincy Mayor’s Good Scout Breakfast


good morning ladies and gentlemen and
scouts on behalf of the spirit of adventure Council Boy Scouts of America
welcome to the 26th annual Quincy mayor’s good Scout breakfast my name is
John cocaine and I am delighted to emcee this morning thank you for your
attendance this morning in honor of two distinguished honorees Anthony Hackney
founder and CEO of admitting insurance agency and Jimmy Liang founder and CEO
of JP Fuji Group I would like to introduce some Quincy Scouts from pack
troop and crew 42 who conduct the opening ceremony following the Pledge
Scout Oath and law we have a special guest joining us this morning to sing
the national anthem Chelsea bass Larry Chelsea is a Grammy
Award nominated soprano and member of the Boston lyric opera we are delighted
to have her joining us this morning if you would please rise for the
presentation of the flag color guard attention
color guard exact the colors color guard post now we’ll have Luca
NIMS to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance um thank you for attending and would we
all start the Pledge of Allegiance I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
United States of America and to the Republic coches stands one nation under
God indivisible with liberty and justice for all thank you good morning
it’s go time if you all please join me in the Scout Oath on my honor I will do
my best to do my duty to God in my country to obey the Scout law to help
other people at all times to keep myself physically strong mentally awake and
morally straight till now please join me me Scout law a scout is trustworthy
loyal helpful friendly courteous kind obedient cheerful thrifty brave clean
and reverent too oh say can you see by the dawn’s early
light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming whose broad
stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight or the ramparts we
watched were so gallantly streaming the night that our flag was still there
oh say does that star-spangled banner yet Thank You Chelsea in scouts you may all
be seated great job everyone let’s have another round of applause
with Chelsea and all of our scouts next I would like to introduce Reverend
Matthew Williams to begin with our invocation thank you John and Chelsea
we’re always looking to recruit new members for our choir at st. John the
Baptist and Joseph you’re most welcome good morning everyone
let us pray Almighty and eternal God we bow our heads and our hearts before your
Awesome Majesty we are your creatures indeed your children created in your
image you are the Potter and we are the clay the sacred work of your hands we
take this moment to thank you for this day for the gift of our great nation and
the ways you continue to bless us this hour we thank you for the freedom and
liberty we share that allows us to worship you and invoke your holy name
today we know that our freedom is not free and so we thank you for our
veterans our current military personnel and all those who have made the supreme
sacrifice of their lives for our country we thank you Lord for our scouts
their commitment to God and country inspires all of us to become the best
version of ourselves placing the gifts you have given us at
the service of one another our scouts remind us that we are called to be one
human family in a special way we ask your blessing upon all gathered here who
love and honor and support our scouts particularly we ask your blessing upon
our honorees Tony and Jimmy and finally dear Lord renew us with the
strength to work tirelessly for the peace of your kingdom that we seek to
grow in your wisdom and grace and may your love be the bond that unites us our
city and all peoples as one human family we ask this as your sons and daughters
confident in your goodness and love amen scouting has been making a difference in
the lives of men and women for more than a century in fact today there are more
than 50 million living Scout alumni all together if that number would be the
25th largest nation on earth those alumni have taken an oath to do their
best and to be trustworthy helpful and brave many of those individuals have
taken that oath to heart they have enhanced our communities and the quality
of life in America each year the Boy Scouts of America recognize an elite
group of business and community leaders who represent the ideals of the Scout
law in their everyday lives the goal of this event is to raise awareness and
support for the scouting programs and provide enhancements needed to remain
relevant in America’s changing landscape the Quincy breakfast committee along
with Mayor Koch chooses distinguished alum individuals to honor and
recognition of their leadership and philanthropic support of the city of
Quincy their chair will work and business leadership exemplifies the
ideals and success of boys of America the spirit of venture
council’s mission is to serve others by helping to instill values and young
people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime
the values they strive to instill are based upon those found in the Scout Oath
in life it is very exciting to see over a hundred and sixty guests gathered this
morning to celebrate now I would like to invite mayor Thomas Pope to say a few
words Thank You Johnny good morning everybody
beautiful sunny morning here at Macquarie hills and thank you to the
staff up here for doing a great job you know this uh society’s had a rough
stretch over the last few years we’re not immune from that in the whole
area of addiction and we spent a lot of effort a lot of time a lot of resources
combating that and programming education treatment and enforcement but the last
year we have been putting more resources in what we call prevention more
enrichment programs in the schools more recreational programs in our Recreation
Department actually things that Scouting’s been doing for decades the
scouting has been a true example of how to build character and have young people
so certainly as the mayor the city I’m grateful for scouting that’s for our
young people I’m grateful to all the Scout leaders over here who continually
you know volunteer how I was and hours and hours with great leadership I also
want to congratulate the two honorees this morning Tony and Jimmy both amazing
individuals incredible business leaders but more than that part of the community
you know I often thank the business community because they constantly ask
for help whether it’s a charity a non-profit foundation whatever the case
may be and I know these two guys never say no your major poundabout community
will grateful for all you do congratulations this morning god bless
everybody Thank You mayor Koch at this time I
would like to introduce the CEO and Scout executive the spirit Adventure
Council Chuck Eaton Chuck has been a professional Scouter for 26 years he’s
an Eagle Scout from the class of 1986 from Troop 30 to Quincy please help me
welcome Chuck Eaton thank you very much everybody
I really appreciate it’s always great to come home to Quincy and see scouting
thriving in this community yeah I want to thank thank our honorees Tony
and Jimmy and really appreciate all these folks do for us our committee Tom
O’Connell all the folks at the Great Lakes we really appreciate what this
represents not only in all the committee’s in all the work that people
do to help Scout who thrive in Quincy but really what that represents for the
town itself for the city itself scouting is is truly a community organization
first and foremost and sometimes in the statistics of being you know if we put
everybody together in the Alumni it would be a 25th largest country on earth
and things like that and it feels like this massive thing and it really is I
mean is scouted in every single community all across the country and 68
countries across the globe it’s an amazing movement for children but
ultimately it is all about community it’s all about individual children their
parents all working together for a common goal to help their kids be the
best that they can be I find that no more resonance anywhere than I do in
Quincy and I find that because as I come to this event every year and I get a
chance to shake hands and reacquainting myself with folks it’s so clear that for
decades and decades the cornerstones of scouting are in the cornerstones of
Quincy as to who we are as a people trustworthy loyal helpful friendly
courteous kind obedient cheerful thrifty brave clean and reverent could just as
easily be you know the motto that the law of Quincy as much as it is a lot to
scout law and you can feel that in the way that people contribute in the way
that people give and the way that people stand together I I think about our Eagle
Scout projects as sort of a cornerstone of how that manifests when a young adult
is working towards their Eagle Scout and we’ll have soon next year we’ll have our
first female Eagle Scouts which would be a very exciting thing but as a young
adult goes to earn their Eagle Scout the first thing that they have to do is
assess their town and assess their City and assess a need so as a corporate as a
citizen they are asked to understand what’s going on in their own town and
the Sassanid and then as a leader stop to figure out how to address that need
and then as a leader they map out a plan and then they secure those resources to
go and pull those pull that plan together and in a town like Quincy and a
city like Quincy when they do that whether they’re going to curry hardware
or whether they’re going down the street to all the different resources that
they’re gonna pull together to go they’re gonna go talk to the mayor
they’re gonna go talk to what are we going to do to fix this particular thing
everybody immediately pulls together around this young adults vision for a
better Quincy and they pull together their resources to go and help that
young adult and you see 85 year old citizens and 12 year old citizens all
following this young 16 year old adult as they go to literally make their town
a better place and then that young adult has their Court of Honor very similar to
this and so often these exact same people come out to that exact same thing
and they congratulate that young adults and ultimately the city and our bond
gets stronger and stronger because of it I am so grateful to be from the city and
to be here today and to be able to watch how that grows decade after decade so
thanks so much to everybody for your commitment to scouting for your
commitment to community and commitment to each other thanks Thank You Chuck we salute you for your
service to scouting next I have the privilege of introducing our outstanding
youth representative of the program our Scout speaker is gwenlyn the other
sheriff when is a scout from troop 42 Quincy she is 16 years old and a junior
at Milton High School she was currently working on her first class rank in
Scouting is on track to reach it before the end of this month ladies and
gentlemen please welcome when very much um good morning thank you all
for coming today my name is Wendell usher and I’m here to
talk about my experience with scouting when I was around seven years old my
brother was part of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts I was able to tag along to most
of the events and everything that happened just seemed like the coolest
thing they got to learn survival skills fishing and camping and raced these cool
little painted cars I begged my parents to join however I couldn’t as Boy Scouts
was not open to girls yet my parents looked into it however and they
discovered a program called venturing that was co-ed unfortunately it didn’t
open until you turned 14 in other words double my life span I
decided the information was useless and continued coming to events with my
brother seven years later I turned 14 and I remembered the co-ed program I
immediately signed up I loved it I’ve been involved in my crew for over two
years I’ve been part of troop 42 since this age and I can say without
hesitation scouting has changed my life for the better and helped me do and
achieve things that I never thought were possible many of my fondest experiences
with Scouting have happened at summer camp at Camp with oxen
summer camp is a place that really helped me and some of my friends to push
ourselves to do more than we thought we were capable of in my first year I
overcame the fear of heights to be able to go on a high ropes course I also
climbed up Mount Monadnock on a sense of hike a hike that if you told me
beforehand I was gonna make I never would have believed you this past year I
took several merit badge courses learning how to do things such as
splints and arm and swim the breaststroke a stroke that has eluded me
for years on the last day of camp we went on the mock walk I hate through the
swamp near the entrance of camp an hour later we emerge from the swamp covered
head to toe in mud enchanting who wants a hug through all
these experiences I learned how to exceed my limits and never give up in my
second year scouting I went to national youth leadership training a leadership
training course to BSA for me leadership had always been some kind of vague
concept it was the thing main characters didn’t books not something I could
actually achieve going to this course show me that leadership is really the
choices we make in our daily lives in the more concrete sense we learned all
about how two teams grow and develop and there’s different stages of learning we
also learned about event planning and organizing and we planned it outing for
our group as part of the course the following year I was on staff at the
course and I experienced the flipside teaching others about leadership
turned out to be just as transformative as learning about it has taught me that
leadership is really about helping other people another important skill I’ve
learned through scouting is how to work as part of a team by being part of a
team you can accomplish much more than you can on your own for example my crew
applied to go to sea bass a sailing adventure camp in the Virgin Islands we
immediately started planning for it much to my surprise as the trip was over a
year and a half away as it turned out all that planning was much needed and
well worth it together we learned how to stay on the boat train up for a swim
test tie knots and navigate using nautical
maps was taught us how important planning is to any ambitious goal during
my time there we snorkel Dover coral reefs we had to bushwhack around wild
donkeys we even found a barracuda and named it Terry the Terry CUDA on the 4th
night we watched the sunset over the ocean from the top of Rocky Hill through
this we saw what the crew be dedicated people can accomplish together as a
14-year old joining scouting for the first time I had some doubts about
whether or not scouting would live up to the expectations I’d had as a seven year
old today I can say confidently that it has scouting has given me so much how to
push myself what leadership really is and what it takes to accomplish anything
worth the effort scouting has helped me learn the importance of Ollie’s and
prepare me to take responsibility in my life thank you all for your support have
a great day when thank you for giving us a window
into your life in your scouting experience you’re an inspiration for
scouts and for adults to continue to provide volunteer and financial support
let’s give this future leader another round of applause before we get into
presenting the awards I would like to take a moment to touch on the program
that chap spoke about scout reach the Scout started the goal of the program is
to make scouting available to every child in the council territory I’d like
to draw your attention to the pledge cards on the table and I’d like to ask
that you make a pledge to this program this morning if you kindly would take a
look at the table and if you are able to fill out a power to make a pledge this
morning would be greatly appreciated scouting provides once-in-a-lifetime
opportunities and the life lessons needed for today’s youth to reach their
full potential you’re a financial investment plus that of time and talents
are among the greatest gifts you can make the scouts will come around in a
few moments to collect your pledge cards thank you very much now it’s time for our award presentation
the good Scout award is presented each year to a distinguished citizen who has
had a significant impact on area youth through service to others community
leadership and personal examples through their dedication and commitment they
enrich the lives of our young people and strengthen our community a good Scout is
always interested in helping others the good Scouts certainly is not
self-centered but feels privileged to bring the spirit of friendliness and
helpfulness may I please ask Chuck Eaton to rejoin me at the podium to assist
with the presentation I have the pleasure of presenting the
2019 good Scout award to Jimmy Lee an founder CEO of JP Fuji group Scouts
please escort our honoree to the podium Jimmy Liang is the founder CEO and chef
of GP Fuji Group as a graduate of North Quincy High School and an English major
in college Jimmy discovered his passion for the
culinary arts at a young age after becoming head sushi chef at a local
Chinatown restaurant Jimmy along with his best friend and
partner Peter C opened Fuji restaurants although only 19 at the time
Jimmy’s enthusiasm and love of the business helped create help quickly lead
his business restaurant to success only a short time later in 2004 Jimmy and
Peter more than quadrupled the size of their restaurant and relocated to Fuji
15:46 a mid restaurant omits opening five restaurants between 2011 between
2007 and 2011 and three in the span of eight months this past year Jimmy also
started and continues to run the Fuji design and construction company in 2001
in 2003 Jimmy entered into politics when running for City Council at large the
only two out of three times an Asian name had appeared on the ballot in for
Ward 6 City Council in 2007 during his first campaign at only age 23
Jimmy raised Asian voter turnout by 223 percent Jimmy believes that giving back
to one’s community has brought him where he is today Jimmy we thank you for the
role you’ve played and heart in bettering our community you are a role
model and a distinguished Citizen of our community you embody the ideal of the
Scout Oath honor us with your commitment to Quincy and we wish
with this award on behalf of the spirit of adventure council Boy Scouts of
America I’m proud to present you the 2019 good Scout award well I’m extremely grateful and humbled
and and this is it’s it’s amazing thank you so much good morning thank you
all my name is Jimmy Wang and I’m the
president and CEO of JP Fuji Group we are the largest Asian restaurant group
in the state but more importantly I’m a lifelong resident of Quincy I’m humbled
and honored by this award to could Scout award
Quincy wasn’t in the spirit of the holidays and this time of year had been
reflecting I was born in China and migrated here at the age of four and
grew up in Quincy Quincy was not always my home my mother and father made it as
I started the third grade here I do live with the Patriot legend I biked with my
friends all over the city like Mark Twain Norfolk downs the net play
basketball pakka Cavanaugh welcome young went to the movies at Walley era Quincy
Sun although my family are immigrants we do have early roots dating back to my
great great grandfather who built railroads here my grandparents and
parents Houston stone myself and my siblings if we left a place just a
little better than when we first found it we would do our right in life
JD Fuji root was founded in 1998 together with my team we have worked
tirelessly to build our business together we started up with wanting to
serve good food and build a better life for our families
this included the city of Quincy our family our home I ran for City Council
numerous times and lost out great time clearly it was not my time I then asked
myself why drain I thought about a longing had all I ever wanted to do was
help people I just wanted to do right by my family my Fuji family my Quincy
family I made an admission to leave a place
just a little better than we first found it today JP Fuji Group employs about 400
people many of them are locals we support over 80 different charitable
organizations annually with the focus in Quincy and others in the state and one
in Thailand Ollie whiz dolly I never thought I’d be recognized for it’s
always been important to the Jaypee Fuji group to leave a positive footprint and
now endeavors I never thought I would be recognized for trying to do the right
thing so thank you I believe there are many many good people that does the
right thing every day I’m still learning and growing it is my hope that JP Fuji
group will be able to do more as that business grows Thank You mr. mayor the
spirit Adventure Council Boy Scouts of America the selection committee but this
would really belongs to my grandparents my parents my team my customers anyone
that has ever helped me in my very understanding wife Jennifer it is
because of all the people that are in my life that I can do what I do thank you
happy holidays god bless the Boy Scouts god bless
Quincy god bless america the Quincy mayor’s breakfast committee
will be awarding a Lifetime Achievement Award to its very own Tony ignaty this
award is presented to a distinguished individual who over the course of their
adult life has played a crucial role in helping Scouting thrive to present our
next award may I ask Armando to please come to the podium congratulations Jimmy I really
appreciate everything you’ve done to our community you are a pillar of our
community from with that mr. Eaton he was talking about Quincy as a town and
as a city and I think that that is actually quite accurate I grew up
professionally I went over to Lauren Superior Court Lawrence district court I
came back to Quincy specifically because of the feeling that I’ve gotten the
community that Quincy has here it has that town feeling you can go to the
Planning Board you can go to the mayor’s office you can go anywhere in the city
you will have someone’s ear and when you have a city that has that small-town
vibe you need pillars of the community Jimmy being one of them
and my father being one of them growing up I’ve seen my father help so many
people from children who are trying to straying from the path trying to go back
to larger business people asking for advice giving his time and not asking
for anything in return and when I look at what I want to achieve in my life and
what I want to do as I grow older and as I mature both professionally and
personally I try my best to emulate what my father
has done and I hope that as I mature and as I grow in this community I can do
half of what he has done when I look at my father and now I book with him every
day because we work together we I just recently got my own office we literally
met and met with each other I appreciate just his demeanor his
personality and everything that he does his attraction it’s almost like a law of
attraction it’s everything that he does creates positivity and he emanates
growth and strength just simply for his actions not his words just his actions
and when I was asked to present this I was
honored because not only does he embody the good Scout Oath and law he embodies
everything that I want to be so I’m proud to present my father with a
Lifetime Achievement Award my niece my dear by the way mando that
was amazing thank you tryin honored to have a son like you and then he’s like
my father which is the main reason I want to thank you all for coming today
I’m honored to be recognized brief history of me and the scouts st. John’s
rectory father you’re gonna have to give me penance afterwards
Bob Brennan drop Bob Graham and I were one too many judo flips in the rectory
and each of us were asked to cordially asked to leave the Cub Scouts
so at an early age I was kicked off the Cub Scouts in the 90s Chuck Palin mayor
sheets senator Harold revived the good scouting of wood to do exactly what
we’re doing here today they breakfast to support their scouting
events when I received the good Scout award back then mayor sheet sheets
introduced me by saying people call Tony many things but a good Scout was not one
of them hey Bob copies over there saying yeah you’re right but at that breakfast I really saw the
scouts God country family friends scouting develops young men and women
that set goals and achieve them through cooperation with each other with their
Scout masters with their community tremendous money tremendous people where
he had to celebrate and support that cause you have been introduced to many
Scouts today and it gives us pride to know what developing leaders for the
future it’s it’s absolutely amazing I always had a soft spot for the top Scout
Luke t-birds pops right there that that young man could come into my
office and I know how he did it we got more money out of me for projects a
little everyone I usually throw nickels around like sua Kyle peppers but but
look at but look at away about him he was he was he was fantastic
articulate from a young age respectful always tough and determined when his
mother died of cancer the scouts embraced and supported him
when he passed in a tragic car accident the scouts embraced family and our
community tremendous example of community an example that life is not
easy but by being prepared surrounding yourself with good people trusting in
God and working for the common good we can make a difference and be a positive
catalyst in our community and I see I see I have to mr. Cohan and Kerry
shaking their heads yes yes I have an aggressive personality but at least I’m
trying try and try to I want to thank the mayor Mayor Koch and Scout fat seus
where is he is he over here for their vision their brave vision of the city
and for their fortitude to see it through a lot of a lot of changes in the
city a lot of flack that they receive they keep their vision they move on they
embody the scouts ideal tremendous strength tremendous ability and I hate
complimenting politicians so mayor Koch he did a fantastic job
I would I would like to thank and recognize my lovely wife Marietta my my
you and my great mother Gina my brother partner best friend Larry our sons
Anthony and amando Amanda was doing a fantastic job in the animal in the
office great job demondo his fantastic fiancee Daniela can Daniela rofo she was
here today the 18 that we have from our office Ellen Carly Lorraine
Lisa Brian Mountain and I also want to recognize Marilyn Manning mr. Coe hain
Tommy O’Connell for the two decades of work
Marilyn man Marilyn Manning should have gotten this award but I am keeping it so
tough luck Maryland most of all I want to thank you the
scouts in their parents just for being you with that I would like to say thank
you and out of the day well this has certainly been a morning of recognition
and celebration and a pleasure for me to serve as your master of ceremonies
congratulations again to this morning’s honorees Tony a Guinea and Jimmy Niang
thank you to the generous sponsors for your dedication to Scouting as a final
treat for you this morning I would like to ask Chelsea bats baiser to please
join me at the podium to sing our closing song on behalf of the spirit of
a jet the spirit of adventure Council Boy Scouts of America thank you for
attending and have a wonderful day and a safe trip back to the office god Bless America land that I love stand
beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above from the
mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam god Bless America my
home sweet home god bless america

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