Pine Creek Flags
The members of the Pine Creek Village Association, the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs InterQuest, and Boy Scout Troop 62 would like to thank those residents who have supported the Pine Creek Flags project.
If you are not familiar with the program, it is a subscription-based flag service project. For program subscribers, on five patriotic holidays per year, Boy Scouts come to your home at sunrise and place a flag in your yard. They return at sunset on the same day to remove the flag.
The flag, which is 3' x 5' and attached to a 10' metal pole, is placed in a PVC sleeve installed in your front yard by Rotarian volunteers working with the Utilities Notification Center. You don't need to be home on the holiday and you don't need to worry about storing or purchasing a flag.
Currently, the holidays include: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.
The purpose of the program is two-fold. The primary purpose is to visually and emotionally enhance the community in which we live. By having a significant number of uniformly-built and placed flags displayed on these holidays, the impact is considerable. Not only does it look great, but it helps to create and maintain a sense of civic and national pride.
The project is also designed to help generate and distribute funds back into our community. The Rotary Club is using the net proceeds to help fund the dictionary project, which costs them tens of thousands of dollars each year. They donate dictionaries to every third grade student in three local districts every year. If you've had a child in 3rd grade anywhere in District 20 in the past four years, chances are, your child received a new book from this Rotary club.
The Boy Scouts are using their portion of the net proceeds to help fund their scouting activities. The young scouts are also learning to develop a strong work ethic, by virtue of having to donate their time on a holiday to place the flags. Troop 62 actually tracks the hours worked and the flags placed by each scout.
Currently, the project has in excess of 130 subscribers. While this might sound significant, it is actually represents less than 10% of the single-family homes in Pine Creek. If you're not currently enrolled in the program, we encourage you to do so. And if you're already enrolled, once again, we thank you, but also request that you encourage your neighbors to follow your great example. Imagine if every home in Pine Creek was displaying a flag in the front yard!
For more information, or to get enrolled, simply log onto www.pinecreekflags.org, or you can contact the president of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs InterQuest at Richard@strasbaughfinancial.com