Monday, November 22, 2021

Beautifying our parks

On Saturday, Nov. 20, Troop 50 Scouts and leaders partnered with members of the Auburn Rotary Club and the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department for a conversation service project at the Graham McTeer Park in Auburn. Three new hyacinth flower bulb beds at the park honor the memory of Dr. Ford Laumer, a longtime Rotarian who passed away in 2020. The bulbs should bloom in early- to mid-spring.

Dr. Ford Laumer outside the Auburn Alumni Center
(source: Auburn Alumni Association)
An Auburn graduate who also served as SGA president, Dr. Laumer was a Navy veteran. He eventually returned to his alma mater for graduate studies and later taught marketing in the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business before his retirement. He endeared himself to his students and the university community, and advised numerous professional and student organizations. This included Camp War Eagle, the university cheerleaders, and the Aubie mascot program.

In his retirement, he, along with his wife Mary Jane, was a faithful member of Auburn United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and served the food pantry ministry.

Troop 50 is proud to be chartered, or sponsored, by the Auburn Rotary Club. The troop frequently assists the Rotary Club with its community service projects. Likewise, many of the troop’s Eagle Scout leadership service projects benefit City of Auburn Parks and Recreation properties.

For additional photos from the service day, visit the troop’s online photo album.