Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Don Frugé III Continues Family Tradition by Earning Eagle Scout Award

Don Fruge III poses with family members at his Eagle Scout ceremony.

Don Frugé III, a 16-year-old member of Oxford’s Troop 45, earned his Eagle Scout Award this week, continuing a family tradition of scouting that goes back three generations.
Frugé’s father, Don, Jr., was a Scout, and his grandfather, Don Frugé, former Vice Chancellor for Development at Ole Miss and former CEO of the University Foundation, is an Eagle Scout and has been active in scouting support for many years. Fruge’s other grandfather, Guy Mitchell of Tupelo, was also a Scout. Don III’s mother is Liza Frugé.
As a special salute to scouting and family history, Frugé was pinned with the Eagle badge earned by his grandfather.
Three generations of the family have earned Eagle Scout awards.

A sophomore at Oxford High School, Don Frugé III is the Student Council class president and a member of the basketball team and the Beta Club. He is also active in the youth group at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Don has two brothers—Charlie, Troop 45 2nd class, and Guy, and a sister, Rosie.
Don III joined Troop 45 in the fall of 2013, earning 22 merit badges and holding various leadership positions. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society for Boy Scouts of America. “I always wanted to earn the rank of Eagle Scout from day one and really thank my Troop leaders, fellow Scouts and everyone for their support and guidance,” he said.
For his Eagle Scout service project, Don III and his fellow Scouts collected used sports equipment at Dick’s Sporting Goods and University Sporting Goods, to be donated to the Oxford Park Commission (OPC). The goal was to provide any youth with the equipment they needed to play sports if they wanted. This project involved more than 120 hours and collected more than 150 items for the OPC. Don III offered special thanks to Seth Gaines, Executive Director of the OPC, and his staff for their generous time and support on his service project.
fruge and tannehills
Rhea Tannehill and his wife, Mayor Robin Tannehill, welcomed Don III to the ranks of Eagle Scout.

Troop 45 Scout Master Rob Freeman presided over the ceremony with Scout Master Jeff Edge and Assistant Scout Master Chuck Crouch. Reverend Eddie Rester of Oxford-University United Methodist Church delivered the invocation and benediction. Lt. Col. J. Rhea Tannehill, Jr., an Eagle Scout, delivered an inspiring keynote address. Both grandfathers, Don Frugé and Guy Mitchell, participated in the ceremonies.
Oxford is recognized in the Yocona Area Council for the high number of Eagle awards earned by Scouts in the community. Only two percent of Scouts earn the rank of Eagle.

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