Family, friends and fellow scouters of Joe Lautenbach gathered recently to recognize and honor him for achieving the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in scouting. Lautenbach is the son of Mark and Jennifer Lautenbach of Genoa, and a member of Genoa Troop 71 sponsored by the Masonic Temple.
While adhering to the scout oath and laws, Joe set a personal goal to achieve the rank of Eagle and worked diligently to earn the six scout ranks and the 21 merit badges required. Nine of the required badges were his choice to meet his personal interests and have provided him with valuable lifelong skills. The requirement for demonstration of his leadership skills was achieved by holding the position of Senior Patrol Leader within the troop.
Another major requirement was to identify, organize and manage an Eagle project to benefit a community organization. Working with Russell Woods, he found a need to replace the wood beam and gravel steps leading from the parking lot to the Kishwaukee River that was the boat launch. He obtained the materials through donations and enlisted volunteers who spent many hours replacing these steps providing boaters a safe way to enter the river. The final step in his journey was to pass an Eagle Scout Board of Revieww conducted by the scout council.
Lautenbach recently graduated from Genoa-Kingston High School where he played on the football team for four years and was a member of the Builders Club. He now attends the Illinois Institute of Art studying audio production for a career in audio engineering.