Posted by David J Gardner on Jan 21, 2021
Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club is proud to announce Marblehead's 100th Eagle Scout, Liam Conley. Rotary's own Don Doliber was the Chair of the Eagle Board for this momentous occasion.
Liam is a Marblehead High junior and is a mature, outstanding young man who is reliable, patient, responsible, and has an excellent sense of self. He is beginning to think about life after high school which might include enlisting in the Marine Corps.
Liam's project was to restore the public benches at Fort Sewall. Once all stakeholders were on board, the service team that he recruited needed to disassemble, sand, replace damaged boards, reassemble, and place them back into the proper location. Each of these benches provides phenomenal views of Marblehead Harbor for residents and visitors to enjoy. This project consumed a total of 230 hours of planning and implementation.
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What does it take to be an Eagle Scout?

The path to eagle covers many years, with the requirement to earn 21 merit badges that cover a range of topics from personal fitness, first aid, cooking, entrepreneurship, hiking, camping, and citizenship in the community, the country, and the world. Each one provides the Scout an opportunity to learn about an area of interest, but they must also be able to pass a Scoutmaster review to demonstrate their understanding of the topic.
While a Life Scout, the candidate must hold a leadership position in the Troop and upon that achievement must begin to plan an Eagle Scout project, get it approved by his, or now her, Scoutmaster, and, once approved begin the process, starting with building a team of Scouts, Scout Leaders, family, friends, and community leaders to perform the functions needed to complete the project. Often, the Scout runs into obstacles as many projects require coordination with community leaders or groups to be accomplished. The implementation of an Eagle project is a pure lesson in leadership while learning how to coordinate, collaborate, and engage people to a common goal.
Congratulations Liam!

We hope to continue to hear about your bright future!

Don Doliber, was not only the Chair of the Eagle Board of Review, but he was also the 1st Eagle Scout in Troop 11 in Marblehead, awarded in 1960. Don's journey started in Marblehead Pack 11 as a charter member, crossed over to Troop 11 as a charter member, and has served in both youth and adult leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America.
Thank you, Don, for your continued service to Scouting and Rotary!

History of  Fort Sewall

Front Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
Fort Sewall was first established in 1644 as a defensive breastwork on Gale's Head, one of this area's rocky headlands. The fort was enlarged in 1742 for defense against the French, and further construction including a magazine and barracks occurred in 1794 and, again, at the time of the Civil War. A company mustered at the fort during the War of 1812, and in 1814 the fort was named in honor of Judge Samuel Sewall, a town benefactor during and after the Revolution, who later became a Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. The Fort's greatest moment in history was on Sunday, April 3, 1814 when the U.S. Navy's Constitution, being chased by two British frigates, escaped into Marblehead Harbor under the protection of the fort's guns. The "Fort" which was deeded to the Town by the Federal Government in 1922, still contains bunkers and underground rooms once used to detain prisoners. Today, the headland, which is open to the public as a community parkland, provides spectacular views of Marblehead harbor, Cape Ann, off-shore islands, and the Atlantic. Revolutionary War re-enactment encampments by members of the modern-day Glover's Marblehead Regiment occur at the fort annually, and public programs are presented.