SCOUTMASTER PHIL Wepner gives the scout sign almost five years ago as he recites the scout oath and law along with scouts, from left, Jay Fischer, Josh Sperger and August Walheim.
SCOUTMASTER PHIL Wepner gives the scout sign almost five years ago as he recites the scout oath and law along with scouts, from left, Jay Fischer, Josh Sperger and August Walheim.

     So many of our community’s heroes fly under the radar — quietly, alone, yet powerfully.  

     Sort of like an eagle.

     So it is fitting that eagle is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve.

     And while it takes a village to turn a boy into an eagle, leading the list of helpers in Ripon for the past quarter century has been a fellow named Phil Wepner.

     Like an eagle, too, he has a white top as he soars high above the other, more lowly birds, drawing little attention to himself.

     But that’s about to change.

     The eagle is landing.

     Wepner is stepping down from being scoutmaster of Troop 735, a post he has held since 1992. ...
   
                                           — Tim Lyke

To read the entire editorial, see the Sept. 28, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.