Westlake Eagle Scout creates Memorial Tree of Life
Eagle Scout and former Westlake Youth Advisory Board member Paul Palmer worked with the Community Services Department to create a new way for patrons to memorialize lost loved ones. Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough thanked Paul for a job well done during a short dedication ceremony at the Westlake Community Services Center on Aug. 16.
Paul connected with the Community Services Department when he joined the newly formed Westlake Youth Advisory Board in August 2020.
In October 2021, Paul approached the Community Services team with the desire to do an Eagle Scout Project that would benefit the department … and especially the department’s mission.
After meeting with Donna Feorene, Cindi Lindgren and Lydia Gadd, the Memorial Tree Project was identified.
With some guidance from Community Services staff and Ben Wright from the Service department, Paul completed this project, which benefits the Community Services Department mission:
- Patrons have an opportunity to memorialize their loved one’s name on the tree which is especially nice for people who are rooted and connected to the Center
- Memorial leaf donations are utilized to benefit the Center's Plus Fifty programming
- The tree itself adds beauty, color and character to the facility.
Paul graduated from high school this year and is heading to further his studies at Harvard.