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Adobe Walls District Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Adobe Walls by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011


District Chairperson – Richard Carter – 806-274-3463

District Commissioner – Rick Jones –

District Executive – Eric Byrne-

September Calendar: 

17    Popcorn Kick-off in Pampa (2pm)

I am your new District Executive

Hello Adobe Walls! My name is Eric Byrne and I am excited to introduce myself as the new District Executive for the Adobe Walls district. I have been on the job for almost one month and feel good about where the district is going. I have met so many awesome volunteers and will continue to reach out and offer each one of you the assistance you may need to build a successful unit.  I’m not here to change the district but to strengthen and support the units so we can provide a service to boys all over the panhandle.

A little about me, I am 41 years old and the father of an 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son and 17 year old step-son. My wife, Lori, works for the Pampa Chamber of Commerce and we have lived in Pampa for nearly 9 months. My previous experience was in law enforcement and I still hold an advanced peace officers license. I am a Brotherhood member of the OA and an Eagle Scout. I want to see every boy have the opportunity to reach the highest level of success in their scouting career. I am passionate about scouting and remember that without my parents and the dedicated adult leaders that surrounded me as a boy, I would never have made it.

I am completely open to any ideas that you might have to grow our district. Please feel free to call or email me. Additionally, I am interested in your unit’s activities; please let me know when you meet, any activities you are planning, and any ceremonies to honor your boys. Likewise, if you have a concern that needs to be addressed, let me know and I will do everything I can to help resolve any issues. Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to meeting everyone.  

School Recruitment

Fall recruitment is off to a good start. The month of September is stacked full of boy talks and round-up nights. I already have several packs that have stepped up to the challenge and will be looking further for assistance during the round-up nights. Panhandle, Fritch, Pampa, Wheeler, Mobeetie and Miami Schools are all scheduled in the month of September. Let’s grow our district and lead a new generation of boys into scouting. For more information, please contact Eric Byrne at 806-584-8045 or by email.  If you know of a potential cub scout or adult leader please let me know.

In Memory

The Adobe Walls district lost a father and a leader. Keegan McCain of Miami lost his life in a tragic accident outside of Canadian on August 18th. Please remember his wife, three sons, and the people of Miami in your prayers. It is hard when events like this happen, but I find peace in knowing that we have a scouting family that will help see us through the difficult times. Although I never met Keegan in person, we did speak on the phone and I know he was a very proud father and excited for his boys to be involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

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Golden Eagle District Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Golden Eagle by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011


District Chairman:  Vacant

Amarillo/Canyon District Commissioner: Scott Hollabaugh,

Hereford Area District Commissioner: HS Fuller,

Senior District Executive: George Etier,

September Calendar

 1     Roundtable

 8    Eagle Scout Project Board of Review

 8    District Committee Meeting and District Commissioners Meeting

15   Eagle Scout Board of Review

 October Calendar

 6          Roundtable

13         Eagle Scout Project Board of Review

13         District Committee and District Commissioners Meetings

20        Eagle Scout Board of Reviews


 Be sure you and your unit are represented at the Roundtable each month.  This month’s Roundtable will include information about all of the Cub Scout Boy Talks and Recruitment nights that have been set up around the District.  There will also be information about Boy Scout Recruitment in October.   For the Webelos this year, we are having a Webelos Woods event in November.  Information will be available at the Roundtable for Troop to sign up to help put on this new event and for Packs to sign up their Webelos to participate in this new and exciting event.


Now is the time to get your unit’s Popcorn Kernel selected so they can attend one of the kickoffs this month.   Look for the time and location best for you in the Popcorn section of this newsletter.

Eagle Scout Project Reviews and Eagle Scout Boards of Reviews

Please note the date changes and location changes for the Eagle Project Review (now the 2nd Thursday of every month) and the Eagle Scout Board of Review (still the 3rd Thursday of every month) but at a new location: St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell.   Be sure to be there before 6:30 pm so that everything can start on time.

Location, Location, Location

Roundtable – St. Thomas Church on Coulter   7:00 pm

District Committee – St. Stephen United Methodist Church on Western  7:00 pm

District Commissioners – St. Stephen United Methodist Church on Western 7:00 pm

Eagle Board of Review – St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 S. Bell  6:30 pm

Be sure to check out all of the Council-wide events, programs, and trainings shown throughout this newsletter.

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Lone Wolf District Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Lone Wolf by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011


District Chairman- Duwane Skipper-

District Commissioner- Bob Post-

Senior District Executive- Steve Knollenberg-

September Calendar:

1- Dalhart Roundtable meeting, 7:00 p.m., Central UMC,Dalhart,TX.

6- District Committee & Commissioners meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.

8- Dalhart Popcorn & Sales Trng meeting, 7 p.m., Central UMC,Dalhart,TX.

10- Spearman Popcorn & Sales Trng meeting, 2 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.

23-25- District Camporee,PaloDuroLake, Spearman, TX.

October Calendar:

8- BALOO Training (for Cub leaders who want to take the Pack camping),Goodwell,OK.

13- District Committee & Commissioners meeting, 7:00 p.m., FUMC, Spearman, TX.

15- Jamboree on the Air (JOTA),Guymon,OK.

Unit Popcorn Kernels for 2011

Summer is almost over and this year’s Popcorn sale is right around the corner!  Linda Cummings and Eva Mussman are our District Kernels, this year.  Has your unit recruited its 2011 Popcorn Kernel?  Please let Linda, Eva, or Steve know who will be representing your unit for this year’s sale.  Contact Linda at:, or 806-659-3942,  Eva at:, or 806-339-5287, or Steve at:, or 580-651-2615.  For more information on this year’s sale, please click here:

“Back to the Pack” Cub Scout, and Troop annual planning meetings

Now that your unit has attended one of the four Program Preview meetings, it’s time to put the information and knowledge you received to work.  Pick a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, allow two to three hours for the planning meeting, and invite all the unit’s leaders & parents to attend.  Using the information received at Program Preview, chart out your unit’s Ideal Year of Scouting, and create your budget.  After you are finished, create your unit’s very own calendar, which you can share with your current families, and all the new families that will be joining your unit, during this fall’s recruiting Roundup season!

2011 Popcorn Sales Kick-off meetings

The Lone Wolf District Popcorn kick off meetings are scheduled for Thursday evening, September 8th, in Dalhart, TX., and Saturday afternoon, September 10th,  in Spearman.  Please see the Council section of this newsletter for details on other times and locations.  The unit leader and Popcorn Kernel from each unit should attend one of these meetings.  You will also get to sample this year’s merchandise!

This year, there is no waiting period for Popcorn sales to begin.  Your unit can begin selling immediately after leaving the Popcorn Kickoff meeting!  The Dalhart kickoff will be the first kickoff meeting held in the Council, so units wanting to get the earliest possible start should plan on attending the Dalhart Popcorn Kickoff!  You will be able to sign-up online, just as you did for this year’s Program Preview meetings.

2011 District Boy Scout Camporee

Mark your calendars and make you troop’s plans to attend the 2011 District Fall Camporee!  This fall’s Camporee is scheduled for September 23-25, 2011.  It will be held atPaloDuroLake, near Spearman,Texas. Watch for more details in an upcoming Constant Contact!

District Award of Merit and Council Silver Beaver Award Nominations

Now is the time to be thinking about which of our fellow volunteer Scouters to honor with this year’s District Award of Merit, and the Council Silver Beaver Award.  These two honors are the highest awards that our District and our Council can bestow upon on our fellow Scouters, for service to youth.  Please take a moment and go here:

and here:  to review the qualifications for, and to download the appropriate nomination forms.  Nominations for the District Award of Merit are due to Steve no later than , November 1, 2011.  Nominations for the Council Silver Beaver Award are due no later than December 15, 2011.

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Quanah Parker District Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Quanah Parker by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011


District Chairperson–  Joni Mickna – (806)674-7040 (cell)

District Commissioner– Steve Rodriguez (806) 231-3380 

District Executive– Vacant


Call Anthony at 806-358-6500 for information 

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Santa Fe District Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Santa Fe by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011


District Chairperson– George Hall –

District Commissioner– Michael Stavenhagen-

District Executive– Gaylyne Manns-

September Calendar

 24 – Bike or Hike Trek

 Bike or Hike Trek

 Santa Fe’s 1st annual Mulberry Canyon Bike or Hike Trek will take place September 24th.  Starting point will be 13 miles South of Claude, Texas Intersection of State hwy 207 and Farm Market Rd. 2272. Bring your bike, extra tubes, tires, water, hiking shoes etc.. We will end up at the Goodnight Community Center for a meal.  Check out the flyer at under Programs, and Activities under SF District.

Fall Recruiting

All Elementary schools are scheduled for Fall recruiting.  Let’s get this year’s program started and train all new leaders.

Popcorn Kickoff

September 15th in Mclean. The  Santa Fe District Popcorn Kickoff will be at the First United MethodistChurch.  Don’t forget your Unit’s Budget and Calendar to receive additional commission on your  popcorn sales. 

Register at:

It’s Easy.

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Venturing District Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Venturing by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011


District Executive:     Vacant– contact Anthony at 806-358-6500


30      Explorer Leader Basic Training


Do you know what COPE is all about?  Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience or C.O.P.E. is the challenge course (ropes course) program of the Boy Scouts of America. COPE is a series of physical, mental and emotional challenges facilitated by trained staff directed at enhancing personal growth. If you think you would like to know more, please contact Anthony Escobar at 358-6500.

Scholarship Opportunities

If you have questions about such opportunities, please contact Anthony at the Scout Service Center 358-6500.

Venture Crew Meetings

If you would like to be involved with more than one crew, attend one of these meetings to check out what all Venturing has to offer! Remember to bring a friend! Boys and girls are welcome, ages 14-20.
2009- Kwahadi Dancers- Contact Charles Ritchie for information, (806) 353-1505.
2012- Shooting Crew-Contact Bob Altman for more information, (806) 358-6500.
2072- Comanche Trail Church of Christ Youth Group-Contact Derek Chance for more information, (806) 457-8054.
2094-High Adventure Crew-Contact Chuck Freas for more information, (806) 358-6500
2510- City Church Climbing Crew-Contact Chad Clement for more information, (806) 517-1379.***If you would like more information about your crew in the Venturing section of the newsletter: success stories, advancement progress, etc., contact Anthony at (806) 358-6500.


Adult Leadership Training will be held by request, so if you need Venturing Youth Protection or Venturing Leader Specific please contact the Scout Serivce Center at (806) 358-6500.

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Golden Spread Council Highlights- September 2011

Posted in Council News by goldenspread on Thursday, September 1, 2011


Scout Surge 2011  NEW

For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has honored the United States during times of remembrance—encouraging all members to serve and contribute to the common good. Leading up to Sept. 11, when the United States of America marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in the nation’s history, the Boy Scouts of America will once again honor the country through focused acts of service as part of Scout Surge 9/11.

Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10, in communities throughout the nation, Scouts are encouraged to “surge” by undertaking service projects to honor those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Scout units will participate in a variety of activities ranging from American flag retirement ceremonies to projects that recognize and assist local first responders in honoring the memory of the first responders and others who sacrificed so much on 9/11.

“For the past 100 years, in times of trial, triumph, and remembrance, millions of Scouts have honored our nation through service,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “Just as they did 10 years ago, when Scouts mobilized and collected more than 150,000 bottles of water for ground zero rescue workers, our Scouts are encouraged to surge into action and complete focused service projects in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.”

On Sept. 11, Scout units will invite their local communities to remember the 10th anniversary of the events by gathering to watch the movie New York Says Thank You. Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities recovering from disaster. The movie chronicles the group’s efforts and features the group helping rebuild the Little Sioux Scout Ranch inIowa, which was devastated by a 2008 tornado.

“The BSA is committed to improving the lives of young people, families, communities, and the nation—with an emphasis on service,” said Jeff Parness, founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. “New Yorkers will never forget what people all across theUnited Statesdid for us in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11. We are proud to work with the Scouts with the shared goal of honoring and remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

Scouts are encouraged to use social media to spread the word of their projects in their local communities and beyond. They also can post service project ideas and event pictures on or their council’s Facebook page. Scouts looking for additional ideas and ways to make an impact can find more information on More information concerning New York Says Thank You is available at

 About the New York Says Thank You Foundation

Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, the New York Says Thank You Foundation has grown into the nation’s largest direct-service volunteer organization focused on the 9/11 anniversary. Each year around the 9/11 anniversary, the New York Says Thank You Foundation sends hundreds of volunteers from New York City along with disaster survivors from across the country to help rebuild communities around the United States recovering from disaster. For more information, please visit


Did you know that the Golden Spread Council is now on Facebook?  If you enjoy using Facebook, we periodically post important items to keep you up to date on the activities taking place.  Look us up and FRIEND us!!!

Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow   NEW

Have you heard?  Yup, there will be a Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow on December 3, 2011 at The Church at Quail Creek (801 Tascosa Rd., Amarillo).  Plans are well underway to offer lots of awesome classes for all new and experienced Cub Scout leaders.  We will also offer Den Chief training for Boy Scouts who want to help in a Cub Pack!  Please click on the link below for more information and to register online

Pow Wow Information

Pow Wow Online Registration

Wanted!  NEW

We are the land of the free because of our military, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan veterans.  We salute these men and women everyday.  We would like to invite the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts to join us at Amarillo Intl Airport for a Welcome Home Rally for our Honor Flights returning on Sep 16, 2011, Flt 1002, Denver to Amarillo, arriving at 8:30 pm and October 7, 2011, Flt 326, Denver to Amarillo, arriving at 7:35 pm.  These men and women have earned a huge welcome home rally.  Please join us! 

Jack R. Barnes, US Navy Retired
President, America Supports You Texas

Philmont Scout Ranch- 2013 Individual Unit Reservations   NEW

Individual unit reservations for Philmont 2012 will take place during November 2011 using a web-based registration process.  Information will be available in mid October at or you can call Philmont at 575-376-2281 x 1139 and request a packet of information be mailed to you.

Scout Shop  

Did you know that you can get all your uniform items and other really cool Scouting stuff from our local Scout Shop?  If you haven’t come in lately, you are missing the opportunity y to see all our new items.  If you are planning on attending Summer Boy Scout Camp, you might need to purchase a new Shirt and Pants for your Boy Scout.  How about some Scrapbooking items to commemorate your son’s Scouting experience.  Lots of cool things are available!  If you live far away, we can mail you anything you might need but if you are in the area, stop in and say hi!

Golden Eagle and Quanah Parker District Eagle Review Boards Info NEW

Golden Eagle / Quanah Parker Districts Eagle Project and Eagle Application Review Boards… We’re MOVING locations and changing dates!

Beginning in September 2011, our NEW meeting location for BOTH BOARDS will be St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Amarillo, Texas.  

St. Luke’s is located at 3001 S. Bell Street 

(0.36 miles north of the intersection of 34th & Bell Streets)  

(GPS Coordinates: 35.181414, -101.900849)  

Please park on the south side of the church and enter through the south doors.  

The church is handicap accessible.

Eagle Service PROJECT Review Boards will be held on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month. (i.e. September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th…)  Please arrive no later than 6:30pm to check in.

To register for the Eagle PROJECT Review Board, send an e-mail on or before the Second Monday of each month with your name, troop or crew number and telephone number to:  You can also register via Twitter by direct message (DM) to @eaglereeves or via Facebook Messenger to eaglereeves. 

Eagle APPLICATION Review Boards are by invitation only and will be held on the THIRD THURSDAY of each month. (i.e. September 15th, October 20th, November 17th, December 15th, …)  Please arrive no later than 6:30pm to check in.  Eagle Applicants NEED to bring a scout leader (preferably the Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor) from their unit and one (or more) parent(s).

Philmont Trail Meal Program NEW

Each year the Philmont Commissary makes surplus trail meals available to councils and individuals who might have a need for backpacking trail meals for training hikes or other outdoor activities.

These meals are excellent as training tools for any group.  The meals are shelf stable and can be used for any outdoor activity where you are going to be away from cooking facilities for a period of time. 

Each meal will feed two campers a breakfast, lunch or supper.

If you will need meals in the spring for training hikes or other outdoor activities I encourage you to order now.  I do not expect to have any meals for shipping in the spring of 2012.

Your trail meal order will be shipped within 5 business days from the time your order is received.

If you would like to purchase some of these meals, you may email me at to get an ordering and information package.  Or you can call at 575/376-2281 Ex 1252.

Barry Harper

Commissary Manager

Popcorn 2011 

Could your unit use some extra cash? Our Scouts units earned $200,000 in popcorn commissions last year to fund their programs and activities!

Make sure your Scout unit attends one of the Golden Spread Council’s Fall Program Kickoff Meetings to learn more about the Fall 2011 Popcorn Sale, to sign your unit up to sell popcorn this fall, and to qualify your unit to earn more commission money!

Popcorn enables your unit to do the things you want without having to do lots of fundraisers. The idea is to have this one fund-raiser in the fall support the entire year of Scouting. This is an officially approved council unit money-earning project that many packs and troops participate in each year. Do your sale in the fall and reap the benefits for the rest of the year.

Help your Scouts build confidence and earn their way in Scouting.

Provides an opportunity for Scouts to pay for their entire Scouting Program with one fundraiser.

Your Scout can earn cool rewards and even a college scholarship.

Your Scout will gain confidence by learning important life skills such as goal-setting, teamwork and speaking in public.

The annual popcorn sale supports all three levels of Scouting:

Individual Scout: Reduces the out-of-pocket expense for Scout families.

Your Unit: Provides funding for packs and troops to carry out their activities.

Golden Spread Council: No other fundraiser supports the entire council to serve packs and troops, pay for needed camp equipment, resources, programs for Scouts, training for leaders, and much more.

Here are the 2011 Popcorn Kickoff and Training Dates and Locations:

Popcorn Kickoff Dalhart-7pm  Central United Methodist Church 

September  8,  2011

Popcorn Kickoff Amarillo-9am  St.Thomas Catholic Church

September 10, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff  Spearman-2pm  First United Methodist Church   

September 10, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff  McLean-7pm  First United Methodist Church

September 15, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff Amarillo-9am   St.Thomas Catholic Church

September  17, 2011

Popcorn Kickoff Pampa-2pm   First United Methodist Church

September  17, 2011

All Orders Due                    October 28, 2011

Popcorn Pick Up                November 12, 2011 

All Popcorn Money Due December 2, 2011

Spook-O-Ree   NEW

The 2011 Spook-O-Ree is in October 2011 and is expected to be the best ever!  New and exciting activities will be coming to a Spook-O- Ree near you!  Camp Don and Camp MK Brown are transformed into a mecca of Fall Themed events and activities, a game midway, hay ride, BB and Archery extravaganza plus the traditional Haunted House and Spook Walk for those who want to partake!  For information and to register online, click on the links below!

Spook-O-Ree Flyer

Spook-O-Ree Online Registration

Jamboree 2013

Registration for the 2013 National Jamboree to be held July 15-24 at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is now open.  Check out the link below!.  The national registration fee for participants is $850. Youth participants and leaders registering should check with Bob Altman at 806-358-6500 for fee and payment details, including travel and tour costs.

Jamboree Link

Injury Reporting  New

Unit-level volunteers must report to the council any incident that requires treatment beyond Scout rendered first aid.  If, say, a cut finger or a twisted ankle is treated on site, no report is needed.  If a cut finger requires a visit to the doctor and stitches, the report must be submitted along with any relevent photographs, doctors’ forms etc.  The incident form is located at the link below or on our web site in the forms (safety) section.

Incident Form

Journey to Excellence 

What can   bring to units? Measurement, guidance, recognition, and more:

1. A framework for planning the year

  • The Journey to Excellence standards are based on what successful units do to continually improve.
  • If your unit plans to achieve gold or silver, you’ll have a strong and active program.

2. A method for evaluating your unit

  • Journey to Excellence provides tangible measurements based on information you are likely already tracking, such as how many campouts you have and how many youth are advancing, and the software uses simple ways to calculate your performance.

3. Guidance in areas where you might do better

  • As you track your performance against the Journey to Excellence standards, you can easily see where you could do better.

4. Specific guidelines and standards of what is considered good performance

  • Journey to Excellence has specific, simple measures that help you compare what you are doing against the standards.

5. Early warning of potential problem areas

  • You are able track any areas where your unit is not performing as you might like and have plenty of time to make corrections.

6. Recognition for good Scouting

  • You can proudly receive your bronze, silver, or gold recognition for your Scouting unit for the year.

7. Benchmarking to get ideas and tips from other good units

  • You can receive help and best practices in areas where other units have met the gold standard.
  • In the areas where you are doing well, you can give help and ideas to other units.

High Plains Eagle Scout Association Eagle Scholarship  NEW

 If you have an Scout who has earned Eagle Scout and is interested in submitting an application for consideration of a scholarship from the High Plains Eagle Scout Association, please click on the link below for requirements, important deadlines etc.  This Scout must be a graduation senior to be eligible.


2012 NESA scholarship  NEW

The 2012 NESA scholarship application will be available at on October 1, 2011.  Watch for more information!

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI)   NEW

JOTI is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.  This event utilizes computers and the Internet.  Thousands of Scout groups can be contacted during the weekend.

In the US, Cub Scout dens and Boy Scout patrols can meet and, under supervision of leadership, make many new friends.  JODI will begin on October 15 and end on October 16.  For more information, click on the link below!

JOTI Information

Memorials and Tributes

From                                                          In Tribute of

Tom Riney                                                 Coworkers

2011 Eagle Scouts

First Name Initial Last Name Unit District
J Gettles T-80 GE
N Baucom T-94 GE
C Blashill T-79 QP
H Campsey T-4 GE
J Carlile T-86 GE
J Carlisle T-86 GE
D Corse T-472 AW
C Diaz T-108 GE
S Dismuke T-633 GE
P Dixon T-560 AW
R Fletcher T-94 GE
T Heymer T-74 GE
M Hoy T-87 GE
A Huebner T-633 GE
B Jones T-94 GE
M Kmetz T-633 GE
A Law T-87 GE
T Lowrey T-87 GE
W May T-108 GE
Z Metzger T-633 GE
A Metzger T-633 GE
D Montgomery T-404 AW
J Moore T-472 AW
Murphy T-142 LW
M Perez T-80 GE
J Ray T-31 GE
J Rowland C-80 GE
J Stonecipher T-160 LW
J Truelock T-633 GE
D Wagner T-562 GE
T Watson T-104 LW
F Whettle T-29 QP
W Wilson T-472 AW
N Wilson T-17 AW

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