Scouting News: Troop 30 announces new Eagles


Courtesy of Gilda Garreton
Troop 30’s new Eagle Scouts include, from left, Alejandro Villablanca, Joseph A. Ismael, Garrin Conner Shieh and Casey W. McConnell.

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 30 honored four new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony May 18. Los Altos City Councilwoman Jan Pepper presented the Scouts with proclamations.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:

Engagement: Laurel Shiba and Andrew Chung

Laurel Shiba and Andrew Chung are engaged to be married Oct. 5 at Gover Ranch in Anderson.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Gina and John Atkinson of Los Altos. She attended Pinewood School and graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies, and from Palo Alto University with a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is completing at postdoctoral fellowship at Y.A. Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

Merlynne Smith Armi

Merlynne Smith Armi 070319 onlineMerlynne S. Armi of Los Altos Hills, CA passed away peacefully during the morning of June 21, 2019 after a long illness. Merlynne was born on February 18, 1933 to the late George Levi Goodwin Smith and the late Corinn Beckley Smith. Family legend has it that Merlynne was born with a love for travel. Although her parents were living in Chicago, Merlynne was born in New Albany, Indiana. Her mother Corinn went into labor when she and her husband were on their way to visit family in Louisville and Merlynne didn’t want to miss out on the fun.

Armed with such a strong desire to see the world, Merlynne studied to become a registered nurse at Cook County Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois, with the hope of becoming a flight attendant, or air hostess, as they were called back in the day. In the early days of passenger air travel, all air hostesses were required to be registered nurses.

Robert Ersepke


Robert Ersepke 070319 onlineAugust 30, 1938 - May 29, 2019

Robert Ersepke was born on August 30, 1938 to Gertrude and Edmund Ersepke in San Francisco.  As a boy Robert stood out for his dependability and eagerness to help. A quality which would endure throughout his life. He also had a knack for repair work. At a young age he would assist his parents with work on the house, other projects, and became a young handyman.  Robert would not shy away from any task. 

He graduated from George Washington High School, was called by the United States Army and was assigned to Europe during the height of the Cold War. There he served in the field as an Artillery Surveyor. He was honorably discharged from the Army and attended San Jose State University.  He formed many lifelong friendships while at San Jose State, joined the Flying Club, and eventually became a pilot.


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