A Letter of SupportSeptember 24, 1991

Mayor Frank Schillo
City of Thousand Oaks
2150 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91302

Dear Mayor Schillo:

I'd like to thank you for attending my Eagle Court of Honor a few weeks ago and for your kind remarks.  I would also like to thank you and the City Council for presenting me with the Commendation Awarded the City Pin, which I will wear proudly as I represent this community and my church in Toronto Canada for the next two years.

The commendation given me states that the requirements to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor of the Boy Scouts of America, are: "...perseverance, hard work and dedication to the task at hand".   As long as I can remember I have been working toward fulfilling another goal.   This goal has been to fulfill a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), as my father, and three older brothers have done.  This goal has also taken perseverance, hard work and dedication.

During the past six months, in preparation for this mission, I have been employed by the Car Wash Guys, owned by Lance Winslow.  I thank him for the kindness and support while employed.  I learned many important lessons of life, including; work ethics and skills which have made me a better person that can be used in the many leadership roles ahead.

Being employed by the Car Wash Guys has not only helped me with my financial support while in Canada, but has helped at least five other Car Wash Guy/Gals employees pay for their tuition to a college or university of their choice.

The Car Wash Guys has definitely been a help to me personally.  I have also personally seen the Car Wash Guys/Gals help and serve our community, our schools, with youth fund raising activities.  Customers save time and money, and extremely important to our present environment - has helped conserve water.   It only takes approximately 2.5 gallons of water to wash a car.  Sounds unbelievable?  I am sure Lance would be glad to give you a demonstration.

I believe that you will agree with me, sometimes too much legislation can be a dangerous thing.  I appreciate the long hours you and the City Council serve in behalf of our community.  I also see a real need for businesses like the Car Wash Guys/Gals to help our youth with employment and fund raising activities, the community in its conservation and also the many, many happy customers.

Thank you for your consideration of allowing Lance Winslow and the Car Wash Guys/Gals to continue their operations in the Conejo Valley.

Sincerely yours,
Matthew S. Merrill 

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