Re: An award announcement
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 22:35:29 -0600
Tom told us and asked us:
>First, my son Matt completed his review for the Exploring G.O.L.D. award
>on 10/28. We turn everything in at Northwest Suburban council (and I
>assume pay for ordering the stuff, too) today.
Why isn't your Post or the Council paying for the award, knot and certificate??
>At the moment this is the top Exploring award but with them about to
>re-introduce the Silver Award it becomes a stepping stone.
The Silver Award will be reintroduced along with the Ranger Award after the
first of the year. There's a problem (patch collectors alert!) with the
knot for the Ranger Award, I understand.
>Second - and I expect Mr. Walton will weigh in here - as a relatively new
>award, what do other Councils do for recognition.
Since you've asked *heheheheee*....most local Councils, Tom, do two
presentations. A unit presentation is done as soon as possible after the
Council review is done and as soon as the insignia and medal is obtained.
The Council does a presentation and usually invites the GOLD Award
receipient(s) to the Council's recognition dinner (one of those many youth
awards that are recognized as I mentioned in the string dealing with the
dinner itself last week). During that presentation, the Council presents
the certificate and square knot (attached to the backside of the certificate)
and presentation cover.
The GOLD Award (and it's precedessor, the Exploring Achievement Award) are
national awards but other than copies of the national award being kept by
the Exploring Division, the entire award and presentation is done locally.
The basic presentation ceremony for the EAA applies for the GOLD Award. The
Council's Exploring Chair and Commissioner, along with the youth Explorer
Officers' Association chair participates in the ceremony. The Exploring
Chair explains the award to the assembled; the Commissioner presents the
award (places the award over the head of the receipient -- the award used to
be a lapel pin, and the Commissioner pinned the award) and the youth leader
presents a Council certificate to the new holder.
Broad recognition of the award should be made by the local Council and the
Post or Ship...the holder's school, church and community should be made
aware of the specialness of the award (less than 200 are presented each
year!!) and the fact that the award recognizes leadership and service to
youth and to the community over an extended period of time.
Please pass along my personal congrats to your son, Tom....the GOLD award is
a special goal to acheive, and it's something that he can be proud of now
and in the future!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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