Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: My Turn to Brag!
My Turn to Brag!
Sun, 14 Feb 1999 21:31:18 -0800
As I wind down from the end of our Leadership Recognition Dinner and
Fellowship (Used to be District Recognition Dinner but we were only
getting District people there so we changed the name), it is now my
time to be proud and brag.
We had a dinner prepared at a local restaurant with 34 Scouters in
attendance from various units in our area. May sound like a small
attendance to some of you but this is a good upsweep from the lower
attendance in the 20's of the last few years.
The evening started out on a positive note with a presentation of one of
the District Awards of Merit to a dear friend and Scouter of 35 years,
Chuck Yates. I was very honoured to present the award to him myself
because he is one of those people that bends over backwards to
promote the betterment of Scouting in our community.
He recently held a Railroad Camporee that Scouting magazine is
supposed to be featuring sometime soon. The boys came in theme
camping and a great time was had by all!
The night went on with awards presented (some in spoof some serious)
and of course recognition of our spouses that may not wear the uniform
but without their support, we wouldn't be able to do the job that we do.
Then the evening continued with the Scouter of the Year awards. The
Cub Scouter of the year went to Mitzi Wagner, a dynamic go getter of a
lady that has re-vitalized her pack, is Cub Roundtable Commissioner
and also a terrific Day Camp Chair!
The Boy Scouter of the Year went to my son's Scoutmaster Randy
Beckler. Randy has been in the trenches since his son joined and is a
wonderful Scouter, very deserving of the award.
The Explorer Scouter of the Year went to Ron Quigley. Also a Scouter
that started out with the younger group and has formed a great Search
and Rescue Explorer group that is a great help to the local Sheriff
department here in searching for lost individuals. They have even had
some pretty specialized training in this area and work very hard at their
job on a moment's notice.
Well, when I thought that the evening couldn't get anymore wonderful, I
received a very special surprise from my friend Deanna Rodrick-Crosby.
I myself was presented with the District Award of Merit by her in a
wonderful, sincere speech that I will always treasure.
Deanna is our membership chairman and literally busts her buns to get
the Scouting word out to all who she even imagines wants to hear it!
She is also last year's very deserving recipient of the District Award of
If you would like to congratulate our award recipients, send your mail
privately to me and I will make sure they get it.
Sorry for the long winded bragging here but I am still walking on cloud 9
and had to share it with all of you :-)
Redwood Empire, Yokayo District BSA
District Secretary, District Training Chair
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Scouting for our Country's Future!