scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Sparkplugs, Conclaves, District Awards - Thank You
Kenneth Spiegel (MVAEMT@AOL.COM
Mon Apr 17 2000 - 09:51:47 CDT
Dear friends, Scouts and Scouters
I would like to thank the many of you who have helped me over these many
years, those that have traded patches and personal items and those that I
have met at the Jamboree and North East Regionals or in my travels. (I think
I covered everyone.)
This past weekend, I worked at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Long Island, New
York to help make the best Jewish Conclave possible. We had a member of the
Catholic Committee attend the whole weekend and many non Jewish Scouts (along
with a Girl Scout Troop). It was an interesting and eye opening rainy event.
HOWEVER, on Friday night, the District Awards Dinner was held, and I attended
the dinner after setting up camp along with my son, Brian, and Bruce
Stregher, Chairperson of the Suffolk County Jewish Committee on Scouting. My
son received the Local Councils Spark Plug Award (A golden Spark Plug on a
Red Ribbon with a Universal Scouting pin.) At 19 years old he is the youngest
to receive it. BUT, I was totally surprised to discover that three district
awards of merit were issued. The first to a scouter who well deserved it for
his efforts over many years. The second, Bill Hartman, who has formed one of
the most active troops in our district, helped plan numerous district
camporees and has been active at the council level for many many years. The
third person, who was totally surprised, was ME. I could not believe it.
There are so many scouters who were in the room that have been in scouting
longer than me doing much more than me who have never received it. I am
greatly honored by the district and the committee. I hope that I can live up
to the obligation and responsibility that now comes with this great honor.
HOWEVER, I feel that much of this belongs out there with my many friends who
have given advice, help and hope to our scouting community.
I dedicate my District Award of Merit to our on line community. May it
continue to grow and show the true light of Scouting.
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