The Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts of America conducted the 2009 annual business meeting, volunteer recognition dinner and National Court of Honor on Wednesday March 17, 2010 in Turlock California. Council members, volunteers and invited guests assembled to recognize the hard work and dedication of council volunteers during what outgoing Council President Dr. Rand Tolboe called, “a most challenging year”.
Silver Beaver Award
Among the distinguished volunteers recognized Wednesday, 8 stand-out Scouters received the Silver Beaver Award; the highest honor a council may bestow on a volunteer. Silver Beaver award recipients include: Bill Blackford, Ken Elving, Greg Gores, Tim Long, James Serface, Hal Smeltzer, Ridge Sutter, and Arthur Tomlinson. During the program, a National Court of Honor was called to order and the Silver Beaver recipients received a uniform pin, award ribbon and honorary plaque signed by the Chief Scout, Robert Mazzuca.
Following the business meeting portion of the evening and after hearing a sobering Treasurer’s report, Dr. Tolboe reflected on his 2-year term and summarized his love and commitment for Scouting, “I will serve Scouting as long as I can stand on my two feet.”
Incoming Council President, Michael Gemperle outlined his vision through future council goals: a) sound fiscal operation through cost-control and endowment development, b) growth of youth membership and volunteer-base, c) visibility of Scouting through relevant, quality programs at the unit level.
Scouting legacies; past and present
Dinner guests enjoyed listening to a one-of-a-kind Scouting legacy story. Distinguished guest Joyce Harmon is the daughter of George Baggett, who in 1908, was a member of the first Boy Scout troop in the world, led by Scouting’s founder Lord Baden Powell. Speaking softly to the attentive crowd, Harmon spoke endearingly of her father’s participation in the earliest days of Scouting. Baggett was awarded the Medal of Merit by the British monarchy in 1950 after a long run as Scout Commissioner.
The council also recognized 5 esteemed Scouting veterans for their years of notable volunteer service: Jay Herbrand; 40 years, Ronald Swift; 45 years, Robert Kimball; 55 years, Ronald McClellan; 55 years, Onis Lentz; 70 years.
Notable awards and merit
The council’s International Committee recognized Ken Buehner for his role in the international community of Scouting.
Darian Wilson, Law Enforcement Explorer Scout received a Life Saving Award for his role in saving the life of a deputy sheriff. Wilson was on a ride-along when the deputy was overcome during a violent struggle. Wilson intervened, saving the life of the deputy.
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