If you missed it, here’s a brief summary of Saturday’s event:
Volunteers and Scouts from throughout the council enjoyed being greeted on the red carpet, surrounded by flashing camera’s, and numerous Scouting displays. Angel Palmer, our very own Access Hollywood reporter was glammed-up and conducting interviews of the numerous celebrities as they arrived. Each interview was on a live feed into the main ballroom for all to see.
Between interviews, the waiting crowd was entertained by Calvin Cub Scout and Bobby Boy Scout; two puppets sitting in front of their own, custom built canvas-condominium on the main stage. Calvin and Bobby (John Snyder and Rob Hilburn) were sometimes a bit confused about the going’s-on and that made for a few hilarious moments during the event.
With nearly 300 finally in the room and seated, Jeff Wickerham did a great MC Hammer for Calvin and Bobby who were confused as the the meaning of MC (Master of Ceremonies) then got things started.
The Venturing officers association presented the colors and Eagle Scout David McCartney did an awesome job singing the National anthem. Robert Heinlein gave our invocation and dinner was served. It was a great start to an awesome afternoon.
Between funny video clips, and comments by the puppets, the following awards were presented;
Council President Arv Palmer announced two ‘Presidents Awards’. One to Kim Fletcher for her awesome work at camp each summer managing the Dining Hall and the Kitchen. The second went to Matt Murphy for the many hundreds of hours he has spent at the Scouting Service Center solving computer and phone related issues.
Area VP Bruce Boyle presented the Journey to Excellence (JTE) ‘Silver’ award to the Council. Council commissioner Dan ackerman then presented the ‘Gold’ JTE award to the Netawotwees Lodge, and the ‘Silver’ JTE award to the Arrowhead district. Past council President Steve Buck presented four James E. West Fellowships to; Lee Thomas, Therese Lehman, Robert Ebersol, and James Hazlett. Therese Lehman was held on stage for a special presentation recognizing her for her 25 years on the MVSR Summer Camp Staff.
Cub Scout Aiden Hypes, Pack 121 received a Certificate of Meritorious Service for his actions helping a struggling swimmer. Cub Scout Leader Michael Brooks, Pack 510 received a Certificate of Meritorious Service for his rescue of Eva Bonifeld from an auto accident. Eva was pregnant at the time of the accident, and Micheal met the baby for the first time on stage!
Nate Steele and Timothy Koehnle were each recognized with the Venturing Leadership Award.
Our Keynote speaker Joshua York shared how he discovered his passion for nature through his Scouting experiences. His Eagle Scout Award is still among his proudest moments.
Rob and Kim Hilburn were honored with the highest award the council can give a volunteer; the Silver Beaver. The award recognized their passion, commitment and leadership to Scouting.
The evening concluded with the recognition of the 2013 class of Venturing Silvers and Eagle Scouts. Each a testament to the the value of the program, the incredible impact of Scouting volunteers, and their own exceptionalism.