Forest Trails District ‘Salute to Scouting’

This award is presented each year at the District’s annual Distinguished Citizen Banquet.  The award is presented to a Scouting volunteer who has made significant contributions to Scouting over many years.  The 2013 ‘Salute to Scouting’ honoree is Sharon Ward.  Here is the presentation made at the banquet:

“The amount of dedication in time, resources, and talent these volunteers give, has a real and permanent impact on the lives of youth.

Tonight we bestow this honor on Sharon Ward, who stands out as one that has, and still, demonstrates the character and willingness to go above and beyond for the benefit of young people.

Like the majority of volunteers Sharon was requested to help as a favor. Jim Moss asked her to help with district training in 1991, well that favor got her involved in district training for the next three years. After Mr. Al Persel retired from the Council Training Chair, Sharon stepped up to the bigger task of organizing training for the entire seven and one half counties that make up our council. During her tenure with pack 547 she has served as a Den Leader, Committee Member, Day Camp Program Director, and Adventure Camp director. Sharon believes strongly that a leader cannot deliver quality results and guide advancement without proper training. She participated in many training conferences even traveling as far as Chicago. Later she participated in Wood Badge in 1992 and then volunteered on staff in 1994.

Sharon volunteers time to help the scout office process the Eagle Scout applications. Over the course of time she has processed 373 Eagles making sure everything is in order.

Sharon does not like to sit still. She worked at Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare for twenty eight years, retiring in 2005 but came back and fully retired in 2008. She is active in many community organizations like the First Baptist Church, Magical Moments, Kiwanis Club where she serves as the Chairman of Youth Services.  She serves on the Guernsey County Youth Commission, and is the Board secretary of the Cambridge Credit Union. Sharon shares her life with her husband Dale, She has three children, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Two of her sons and one great grandson have earned the Eagle Scout award.

Sharon, would you please come forward to accept our first award of this evening; our Salute to Scouting for 2013.

Sharon, tonight we are presenting to you with this special edition Eagle Keepsake Box. Please accept it as a token of our appreciation of your exceptional service to the youth of Muskingum Valley Council.

Please join me in congratulating Sharon Ward our  2013 “Salute to Scouting” Honoree!”