This bulletin reports on the busy program at our annual Boy Scout meeting. During the announcements we recognized our last student for this Rotary year, Carole Beckhorn from Bishop Ireton HS – an honor student who excels in academics, athletics, and in service to her community. The Director of BSA Colonial District, Geoff Thomas, thanked us for our support and said that our district’s scouting program, now including girls, is growing with 6% of scouts attaining the Eagle Scout rank. Donnie Simpson and Todd Bolick presented awards to two local Eagle Scouts, Russel Biesada and Joseph Lepak and each of them gave us a short presentation on what scouting means to them. Our speaker was RADM, USN Ret Stephen Oswald, who also served as a Space Shuttle astronaut and was recognized as a Distinguished Eagle Scout. In closing he told us that scouting had helped him to be prepared when opportunities came his way. A highlight was the presentation of the Rotary Cliff Dochterman Award, named in honor of the man who was a President of RI and an Eagle Scout who consistently supported scouting. Donnie Simpson presented the award to Mike Wicks for his service to Rotary and our community as club president and enthusiastic supporter of scouting in the Colonial District. In his acceptance Mike mentioned that he himself hadn’t been a scout but that his father-in-law was active in scouting and his four daughters had had the good sense to collect husbands with strong scouting experience.
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