More than 100 area residents were recently recognized for supporting local Boy Scout programs at the Otschodela Council’s annual volunteer recognition dinner.
The program, held earlier in May, included the presentation of the Silver Beaver award to three local Scouting supporters. According to a media release, the award is the highest honor a council can bestow upon an individual. This year’s award winners were Frank Holley of Sidney, Mary Kersman of Worcester and Roy Bilby of Richmondville.
Holley has been an active member of the Boy Scouts of America since his son joined with the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs in Sidney. During his years as an active adult volunteer, he has served as a den leader, assistant Scoutmaster, and Scoutmaster of Troop 88 in Sidney. Holley has served on the Otschodela Council commissioner’s staff since 1995. Longtime friend and fellow Silver Beaver recipient Paul Beames presented Holley with the award.
Kersman has been active in the Scouting program for 24 years, beginning as her son Alex’s leader in Pack 19 in Worcester. She has continued to serve scouting in Worcester and throughout Otschodela Council as a den leader, Webelos leader, Cubmaster, assistant Scoutmaster and committee chairwoman. According to the release, Kerman has been “instrumental” in organizing new units in the Worcester area. Mary is an active council volunteer and has received the Award of Merit, Deerslayer District Award of Merit. Longtime friend and Eagle Scout Cody Sears presented the award.
Bilby has been an active member of the Boy Scouts since his son Ryan joined with the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs in Richmondville. As an active adult volunteer, he has served as den leader, Webelos leader, assistant Scoutmaster and committee member. Bilby has served on the Otschodela Council commissioner’s staff since 1997 and has been recognized with the District Award of Merit, Arrowhead Award, and for his service to his church, the Lamb of God Award. Longtime friend and Eagle Scout Brett Hotaling presented the Silver Beaver Award.
Otschodela Council additionally recognized the volunteers that have helped scouting in their communities with the Veteran and Training Awards: Paul Bargher was recognized for 40 years of service, and Bennett Thompson was recognized for 10 years of service and the Scoutmaster Award of Merit. Receiving the District Award of Merit was Lisa Whitman of Esperance.
Keynote speaker Carl Mummenthey gave a message to the 2012 Eagle Scouts, who were recognized for their achievement during the 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout Badge.