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Boy Scouts honor Silver Beavers

POSTED: August 10, 2014 12:09 a.m.

The Boy Scouts of America Northeast Georgia Council were host to the 2014 Council Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Saturday at First Baptist Church on Green Street.

Eleven volunteers received the Silver Beaver award, the highest honor a volunteer can received on the council level.

The Northeast Georgia Council serves 32,000 youth and adult leaders in 26 counties. There are eight geographic districts that comprise the Council. The highest recognition for adults at the District level is the District Award of Merit and these recipients were also recognized.

“The Silver Beaver award is presented to Scouters who have truly demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in Council program,” said Dr. Trevor Hooper, chairman of the Silver Beaver Selection Committee.

Among the recipients were Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell, retired Toccoa Police Chief Jackie Whitmire and Lisa Weston, lieutenant in jail administration for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s office.

There are more than 5,000 scout leaders in the Council, according to Terry Bramlett. Over the years, the Council has awarded more than 400 Silver Beaver awards.

“I feel undeserving of this award,” said Alan Kumler, chapter adviser for Machque Chapter in the Mountain district. “I am glad to do what I can to help with the Boy Scouts.”

Kumler has served with the Boy Scouts for more than 10 years, and has two sons who are Eagle Scouts. He is with Troop 101 in Blairsville.

“People like Alan Kumler give a lot of time and do a lot of jobs others don’t want to do,” Wade said.
Wade is a student at Young Harris College, and he continues to participate with troops.

Also awarded were the Vigil Honor and the James E. West Award.

“You may never receive a thank you for what you do, but if you can put a smile on a boy’s face, it is worth it,” Wade said to the Silver Beaver recipients in his remarks.


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