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Boy Scouts honor 3 local leaders

POSTED: March 15, 2013 12:58 a.m.
Scott Rogers/The Times

Mary Lynn Coyle chats with Randall Frost, left, and Elton Maddox at the Chattahoochee Country Club on Thursday evening during the 2013 Gainesville American Values Dinner. The three were recipients of the Ralph Cleveland Distinguished Citizen Award.

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It was an evening of honors, but also celebrations.

The Northeast Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America has grown for the past 28 consecutive years with a record membership of 25,591 youth enrolled in its 627 units, the most in its history.

The Boy Scouts of America also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first Eagle Scout.

Of the district’s 322 boys receiving the rank of Eagle Scout, 18 came from Hall County.

But it was also an evening to say thank you. The Northeast Georgia Council honored three local leaders on Thursday night for the 2013 Gainesville American Values Dinner at the Chattahoochee Country Club.
Mary Lynn Coyle, chairwoman of the Northeast Georgia Health System Inc., received one of three Ralph Cleveland Distinguished Citizen Awards.

Coyle returned to Gainesville in 1985 after attending college in Missouri. She immediately became active in the community, where she helped raise thousands of dollars for the Medical Center Auxiliary. She chaired the Unification Committee when Northeast Georgia Medical Center acquired the Lanier Park campus.

“She is grace under fire,” said Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System Inc.

“Her ties to the medical community run deep; she has served on many boards,” she said.

In 2002, Coyle chaired the Master Facility Planning Task Force for the medical center. She served on the board of trustees at the medical center for six years.

She has raised millions of dollars to build facilities for future generations as well as having respect for the past, said Burrell.

The second honor was given to Randall Frost, managing partner in the law firm of Stewart, Melvin and Frost LLP. He has been practicing law since 1971.

As a boy, Frost earned his Eagle Scout. He was an Order of the Arrow member and received his God and Country Religious Emblem in 1964.

Since then, his leadership has included board and community positions with the Gainesville Kiwanis Club, the Arts Council, Northeastern Bar Association, the Gainesville Board of Education and the Hall County YMCA.
“He is smart, focused and has an exceptional work ethic,” said John Melvin, senior partner of Stewart, Melvin and Frost. “He is the most respected attorney in the state of Georgia,” Melvin said.

Frost has been honored by the United Way of Hall County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, the Arts Council and Kiwanis International as a George F. Hixson Fellow.

The final honoree was Elton Maddox. Maddox is president and CEO of Wayne Farms LLC, the sixth-largest vertically integrated producer and processor of poultry in the nation. He has held many leadership positions in the poultry industry, including president of the Georgia Poultry Federation and director of the National Chicken Council.

Maddox supports free sports camps, along with his wife, from Georgia, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, inland Africa to the Bay Islands of Honduras and Bolivia. In addition, within a three-year period, he helped build local camps for special needs children in Hall County and surrounding areas.

What drives Maddox is his faith, said Tommy Myers, vice president of Wayne Farms. “He talks about God and doesn’t serve to get recognition,” said Myers.

“He serves because it’s about people and his faith,” Myers said.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock from the Boy Scouts of America.

According to the Northeast Georgia Council, nearly 6,000 volunteers participated in scouting in 2012.


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