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Boy Scout's American Values Dinner to recognize 3 residents, raise funds
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Jim Mathis Jr.

American Values Dinner

Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville

When: 6 p.m. check-in, dinner at 6:30 March 22

Cost: $250 per person or $2,500 per table of 10

Contact: 706-693-2446 or 800-699-8806 to make reservations


Three Gainesville residents will be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America for exemplifying the Scout Law and Scout Oath in their lives.

The Scouts will host their annual American Values Dinner on March 22 at the Chattahoochee Country Club.
The honorees are chosen by a volunteer nominating committee for their civic leadership and community involvement.

Though the recipients weren't all Boy Scouts, they exemplify the traits required of a Scout in the Scout Oath. A Scout promises to do his duty to God and his country, help others at all times, to remain
mentally awake and morally straight.

"We try to identify people who exemplify the Scout's Law and the Scout's Oath," Brian Bailey, district executive of Boy Scouts of America, said.

The recipients of this year's Ralph Cleveland Distinguished Citizen Award will be Jim Mathis Jr., Ed Schrader and Anne Warren Thomas.

Jim Mathis Jr. is president and CEO of the North Georgia Community Foundation. He has been involved in several civic projects and has been honored as the Man of the Year by the Gainesville Rotary Club and Young Man of the Year by the Gainesville Jaycees.

Ed Schrader is the ninth president of Brenau University. Since coming to Brenau in 2005, the university has grown and now offers its first doctoral degree program.

Anne Warren Thomas moved to Gainesville in 1955 and has since devoted her time to a variety of medical and social causes, including the Good News at Noon Dental Clinic, which is named for her father.

This year's dinner will feature Howard Wasdin as guest speaker. Wasdin is the author of the New York Times best-seller "SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper." Following the dinner there will be a book signing.

Reservations are $250 per person, and tables for 10 are available for $2,500. The deadline to make reservations is March 20.

"There is no price to attend but there is a suggested donation level of $250, a portion of which is tax deductible," Bailey said.

The funds raised by the dinner will benefit the operations of the Northeast Georgia Boy Scouts. More than 200 people attended last year's event.

"We anticipate it being another fantastic event this year," Bailey said.