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Scouting hits 100; more heroes chosen
By Barry Schrader.................................September
Boy Scouts of America was founded 100 years ago, so the local
Kishwaukee District of the Three Fires Council is celebrating
all year. Their high-profile community event is honoring six
outstanding achievers Oct. 7 at the annual Tribute to Heroes.
Interested in learning more about the local Scouts
history, I contacted senior district executive director Mary
Beth Wilfong. She referred me to a district volunteer, David
Lindgren, who has a longtime Scouting background. I found out
the oldest continuously local active troop is Troop 4, which
was chartered in 1925 and meets at First United Methodist Church
of DeKalb. Another local unit, Troop 33, predated them by a few
months, but had a gap in its active status which puts them slightly
behind Troop 4. Originally known as Troop 3, the second troop
is sponsored by First Lutheran Church of DeKalb with Cliff Golden
Troop 4 Scoutmaster Jeff Norris
is the perfect example of how Scouting pays off in training future
leaders. He came up through the ranks in that same troop, all
the way to the top rank of Eagle Scout, then later became its
scoutmaster and is sharing all he learned with the next generation
of boys. Golden is also a shining example of
A US postage stamp honoring Scouting on its centennial
was issued earlier this year
adult Scouting. He is being inducted into the National Hall of
Leadership during a ceremony in November. He has the distinction
of being the first inductee from Three Fires Council.
for eight years now, the Scouts have held an awards program to
honor local residents for a lifetime of community or professional
Looking over the impressive biographies
of the winners, I found some tidbits that could spice up cocktail
party conversation. Sandwich Mayor Tom Thomas began his political
career as a write-in for mayor, and has kept the job for more
than 20 years. He almost has Mayor Daley beat! Betty Koehling
once played in the DeKalb Municipal Band under the baton of Dee
Her husband Gordon served as an usher
at the Methodist Church for 25 years.
wrote that he has had a few setbacks in his life, noting he chaired
two unsuccessful school referendums to remodel the DeKalb High
School. Robert Boey lived in Hoboken, N.J., while attending the
Stevens Institute of Technology to become a mechanical engineer
I wonder if he ever met Tony Soprano. Boeys wife
Doris once belonged to the Genoa-Kingston Rotary Club, now defunct.
She is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
Of course, if
you want to find out why they really deserve the Heroes honors,
you need to attend the Oct. 7 event at Kishwaukee College. I
have been to three of them and appreciated the accomplishments
of the several people each year who are being recognized.
But I wish they would call it a Lifetime Achievement
Award as I think of a hero being someone who saves
a life or commits some act of heroism. However, after eight years
of annointing them as heroes, why mess with success.
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