PILOT MOUNTAIN — There wasn’t a campfire, but that same type of camaraderie was evident at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Dogwood District Annual Recognition Banquet at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday night.
Training Chairman Donnie Diamont and BSA Old Hickory Council Retired Senior District Executive Phillip Thompson made the presentations for cub scout leader of the year, boy scout leader of the year and District Award of Merit.
Diamont named Johnny Dollyhigh and Shelia Cox as boy scout leaders of the year and Keith Moser was named cub scout leader of the year. Thompson named Sharlene Mills and Edward “Ted” Radford to the District Award of Merit.
“Whatever you and everyone contribute to scouting is important,” Thompson told the participants as a preface to naming the recipients.
Mills is an assistant Webelos leader with Cub Scout Pack 505 which is sponsored by the Level Cross United Methodist Church. Thompson said she and her husband, Bryan, have been married for 21 years and have two sons, Andrew and Jacob. Andrew is a Life Scout in troop 505 and Jacop is a Webelos II in Pack 505. Mills is the daughter of Lorene McCraw Toone and the late Bernard Toone of Dobson.
Thompson said she has been a parent volunteer with Pack 575 for five years and an assistant leader with Pack 505 for four years. The two are also involved with the Campmaster program at Camp Raven Knob where they volunteer one or two weekends per year as a family to provide oversight of camp activities so camp rangers can have a duty-free weekend. She has also been a member of the Dogwood District Day Camp staff at Fisher River Park for two years.
Mills shared with the audience her enthusiasm for the district’s successful Scouting for Food program which she has participated in for ten years. Thompson said as a volunteer for this program she planned food collection, packed collected food, divided collected food for various participating agencies and arranged food pick-up by charitable agencies.
Thompson said Radford had been in scouting for 27 years in Troop 553 and Pack 553, ten years as a youth and 14 years as an adult leader. He said he had been an assistant scout master of Troop 553 for ten years and was scout master of Troop 553 for four years. Radford received his Eagle Award in Scouting in 1991, has attended 16 scouting conclaves, three National Order Of the Arrow conferences, received the Scouter’s Training Award in 1996 as well as the Leader of the Year Award in 2009.
Additionally he has participated in several District Klondike Derby’s in the District, served five years on Camp Raven Knob camp staff and also served as a merit badge counselor at Raven Knob’s summer camp. Thompson said he and his wife, Shelley, have one son, Trae, and a daughter, Sierra. Radford is a contractor and custom cabinet builder. He is the son of Edward and Libby Radford.
Other district achievements named at the program were Dogwood District Eagle Scouts for 2012-2013. Scouts named were Wesley Robinson, Matthew Dowell, Zeb Bledsoe, Kirkland Needham, Daylon Shaw, Jordan Crowson, Justin Haymore, Anthony Tate and Marc Magaraci. Phillip Hart and Weston Mosley were elected Vigil Members of the Order of the Arrow, an honor camping society, and Hugh Atkinson was named vice chief of finance for the 2014 Wahissa Lodge.
Six were named as 2014 Kola Chapter officers. Devon Simmons was named chapter chief, Chase Mosley will serve as vice chief of activities, Wesley Robinson will be the vice chief of Indian affairs, Hugh Atkinson will be the vice chief of finance and administration, Will Nichols will be vice chief of elections and camping promotions and David Taylor will serve as chapter advisor.
Veteran Award recipients named were Ken Badgett for 35 years, Jim Grimes and Thompson for 65 years each and David Haymore for 25 years of participation. John and Karen Springthorpe and Gene Rees were named to certificates of appreciation for their continued support of scouting. Banquet Chairman Betty Taylor was also presented a picture honoring her participation in the Wood Badge Course and for her efforts in support of the banquet.
District Chairman David Taylor was presented a unique handmade peace pipe in recognition of his service and Scout Matthew Dowell was recognized for scoring 96 out of a possible 100 points in the National Rifle Association Raven Knob national marksmanship competition. The score earned Dowell first place in the junior division.
The guest speaker for the event was Lead Forecaster National Weather Service in Raleigh Phil Badgett. Badgett is also an Eagle Scout, Troop 529. Badgett’s presentation showed patterns of tornado and hurricane activity locally as well as information on how the storms were rated and paths they commonly take in the region.
Badgett said his interest in weather began as a scout when he had to observe and be prepared. His data indicated that groups of these storms seem to occur closely together followed by relatively calm periods without hurricanes or tornadoes. He also discussed the mission and what the service does for citizens as it seeks to help protect life and property with its forecasts.
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