BBBS holds first golf event; Scouts convene Court of Honor

SCOUT of the Year Michael Caldwell, District Executive Rick Denis, and Scoutmaster of the Year Jeff McCaw, at Court of Honor.

SCOUT of the Year Michael Caldwell, District Executive Rick Denis, and Scoutmaster of the Year Jeff McCaw, at Court of Honor.

Indian Creek Golf Course hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters’ first ever golf clinic on Saturday, May 16. Justine Ziegler of Big Brothers Big Sister writes, “Mark Gradin, Director of Instruction and Player Development, and a few volunteers from the Hood River Valley girls and boys golf teams generously presented the event.

“On a windy but beautiful day on the course, approximately 20 program participants, including Bigs and Littles from Hood River, Klickitat, and Wasco counties, attended the event, where they learned the health benefits of golf, as well as putting and driving techniques.

“Little Brother Zach said he loves playing golf, but he’s never had the opportunity to play at such a nice facility as Indian Creek. Walt Notter, Zach’s Big Brother of almost seven years, watched proudly as Zach improved his accuracy on his puts and follow through on his drives.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters, a program of The Next Door, is actively seeking adult volunteer mentors for the children on the waitlist (ages 6 to 14). If you would enjoy spending about eight hours a month being a friend to a child, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters staff to apply. In Hood River and Klickitat Counties, call Ziegler at 541-490-9979. In Wasco County, call Courtney Reyes at 541-993-9022.

Scouts District Court of Honor

On May 21, Scouters, their families and representatives gathered at the St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles to honor their past year’s outstanding participants.

Mid-Columbia District Chairman John Pereira welcomed everyone and announced the presentation of the colors which was led by the Order of the Arrow: Joshua Barringer, Sam Lemly and Joey Slover. District Executive Rick Denis gave the invocation before the dinner catered by Kari and Jeff Croke.

The ceremony proceeded with many awards to deserving individuals such as this year’s outstanding….

Pack of the Year – P395 The Dalles; Cub master of the Year– Jeff Kiser, P398 The Dalles; Troop of the Year – Troop 282 Hood River;

Scoutmaster of the Year…Jeff McCaw, Troop 282;

Cub Scout of the Year – Austin Keene, Pack 398;

Boy Scout of the Year – Michael Caldwell, Troop 282;

Commissioner of the Year – Katherine Arbon;

Spark Plug Award — Mark Lemley, Troop 282, Kari Croke, Pack 282, Kathy Lamoreaux, Pack 395, Sandie Fuwell, Pack 395, Lisa Gabriel, Pack 282;

Boy Scout Family of the Year – Michael and Meg Becker, Troop 282

Cub Scout Family of the Year – Leif and Jesse Fox, Pack 392 Stevenson

Twilight Camp 2014 — Sara Lavino, Pack 282

Membership Award: Highest increase in membership – Pack 395, Troop 357, Team 352 and Crew 352

District Award of Merit — Dave Barringer, Troop 282, Michael Becker, Crew 282

Silver Beaver Presentation…Mildred E. Lykens replaced lost award from Southern Oregon’s Roaring Rogue District.

National Outdoor Challenge Award — Troop 398, Anthony Pereira Scoutmaster

Scoutmaster Key —Anthony Pereira, Tr398

Key Three — District’s Executive Rick Denis, Chairman John Pereira and Commissioner Gary Hesselink.

Friends of Scouting… A large Silver Eagle Statue awarded to Cascade Pacific Council for highest percentage of family participation in fundraising in 2015. FOS committee: Anthony Pereira, Chairman and members: John Pereira, Nick Kirby, Jeff McCaw, Gary Hesselink, and Rick Denis

Special thanks for years of service: Carolyn Kirby, Outgoing District Advancement Chairman; Ray and Elsa Weiss for being Roundtable Commissioners; and Dave Griffith for hosting the first Eagle Alumni / Silver Beaver reception.

Steven Sliwa, PhD has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award upon nomination by the Cascade Pacific Council, Hood River and the Boy Scouts of America. This award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

Sliwa has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America, since Feb. 4, 1969; and achieved Eagle Scout. He has continued to serve God, his country, and other people by following the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Through his career as founder and CEO of Insitu, he has met all standards of aforementioned principals and continues to volunteer to his community. (Details in the June 6 edition.)

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