Scout leaders receive national, district recognition

SARANAC In recognition for their commitments to scouting, leaders from the Adirondack District Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America were honored during the districts annual banquet April 26. The district presented the District Award of Merit, a national award, to Allen Reece of West Chazy. Reece, who serves as assistant district commissioner, was recognized for his role in overseeing Boy Scout troops in Plattsburgh and Morrisonville. Reece has been involved with Scouting since he was a boy, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout nearly 30 years ago. Over the years he remained involved, taking on leadership roles in the organization as his sons became involved in scouting. He came to the area upon his retirement from the United States Air Force in 2004, however, his scouting career did not end there. Reece became actively involved in scouting on the local level and eventually became scoutmaster of Troop 39, based out of Plattsburghs United Methodist Church. Awards committee representative Richard Ward, who read from Reeces nomination for the award, said it was there the honoree spearheaded several innovative open houses and activities, working to attract new members. In 2006, as his sons who are both Eagle Scouts graduated, Reece stepped down as scoutmaster but continued on with the troop as assistant scoutmaster, still remaining active today on two of the troops committees. He has also served the district in various capacities and has been instrumental in reorganizing Pack 66 when the pack was in need of new leaders. They are now meeting on their own and have achieved many of their goals, said Ward. It is through his commitment and positive attitude toward the scouting program, that brings him this nomination and this award. Upon receiving the award, Reece admitted he was humbled. I dont do what I do for the recognition, said Reece. But its always nice to be recognized. Both my boys went through Scouting and my dad raised me through it. I just like doing it because its fun to me. On the district level, Thomas Baier, Chazy, was recognized with the Cubber of the Year Award, for his dedication and support of the greater scouting community. Baier worked to establish a scouting program in the Chazy community when his grandson became interested in scouting nearly five years ago. Knowing the value that a quality scouting program could provide to his grandson and other boys in the community, our Cubber of the Year took on the lead role as cubmaster to build a quality program he knew would serve his grandson and the youth of the Chazy community well, said presenter Bill Kelting. Toms dedication and support of the greater scouting community, makes him the most deserving of this award. Robert Robare was also recognized by the district with the Scouter of Year Award, for having been involved with scouting for the past eight years. Robare stepped up to the challenge of serving as Cubmaster of Pack 66 in Plattsburgh in 2003 and went on to become scout leader of Boy Scout Troop 66. One of his goals was to reorganize the troop youth leadership and train the youth and parents in the method of a Boy Scout troop, said presenter Ruth Ives. The effort paid off. Other award recipients from Clinton County during the banquet included: George Stiefel, Altona, presented with the Venturing Leader Training Award and Venturing Advisors Key; Thomas Metz, Plattsburgh, presented with the Commissioner Arrowhead Honor, Venturing Leader Training Award and Commissioner Key; James Pritchard, Plattsburgh, presented with the Scouting Spirit Award; and Clifton Jack Barrette, Plattsburgh, presented with the Norman Rockwell Award. Class of the Greenhorn awards were also presented to Rafael Rivera, Cadyville; Glen Hurlock, West Plattsburgh; and Fred Tuller and Tracey Tuller, Peru. Metz, a recipient of several awards who served as emcee for the evening, credited scout leaders with accepting the privilege of guiding young people on their path to adulthood. Without you, the adult leaders, scouting couldnt continue, said Metz.

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