Boy Scout leaders honored at dinner

SKANDIA – The Hiawathaland District of Bay Lakes Council recently held its first Annual District Recognition Dinner up in Skandia. With the merger of Hiawathaland Council with Bay Lakes Council last year, the Hiawathaland now has become the Hiawathaland District.

Troop 360 of Skandia hosted this year’s Eagle Scout class and Adult leader’s recognition, and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Hiawathaland District Chair George Montgomery presided over the evening with assistance from Ray Schebel, District Commissioner.

This year’s Eagle Scouts from across the entire Hiawathaland District were recognized. They are Bradley Sankey, Aaron Radlicki, Gregory Brewster, Ross Johnson, Samuel Patton, Andrew R Fitch, Tyler Rantala, Ryan Wayman, Alex Ashley, Aaron Carruth, Cody Lassiter, Michael Campana, Zachary Taylor, Chase Pinar, Cody Johnson, Kyle Johnson, James De Clerck, Wesley Matteson, Edward Glowacki III, Paul Flaminio, Lucas James Poisson, Ryan Wendt, Michael Whitman, Thomas Page, Gabriel Ostrenga, Derek Bernson, Adam Weber, Joshua Christ, Zachary Kemnitz, Michael Edwards, Adam Shafer, and Jamis Shafer,

Hiawathaland District Award of Merit Recipients 2013 were also recognized. The District Award of Merit is the highest award a District can present to its leaders. Honored were:

Betty Williams has been an integral part of her local Scouting program for over 15 years. During that time, she has been in involved in many Scouting activities in her community. She has worked through Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting, along the way holding positions as den leader, Webelos den leader, unit committee member, unit treasurer, and Unit Commissioner. Beyond that service, this volunteer has put in years with the preparation and implementation of the Mackinac Island Scout Service Camp, as treasurer for the Red Buck Order of the Axe, as the last Red Buck District Chair, and as a vice chair in the Hiawathaland District.

Darryl Mattson’s involvement in Scouting goes back at least 28 years, when he was a youth member while earning his Eagle rank. As an adult, he has served as an adult partner in Tiger Cubs, a Den leader, a Cubmaster, and unit treasurer. During his tenure as Cubmaster, this volunteer built his pack into one of the largest in the Upper Peninsula. They became a leading unit in Popcorn sales and in Cub Scout resident camp attendance under his leadership. Beyond his own pack, this volunteer has chaired the Pere Marquette Cub Scout Winter Games for four years in an outstanding manner.

Jamie Siedlecki has been active as an adult Scouter for seven years. During that time, he has served as an adult Tiger Cub Partner, den leader, Webelos den leader, Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Scoutmaster. Cub Scouting, to date, has been his forte, with training and proper preparation emphasized so that his scouts receive the maximum from their experiences. This dedication has flowed over in his service in youth ministry at his church and by teaching science to home schoolers. Beyond his unit level contributions, this volunteer has also served as the organizer of the Pinewood Derby finals, the Cub Olympics, the Cub-O-Ree, and the Cub Day Camp in Red Buck. He has been an active member of the Order of the Axe for two years.

Scouting Years of Service was also observed and Scouting has flourished in the Hiawathaland with the two Senior Scouters, Marvin Gibson of Marquette and Dick Oslund of Escanaba, both being recognized for their many years serving the boys.