Montgomery receives Silver Beaver Award

RAPID RIVER – Scouter George Montgomery of Rapid River was among six recipients of Boy Scouting’s Silver Beaver Award at the Bay Lakes Council’s recent Recognition Banquet in Green Bay, Wis.

The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council.

The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it.

Montgomery has been involved in Scouting all his life beginning as a Cub Scout and progressing to Life Scout in Southeastern Michigan where he served on the Camp Staff, participating in the Order of the Arrow becoming Lodge Vice Chief, and attending the 1969 National Jamboree. As an adult, he has been an Assistant Scoutmaster, Exploring and Venturing Crew Advisor, District Exploring Chairman, and District Chairman in the Great Sauk Trail Council.

After relocating to the Upper Peninsula in 2009, he served as a council vice president for the Hiawathaland Council until its merger in 2012. Since that time, he has served as chairman for the Hiawathaland District which serves the Boy Scout units in the Upper Peninsula.

Montgomery has been very involved in his community and in professional organizations including the Southeast Michigan Health Executive Forum, American Society of Health Care Professionals, Youth Soccer coach, and served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Monroe, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, and Monroe YMCA. Since relocating, he has served as chair for two years of the Upper Peninsula Hospital Council Chair and as the secretary of the Manistique Rotary Club.

He recently retired as CEO of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital where he oversaw the multi-million dollar replacement of the hospital and rural health clinic.

He resides in Rapid River with his wife Laurie. They are the parents of three adult children including his Eagle Scout son, Skip.