The District Award of Merit is the highest award that can be given by a district to adult Scout leaders. It is given in recognition of unusual dedication and service to the youth and Scouting.
Highlights of the evening included the presentation of the colors and pledge by Troop 220, sponsored by the Elks Club. Eleven year old Rifle Morgan took command and directed the color guard with clarity and exactness.
Eagle Scout, Brigadier General Keith Lee Thurgood was the keynote speaker. His presentation was distinct and meaningful with strong support for the Boy Scouts of America. One of his concluding remarks emphasized the fulfillment of responsibility in growth of an Eagle Scout: "It is the journey to the Eagle that is most important in achieving the recognition." Morgan was presented a Generals Coin for his leadership and command ability.
Steven Paxton, Stone Creek District Commissioner, presented an Honorary District Award of Merit to Thurgood. Paxton was Thurgood's Scoutmaster. He said the general was an outstanding leader even as a youth. A strong bond continues between them. Leon and Donna Thurgood are the general's parents.
Long and dedicated service distinguishes the recipients of the District Award of Merit. Forty, 35, 30, 20, and 15 years of adult leadership are common among them.
Those who received the District Award of Merit are: T. Bud Benard, William Chaston, Michelle Christensen, Douglas B. Coons, Jimmy B. Feichko, Benjamin Horsley, Sterling N. Jensen, Leon C. Thurgood, and Wesley White.
Each year a Stone Award is presented to individuals that have rendered special service to the Stone Creek District. This is a local award that was developed by the district many years ago. Stone Awards were given to: Wes Adams, Anne E. Christensen, Ernest Kuhn, Jan Morgan, and Marsha M. Paxton.
Wally Rupp attended as a special guest. He is an active Scoutmaster with 30 years of tenure. At 79 years of age, he plans to take his troop on a 50 mile hike in the High Uintas this coming summer, continuing a long tradition. He was recently recognized as the Scoutmaster of the Century.