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2014 District Banquet Recognizes Volunteers

On January 9, 2014, volunteers at all levels were recognized for their service to the youth of Texas Hills District at the annual Banquet.  Food, fun and fellowship were the order of the evening as many people including the Scout leaders, Eagle Scouts and other volunteers were in attendance. 

As Scouters arrived, they were handed a little "Scout Spirit" and encouraged to build a camping scene table centerpiece.  Another fun activity provided as a pre-opening activity was the vote for the "People's Choice" awards.  There were about 20 different fun awards that people could vote for anyone in attendance.  Awards from the "Heartfelt" award to the "Corniest" award were on display for everyone's vote.  The menu was barbecued pork sandwiches, potato salad and baked beans with brownies for dessert. Yum!

The guest speaker was Bill Ragsdale, who gave a moving speech on the influence Scouting has had on his life.  He has contributed many hours of service to the Scouting program through his work with Bear Creek Scout Reservation and as a staunch advocate for Scouting.  His storytellling is legendary and his speech for the banquet was timely and well-received.

Four 2013 Eagle Scouts were recognized at the banquet reminding us all of why we do what we do for Scouting.  The Eagles presented the colors for the beginning of the meeting and were given a Scout coin in recognition of their participation in Scouting and the acknowledgement of their continued service.

Two Top of Texas unit awards were given for outstanding service to the unit.  Sabrina Garces of Troop 60 and Bill Nichols of Troop 111 were honored for their service.

The District Award of Merit was presented to Thomas Mansfield Page who has been the Troop Committee Chair of Troop 471 in Rio Medina for over 25 years.  He has also served with integrity and diligence as the Eagle Board Chairman serving the southern area of Texas Hills district for several years.  For his service to the youth of our District, Tom was awarded the District Award of Merit - the highest award a volunteer can be presented at the District level.  The District has been very fortunate to have Tom as our Eagle Board Chairman for so long.

Ken Bruner, our District Commissioner, closed the banquet with thoughts for the new year.  Ending 2013 on a positive note was good, but he challenged the district to do even better in 2014.

Everyone expressed positive comments on the district banquet and are looking forward to new adventures in 2014!