The Silver Beaver award is the highest honor a local Scout Council can present to a volunteer. Longtime Scouting supporters Gail “Gabby” Farnsworth, David Potter, Lou Schwing and Mark Seip were honored as the 2007 Silver Beavers. The recognition of the Eagle Scout Class of 2007 was a highlight of the evening. This is the largest class yet, numbering 78 in 2007.
Troop 209, sponsored by Burbank First United Methodist Church, was the organization that influenced Eagle Scout speaker Ryan Roope. Roope spoke of the fun and excitement he experienced as a developing Scout, but most importantly, challenged the crowd of Scout supporters to continue to lead the way in providing competent, compassionate leadership to the youth of our communities.
The 2008 Executive Board of Directors of the Council, to be led in 2008 by Dennis Fors, were sworn in. Fors will be joined by Treasurer Dennis Barlow, Program Vice President Larry Widdis, Commissioner Thomas McLurkin, Membership Vice President Bernie Snider, as well as Division/District chairs Rahla Hall-Lindsey, Gary Swaner and Joe Davenport.
For the second year, Emil Dergevorkian of the Ararat Chapter and Western Region Homenetmen organization, will give leadership and representation to Armenian Scouts throughout the Western region, as a member of the Executive Committee.
For the second year in a row, the Verdugo Hills Council has earned the National Boy Scouts of America designation of a Quality Council, an achievement of 10 indicators designed to recognize growth in service, recruitment, endowment and fundraising, and most importantly quality program to youth members. Accepting the honor was 2007 President Bill James. James passed the gavel to Fors, who will bring improved participation from the troops and packs sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he and his family are active members.
MILITARY PERSONNEL FINISHES BASIC TRAINING
Navy Seaman Recruit Rigel A. Danlag, son of Basilina A. and Roy A. Danlag, of Glendale, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Danlag completed a variety of training that included classroom study and instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.