The Glendale Civic Auditorium was the setting for the Centennial Boy Scout Gala, celebrating 100 years of Scouting coming to America from its birthplace in England.
The Verdugo Hills Council began in 1922. On Saturday, the council went all out for its 36th annual Big Strike Auction to honor former Glendale Mayor Sheldon Baker with the first national Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Also recognized was Genevieve Sultenfuss, who is also celebrating her 100th birthday. Sultenfuss is the mother of popular city employee Julie Shermer, also present.
On May 27, 1952, Baker received his Eagle Scout pin — the highest award in Scouting. He was a member of the Verdugo Hills Council’s Order of the Arrow. Baker joined the Cub Scouts at 9 years old. He admits he was “shy, small, timid and quiet.” The now gregarious, Baker, who blooms before a microphone, credits Scouting with “helping to find myself.”