Two local Boy Scout leaders have been recognized for service to the community at a recent annual dinner.
Tawnya Downing, of the Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church’s Troop 182 is this year’s recipient of the Logan County Boy Scouting District Award of Merit. This award is the highest recognition that can be presented to a Scouter in Logan County. It recognized outstanding service to the youth of the community through Scouting.
Downing’s accomplishments include serving as a local unit leader for six years, having 12 boys earn the prestigious Cub Scout Arrow of Light award and crossing over into Boy Scouting, she was the recipient of the Blue Jacket District Flint Award, Commissioners Award and the Chairman Award.
Downing currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 182, and as the 2012 Tecumseh Council Camp Director for Camp Birch in Yellow Springs.
Also recognized this year for their efforts toward Scouting in Logan County: Chairman’s Award: Bridget Hawkins; Commissioner’s Award: Andy Fleming; Flint Award (4): Joel Harrington, Rachel Harrington, both of Pack 316; Ellie Schmidt, Pack 937; Joe Mitchell, district Eagle Scout coordinator; Cub Leaders of the Year: Chris Schultz, of Pack 316 and Shawn Schmidt, of Pack 937; Cub Scout Youth of the Year: Dustin VanBuskirk, Pack 81; Boy Scout Youth of the Year: Griffin Mason, Troop 94; and, Boy Scout Leader of the Year; Tom Irick, Troop 182.
Bob Erwin was also honored for his life-long support of the movement. Erwin has served Logan County Scouting for more than 40 years. He has recently been instrumental in Blue Jacket District’s successful Community Friends of Scouting campaign for the past two years.
Erwin began his Scouting career in the 1970s, when a neighbor and fellow Kiwanian, Don Mears, asked him to become involved. Erwin has served at all levels of Scouting, including the local troop level (Scoutmaster, Committee Chair), District level (activities like training, Klondike Derbies), Council committees and even Regional level Scouting positions for the Ohio and West Virginia area.
Erwin has served on the Tecumseh Council Executive Board, where he remains and honorary member. In 1979, he was honored as a Silver Beaver recipient from the Tecumseh Council.
Champaign County’s Scout leaders were also honored this year. Bob Hemmerly, of Urbana, is this year’s recipient of the Champaign County Boy Scouting District Award of Merit. It’s the highest recognition presented to a Scouter in Champaign County, also known as Bullskin Trail District.
The award honors outstanding service to the Scouting youth community.
Other Scouting accomplishments for Hemmerly include: the Webelos Leader Training Award, Cub Scouter’s Training Award, The Commissioner’s Key Training Award and the Community Organization Award.
Hemmerly is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He was also presented the Bullskin Trial District Long Hunter award in 2011. He currently serves as the top-level volunteer overseeing the district Commissioner’s Staff, which provides support to the Scouting groups in the district.
Hemmerly is retired from active duty in the United States Air Force in 1999 after nearly 22 years of service to his country. He has continued to serve his country since retirement as a contract and later Civilian Employee of the Department of the Air Force for a total of 35 years to the service.
Also recognized this year from Champaign County: Chairman’s Award: Steve Molton, Pack 21, Urbana; Commissioner’s Award: Abbie Hanselman, Pack 87, Christiansburg; District’s Long Hunter Award: Keith Hanselman, Troop 88, Christiansburg, and Randy Randles, Pack 49, Mechanicsburg; Medallion of Merit Award: Will Boeck, Pack 49, Mechanicsburg; Cub Leader of the Year: Lori Puterbaugh, Pack 90, St. Paris; Boy Leader of the Year: Tom Smith, Troop 88, Christiansburg; Cub Scout of the Year: Will Boeck, Pack 49, Mechanicsburg; Boy Scout of the Year: Sam Molton, Troop 258, Concord.