The guest speaker for this event was Art Kirkendoll, West Virginia’s newest State Senator.
Kirkendoll was recently appointed by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to fill his Senate seat after he was elected as Governor in November 2011.
Kirkendoll served on the Logan County Commission for over 30 years and serves on various boards and with several organizations in southern West Virginia.
For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has created a strong foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America's youth. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating in citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Area Eagle Scouts have earned recognition for making a difference in their communities due to their dedication to five of Scouting's core values: Leadership, Character, Community Service, Achievement, and the Outdoors. Through that commitment, seven area Eagle Scouts were honored by the Boy Scouts of America Chief Cornstalk District.
The 2011 Class of Eagle Scouts honored were Donovan Abraham (Troop 58 at Verdunville) of Chapmanville, WV; Colton Farley (Troop 58, Verdunville) of Chapmanville, WV; Alex Griffith (Troop 3045, Peytona) of Peytona, WV; Kris Halstead (Troop 321, Julian,) of Foster, WV; Cody Lester (Troop 321, Canada) of Canada, KY; Austin Parsons (Troop 289, Madison) of Danville, WV; and Dustin White (Troop 58, Verdunville) of Chapmanville, WV.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through nearly a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Two adult volunteers within the district were bestowed the District Award of Merit, which is the highest adult volunteer award within a Scouting district. Steve Snodgrass of Racine and Bill Miller of Chapmanville were honored with this prestigious award.
Snodgrass is the Scoutmaster of Troop 45 at Racine and has been active in the Scouting for many years. He is also active in the BSA Order of the Arrow and was an advocate to bring back the Summer Camp program to Camp Chief Logan this past summer.
Miller most recently served as the Cubmaster at Pack 28 at Chapmanville and is now an Assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 28. He is also an NRA Shooting Instructor and has served as the Range Director at several Cub Scout and Boy Scout events at the local Scout camp.
Adults also receiving special awards for 2011 were five top adult volunteers: Diana Adkins of Logan was awarded the James H. “Buck” Harless Award; Chad Phipps of Chapmanville received the Brooks Lawson Award; Danny Cook of Hewett received the J.T. Fish Award; Beverly Cook of Hewett was presented the Charlie Abbott Award; and Greg Gillenwater of Foster received the Ernest Workman Award.
Each of these awards is presented to volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty and were named in honor or memory of great Scouting volunteers within the Chief Cornstalk District.