Mason-Dixon Council honors area Boy Scout volunteers

May 08, 2010
  • Mason-Dixon Council Award recipients, from left, Seth Martin, Jerry Harness and Brian Stanley.
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The Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America held its annual volunteer recognition dinner recently at the Savoy Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pa.

Brian Stanley and Seth Martin received the Venturing Leadership Award for their contributions to the Venturing Program.

The following Scout leaders were recognized for their years of service with veteran pins: Chris South, 35 years; Earl Selby, 35 years; Betty Williams, 40 years; Mark Cogan, 40 years; Charles "Sonny" Hill, 55 years; and Earl Blair, 60 years

Council board president Jeannie Singer presented immediate past president Jerry Harness with the James E. West Fellowship Award. The award is in recognition for significant contributions to Boy Scouts of America.

Council advancement chairman Tom Lowson presented the council's highest volunteer award. The Silver Beaver is based on volunteering service to the council, church and in the community.

The council is eligible to give three awards per year. This year's recipients are:


Eugene Creek started in Scouting in 1991 and has served as scoutmaster and committee chairman.

He has been the Council High Adventure chairman since 2000. He has been the National Jamboree Committee chairman for 2001, 2005 and 2010, and the National Jamboree Troop Scoutmaster in 1997.

Gene has been the Council Boy Scout Camping chairman. He was the Order of the Arrow adviser, working with the ceremonies team and is a member of the conclave staff.

In 2007, he became an American Red Cross instructor in wilderness first aid and has trained Philmont crew members and summer camp staff in American Red Cross first aid and CPR.

Gene is assistant scoutmaster for Troop 64 in Maugansville.

Karen Horjes started in Scouting in 1989 as a Tiger Cub organizer in Erie, Pa.

She has served as a pack committee member, charter organization representative, den leader, cubmaster and unit commissioner. Karen has served on Cub Scout roundtable staff, training committee, woodbadge staff, co-chairman Cub Scout pow wow and served as the vice chairman of the Cub Scouting program.

Karen serves as a lector at St. Mark's the Evangelist Catholic Church. She served on the Greencastle-Antrim Organized Youth Foundation, served as staff nurse at Camp Notre Dame youth camp in Erie and served on several "Old Home Week" celebrations in Greencastle, Pa.

The Mason-Dixon Council serves youths in the Washington, Franklin and Fulton counties.

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