emcee, Jeff Baker started us out with a special Wood Badge beading ceremony (his own) and kept the evening lively and moving well. It was a great opportunity to introduce Wood Badge to many novices in the audience. (Congratulations, Jeff!)
With the best turnout ever, 114 people signed up for the Awards Dinner. Kudos go to the hard work of Seneca’s Advancement and Adult Recognition Chair Thomas Kennedy who was able to acquire 68 nominations from the district units for the SOUSA awards (Seneca Outstanding Unit Scouter Award). This award is a unit level award that gives recognition to registered adult Scouters for their significant contributions to their respective units during the 2017 calendar year. It is a district award presented on behalf of units in the same way that the District Award of Merit is a council award presented by the district, and the Silver Beaver Award is a national award presented by the council.
This year’s Awards Dinner was held at the Washington-Rockville Elks Lodge #15 in Rockville. Their venue worked very well with our growing size and did an exceptional job with their buffet menu.
The Key 3 (District Chair, Matt Beyers; District Commissioner Gordon Henley; and District Executive, Carlos Salazar) each got their ‘minute’ and then announced their Key 3 Awardee, Philip Dennis for his outstanding work with Friends of Scouting and various other tasks within the district.
Also honored was a special guest, 2018 Silver Beaver recipient Catherine Phan. (Congratulations, Cathy!)
Along with the 68 SOUSA awards representing 19 Packs, 15 Troops, 1 Crew, and 1 Explorer Post, the district also awarded 4 District Award of Merits. Congratulations to All!!