Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Scout Leaders Bestowed with Local and National Awards for Service and Dedication

Bishop Timothy Senior stands with Scout leaders and award recipients prior to their recognition dinner. Front row, from left, are James Dolbin, Betty Roksandic, Stacey Kosters and August Pfeifer. Back row, from left, are Deacon Patrick McCormack, Matthew Stewart, and Diocesan Scouting Chairs Donna Kelly (Girl Scouts and Camp Fire) and Stephen Michelone (Scouts BSA). Not pictured is award recipient John Kern.
Bishop Timothy Senior stands with Scout leaders and award recipients prior to their recognition dinner. Front row, from left, are James Dolbin, Betty Roksandic, Stacey Kosters and August Pfeifer. Back row, from left, are Deacon Patrick McCormack, Matthew Stewart, and Diocesan Scouting Chairs Donna Kelly (Girl Scouts and Camp Fire) and Stephen Michelone (Scouts BSA). Not pictured is award recipient John Kern.

The Diocesan Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire, and the Diocesan Scouts BSA Committee jointly hosted the biennial recognition dinner and ceremony for adult Scout leaders on May 30 at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg.

The event includes a recognition ceremony for the adult leaders who have earned local and national awards in recognition of their service to the young men and women they lead. This year’s awards and recipients are:

The Region 3 Pin – A regional award of the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), it recognizes adults who have actively served Catholic youth through Girl Scouts and Camp Fire for 15 years and have contributed to their spiritual development through Diocesan and Region 3 work. This year’s award recipient is Betty Roksandic

The Diocesan Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award – Inaugurated in 1977, it recognizes the work of adults who have shown significant effort toward the promotion of Catholic Girl Scouting. This year’s recipients are Deacon Patrick McCormack and Stacey Kosters.

The Saint George Emblem – This emblem of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth at the Diocesan level. This year’s recipients were James Dolbin, John Kern and Matthew Stewart.

The Silver St. George Emblem – An emblem of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, it recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth at the national level. Very few of these emblems are bestowed each year. Honorees may only be nominated by an active member of the National Executive Board or one of its committees. This year, the emblem was presented to August Pfeifer.

In the Diocese of Harrisburg, Catholic Scouting falls under the scope of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. For information on Catholic Scouting, visit this link.

(Photo by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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