Last night at a local ceremony, I was awarded the District Award of Merit by my Boy Scouting District. The Heartland District of the WD Boyce Council, centered in Peoria, IL. The award recognizes an adult volunteer who performs above and beyond the call of duty in service to the youth and adults of his district for at least 5 years. It's the highest award a District can award an adult volunteer. It was funny. I knew I had been nominated and won a few months ago as the person who nominated me, emailed me to ask for a brief bio of my history in Scouting. I gave him enough info to fill a page. Not because I like to brag about my accomplishments because I don't. I was just trying to give him enough diverse information to craft a short bio out of. Little did I know, he would choose to read the whole thing when I stepped up to recieve the award. So there I am standing up in front of a room full of 100 people or so listening as all my accomplishments are read. A couple of ladies afterward said they didn't think I was old enough to have accomplished so much. Ah well. It was a nice ceremony and a very nice award to get. Something I never really expected to get as I do work very hard on the things I do for Scouting anymore, but I only give my time to one endeavor, the monthly Boy Scout Roundtable. I cook for the meeting and every other month or so do various demonstrations for them. But on the other hand, since I started preparing real meals for the meetings, attendance has trippled. Anyway, Deb was able to attend and my folks as well. Dad was really happy for me. He came up and put his arm around my shoulders. Something he very rarely does, and stood next to me for quite awhile. That was nice. I can remember not too long ago in my adult life when my Dad was much bigger than me, both across the shoulders and in height, now, I'm noticeably bigger. Dad is getting old and starting to shrink. Of course he is nearing 70 so I guess it shouldn't be that much of a surprise.
This weekend I have to demonstrate how to cook one-pot meals for about 200 Scouts. Frogmore Stew for 200. That should be fun.