The Allegheny Highlands Council is planning to recognize its 2012 Class of Eagle Scouts on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y. The dinner includes the 37 young men who distinguished themselves by earning the prestigious award, their parents and Scoutmasters, and key council leadership.
The affair will be at 1 p.m. at Doyle Hall, and an invitation is extended to anyone who is an Eagle Scout and would like to attend. Please call the Scout Service Center during normal business hours to RSVP, at 716-665-2697.
"It is important for us to recognize these young men collectively, and individually as the cream of our crop," said Curt Crandall, member of the organizing committee and an Eagle Scout himself. "This is a terrific event. We are looking forward to our keynote speaker, Dick Farrell, who is the assistant director of security at the Buffalo Airport. Most relevant about Dick, besides that he is an Eagle Scout from Belfast in our council, is that he served in the Secret Service for many years. He helped protect President Gerald Ford, who was our only Eagle Scout President. Dick has some terrific stories to share with our scouts," he concluded.
Dick Farrell, left, keynote speaker for the upcoming Eagle Scout dinner, chats with John Wojciechowicz, director of the Allegheny Highlands Council, about great Boy Scout memories. Farrell is the assistant director of security at the Buffalo Airport and a former Secret Service agent.
"This is also an opportunity for Eagle Scouts of all ages to assemble," said Tony Evans, also a member of the committee and Youth Director for Cattaraugus County. "Consider this an open invitation to any Eagle Scout to join this 'Gathering of Eagles' and 'smell the smoke of the campfire' again. We'd love to have you."
"2012 was the 100th anniversary of the inception of the Eagle Scout rank, so this class of Eagle Scouts will also be celebrating a very special benchmark in the Boy Scouts of America," said Dale Carlson, president of the council, which is the largest youth-serving agency.
The Allegheny Highlands Council serves over 4000 youth every year, and operates Camp Merz in Mayville, New York, and Elk Lick Scout Reserve in Smethport, Pa. They are the largest youth serving agency in the Twin Tiers.