by Leesa K. Bartu
The Cornhusker Council Prairie Winds District Dinner held in Crete Sunday evening recognized the service of the adult leaders of the district.
After supper was served by Troop 215 of Crete A presentation by keynote speaker Jeff Johnson was given. Johnson and his son John sailed from the island of Malta to Barbados on a 44’ yacht in 2004. Johnson, a long time scout leader from Geneva, recounted their fascinating experiences sailing over 6,500 miles.
After the presentation many of the units and their leaders were recognized including those who are Star units, those who have earned the Youth Retention Award and Youth Growth Award. Special recognition in the Tired Boot was given to several units who have camped and had outdoor activities with their boys as recognized by the district through tour permits.
The Green Horn award was given to, Kevin Potratz and Evan Hiser of Seward Pack and Troop 256 where they have held positions of leadership for less than three years.
The Marketing Award was given to Troop 270 of Friend along with Troop 256 and Pack 256 of Seward with the Marketing Partner award given to Concordia University.
Also recognized during the evening were the 12 new Eagle Scouts in the district last year. Four of the young men, along with their families, were also present.
Jim Hoke, the assistant Commissioner for the Cornhusker Council, administered the oath of the office of Commissioner to Mike Shriver of Seward.
The final three awards were those nominated by members of the district for special individuals who have served their unit and the scouts within them. Amy Kroeker of Fairbury Pack 303 was awarded the Good Turn Award. Jeff and Lora Andrews of Pack and Troop 175 were awarded the Dittmar-Filipi Scouting Couple’s Award which recognizes a husband and wife team who have served the scouting community.
The District Award of Merit was presented to Jeff Johnson who has served Pack and Troop 175 in Geneva and also serves on the district advancement committee. The District Award of Merit was also presented to Wayne Pohlman who has served Pack and Troop 307 in Deshler and hosted this year’s Fall Camporee.