Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Daniel Carter Beard Award

I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of assisting Worshipful Master Matt Lundgren in presenting the Daniel Carter Beard Award for Masonic scouting to Brother Steve Miller of Minnehaha Lodge Wednesday night.

Daniel Carter Beard was a Brother who founded the Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone, which became the Boy Pioneers and finally Boy Scouts of America. As the Scout website states, The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is an honor due to members of the Masonic Lodge who act as role models and provide dedicated service to the young men in the BSA. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic relationship through the man who brought Scouting to America, but proclaims the integrity of the recipient who is honored by receiving the award.

In addition to Brother Miller, there were four other recipients of the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award present at the meeting. The photo shows the recipients, along with me and District Representative Don Nolley. Front Row: DR Nolley, Master Matt Lundgren, Steve Miller, yours truly, and Tom Ewing. Back Row: Wayne Fanjoy and Rocky Fanjoy.

We should pause to remember that most brothers practice Masonry outside, as well as within, the lodge walls. These Scouter Masons are a prime example.