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Feb 8, 2020
Council Annual Recognition Dinner

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The Jayhawk Council Awards Committee is pleased to announce the honorees for the Silver Beaver, Whitney M. Young,Jr., and Venturing Leadership Awards. Please join us at the Council Recognition Banquet for the presentation of the awards on February 8, 2020, at Washburn University's Alumni Center.

Silver Beaver Award


This year, two outstanding individuals were selected for their service to the council and their communities. These individuals were nominated by their peers in their community and chosen by a committee of past Silver Beaver recipients.

Dolcie Maley – Pack 169 & Troop 165  – Sojadi District

Dolcie is currently a member of committee for Pack 169 and Troops 165 in Emporia as well as a unit commissioner and roundtable commissioner for the Sojadi District.  She has been a merit badge counselor for numerous years and has been very active on the district level with Day Camp, Fishing Derby, and many other events.  She has served on Wood Badge staff and helped with District Training events.  She served as a mayor on the Council Klondike before becoming a Governor for the past three years. She will be the 2021 Klondike Czar.

Dolcie's Scouting experience extends beyond her time in the Jayhawk Area Council having been in involved in Scouting across the country.

Mark Hinds – Troop 88 and Troop 89 - Sunflower District  

Mark is registered as Chartered Representative for both Troop 88 and Troop 89 in Perry. He also serves as a Vice Chair for the Sunflower District along with being a merit badge counselor.  He is also active in the Dzie Hauk Tonga Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. He is Wood Badge trained and has received numerous Scouting awards.

Like our other recipient, Mark's Scouting extends beyond the Jayhawk Area Council as he remains active in the Mid-Iowa Council in Des Moines recently being honored by their OA Lodge for his service and support.

He was instrumental in forming the first troop for girls in the Sunflower District.

Venturing Leadership Award

The Venturing Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding youth and adult leadership in a crew. This year, one youth and one adult will be recognized. The award recipients are:

Halley Robinett – Crew 249 and Council Venturing Officer Association President

Halley has served almost every officer position in Crew 249 as well as serving in numerous roles on the Council Venturing Officers Association.  She is a recipient of the Summit Award, Venturing's top youth recognition, and has attended NYLT.

In addition to Scouting, Halley is in the International Baccalaureate program at Washburn Rural, is a four-year letter woman in tennis as a state qualifier the last two years.  She has also played high school basketball and soccer.  This winter, she is apart of the inaugural women's high school wrestling team.  She also worked at Falley Scout Reservation on the camp staff in 2017.

Andrea Ayers – Crew 513 Crew Associate Advisor and Troop 46 Member of Committee

Andrea is a dedicated Scout leader and has been involved in numerous district and council events. In Venturing as a youth, she earned the Silver Award in 2001. She has served as medic for the Council Klondike and has worked on Wood Badge staff.   Andrea has served on Philmont staff in numerous positions.

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

The Whitney M. Young Award recognizes a volunteer or community leader who has help advance the Scouting programs to hard to serve urban or rural areas.

Reed Davis –District Commissioner - Buffalo District

Reed's service to Scouting is extensive having served in many unit, district and council roles. He is currently a member of hte executive board as well as serving as the Buffalo District's first District Commissioner.  Reed has been actively involved in Wood Badge, NYLT, Klondike, and the Dzie Hauk Tonga Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.  He has also served as the council's Advancement Chair.

In addition to all these accomplishments, Reed has also been an active participant in Pack, Troop and Crew 170 Chartered to the Women's Correctional Facility in Topeka.  Reed has helped deliver quality Scouting programs by working with incarcerated Mothers helping them plan and implement programs for their children on Saturdays.  Those involved in the program attest that this Scouting activity is one of the first positive experiences they have with their children. Not only is he helping extend Scouting to a group of children, he is using Scouting to develop leadership, problem solving and confidence in the mothers that serve as leaders.

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