Leaders commended

TWO local Scout leaders are among 270 Victorian leaders to be recognised for their contribution to scouting and young people.

Churchill resident and ASF-Strzelecki district treasurer Raymond Beebe was presented the National President’s Award for Eminent Achievement and Meritorious Service at Gilwell Park by Chief Commissioner of Australia Reg Williams RFD and Chief Commission of Victoria Bob Taylor AM.

Morwell resident and Strzelecki district commissioner Sharon Noonan was also awarded the Silver Arrowhead for Excellent Service.

The voluntary leaders were recognised for their contributions to scouting in Churchill, Morwell and district.

Mr Beebe was commended for his 51 years’ service to Scouts through four roles, including district treasurer, Strzelecki showtime treasurer, editor of the ‘Scouting Around’ newsletter and most recently, Scout Fellowship convener for the district.

Mr Taylor said Mr Beebe’s long previous involvement as a leader had made him well aware of the various factors that “help keep the ship on an even keel”, and could provide wise counsel to those who seek it without overstepping his authority.

“Since taking up his non-uniformed role, Ray has maintained an enthusiastic attitude towards scouting and is a great ambassador, taking the opportunity to ‘talk up’ the movement when the opportunity arises,” he said.

Ms Noonan has been involved in Scouts for more than 11 years, first starting as a scout leader in Morwell East.

She has played an active role in major scouting events such as Cuborees and Jamborees, and training leaders.