Congratulations to our Leaders: the Silver Beaver Recognition
As Scouts, we are thankful for so many things: our parents, spouses/partners and friends who support us. We are grateful for our leaders who volunteer their time and effort to make Scouting happen in our communities. Every year, there are scout leaders recognized for their activities. It is called the Silver Beaver Award. Introduced in 1931, it is a council‐level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients of this award are registered Scouters of exceptional character who have made an impact on the lives of youth through distinguished service given to the council.
Shannon is Cubmaster of Pack 3824 and Committee Chair of Troop 824. Over the past eight years, she has been Tiger Cub Coach, Den Leader, and Webelos Leader for Pack 3824. She received the District Award of Merit in 2019 and earned the William D. Boyce award in 2017.
Shannon is the Lakeshore District Roundtable Commissioner and, on its staff, and is a Unit Commissioner. She staffed the 2016 Wood Badge course, and both the 2019 National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE.)
Active in the community, she is Vice President of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeaulah PTA, Coach for Elkhart Lake-Glenbeaulah Soccer, and Coach for Elkhart Lake-Glenbeaulah Basketball.
At her church, St. Thomas Aquinas, she is a Religious Education teacher, and the Children’s Christmas Mass Choir Director. She assists the Shephard of the Hills ministry, and is a member of its dinner auction committee. Shannon is the Owner of Request Entertainment and is married to her husband Jeffrey.
Brendan earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1998, and continues to give back to Scouting, at the unit, district and council levels. He was a Unit Commissioner for Gathering Waters District and a merit badge counselor in Twin Lakes District. For Troop 67, he was an Assistant Scoutmaster for 5 years and a member of its troop committee. He was a Venturing Crew Advisor for Crew 9143 for 2 years. He was an Assistant Cubmaster of Pack 3074 for 3 years and the Cubmaster of Pack 3045 and 3074. Brendan is currently on the Bay-Lakes Council Executive Board these past 5 years, and for 3 years as the Vice President of Program.
Brendan is a Vice President with Associated Bank, is active in his church and a member of the Elks Club of Neenah. Brendan and his wife Katie have involved their whole family in Scouting.
Alyssa is an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 81. She was the 2015 NYLT Course Director and a member of the National committee to update the course syllabus. She staffed the 2017 National Jamboree, several Scouting Universities and Trainers EDGE courses. Alyssa was a Den Leader for 6 years, the Pack 9269 Committee Chair for 3 years, and an assistant Crew Advisor for Crew 9212. She has been on Gathering Waters District Committee for 6 years and Bay-Lakes Council member at large for 5 years. Alyssa is married to her husband Phillip and works for Kimberly-Clark Corporation as a Patent Attorney.
An Eagle Scout, Alan is Scoutmaster of Troop 400 and the Hiawathaland District Chairman. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for his troop for 2 years. He is a current member of the Bay-Lakes Council Executive Board for 5 years. He received the District Award of Merit in 2017.
Alan is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Creative Change Associates. He has trained more than 100 high school students to serve on local boards by providing them leadership skills. Alan works with the following organizations: Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corp., as its CEO and Executive Director; Habitat for Humanity- Hiawathaland, as the Board Vice President; CUPPAD Regional Prosperity Initiative, as the Board Co-Chair, Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance Board, as its Vice President, and the Upward Community Youth Board, as its Treasurer. Alan is married to his wife Julie.
Vance is the Committee Chair of Troop 643 and a member of the Bay-Lakes Executive Board of Directors. He has been a Den Leader, Webelos Leader, Assistant scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and merit badge counselor. For 4 years, he was the Twin Lakes District Chairman. As part of the district Friends of Scouting campaigns, he helped to raise over $100,000. He received the District Award of Merit in 1984 and has been very active in Council and National training programs.
Vance is the President of Waupaca Library Foundation Board and a member of Waupaca Winchester Executive Committee, and is a Past-President of ThedaCare Waupaca Foundation Board and the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation. Vance is retired and married to his wife Ann.
Nicolette is a member of the Lakeshore District Committee and is very active in Scouting, the Sheboygan community, and various school activities.
Nickie received the District Award of Merit in 2018. She has held several unit positions including a committee member of Pack 3827 and Troop 872, an Assistant Den Leader and Assistant Webelos leader of Pack 3827, and an Assistant Crew Advisor of Crew 9702. She has worked on many district and council events, including: Scouting University, Trainers EDGE, PI Day, Mom and Scout, and numerous council and national training courses. Most recently, she was the 2019 Wood Badge Course Director
Nickie, has been the treasurer for Sheboygan South Band Boosters Club, assisting with fundraising, planning band trips and events across country. She conducted classes in money management and related responsibilities for both students and parents. She supports the Rockets for Schools program at all levels of education, assisted the team in learning, fundraising and traveling to a national event (their team winning the event.) She is a trained liaison for the American Field Service-USA that brings international students to the Sheboygan area. One of those students, from Japan, attended the 2017 National Jamboree.
She is the Optical Manager for the Walmart Vision center and is married to her husband Kenneth. They have two children.
Will is the Chartered Organization Representative for Troop 178, and has been a Committee member for 33 years. He held several unit leadership positions including: Cubmaster of Pack 3178 for 6 years, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 178 for 6 years and Scoutmaster for Troop 178 for 8 years. Will was a member of the Gathering Waters District Committee for 9 years. He led, as well served on the staff of several council Dad and Lad programs and on the staffs of several district and multi district events.
Will is active in his church, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, serving for years as the young men’s Stake President. Will is a photographer by profession and is married to his wife Kathy.
Edward Gerczak, Jr.
Ed is an Assistant Den Leader in Pack 4173 in Voyageur District. He has held these unit positions: Pack 4201 Charter Organization Representative for 7 years, a Den Leader for 6 years and its Cubmaster for 15 years; an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 4201 for 8 years, and assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 1201 for 6 years. He was part of staffing Cub Scout College, Mom and Scout weekends, Voyageur District Kickoffs, and the Voyageur District camporees. Well known for his cooking at many Scouting and community events, he is a member of on the Allouez Business Association. He is the owner of Allouez Beer and Liquor Store. Ed is married to his wife Mary.
John is a Committee member of Troop 1139. He sits on the Voyageur District Advancement Committee for 17 years, and chairs the District’s Eagle Scout Boards of Review. He has been a contingent leader to Philmont Scout Ranch and to Florida Sea Base. John earned the Eagle Scout rank in 1967, became a Vigil Honor member, received the James E. West Fellowship Award in 2005, and received the District Award of Merit in 2014. John is a fixture at Bear Paw Scout Camp: a volunteer Commissioner for 6 years, a Campmaster for 6 years, and a Maple Syrup staff member for the last 10 years. John is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 224, sitting on its the college scholarship committee for 9 years, and for the past 6 years, has been an instructor on the United States Power Squadron teaching boating classes. John is currently retired.
John is an Eagle Scout and father of five sons. He is the Committee Chair for Pack 3178 and has also been the Charter Organization Representative with them for 5 years, a Den Leader for one year, and a Webelos Leader for 2 years. For Troop 178, he has been a member of its committee for 5 years and was an Assistant Scoutmaster for 12 years. For 2 years, he was Varsity Coach for 2 years for Team 6178. John has been serving on the Gathering Waters District Committee for the past 9 years, the District’s Eagle Scout Board of Review Committee for 10 years, and has been a merit badge counselor for 39 years.
Outside of Scouting, John is a past president of the Institute of Management Accountants local chapter. He is the treasurer of Brigham Young University Alumni Chapter, and is a member of the American Legion. He actively supports his church The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, serving as the Regional Church Youth Leaders for 6 years.
John served in the United States Air Force for 9-½ years. He is an accountant by profession and is married to his wife Virginia.
Mark is the Committee Chair of Troop 1401. Over 24 years, he has served as a Den Leader Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and Committee Chair. He was one the Council’s 2017 Jamboree Scoutmasters. He received the District Award of Merit in 2010. He has been a Unit Commissioner for 5 years and continues to assist on the shooting sports range during summer months.
Beyond of Scouting, he served on the board, Vice President, and President of the Bay Area Genealogical society for 12 years, and at the state level of the Knights of Columbus on various committees for 25 years. Mark is married to his wife Nancy and works at We Energies as a Senior Infrastructure Project Engineer.
Congratulations to each of you, not just from your Scouting friends, but from all those people whose lives you continue to enrich with service. Thank you very much.