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Scouts recognized, officers installed at annual banquet

Rahla Lindsey is installed as the Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America president, while Eagle Scouts are presented.

February 04, 2010|By Michael J. Arvizu

The Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America gathered in grand fashion on Thursday night to install new officers, recognize award winners and present the Eagle Scout Class of 2009, of which 27 out of 72 Eagles were present, said master of ceremonies and Council Advancement chair Dan Humfreville.

Verdugo Hills Council Commissioner Rahla Lindsey was installed as the Council’s new president. She succeeds Council President Tom McLurkin Jr.

The Verdugo Hills Council serves Scouts in the Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, Sunland, Tujunga, La Crescenta, Montrose, La Cañada Flintridge and Eagle Rock areas, according to the Council website. La Cañada is part of the Foothill District, which serves Sunland, Tujunga, La Crescenta, parts of Glendale, Eagle Rock, La Crescenta and troops out of the La Cañada Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Thursday night’s event drew a crowd of about 100.

“Boy Scout Troops don’t exist in a vacuum,” said Lindsey of the Council’s function. The Verdugo Hills Council is comprised of about 185 troops, packs, crews and posts, equaling roughly 3,600 individual Scouts, said Verdugo Hills Council Senior District Executive Paul Reyes.

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As Council president, McLurkin was responsible for various fundraisers throughout the year, which totaled about $60,000, despite the poor economy, he said. Golf tournaments raised an additional $10,000 to $20,000, although the tournaments had to be delayed because of the fires that erupted late last summer.

“We’ve had an outstanding year of 72 Eagles,” said McLurkin. “In Scouting, obtaining that final rank is like climbing Mt. Everest.”

Another of the Council’s functions last year was to prepare for the annual Boy Scout Jamboree, held annually at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. Thirty-nine Scouts from the Council’s various Troops traveled to Virginia.

“It’s a commitment by not only the families and their troops, but it’s a tremendous leadership experience,” said McLurkin.

“We’re definitely a grass roots community,” said Reyes. “The official thing is to develop character, citizenship and mental and physical fitness. I sum it up as to make a youngster into a fine man or woman.”


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