It's not too late to sign up for the Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Elks Warren Lodge 223.
According to Scout Executive Kevin Bonner, the Warren lodge has hosted a dinner each year since 1952 to recognize local Eagle Scouts who earned the rank during the previous year. This year, for the first time, the dinner is open to any Eagle Scout in the Chief Cornplanter Council in celebration of its 100th anniversary.
This year's guest speaker is U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson, who received his Eagle rank on May 17, 1977 and is a 30-year veteran of the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council. In 2012, Thompson was awarded the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award after serving as an Assistant Den Leader, Pack Committee Member, and Committee Chair in Cub Scouts as well as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and Committee Member in Boy Scouts throughout the years.
Thompson even served as the Juniata Valley Council's President from 2007 to 2009. He has also earned the highest rank of Vigil Member in the Order of the Arrow; a national honor society within Scouting.
In Warren County, more than 700 young men have earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout since 1913, according to Bonner.
Eagle Scouts who earned that rank during 2012, who will be especially recognized at the event, are Brian Bonner of Venture Crew 82 in Tidioute, Jordan Bullock of Troop 13 in North Warren, Ian Proctor of Troop 8 in Warren, Addison Gee of Troop 13, Dominic McClellan of Troop 22 in Irvine, Carson Moore Troop 13, James Wilson of Troop 13, Mark Curtis of Troop 35 in Sheffield, Michael Tyler of Troop 13, and Robert Brown of Troop 45 in Pleasant Township.
The event is free to Eagle Scouts in the council thanks to the Elks "who enthusiastically embraced the idea," said Bonner.
All Scouts and Scouters should be in uniform while older Eagle Scouts do not need to be.
To sign up for the event, contact the Chief Cornplanter Council Office at 723-6700.