New Eagle Scout Reception 2013
Tradition Marches On
The 2013 New Eagle Scout Reception was held May 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel honoring 1,175 young men of the Sam Houston Area Council who earned their Eagle Scout Award in 2012 or the first few months of 2013. More than 1,500 parents, friends and family gathered to recognize and congratulate these youth and adult Eagle Scouts for their outstanding achievements in Scouting and for the community.
The Eagle Scout Association
of the Sam Houston Area Council (SHAC) selected the theme “Tradition Marches On”
as an appropriate backdrop for this, the largest class of Eagles, in SHAC history. This tradition has marched forward since the first Houston Area Eagle Award was presented in 1916 to H. Palmer Melton. He was joined by eight other Scouts in 1916 as the first Class of Eagles in the Sam Houston Area Council.
, Senior News Anchor for Fox Television, community leader and a 1966 Eagle Scout, served as Master of Ceremonies for this event. Grinan greeted the Scouts and reminded them “You have done much, and accomplished much on your path so far, and yet you are still young with many paths yet to travel.”
C. Travis Traylor, Jr.
Distinguished Eagle Scout C. Travis Traylor, Jr.
was honored as this year's Eagle Class Namesake. Traylor challenged the 2012-13 Class, “The first part of your journey...has been completed with distinction. Now you must finish that journey with the same purpose and hard work and fulfill your goal of being a leader and good citizen. Our nation has witnessed war, peace, prosperity, and faced many challenges with persistent hope. While much has changed, one thread has remained a constant through the years—a tradition established here in 1916—a tradition that we carry on this afternoon, with you, the 2012 and 2013 Class of Eagle Scouts.”
Finalists and Recipient of the Adams Award, with Ron Thomas, right
Dalton Owens of Katy Texas was presented with the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award
for the Houston Area. Eagle Scout Dalton built an Amphitheater and Butterfly Garden at Cedar Bayou United Methodist Church.
Five Eagle Scouts from this year’s class were named finalists for the Adams Award:
- Jacob Furler built a cell phone charging station at Texas Children's Hospital
- Derek Hill erected a fence and kiosk for the Jones State Forest Recreation Area
- James Hollas created the Wolf Sanctuary Memorial Garden in the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary
- Noah Horwitz established a playground map of the USA with accompanying autistic map games at the Westview School
- Kyle Sherling constructed a New Pig Facility for Boys & Girls Country
This entire Class of Eagles together performed Eagle Scout Service Projects that added up to more than 172,000 hours of community service — a time and materials contribution of more than $2,000,000 to Houston and surrounding communities. This service is performed by Eagle Scout candidates every single year here in the Houston area and across the nation. This year's recipient will go on to represent SHAC in the regional-level competition for the one national Adams Award.
Recipients of the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
was established by the National Eagle Scout Association in 2011 to recognize adult Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Our Council has now presented 14. This year, the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to (from left to right in the photo)
- Frank D. Tsuru, President and CEO of Momentum Energy Group
- John P. Wilkirson, CFO and Executive Vice President for Cobalt International Energy
- John R. Curry, Founder and Former CEO of Gulfex, Inc.
- Brian G. Smith, President and CEO of BSCI
- David W. Hawes, Principal of the firm Hawes Hill Calderon
- Clay C. Williams, Executive Vice President and CFO at National Oilwell Varco
- Charles E. Schneider, Vice President and Assistant Treasurer for KBR, Inc.
- Daniel G. Ownby, Director of Buckeye Partners
Charles J. Jacobus, Sr., left, with Judge David Hittner
The event was highlighted by the rare presentation of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
(DESA) to Eagle Scout Charles J. Jacobus, Sr.
, former mayor of Bellaire, Texas among many other accomplishments and examples of service to the community. United States District Judge and Distinguished Eagle Scout David Hittner
led this portion of the program and joined with Distinguished Eagle Scout C. Travis Traylor, Jr. in presenting the honor. Eagle Scout Charles J. Jacobus, Jr.
presented his father with the DESA lapel pin.
The DESA was established in 1969 to recognize Eagle Scouts who are known nationally or internationally, who have achieved fame or eminence in their field, and who have a strong record of voluntary service. Only those who earned the Eagle Rank 25 years previously are eligible. Former recipients include President Gerald R. Ford, several governors and senators, military flag officers, university presidents, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, and nationally known lawyers, educators, and doctors. Each of the recipients had risen to a state of fame or eminence in his chosen life’s work before receiving the DESA.